FOR THE CURIOUS CELLIST

Pattern Fingerings

 

Here we are looking at fingerings that make it easier for the brain.

The most common example of this concerns patterns that repeat themselves in different keys. It may be easier in these modulations to just use always the same fingering. In some of the repetitions the repeated fingering may not be the easiest fingering for the body, but this is compensated for by the increased ease for the brain (for example: “just do the same but each time up a semitone”). This can avoid reading problems in very chromatic passages and also often avoids a lot of complex shifting. It is especially useful in thumb position as the use of the thumb allows us to transpose passages all over the fingerboard with the same fingering.