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Cello Lessons: Non-Classical Pizzicato: Finger Picking

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In your development as an advanced
pizzicato-er there's
gotta be a good word for
that, I don't know what that would be.
But, we want to develop finger
independence with our pizzicato so
that we can use our thumb,
first, second or
eventually even our third and
fourth fingers.
But I just want to show you
some basic finger picking
patterns that you can start to use.
And this'll help you sort
of arpeggiate chords,
in more interesting ways on the cello.
if I wanted to do this groove I'm using
the thumb, one, two, thumb, one, two.
Thumb, first finger, then second finger
just in a cycle on these adjacent strings.
Try it slowly
At first, it's gonna be hard to
develop this finger independence and
even the finger strength required on
fingers your haven't pizzed with before.
But try with a metronome and
then work it up and
just as a physical skill
it might take a little bit,
but you could try and
maybe create a little
walking up cord progression
And then walk back down
And a variation on that pattern would
be to make it a four note pattern and
go thumb, one, two, one.
Sounds like this.
I'll do the walk-up.
One other
pattern we can do.
Let me think is to do a four
string cross picking or
it's actually not cross picking.
Finger picking pattern so
I'm gonna engage now my third finger.
And I'm gonna do maybe the same chord.
But I'm going to go thumb one, two, three.
Thumb one, two, three.
Thumb one, two, three.
Your third finger is probably gonna be
pretty weak the first time you try this.
So It might take some work slowly
just to be accurate with which string
you're hitting, but I'll do the walk
up and you can see how it sounds.
I actually,
I'm excited as I'm giving this lesson,
I feel like there's a lot of
potential here that I wanna explore.
You can create these different
patterns and different textures,
just by changing the order of
the fingers that you're pizzing with.
And particularly when you are maybe
writing, an original song, you might
get really inspired by some textures and
some chords that you can create once
you develop some finger independence and
your finger picking technique.