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Cello Lessons: 4 Octave Scale & Arpeggio Routine

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[MUSIC]
Possibly the fullest scale
routine that is reasonable to play on
the Cello is a four octave scale routine.
And it's gonna build on all of the other
fingerings that we've done before.
So starting from the bottom,
we're shifting every three notes.
[MUSIC]
Going up the D string for
the end of the second octave and then.
[MUSIC]
Doing the third octave all in that one
hand shape,
the octave hand shape in thumb position.
And then the fourth octave
which is the bonus octave
we're gonna shift from
third finger to one,
two, three then shift again one,
two three.
And we're one note away from the end,
you have two options.
Probably the best option is to do
a little slide with the third finger.
So the third finger plays the second
to last note and the last note.
It's a good opportunity to release
the weight off the string in order to
make that little change.
Notice that I'm not
moving my second finger.
My third finger is moving
isolated just by itself.
And that gives us [SOUND] the high D,
four octaves above.
Let me play it all the way up and
down so you can hear it.
Just before I leave it though,
that highest note,
you could play with fourth finger.
[MUSIC]
And it's a good exercise to sort of work
on engaging your fourth finger
up in the upper positions.
However, particularly
as you get any higher,
there's really not any room left for
your fourth finger in there.
So that little three-three
slide is what I tend to do and
it feels the most comfortable usually.
I'll demonstrate the scale
in quarter notes
with the drone and the metronome at 70.
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The four octave
arpeggio is
gonna have
the same
fingering as
the three
octave
arpeggio.
We're gonna shift to first
finger to the third, so
we have our little framework there
with the third, fifth and root.
Shifting again to the third,
shifting again to the third.
[MUSIC]
So that's the third octave.
Now, for the final octave,
it's gonna be all on the A string.
[MUSIC]
I'd play the third, root, and
fifth with first finger,
second finger and fourth finger.
Yet as you get even higher,
you might even wanna play that top note
with just third finger, since they're
gonna get really close together.
[MUSIC]
But that's the fingering for
the fourth octave there.
Let me play it once for you all
the way from the bottom to the top.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
The four octave scale and
arpeggio routine is
definitely a professional
level scale routine and
I practice this
actually myself and.
Whole notes, half notes, quarters,
eighths, triplets, sixteenths,
the whole gamut of those rhythms.
And you know the sixteenth notes can
get pretty tricky, a little hard,
particularly with the arpeggios
because there's a lot of shifting.
So it actually takes time to really
be able to play the scale routine.
Well, but once you get it comfortable
at 70, bump the metronome up.
I actually,
I usually my default is maybe about
the metronome at 100 beats per minute.
And I've even gotten into doing at
a different speed everyday ranging from 90
to 120, and
you can find what works for you.
You know, that may take years to
get to that point, but start at 70.
I think that's a good default place
to work on the four octave scale and
arpeggio.
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