FOR CELLISTS: AMATEUR, ASPIRING ............... AND CURIOUS

Transposition

Transposing a passage into neighbouring keys is a very useful practice device for the left hand. It’s neither practical nor useful if the original passage uses open open strings, but works especially well for passages in thumb position and can even be useful for passages in all regions of the fingerboard that use natural harmonics. Those natural harmonic notes will just need to be stopped in the transposed versions, but this doesn’t do us any harm at all. On the contrary in fact: when we have to stop all the notes, this reinforces our positional sense more than when we use the harmonics.