Located at 8209 Hampson St, New Orleans, Keller Strings offers a premium selection of violins, violas, cellos, bows, and their accessories.
This second generation full-service violin shop, owned and operated by Paula and John Smith, has recently earned a nomination by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the 2014 SBA awards: Entrepreneurial Success Award and the Family Owned Business Award. They especially enjoy customer service, bows (rehairing and restoration), varnish touchup, restoration, and finding the correct instrument for their customers.
This question came in today from one of our Twitter Followers:
Hi! I'm Johanna, 17 years old, I am also a cello player. Can you give me some methods for different positions in cello?
Response from Martha Brons, inventor of our CelloPhant® accessory:
There are three areas of "position work" in cello playing.
Covered by many methods.
Actually, there is only the closed (all 1/2 steps) and open (whole step between 1st and 2nd finger.)
Be sure that your thumb is lightly under the neck beneath the 2nd finger, then point your 1st finger back towards your ear, in order to form the whole step.
Since most of our music is in the lower positions, it is essential to master this technique.
I use the out of print Carl Fischer Basic Method for Violoncello, Book 2, which I have permission to copy for my students.
It also has good work in the neck positions.
In the neck positions, half and whole steps can be obtained between 1, 2 and 3.
The 4th finger is not normally used.
Be sure your thumb is lightly along the side on the neck, not in the curved part.
For Thumb position, I use the Matz "12 Etudes: Introduction to the Thumb Position," published by Dominis Music Ltd.
Place the thumb across the string at the 1/2 way harmonic and suction it to stop the string.
Painful until there is a bit of callous.
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