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Cello Instruction with Kayson Brown: Natural Cello Posture



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jealous hello today we're going to talk

about cello posture or positioning this

is one of the most fundamental and

important elements of cello technique so

start by matching up the right shoulder

of the inspiron the back right here

we've got the right shoulder right off

the neck we want to match that up with

your Stern find your sternum right where

your ribs come together we don't want to

be too low on the sternum or too high

between the pectoral muscles but right

here you can see on my Mozart shirt or

the two pianos be so flying your sternum

and match up this right shoulder of the

instant on the back tears tournaments

now one of the most important things to

figure out is how far out this imp it

should be and a lot of beginning

students will have a teacher mark where

it's supposed to be and I used to do

that as well but what I find is that

every cello chair is different and so

with different chair you're going to

need a different end pin - it's safer

just to figure out exactly what your

posture is supposed to look like and

then match the in pin length to the

chair one end in length will not work in

every chair so match this up against

your sternum

now some cellist like a rather steep cha

others more horizontal now it's a matter

of personal preference but for starting

for starters why don't you try something

a little bit steeper than 45 degrees

something maybe fifty degrees and once

you've got that set up here feels good

right up underneath there and against

your sternum then you want to let your

in Pinal parents if you're setting up a

younger student you can set them up and

then just drop that in pin and so that

it matches perfectly but if you're doing

this for yourself then you might have to

adjust it a couple of times right you

can see now the cello sitting nice and

low on my stomach it's just kind of how

do you in my plays

I don't recommend it but if I could

sound like him I would Oh

some people will put it up too high okay

and then it's up here on my pectoral

muscles and resting on top what we want

is it to do who we want is to get it

right in line with your stirrup and so

it might take a little bit of adjusting

the end pit and depending on the chair

you might have some different and pin

lengths this corner the left corner of

the back of the instrument if you look

closely a little bit discolored here

because it's suspect so many hours

sitting in Spike Lee jeans it will dig

right into this corner of your needle

just resting there between the legs

right this corner on the other side sits

on top of the leg so you can kind of see

it's the cellos a little bit tilted and

poking into the side of my knee on this

side it doesn't hurt not squeezing and

then resting on top of this you know if

we played the cello like this you

wouldn't have these problems but we have

other problems for sure

so because it's sitting over the left

shoulder we're going to have it between

the legs and touching this left knee and

and just right above the right knee

women the the position is very really

the same for you

the child will sit on top of the chest

and rest on the sternum as best you can

sometimes it'll be a little bit higher

on a woman that it will be on a man

depending on how they're built but the

you don't want to have it too low and

underneath up on top and just touching

the sternum let me let me talk a little

bit about cello chairs because this is a

big deal but you're sideways so you can

see this is a this is a music chair

alright this is the chair that my

orchestra performs on and you can see

it's straight here and actually if you

see the indentation it's angled for just

slightly so that we can sit up straight

without having to strain a lot if you're

on a folding chair that angles back or

any chair that angles back you're going

to find that it's very hard to have a

good cello posture we want you to sit up

straight in the back as though you're at

the top of your spine sort of hung

suspended we don't want anything

elevated just very relaxed shoulders

with a straight supported back if you

are on a chair that makes it so that you

know if you're a younger person and your

feet are dangling or barely touching you

can't get the heel down flat that chairs

too tall if you're on a chair where your

knees are above the middle of your of

your hip then that chairs too low for

you try a piano bench they're usually

taller we want the middle of the hip

down the ball they need to be about a

two inch slow never he's built a little

bit differently but we certainly don't

want it to be steep like this and we

certainly don't want you to be up

elevated above the knee nice slope here

nice straight back chair that helps you

do that that sits flat or pushes you

forward a little bit is going to be the

very best for your child

there are lots of places that you can go

to find chairs that that will work for

any age I teach students that are very

young three four and I've had kids

sitting on foot rests on patio chairs of

the parents bring the chair with them to

the lesson so we can set the kid up on

the inside on the chair that they're

playing with it's sort of a hassle at

the start but you want it's worth it

because if you're playing on the wrong

size chair doesn't really matter what we

do here you're not going to be

successful

piano benches are great with their

adjustable especially if you're having a

hard time finding the right size chair

go get one of these you know sort of X

piano benches that have the bolt in the

middle and you can raise or lower them

depending on the height of the child you

also want to make sure that I'm sitting

too far back on the instrument chair so

just to review back in the instrument

gets the sternum set up straight flat on

the floor slightly wider than the knees

all right you're gonna have one end of

each other left head poking in the side

of the knee the other side just sitting

above it and then you set up for success

I can't tell you how many times I've

helped students to make these

adjustments and all the sudden things

work easier for them if you're having a

difficult time with something that's

particularly technical on the instrument

without being able to get the thumb

position making sure that gel is between

your legs make sure that your that your

setup right the apply that the

instrument comes to you all right I hope

that you are a beautiful posture thank

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