I am progressing through my own music advancement during this final month of lockdown, especially on my cello, and am trying to create my new thumb calluses.
I have been doing double stop scales in an attempt to harden up my right thumb. It hurts....it may be rather like torture. I thought I already had a perfectly good callus that could work its way around the finger board but you won't know pain until you start double stop scales in thumb position!
Is it worth it?
Yes, but this is my desire. I want the scales done by spring. They are the final part of my lockdown mission.
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