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Cello Lessons: Hand Position: Broken 3rds

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Broken thirds is what we
call it when we play each interval
of the thirds one after another,
and it sounds like this.
In our previous lesson,
we played them together.
[SOUND] But this is breaking them up and
this is gonna help us
work on finger dexterity
within our third hand shape.
So the bottom note is always just gonna
walk up E major scale on the first finger.
And then the fourth finger is simply
gonna play the third above it.
So [SOUND] we have a major third
first which on [SOUND] the single
string is gonna require
an extended hand shape.
[SOUND] Then a closed hand shape.
[SOUND] Then another closed hand shape.
[SOUND] Then two extensions.
And then [SOUND] closed,
closed, and extended again.
When we play a third on one string,
every time it's a major third,
it has the extended hand shape.
In the minor thirds,
use closed hand shapes.
Let me play this for
you two octaves up and down so
you can hear what it sounds like.
Work on it
slowly so
that you're
really staying
in the key
of E major.
You wanna make sure that you're
playing all the right notes.
[SOUND] One other variation on
this uses a different fingering,
which solidifies the same hand
shapes in a slightly different way.
This first way, we just went one four,
one, four, one, four, one, four.
Another really common fingering is one,
four, two.
[SOUND] And then
two, one, four, two.
So we're always shifting on second finger.
And unlike the previous exercise,
this helps us fill in
the hand shape a little bit.
Shift on two.
Shift on two.
Shift on two.
Let me play that two octaves up and
down so you hear it.
And again, it's the same notes, but
by changing the fingering, it's activating
the middle part of our hand shape.
finger there.
Third finger.
There's a couple third fingers when we had
a specific hand shape that needed it.
[SOUND] Second, [SOUND] second,
[SOUND] second, [SOUND] third,
[SOUND] second, [SOUND] second.
That could be a third.
[SOUND] Second.
We'll have this notated with the fingering
before you.
[SOUND] And when you get used
to playing this in E major,
start trying to modulate it to
all of the other major keys.