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Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello by Jim Aikin

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Chapter 4. Fingering with the Left Hand

IN PLAYING THE CELLO, you’ll play different notes by pressing the tips of the fingers of your left hand against a string. This technique is a bit like pressing the keys of a piano to play different notes, but the details are very different. In this chapter you’ll learn how to use your left hand on the cello. While it’s fairly easy to describe the use of the left hand, you’ll find that developing good habits takes practice.

As you use the fingers of your left hand, you’ll be mastering three closely related techniques:

  • Using the correct finger on the correct string at the correct moment.

  • Making sure your fingers always land at the right spot on the string, so that the notes you play are in tune.

  • Using the muscles, ...

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