5th Position Cello Fingering Chart

There are different ways of organizing the 5th position finger configurations that may vary from musician to musician.  For me, there are three flavors of 5th position:  Normal, Extended and Upper Normal.

Normal 5th Position
In normal position, the fingers are unextended and in half step intervals from the neighboring fingers.  Using the A string as an example, the finger placement would be:

     1st Finger  —>  F
     2nd Finger  —>  F

     3rd Finger  —>  G
     4th Finger  —>  G

Extended 5th Position
In the extended position, the distance between the first and 2nd fingers is a whole step while the distance between the 2nd/3rd and 3rd/4th fingers remains at a half step.  Using the D string as an example, the finger placement would be:

     1st Finger  —>  A
     2nd Finger  —>  C
     3rd Finger  —>  C
     4th Finger  —>  D (natural harmonic)

Upper Normal 5th Position
In upper normal position, the fingers are placed at half step intervals from the neighboring fingers with the first finger sliding up a half step from the normal 5th position configuration.  Using the G string as an example, the finger placement would be:

     1st Finger  —>  E
     2nd Finger  —>  F
     3rd Finger  —>  F
     4th Finger  —>  G (natural harmonic)

You may also find these links helpful:
1/2 Position Cello Fingering Chart
1st Position Cello Fingering Chart
2nd Position Cello Fingering Chart
3rd Position Cello Fingering Chart
4th Position Cello Fingering Chart

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