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Cello Technique

Crosmer's technique exercises are a hybrid of methodologies from his study at the University of Michigan with Richard Aaron and Anthony Elliott, and his teacher in Arkansas, Stephen Feldman. Developing a mastery of the cello requires a consistent focus on details, isolating each aspect of cello playing and working on it independently before eventually recombining it back with the whole.

The technique resources below are free to download and use in your daily practice. Instructions are included. Please contact Crosmer if you have questions or comments about the guides. Enjoy!

4ths

Left Hand

Practicing 4ths daily will help you solidify your hand shape and strengthen the knuckles in your fingers, while also developing independence between fingers. It's also the best exercise for developing intonation, as the perfect fourth (P4) is one of the purest frequency ratios (4:3).

4ths

3rds

Left Hand

Here is a collection of fingering patterns, taken from my studies with Richard Aaron and Anthony Elliott. These exercises help you develop your intonation both within a hand position and shifting through positions.

3rds

6ths

Left Hand

Here is a collection of fingering patterns, taken from my studies with Richard Aaron and Anthony Elliott. These exercises help you develop your intonation both within a hand position and shifting through positions.

6ths

Scales and Arpeggios

General

This book is intended to provide an alternative way to teach and study scales and arpeggios. The emphasis is on two priorities for the left hand: hand shape, and shifting. The scales and arpeggios are ordered by range and difficulty rather than the traditional Circle of Fifths.

Scales and Arpeggios

String Crossings

Right Hand

These are exercises I developed during my studies with Stephen Feldman in Arkansas, inspired by elements of Fritz Magg's technique. They are designed to develop a smooth continuity in right arm and finger movement.

String Crossings

Vibrato

Left Hand

Vibrato serves two purposes: being expressive, and relaxing the hand. Here are exercises that focus on integrating a variety of types of vibrato in order to expand your palette of available colors.

Vibrato
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