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Can someone help me with this triad scale I am to do
I am thoroughly confused. I am drawing a complete blank.
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September 28, 2019 - 5:20 pm
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Ok, so I am having major difficulties with everything from last week’s lesson. I had a really bad day. New things are being covered and it always blows my mind. I have to ask my instructor to slow down until I get used to all of this.

The attached photos are a scale I am to do, just the part with the fingering marked above it. I have absolutely no clue. I was having trouble understanding it in class, and no matter how many times we did it, it just was not registering. I was sure, as with many things we do, it would make more sense once I got home and looked more closely. Didn’t happen.

I can’t follow it. I know it switches from bass to tenor clef. It is a pattern.

Part of the first measure, that is bass clef, is C, E, G, C, E, G.

It switches to tenor clef: C, E, G

Next measure, still tenor: C (that is where I stop.

The fingering is noted above the notes.

I thought the roman numerals were positions, but it does not work, at least for me.

I think it starts on the C string open. But, I have no clue. Can anyone make sense of this. I remember he said the pattern gets done on each string. Those roman numerals as positions don’t work of that is the case. The scale would not be going up. I could be wrong because I seem to be experiencing a mental block.

Have any of you done this? It is in the Klengel Technical Studies for Cello, vol 1, pg 18

Now, please, no comments about videoing or recording lessons. 1. I do not feel right doing that. 2. I don’t need the trouble of setting that up 3. There is not enough room to set it up. I know some of you do this, but it is not in the cards. No, I do not have contact info for my instructor. He leases the studio through the music shop. He is a student and has classes and performances to do. I am not even going to ask for his info. Ok, I think I covered everything that might be said that won’t work in my situation. So, without access to what I just stated, can anyone decipher my scales? So far, I am batting zero on my lesson material this week 😁.

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September 28, 2019 - 6:09 pm
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The Roman numerals are traditionally used to indicate strings, not positions. I is the top string (A on cello), and they go in order across the instrument so that IV is the lowest string (C on cello).

Also, it appears there are two different fingering options given. My knowledge of cello fingering is minimal, but I think the Roman numerals go with the fingerings printed below the notes.

September 28, 2019 - 6:20 pm
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My instructor wrote down the fingering he wants. The tip about the roman numerals might help. I thought I almost had it a little while ago. Had to put it away. He is introducing thumb position. I think the last note is a thumb position. 

Thank you.

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September 28, 2019 - 6:28 pm
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@Mouse, I'm not fluent in anything but treble clef... but I looked at


and it appears that each triad starts on "C" an octave apart. I really need to continue those piano lessons I started back in the 50's !!!

If I saw that notation in any music I play, I'd probably have to change my britches :(

Good Luck.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

September 28, 2019 - 8:00 pm
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Thanks, Bob, that helps it make sense, too. With your and Andrew’s tips, I am getting it figured out. Almost there.

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