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Cello Lessons: 3 Octave Scale & Arpeggio Routine

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As we keep climbing up
to the upper parts of the fingerboard,
we wanna develop our three
Octave scale routine.
In E flat major this time, it's gonna
start the same as our two Octave routine.
[SOUND] We're always
shifting every three notes.
[SOUND] With no open strings.
But at this point, I want you to finish
the second Octave on the D string,
no matter which key, we're always
going to finish the second Octave on
the D string in the three Octave routine.
So that From the second Octave
we shift up to thumb position.
And do the whole third Octave in our nice
Octave hand position that we started
exploring in thumb position.
Three, two, one, thumb.
Three, two, one, thumb.
This is a full Octave major scale.
And is gonna become your best friend,
this hand shape, open thumb position.
So this routine,
is gonna help solidify this thumb
position major scale hand shape.
So, the principles again are shift
every three notes, no open strings.
And, when you're gonna go up the D
string for the end of the second Octave,
you're going to shift from
third finger to first finger,
and you can think of it as
a finger replacement shift.
The thumb is gonna go where
our third finger was.
Third finger is here then
the thumb is gonna go there
to set up the rest of the major scale
And then on the way down I shift back
to third finger.
Finger for that note.
Just so you know,
because we're not in D major anymore,
we can't use the harmonic with the thumb.
We do have to press the string
down with our thumb.
On the A string.
you're gonna start to develop this
thumb muscle to put down the string.
You can think of sort of twisting the hand
back to really guide [SOUND] all of
your arm weight through
the thumb into the string.
Let me demonstrate
the three Octave routine.
I'll do it with an E flat drone and
the metronome at 70.
I'll just play quarter notes up and down.
Three, four.
A couple of
the the things that
I'm thinking
about is still,
four clicks per bow,
and then as shifting,
I'm always shifting
to a full hand position.
That often means having your extended
hand shape ready as you shift.
You never wanna shift to a note, you
always wanna shift to a whole hand shape.
So this routine, I want you to first
explore this scale in whole notes.
And then, of course, work through
half notes, quarters, eighths,
triplets, and sixteenth notes if you
can manage, all four clicks to a bow.
And we'll include a down low that has this
scale written out with the fingerings.
The arpeggio that accompanies this,
is gonna go up three octaves and
[SOUND] unlike the other arpeggio
it has a much more set fingering.
From E flat [SOUND] I'm
gonna shift up to the third.
So, this particular hand
shape is the one we're solidifying.
Or we have the third, our first finger.
The fifth on fourth finger, and
then the root is on second finger.
So if I take that up a couple
Octaves it will look like this.
the third Octave.
Back down.
A couple of things I'm thinking about
when I play this, is again of course,
to leave all your fingers
down as you're walking
up because we're really
trying to articulate and
solidify this hand shape.
[SOUND] And in fact, if you're practicing
for intonation, you can just sort of play
these notes as double stops, just to
make sure that they sound good together.
As we shift up, we're gonna actually do
another finger replacement little trick.
Where the fourth finger would be,
Is where the thumb is gonna go so
that we can set up the first finger
on the third of the arpeggio again.
In this Octave, I'm using first finger,
third finger, second finger.
I can check them for
intonation [SOUND] as double stops.
I may need to move my elbow forward to
help support the third finger.
I do another finger replacement finger
shift where my third finger would be.
On the D string, I'm gonna put my thumb
there to set up the first finger.
Checking intonation
with double stops like that.
Let me demonstrate the three Octave
arpeggio pattern with the drone and
the metronome.
Three Four.
start with whole notes,
really focusing on relaxed shifting and
eventually work it all
the way up to to 16 plus.