Technique: Cello warm-ups - the left-hand

MatsLidstrom

Exercises and advice to help string players develop a left hand that is strong, balanced and agile

Last month I discussed how to warm up the right hand, to maximise efficiency in any practice session. This month, my focus is the left hand, which, if it is weak and unbalanced, wastes time, damages our fluency and intonation, and affects the quality of our sound and lyricism of our vibrato. The following exercises warm up the hand while building strength, balance and agility. For the best result, they should be alternated with warm-ups for the right hand, as outlined in my book…

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