Slurred string crossings

  • now that we’re really comfortable with this exercise, we’re going to work on making the sound really smooth and continuous
  • listen for string changes, make sure the string change is really gradual and smooth. The only sound we want to hear is the pitch changing
  • For the bow change, make sure to slow the bow as it gets to the frog and lighten up with the arm. We don’t want to stop the sound, keep the string ringing.

D major 2 octaves

  • try not the rotate the wrist for the extension, Think of just creating space between the 1at and 2nd fingers, and moving the thumb so it stays under the 2nd finger
  • Think of the first fingers as a “nose picker”. it can straighten out
  • practice the extension on your arm without the cello. Watch your arm adn finger motion in the mirror
  • think of leading with the elbow, and thumb
  • if you feel comfortable adding the bow this week, do one or two notes per bow

Study book – reading bass clef

  • So much improvement!
  • Now we need to think about playing in the middle lane: half way between teh end of the fingerboard and the start of the bridge
  • add the metronome to the quarter note. MAke sure you don’t slow down on the faster note values
  • this week: 116, 117, 124, 125 and 134


  • plucking and listening first!You can find the music for Allegretto here –> suzuki cello book 1
  • Make sure you are stillmemorizing your music! Try not to rely heavily on the music