4th Position Cello Fingering Chart

In 4th position, the side of the left hand should be resting on the top upper bout of the cello.  There are three variations of 4th position:  normal, backward extended and forward extended.

Normal 4th Position:
When the hand is configured in normal position, each finger is placed a half-step interval away from the neighboring finger(s).  Using the A string as an example, below are the notes played by each finger:
1st Finger  —>  E
2nd Finger —>  F
3rd Finger  —>  F# (or G)
4th Finger  —>  G

Backward Extended 4th Position:
The first finger is extended backwards a half-step so that the interval between the 1st and 2nd finger becomes a whole step.  The intervals between the 2nd/3rd and 3rd/4th fingers remains at a half-step.  Using the D string as an example, below are the notes played by each finger:
1st Finger  —>  G# (or A♭)
2nd Finger  —>  A#  (or B♭)
3rd Finger  —>  B
4th Finger  —>  C

Forward Extended 4th Position:
From normal 4th position, the second, third and fourth fingers are extended forward by a half-step while the first finger remains stationary.  The interval between the 1st/2nd fingers becomes a whole step.  The interval between the 2nd/3rd and 3rd/4th fingers remains at a half-step.  Using the G string as an example, below are the notes played by each finger:
1st Finger  —>  D
2nd Finger  —> E
3rd Finger  —>  F
4th Finger  —>  F# (or G♭)

You may also find the links below useful:
Half Position Cello Fingering Chart
1st Position Cello Fingering Chart
2nd Position Cello Fingering Chart
3rd Position Cello Fingering Chart
How To Pick The Right Size Cello




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