2012 in review

A huge thank you to all my readers. Wishing you all an exciting and musical 2013!

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19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Pairing Positions: Fourth and Seventh

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Pairing Positions: Third and Sixth

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Pairing Positions: Second and Fifth

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Pairing Positions: First and Fourth

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Introduction to Pairing Positions on the Cello

Cello students who have studied the entire range of the cello will almost certainly have discovered a recurring pattern of similarity between certain positions one octave and string apart. Recognising this pattern can be very useful when it comes to getting secure in the higher positions, the fear of which often causes poor intonation and inferior tone production. The pairing I’ll be discussing in this and the following four posts is as follows:

1. First and fourth positions:

1.1   First position on the D string and fourth position on the A string
1.2   First position on the G string and fourth position on the D string
1.3   First position on the C string and fourth position on the G string

Also:

1.4   Half position on the D string and upper third/ lower fourth position on the A string
1.5   Half position on the G string and upper third/ lower fourth position on the D string
1.6   Half position on the G string and upper third/ lower fourth position on the D string

2. Second and fifth positions:

2.1   Second position on the D string and fifth position on the A string
2.2   Second position on the G string and fifth position on the D string
2.3   Second position on the C string and fifth position on the G string

3. Third and sixth positions:

3.1   Third position on the D string and sixth position on the A string
3.2   Third position on the G string and sixth position on the D string
3.3   Third position on the C string and sixth position on the G string

4. Fourth and seventh positions:

4.1   Fourth position on the D string and seventh position on the A string
4.2   Fourth position on the G string and seventh position on the D string
4.3   Fourth position on the C string and seventh position on the G string

The first pairing (first and fourth positions) shares identical fingering patterns since both are neck positions. The same applies to lower second and lower fifth positions. From extended fifth position onwards, the three finger system comes into use, so the notes of the paired positions remain the same but the fingering does not. The changes are as follows:

In the higher positions, the second finger plays notes that would be covered by the second and third fingers in the lower positions.
In the higher positions, the third finger plays notes that would be covered by the fourth finger in the lower positions.
This discrepancy applies to closed and stretch (or extended) positions.

The following four posts will show these pairings through simple exercises and melody lines.

The Cello Companion Shop

Running a busy cello teaching practice means that I am constantly sourcing instruments, bows, accessories, sheet music and recordings for my students. To save myself a lot of time, I have created a one-stop cello shop which I can send them to, and which I hope will prove useful to all of my UK-based readers too. The shop is still under construction, but already has many items in all of the above mentioned categories. I should stipulate at this point that I am not selling these items myself, merely acting as an agent. Everything in the shop has been selected from Amazon UK, and therefore comes with their consumer protection and guarantees as well as their secure online payment.

Below you will find links to each of the shop categories.  Happy browsing!

Instruments & Bows

Cellos

Student Cellos (4/4)
Student Cellos (7/8)
Student Cellos (3/4)
Student Cellos (1/2)
Student Cellos (1/4)
Student Cellos (1/8 & 1/10)

Bows

Student Cello Bows (4/4)
Student Cello Bows (3/4)
Student Cello Bows (1/2)
Student Cello Bows (1/4 & 1/8)

Accessories

Cello Cases & Gig Bags

Cello Rosin

Cello Stands

Cello Floor Units and Seats

Tuners and Metronomes

Cello Accessories & Gifts

Sheet Music

Cello Repertoire:

Bach – Bloch
Boccherini – Britten
Bruch – Debussy
Delius – Faure
de Fesch – Haydn
Hindemith – Kodaly
Klengel – Mendelssohn
Prokofiev – Ravel
Reger – Sammartini
Schumann – Vivaldi
Vivaldi – Walton

ABRSM Material:

Cello grades 1 – 5
Recordings grades 1 – 5
Aural grades 1 – 5
Practical musicianship grades 1 – 5
Theory grades 1 – 5

Cello grades 6 – 8
Recordings grades 6 – 8
Aural grades 6 – 8
Practical musicianship grades 6 – 8
Theory grades 6 – 8

Cello Studies: Easy to Intermediate

Cello Studies: Intermediate to Advanced

Cello Methods – Young Players

Cello Methods – Adult Learners

Books

Cello Books

Recordings

Classical Cello Music (Downloads & CDs)

Other Cello Music (Downloads & CDs)