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Cello Lessons: Single String Scales

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[MUSIC]
We want to explore moving vertically on
the instrument, up and
down the fingerboard, and a really
great way to get comfortable is by playing
a one octave scales on one string.
So let me demonstrate on the A string.
I'll play a B major scale.
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The fingering I'm doing is in groups
of three, three, two, and I'll actually
have the same grouping on the way down,
which will result in slightly
different fingering,
so, three, three, and then two.
So, the way that I would practice this to
really get to know the fingerboard all
the way up is with the metronome,
and I'm gonna play quarter notes,
one octave scales, and
after I finish each octave,
I'm going to just shift up a half step,
and keep modulating up the fingerboard.
I'll demonstrate.
I'll demonstrate on the D string first,
starting from E.
Three, four.
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Modulate,
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modulate
again,
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The key is to shift to a whole position,
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rather than note by note.
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Once I get high enough,
I'll have to bring my thumb
out from behind the neck,
and that will look like this.
Bring the thumb out, and then the thumb
goes with the rest of the hand.
Thumb comes back in,
watch that again in the next key.
Thumb comes out,
thumb goes
back down,
one more time.
One string scales.
Once you get comfortable with
how this feels and sounds,
at the same metronome marking
try faster subdivisions,.
You could do eighth notes, triplets or
sixteenth notes, if you can manage it.
But just try, you know, try at this
quarter note speed on all four strings.
And just, you know, starting even from
half position like B flat on a A string.
And just see how far you
can keep modulating up.
And because they're all major scales,
they all sound the same.
And you can get to know the upper
parts of your fingerboard.
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