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Cello Lessons: Hand Position: 4ths

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Now we're gonna work on playing fourths
which is a unique hand shape that requires
your elbow to kinda come forward.
It's a very sort of forward
feeling hand shape.
The sixth we did in a previous lesson
had a kinda backwards feeling with
the higher finger on the upper string.
Now we're gonna have a higher
finger on the lower string.
If we started with E,
the fourth below it is a B.
So I'm gonna first start by walking
up chromatically in perfect fourths.
From first and third finger I'm gonna
walk up to second and fourth finger.
And again to really support that fourth
finger I'm kind of bringing my elbow
forward and really, really feeling
everything on the fourth side.
Now I'm gonna shift up
And keep walking up.
You want to sort of spend enough
time on each interval to really be
listening for intonation.
You can do this exercise with a metronome,
of course.
But when you're first getting used to this
hand shape, do it without the metronome
and without actually a tuner,
because we're walking up chromatically.
But just really listening to each
interval, making sure it sounds in tune.
I'll practice a little bit of
this on the upper strings.
Really focus on being relaxed.
Try and become aware
of the adjustments your
arm needs to make
in order to keep everything in tune.
There it is.
And well supported.
Overall you might feel that your arm.
even your hand is kind of leaning to
the top side [SOUND] in this hand shape.
After you've practiced
these chromatic patterns and
gotten really used to feeling
this shape I want you to also explore
doing diatonic fourths in a scale.
So if we went back to E major and
we harmonized up the scale with lower
fourths, it would sound like this.
I'm actually starting out in my extended
hand shape.
So it's first finger and second finger.
That little
weird interval
is the result
of the scale.
We've got the seventh of the scale and
the fourth of the scale.
we go.
Practice exploring this hand shape
in all of your major scales and
of course eventually minor scales.
But it's a really great
contrasting hand shape and
hand feel than we had in the sixth.