Lesson Progress:

Twinkle Bread, ABBA
Your have learned the B section with trick, trick 4,4 3,3 1 (x 2)
Now for the A section!

Why did I start in the middle of Twinkle you ask? The reason is this, after many years of teaching I found it much more effective to start with balancing the arm to the 4th finger. When I started out teaching I taught from the A section and found that it created problems in the tuning of 3rd and 4th fingers. So I switched gears, found success and have done it this way ever since.
One of the difficulties of working with the first finger is that it is not supported by the thumb when is down, so it can feel a bit awkward. This is in fact correct. So if you are feeling this way not to worry, this is normal. As your strength and balance of the arm and hand develop it will start feeling better and better.
The other challenge that we are faced with is that we have to drop the first finger on the string with the only reference point being the thumb. By now you have done quite a bit of work from the fourth finger and this should be much easier to navigate. In the video we address these issues. Pay particular attention to the ‘helicopter’ hand as keeping your hand just hovering over the strings will be a big help. The farther away you take your fingers the more difficult it becomes to ‘land’ in tune on the fingerboard. Try to keep all these things in mind while working on this exercise.
Tip: Always warm up for this video with your B pattern and you will find this much easier than starting here

Twinkle A Pattern
DD (0) AA (0) BB (1, on the A string) A (0)
GG (4, on the D string) F#,F# (3) E,E (1) D (0)

Once you can do this well on the D and A string, take this to all strings this is important so that your arm can learn to navigate the entire cello.

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