Happy New Year Matthew. So great to see the progress you made over the break.

Tuning: always to 442hz, make sure you tune starting from the A string.

Slurred String Crossings

  • angle on the C string could be a bit more exaggerated
  • make sure to apply some rosin once a week :)

D major 4 notes per bow

  • stop on the 4th finger on the A string Ascending adn check with the open D string
  • practice without the left thumb. Feel as though you’re hanging off the cello
  • use the arm to cahnge strings. Try not to manipulate the hand or wrist angle
  • add the lower octave
  • bring up left arm so the wrist isn’t bent in extended position
  • thumb and 2nd finger move together. 1 – 2 is the extension. Don’t rotate the wrist to extend
  • Practice with a D drone
  • use the open strings to prepare the extension (descending)
  • Connect the two octaves with plucking. If you feel comfortable, you can add one note per bow.
  • fingering: 1×24 0 1×24 o 134 0 134

Study book for reading Bass clef

  • keep in mind the left arm – make sure to lift the arm not the wrist
  • 4th finger a little bit lower
  • keep thinking about bow angle on the A string for long bows
  • Next week – 88, 92, 102, and 107


  • sing in your head before you start
  • make sure you listen to the piece before or after you practice, It helps with memorizaiton
  • isolate the eighth notes: start slow and speed them up. start with half a bar, then one bar, then two bars. Then put the whole line together under tempo and increase the tempo.
  • Add the bow: marcato – an articulated stroke. equal down and up bows
  • dolce – smooth connected bows
  • diminiuendo – get softer (hairpin)
  • fermata –  semi circle with dott means sustained/pause
  • rit. or ritardanto – means slow down