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Cello Lessons: String Changing Exercise: From the Tip

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Now here is the next exciting
installment in our String Changing series.
This is gonna be the most extreme one,
because we're doing this
all the way at the tip.
So all of the string changes,
they get exaggerated to
the most degree from the tip.
Let's start on the upper two strings,
A and D.
If we put the tip down on the A string,
in order to cross over to the D string,
we're gonna move from the elbow.
The forearm is gonna go
down about that much.
Check it out.
If I go down and then up, down, up.
Remember we're gonna practice
this with very rhythmic motions.
We're gonna down, move, up, move, down,
move, up, move, down, move, up, okay.
You'll wanna try this on each
pair of strings, because they
all have different angles that you're
gonna have to approach them from.
The other extreme is on
the bottom two strings.
On the bottom two strings,
if we put the bow at the tip on the G
string to cross over to the C string,
we're gonna have to bring
the bow in a lot, down and in.
[SOUND] Out.
So it's an extreme motion and
you wanna explore this starting
down bow on the G string.
[SOUND] And also starting up bow,
because that changes the relationship
of your arm to you know,
the placement of the bow.
In addition to our adjacent
strings we're gonna want to
practice this on the strings
that are two strings away.
So on the A and the G string we'll
put the bow on A string at the tip,
and well, let's say we'll start up bow.
Up on the A, and we're gonna drop even
further for the G string, and down.
Up, down, up, down.
And as you travel between these strings
you're gonna leave the bow on the string
and just kind of rock.
You can really feel the forward and
backward motion required to
change strings at the tip.
Just put the bow at the tip
on the A string and
rock your bow arm forward and backwards.
That's what it's gonna feel like to
change strings to that extreme degree.
You don't want to feel like you're
lifting up and down, up and down.
It's more of a forward backwards motion,
kinda like you were driving
a big Mack truck and
you were shifting from you know,
park to drive,
like a big [SOUND] type motion.
So I'm gonna practice a little
bit between the A and
the G strings in the intervals of a tenth.
Try and
really move
Now I'm going to reverse
the bowing on the way down.
I'll start up bow on the A string.
This is gonna start to look and
maybe feel like your elbow's
sticking way out there, and
you've got kind of like
a weird hinge to it.
That's actually okay for the time being,
because we're just exploring these
very specific relationships.
If you were bowing an actual melody
that had a string crossing like this,
you'd be more likely to be
moving the bow much further
right to left and
that'll help you relax this feeling.
But for this exercise, we're kinda gonna
get stuck in this position way up here.
The last pair of strings
are the outer strings.
So let's see how extreme
of a movement we need
in order to string cross
between them at the tip.
I'm gonna go down on the A,
and then drop my arm and
twist it all the way in, like that.
If you can,
stop the string really
clearly before you rock.
Sometimes, you'll hear some motion,
some sound while I'm doing the string
crossing like there, and that's because
I'm not glued to the string well.
That was good.
These exercises, I know they look and
sound really, really fun.
But it's important to explore,
this isn't something that you would
need to do everyday actually.
I would say why don't you
check in with this bow angles
once a week just to see how it's feeling.
And this is an exercise that
you might touch base with
over a long period of time.
It doesn't need to become a part
of your daily routine, though.