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Position Fingering Charts for the Cello







Below are two cello position fingering charts for the "four finger" positions (traditionally called 1/2 through 4th position). The first chart is more complete than the second. What makes it different from most other position charts is that for each position it includes two possible notations. To use the technical language, it includes "enharmonic equivalents" (i.e. notes that are spelled differently but sound the same). In this sense it is probably a bit advanced for most beginners. Nonetheless, I still include it here under beginning cello as some beginners already play another instrument and are taking up the cello later in life.

The second chart is a simplified version of the first; it does not include enharmonic spellings, uses the traditional method of labeling the positions, has indicated fingerings (only on the A string), and the notes are spaced further apart for easier reading.

Cello Position Chart (pdf)

Simplified Cello Position Chart (pdf)

If you would like more position practice, try the Cello Position Etudes.







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