Cello Scales and Arpeggios

Why are cello scales and arpeggios so important for the cellist? 

This question is discussed throughout this website since practice of cello scales as with those for violin and viola will be a major factor in helping to form the basic left hand finger positions.

Knowledge of how to practice cello scales will ensure rapid progress which will ensure stability of the left hand. Cello scales should be practiced daily, and in ways which will help to develop the right hand as well.

The cello finger chart is an indispensable aid in improving the recall of scales

The cello finger chart along with the violin and viola finger charts (page 269) should be copied many times which will allow the student to make notes. Notes should include practice dates, a range of bowing patterns and metronome markings, all of which should be rigorously documented.

It must be stated that real familiarity with the chart will only be achieved after a long period of regular accountable practice

However, once this thorough track record has been attained, the student will benefit from greatly enhanced facility and tone production.

As on the violin and viola, cello chords must not be neglected. Chords within the Crabbers Scale Manuals are limited to thirds, sixths, octaves as these are the requirements for entry to conservatoires. Regular practice of these cello chords is an essential element in preparing for the technical demands made by the pedagogue etudes of composer-cellists such as Popper, Duport, Grutzmacher, Goltermann and Piatti. Cello scales are neglected at the student’s peril.


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Cello Scale Manual


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