How to Play Open Scales on the Cello

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Learn how to play open scales on the cello in this free online music video lesson.

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Hello my name is Russell Squires. Right now I’m going to talk to you about the open scales you can find on a cello. We’re going to start with the lowest one, the open C scale. It begins with the open note C, next we’re going to place our first finger in first position, which is two inches below the peg box with the thumb on the C string to produce a D, then use our third finger to produce an E, our fourth finger for an F and then we go to the open G, followed by a first finger A, a third finger B, ending on a fourth finger C. Every scale begins and ends with the same note, but in a different optic. We can do this all the way up the strings, for the G and the D string.

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