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Cello Lessons: The Ants Song

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[MUSIC]
So there's a really great song that we can
learn to help us remember
the name of the strings in order,
and it's called the Ants Song,
and it goes like this.
Ants, ants, ants digging in the dirt,
dirt, dirt, going under ground,
ground, ground, all the way to Cleveland,
Cleveland, Cleveland.
The words that I was saying,
obviously, whenever I changed strings,
started with the letter
that the string is called.
So ants [SOUND] is for the A string.
And then dirt [SOUND] is for the D string.
Ground is for the G string [SOUND], and
Cleveland is for the C string [SOUND].
The song's original form actually
used China for the C string,
which totally makes sense with
the text of digging underground.
But China doesn't actually
have the hard C sound.
So we're gonna say Cleveland.
Let's sing it together.
I'm just pizzing each string four times.
Pizzicato is when we use our first or
second finger of our right hand to
pull the string and release it.
And we'll do each string four times.
So without the vocals,
it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
And the vocals
are ants digging in the dirt,
going underground.
All the way to Cleveland.
Let's sing it together.
And we'll be singing the pitch
that the string sounds.
So, A is here.
[SOUND] Ants, ants, ants.
Okay.
Let's go through the whole song.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Ants, ants, ants, digging in the dirt,
dirt, dirt.
Going underground, ground, ground.
All the way to Cleveland,
Cleveland, Cleveland.
Very nice.
You can sing that song to yourself, you
can sing your kids to bed at night, and
learn the names of the cello strings,
all at the same time.
[MUSIC]