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Fingerings is a big subject that can’t be adequately covered in one Talk, but here are a few of my own ground rules, with examples.

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“Octave rubs” is an exercise that I invented – as far as I know. It is helpful in gaining a sense of the geometry of the fingerboard, and for teaching the left hand to find the correct finger spacing for any location.

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Learning to stretch the left hand to cover larger intervals is an extremely useful component of cello technique. Here are some exercises, some examples of sensible stretching, and solutions for awkward positions.

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Putting your left hand in consistent positions or postures helps your intonation.

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Ever wonder how much easier the upper positions might be if you started every day’s practice in thumb position?

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Just above fourth position lurks the most treacherous area of the cello. Here’s how to navigate it comfortably.

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The Whip Shift – my name – not only sounds good but takes the uncertainty out of shifting.

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