1st Position Cello Fingering Chart

Pic. 1 – Cello 1st Position On All Strings
Pic. 2 – Normal & Extended

1st Position is usually the first hand configuration that beginner cello students learn.  There are 2 forms of 1st Position – Normal & Extended.

1st Position – Normal
In normal 1st position, the fingers are all at half step intervals as demonstrated in the second diagram.  The first diagram indicates the actual notes that would be played in the normal finger placement.  Using the A string as an example:
     Finger #1 (index)  —>  plays B
     Finger #2 (middle) —>  plays C
     Finger #3 (ring)  —>  plays C# / Db
     Finger #4 (pinkie)  —>  plays D

1st Position – Extended
In extended 1st Position, the interval between fingers 1 and 2 will be a whole step while the interval distances between fingers 2-3, and 3-4 will remain half steps.  This concept is demonstrated in the second diagram.  The first finger can be extended backwards or the second finger extended forward to create 1st Position extended positions.

1st Position – Backward Extension
The backward extension occurs when finger #1 is moved backwards a half step from normal position while the other fingers remain stationary.  Using the D string as an example:
     Finger #1 —->  plays D# / Eb
     Finger #2 —->  plays F
     Finger #3 —->  plays F# / Gb
     Finger #4 —->  plays G

1st Position – Forward Extension
The forward extension occurs when fingers #2, #3 and #4 are moved forward a half step from the normal position while finger #1 remains where it is.  Using the G string as an example:
     Finger #1 —->  plays A
     Finger #2 —->  plays B
     Finger #3 —->  plays C
     Finger #4 —->  plays C# / Db

You may also find these links helpful:
Half Position Cello Fingering Chart
2nd Position Cello Fingering Chart
3rd Position Cello Fingering Chart
How To Pick The Right Size Cello
Parts of The Cello

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