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Cello Lessons: “Little Liza Jane” (Beginner Bluegrass Tune)

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[MUSIC]
Let's learn the melody
to Little Liza Jane.
The first note is third finger on
the D string, that's an F sharp.
Let's find that note together.
[SOUND] All right.
The first couple notes are,
[SOUND] three, O, O, one, O.
Let's sing that.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Three, O, O, one, O.
Let's play that twice in a row now, okay?
Just with the singing of the numbers.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Three, O, O, one, O.
Three, O, O, one, O.
Okay, now let's pizz those
pitches on the cello.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Three, O, O, one, O.
Three, O, O, one, O.
Good.
The bowing for
this is we're gonna do [SOUND] down,
up, down, slur, up, down,
up, down, slur, up.
Let's say that together.
Ready, and.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
[SOUND] Let's play that.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Down, up, down, slur, up.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Let's keep doing it.
[SOUND] Two more times.
[SOUND] In the melody,
that will happen just twice, and
then it will be followed by these notes.
Three, O, one, O.
Let's sing that.
Three, O, one, O.
The lyrics for that little phrase
are actually the title of this song.
Little Liza Jane.
[MUSIC]
So, we can play that third finger twice.
It will sound like this.
Three, three, O, one, O.
Let's sing that together.
Three, three, O, one, O.
Good.
Let's pizz it together
now on the instrument.
You can keep singing
the numbers if you want.
Ready, and.
[SOUND]
>> Let's do that again.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] If you're holding
your bow while pizzing,
I tend to pizz with my
second finger on the cello.
You can also pizz with your
first finger if you want, but
if you're holding your bow
with the back of the hand,
I kinda feel most comfortable
pizzing with the second finger.
Let's try that phrase one more time.
[SOUND] Ready, pizz.
[SOUND]
Good.
Let's learn the bowing for that.
Little Liza Jane.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna play down,
up, down, up.
So we've got a two note slur in there.
Watch one more time.
[SOUND] Let's say it once more.
Down, up, slur, down, up.
Down, up, slur, down up.
Let's play it.
Ready and.
[SOUND]
Again.
[SOUND] Keep in mind,
because we're starting down bow,
we wanna make sure our bow starts
this phrase near the frog.
So we'll have to do a bow circle,
potentially,
to make sure we're right there.
Let's do it one last time.
Ready, and.
[SOUND]
Okay.
Let's put it together
with the first phrase.
I'll play the whole thing, and I want you
to sing along with the finger numbers, and
then we'll play it
together the second time.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Three, O, O, one, O.
Three, O, O, one, O.
Three, three, O, one, O.
Let's play it together.
Ready, and.
[SOUND]
Good.
That's the first half of the A section.
The second half of the A section
starts the same way.
[SOUND] But it has a different
ending that goes like this.
[SOUND] Three, three,
three, one, O.
Sing it with me.
Three, three, three, one, O.
We're gonna play it with the same bowing,
though.
So it'll be down, up, slur, down, up.
Say it with me.
Down, up, slur, down, up.
Let's put it together.
I'll play it one more time, and
then you join in the second time.
[SOUND] Okay, and.
[SOUND] That's the second ending.
So the whole second half
will sound like this.
[SOUND]
Let's play
that together.
Three, four.
[SOUND]
Good.
Let's play the whole A section now with
the first ending and the second ending.
Why don't I play it once and we can sing
the bow directions along with the melody,
and then the second time
through we'll play it together.
Starting from the beginning.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Down, up, down, slur, up.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Down, up, slur, down, up.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Down, up, down, slur up.
Down, up, slur, down, up.
Okay.
Let's play it together.
Ready, and.
[SOUND]
Good.
That's the whole A section.
Let's move on to the B section.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
B section starts
with the words little Liza.
Little Liza.
Okay, so we're gonna actually start on our
highest finger that we've learned so far,
fourth finger on the A string.
Let's find that note.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's sing the finger numbers.
Four, O, O, one, O.
Ready?
Sing four, O, O, one, O.
Now, let's pizz that on the instrument.
Ready and four, O, O, one, O.
One more time.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Now, let's add to that
the next part goes like this.
[MUSIC]
It's the same part,
same ending,
first ending from the A section.
Little Liza Jane.
You already know this.
It's three, three, O, one, O.
Let's play both of them together.
Okay?
I'll keep singing the finger numbers.
Ready?
And, four, O, O, one, O,
three, three, O, one, O.
Good.
One more time.
Ready, and.
Four, O, O, one, O,
three, three, O, one, O.
Now, the second half of
the B section starts
the same with our Little Liza.
Now, we're going to use the same second
ending that we had in the A section.
And that sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
So, let me put the whole second half of
the B section together.
Sounds like this.
Four, O, O, one, O, three,
three, three, one, O.
Let's play that together.
Ready, and.
Four, O, O, one, O, three,
three, three, one, O.
Good.
Let's play it with the bow now.
The bow direction is gonna go like this.
[MUSIC]
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Let's learn just that part
since that's the new part.
So let's say it.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Say it again.
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Good.
Let's play it on the instrument now.
Ready, and.
[MUSIC]
Down, up, down, slur, up.
Good, let's combine that
with the first ending.
Ready, and.
[MUSIC]
Down, up, down, slur,
up, down, up, slur, down, up.
Let's try that one more time.
Ready, and.
[MUSIC]
Good.
And now we'll play it
with the second ending.
[MUSIC]
Let's play
it together.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
That's the whole B section.
Let's play it through together.
Why don't I play it once, and
you can actually sing the bow
directions or the finger numbers.
Whichever you think you
wanna practice again.
And then the second time through,
we'll both bow them together.
Okay?
B section.
Three.
Four.
[MUSIC]
Let's
play it
together.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Think we're
ready to play
the whole tune.
Little Liza Jane.
I'll,
this actually is a slightly unusual form.
Instead of playing A, A, B, B,
we're just gonna play A, B.
So it's a slightly shorter form,
than Boil them Down Cabbage Down was.
[SOUND] Let's start at the top.
Why don't we play it together,
two times through?
From the third finger on the D string,
is our first note.
One, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
B
section.
[MUSIC]
The whole
thing, one
more time.
[MUSIC]
As you're
practicing this,
make sure that
you're getting
the slurs in
the right place and
you can use
the backing
track with or
without me.
[MUSIC]