Matt! You have made so much progress. Keep it up. Thank you for paying such close attention to all your notes.

Slurred string Crossings

  • Work on the exercise even slower this week
  • make sure the thumb is bent and relaxed
  • metronome so it is slow enough = 55-60
  • really focus on everything being as smooth as possible: no articulation when changing strings or changing bow direction

C major 2 octaves

  • more exaggerated angleon the C string. tip should point AWAY from you and the cello
  • on the A string, think of pointing the elbow and frog away when teh bow is at the tip
  • much slower when doing one note per bow
  • add two notes per bow: use half a bow per note, still using the full bow for the whole scale. Try not to stop the bow when changing notes or strings

Add two notes per bow to also G and D major

  • when practicing still start with plucking or one note per bow, then add two notes when you feel comfortable and prepared.

Study book link:

Twinkle solid bow

  • practice without the thumb, think about hanging from the instrument to sink into the string. we aren’t squeezing or pressing with tension in ordering to find our pitch.
  • the thumb will just hover behind the neck, our fingers will still be rounded.
  • our thumb is just intended as a guide
  • keep using the correct bow angle and 2/3rds
  • make sure there is a traight line from the elbow to the wrist of the left hand. Think of the strength and weight coming from theupper arm/biceps. Adjust the angle so you dn’t need to flex your wrist.

Lightly Row

  • careful with pitch – tendency to be sharp
  • listen for ringing 4th finger
  • Add the bow: the bowing is as it comes. make sure all notes are connected. There are no rests or breaks between sections
  • make sure the left hand isn’t slanted/angled
  • G drone

Work on plucking Song of the Wind:

  • careful t note have slanted hands
  • listen for ringing 4th fingers