Shifting: Fourth Position

How does one play Four diatonic notes in Fourth Position?

This Broderip & Wilkinson Complete Treatise for Violoncello has proven to be quite an interesting historical document. Quite frankly, I never thought of it more than some nice little pieces found after all the reading and instruction. (At the end are more than 10 little numbers that give us a tantalizing look at some of the popular tunes of the day– c. 1783.

But then I began to transcribe it into a fair copy for my own reading and playing ease. Now, after reading it thoroughly several times, it has offered even more pieces of intriguing information. From how tuning the instrument was taught to shifting to the fourth position.

Just today, I posted a short video about that Shifting part. Think all four fingers but playing the C major scale. To any cellist who may have been bored enough to read this post, you will be familiar with the modern choice of fingering. This treatise will INSTRUCT you otherwise.

Shifting–Fourth Position: 1, 2, 3, 4

Please comment and LIKE. Do you play in fourth position like that? It seems like a good exercise and perhaps it would even be useful some day.

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