A deceptively complicated way to practice string crossings on open strings.

At the very beginning of the first pitch, the right arm begins gradually to position itself for the next string, creating a constant smooth, circular motion with the right arm.

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This is a wonderful exercise for developing smooth, fluid shifting between notes. It is important that it be played very lightly, with continuous motion starting from the beginning of the note.

There are a couple of ways to shift that would be good to practice individually:

  1. Shifting on the starting finger and placing the finger for the second note at the end of the shift.
  2. Shifting on the finger for the second note.

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This is a beginner’s introduction to the famous Cossman exercise. If you are relatively new to the cello, you can practice this version and experience the same benefits that advanced cellists see from the original version.

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This is a version of the well-known exercise by Cossman. I play this every day as a part of my daily warm up and practice routine.

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As mentioned above, these are the standard settings for the metronome. When increasing your speed incrementally, it is best to follow this formula as the difference between 46 and 47, for instance, is negligible. Generally when I increase my tempo, I will move the dial by two clicks (from 63 to 72, for instance).


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