My daughter has just started learning forward exentions on the cello. Last week she just had an exercise in which she had to practise putting her second finger in the right place and that was all right. This week she has got a piece to play which uses the first, second and fourth fingers and she is having problems.
In her notebook her teacher has written that she has to move her second finger to where her third finger would usually go and move her thumb at the same time so that it always stays under the second finger. She complains that it hurts her hand to stretch so far and her first finger keeps creeping down the fingerboard. This afternoon I tried (her cello is too small for me so my arm and elbow are in the wrong place but even so) I found it almost impossible to keep the first finger down while I was playing with the fourth finger. What seemed more natural to me was to keep only the second finger down and use it as a sort of pivot to move my wrist and stretch up to the fourth finger or stretch back to the first finger (I'm finding this quite hard to put into words but I hope you know what I mean). I asked her if her teacher had said she had to always keep the first finger down and she said she couldn't remember.
I will obviously tell her to ask her teacher (and might even ask if she will demonstrate for me as well) but until the next lesson could anyone tell me whether I should be encouraging her to move her wrist or to keep the first finger down?