This is part of a series of cello scale videos designed to help beginner students learn them by visualising the fingerboard and watching a slow demonstration.

G major is similar to C major in that both scales share the same fingering pattern for the first octave*, and both scales use closed fingering patterns throughout. Because G major starts 1 string up from C major, the 2nd octave exceeds the range of first position, which means that the highest 3 notes must be played in fourth position, as shown in the diagram and later on in the video demonstration.
If you have not tried playing outside the confines of first position, you will no doubt find the change of positions awkward at first. There are countless exercises that introduce and develop this vital technique – here are some to get you started.
Do not rely exclusively on the scale, as it presents only one of several ways in which you might move from one position to the other.

*In fact, C and G major 2 octave scales can share identical fingering patterns throughout both octaves: C major can use fourth position on the D string (1-3-4) instead of first position on the A string (0-1-2) for the highest 3 notes. It is worth familiarising yourself with this fingering variation

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