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Cello Lessons: “Boil Them Cabbage Down” Variations

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[MUSIC]
Now that you've learned the melody to
Boil Them Cabbage Down,
let's learn a couple of variations.
Okay?
So
we've learned this melody
in the run Jimmy rhythm.
And you already know
a couple of the rhythms,
that you can expect us to learn today.
Let's start with 16th
notes on this melody.
So remember, it's just four
subdivisions in the bow, for
every quarter note,
it will sound [SOUND] like this.
[MUSIC]
Join me on
the repeats.
Two, ready, play.
[MUSIC]
Let's
do it
again.
[MUSIC]
One thing that
I want you to notice,
is how smooth my bow changes are.
When I change direction of bow,
it doesn't, remember,
we wanna keep our right wrist and
our fingers kind of loose.
We don't want everything to
be locked in one position,
cuz that would sound kind of like this.
[MUSIC]
And so, we wanna keep loose bow changes,
smooth bow changes, so
that we get a continuous sound.
It sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
Keep that in mind,
as we play all of these rhythms.
Next, let's try 16th notes with the accent
on three, that I call the chugga
chugga cuz we're gonna do the chu on
the second chu chugga chugga anyway.
[SOUND] I'll play it as it'll sound, and
then I want you to join me
on the second time through.
One, two, three and four and.
[MUSIC]
One,
two, three,
four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One two three.
[MUSIC]
Join me now.
[MUSIC]
Ready, play.
[MUSIC]
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.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three.
One more time.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
Good.
The last rhythm we'll do with this is
the three, three, two, which remember,
if we're dividing eight notes into
three groups, it sounds like this.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
Count with me.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
And remember the special bowing for this.
We have an accent on an up bow.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Say it with me, and down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Let's try it with the melody.
[SOUND] I'll play it once, and then you
join me for the second, and third time.
Ready, and.
[MUSIC]
That note's
anticipated
a little
bit.
[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna
anticipate right here.
[MUSIC]
One last time.
[MUSIC]
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down, up.
Down up.
Down up.
Down up.
Down up.
[MUSIC]
Good.
You can try all of these variations
with the backing track, and we can
even add the double stops that we added as
a melodic variation in the last lesson.
[SOUND] Let's hear how maybe the 16th
notes would sound with double stops.
[SOUND] I'll play it once,
and then you join me.
Two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
You can take
the double stops, and
add them to all of the rhythmic
variations that we did,
when you feel comfortable.
But first, focus on the rhythms with just
the single line melody that we learned.
And you can practice all the variations
just in a row, as you like, but
when you perform the tune,
you would wanna include the B section.
Do you remember the form,
when we perform a fiddle tune?
That's right.
It's A, A, B, B.
We play both sections twice,
and it spells AABB.
[MUSIC]