Cello Scales for Beginners: F Major 2 Octaves

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.

F major is one of many cello scales that can be played with a variety of different fingering patterns. This particular version uses first and fourth positions, and requires a backward stretch on the A string to access the B-flat. Stretching on the cello is a way to access a slightly larger range of notes without having to shift. This is achieved by increasing the interval between the first and second fingers from a semitone to a whole tone.

More about stretching on the cello here:
Stretch Position on the Cello
Detailed Diagrams for Extended First Position

Only E and F are played in fourth position, which means that this is not the most efficient fingering pattern. However, for players who are not yet familiar with the overlapping positions (second and third), it adds another 2 octave scale to the list!

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Cello Scales for Beginners: G Major 2 Octaves

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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