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Cello Lessons: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Variations

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[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna
work on Run Jimmy.
Run Jimmy sounds like this.
Run Jimmy, Run Jimmy,
Run Jimmy, say it with me.
Run Jimmy, Run Jimmy,
Run Jimmy, Run Jimmy.
So it's a long-short-short,
long-short-short rhythm.
And on the bowing, we're gonna play down,
up, down, up, down, up.
So we're just gonna play as it comes.
That's how we say, as it comes,
when you just play back and
forth no matter what the rhythm is.
So we're gonna play Run Jimmy as it comes.
Which means that two long notes are
actually, the first one is down-bow, and
then the second long note
actually comes on an up-bow.
I'll demonstrate.
[MUSIC]
Play that with me.
Ready?
Go.
[MUSIC]
You'll notice because of the long note,
my bow travels all the way to
the middle or even past it.
[SOUND] And
then I have two short notes, up down.
[SOUND] And
then I have another long up-bow that
travels me all the way back to the frog.
[SOUND] And then two more short notes.
[SOUND] So put that all together,
it looks kinda cool actually,
how the bow is used in different parts.
[MUSIC]
Join me on the D string.
[MUSIC]
Unlike Mississippi Hot Dog or
Mississippi Stop Stop,
we actually are gonna try and
have a smooth,
continuous sound for Run Jimmy.
And so
we're gonna keep our fingers relaxed, so
that our bow changes are smooth.
Watch one more time.
[MUSIC]
Let's play this
rhythm over the melody of
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Let's do it together.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Very
good.
Practice this for a little while.
See if you can get a smooth,
continuous sound.
And then after you send
in a video response,
we can move on to the next variation.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now we're going to do one of my
favorite rhythms.
It's going to come in handy later in a lot
of bluegrass music and old time music.
It's called the chugga chugga.
Or you could also just call it,
sixteenth notes with accents on three.
So, if we were counting to four,
one, two, three, four, one, two,
three, four, one, two, three, four.
We already learned what accenting
on one sounds like, but
now we are going to accent on three,
which gives us a back beat.
So let's count and
exaggerate the accent on three together.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Good.
So we're going to try and
do that with the bow now.
Okay?
So it'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four, one,
two, three, four.
Join me on open D.
One, two, three, four, one, two,
three, four, one, two, three, four.
Four, one, two, three.
Four, one, two, three.
Four, one, two, three.
Four, one, two, three.
Four, one, two, three.
Four.
It's actually really helpful and
important to keep counting verbally
while you're learning this rhythm.
Because the loudest sound,
the accenting note, often will sound
like it's supposed to be the down beat.
But here it's the back beat,
it's the off beat that we're accenting.
So it's really helpful,
if you keep counting,
it helps you keep your
place in the rhythm.
Let's take this rhythm, and we're going
to play it over the twinkle melody,
real slow, one, two, three, and four and.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Very
good.
Try this with the backing track and you
can even play along with my performance
track, and
I look forward to seeing your video.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Mississippi Hot Dog.
I have no idea where the relationship
between Mississippi and
the Hot Dog comes in, but [SOUND], that
is the classic way to say this rhythm.
So again, we're just going to apply
this rhythm from the right hand
into the melody that we're
playing with our left hand.
Why don't you repeat after me?
It's obviously going to sound
like Mississippi hot dog.
So it's short, short,
short, short, long, long.
Repeat after me.
[MUSIC]
Ready, go.
[MUSIC]
Right.
Let's do that one more time.
Mississippi hot dog, ready go.
[MUSIC]
Mississippi hot dog.
Let's see what that sounds
like over the whole melody.
I'll play it once and
then I want you to join me.
[MUSIC]
You'll
notice
that I'm
playing
this kind
of around
this
section of
the bow.
Kind of maybe a quarter of the way out.
And I'm also stopping
the bow on the hotdog.
Some people even say
Mississippi stop stop for
this rhythm because you wanna stop and
then restart the bow.
[MUSIC]
Stop, stop.
So I'm playing a note and then letting my
weight just sink back into the string and
catch the string so the sound stops.
Try just one stop note.
[SOUND] Good.
Let's try a couple more of those.
Down and then up.
[SOUND] So
the bow never leaves the string.
[SOUND] Let's put it
back in the rhythm for
Mississippi hot dog.
[MUSIC]
Just join me on open D.
[MUSIC]
Let's play through
the whole song together,
at this slow tempo.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Good.
So we've got backing tracks at 40 beats
per minute and also performance tracking.
You can play along with me or without me,
working on your Mississippi
hot dog rhythm.
Give it a shot for
a week or two or so, and
then come back and
learn the next variation.
[MUSIC]