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Cello Lessons: Left Wrist & Arm Position

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We talked about left hand position and
I was advocating for
an oblique hand position.
And a big part of the reason
this is important.
Has to do with our wrist.
In order to avoid injury
through repetitive,
you know motions with our hands we
really want to keep our wrist flat.
The back of the hand kind of being
like a table with the forearm.
We don't wanna collapse our wrist or
arch it.
We wanna smooth plane and a lot of people
actually like injure themselves when
they work on the computer too long.
And it's because they play
with like collapsed wrist.
And that kind of hurts your carpel
tunnels and give you tendinitis.
So This is a really important principle
of always playing with a flat wrist.
The oblique hand position will help that.
But I just want you to be mindful
of not letting your thumb
come all the way around so
that you collapse your wrist and
then also if you were in
a non-oblique hand position.
You're more likely to arch your wrist and
it's actually hard for
the thumb to even reach the finger board,
if I do that.
So, with the oblique hand position
you should be able to keep this flat.
I can't stress that enough cuz it's
really going to help you avoid
any potential injuries.
If you do get injured,
don't feel like you have failed at life.
A lot of amazing, professional
musicians get injured over time.
And it's not always simply
a matter of wrong technique,
just overuse itself can have an effect.
But the best way you can avoid injury
is with some of these good
technical principles.
With this in mind, your arm placement,
as you move from the A string down to the
C string, some people lift their elbow.
You don't need to lift your elbow.
What you want to do is, actually,
move your elbow forward.
Cuz that actually helps support the fourth
finger, the pinky, our weakest link.
So those are the things that I think
about in hand position, arm position,
wrist position and I want you to sort
of practice scales in particular
while thinking of these principles.
And if I see you in a submission video and
I see something that
might end up hurting you,
I'll help you and sort of point
out if your wrist is collapsed or
something cuz it's really important to
keep a flat wrist on your left arm.