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Cello Lessons: D Major - Scale

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Now we're gonna learn the scale
that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star uses.
Every melody exists within a scale for
the most part, and
Twinkle Exists in the world of D major.
D major is gonna be our best friend for
few tunes and
we'll be using this scale for
a number of pieces of music.
The scale,
we're gonna play it in one octave.
Which basically means we're gonna walk
up from D all the way until
we get to the next D.
This is another D.
Fourth finger on the A string is a D,
one octave higher than our open D string.
If you play them together,
it should sound very resonant
because they're the same note.
The word octave, just so you know,
comes from the fact that if you're walking
up from D, the next D is the eighth note.
Octave, like an octagon.
So, let's find these fingers.
We did a walk-up in Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star.
We put down our first finger, second
finger, third finger and fourth finger.
Now, actually we're only gonna use
the first finger, the third finger and
the fourth finger.
And, we're gonna skip two.
So, if I do that walk-up on the D string,
it'll sound like this.
Let's do that
walk up together.
We're skipping second finger.
Ready, go,
Now to finish the scale,
we're actually gonna
take that exact same finger
pattern from the D string and
we're gonna play it on the A string.
Let's do that together.
Three and
four and
Now let's play the whole
scale going up from open
D to fourth finger on the A string.
One, two, ready, go.
Let's try one more time, and
I want you to notice that I'm
leaving all of my fingers down
again as I do the walk-up.
When I play the third finger I'm
not releasing my first finger and
then doing the same as I walk up.
All my fingers are staying down because
we wanna move as little as possible.
Let's do the whole walk-up one more time.
Three, four.
Now leave your hand there.
We're gonna try and go all the way down
the scale, from the fourth finger on
the A string, we're gonna walk
down all the way to the open D.
Listen once, or
just join me right away if you wish.
The fingering on the way down is four,
three, one.
And then four, three, one.
Again, let's do it together.
Do a walk up to find where your
fourth finger is on the A string.
Let's find our first note.
Make sure yours matches mine and
let's do the scale together.
Three, Four.
I'm also doing a little quick walk up
on that D string as well while I'm
playing the open A in order to make sure
my fourth finger is in the right place.
Let's do the whole walk
down one more time.
So, I'm gonna find fourth finger
by walking up my fingers.
Let's find the first notes.
We'll play all the way down.
Ready, go.
As we're playing more and
more with the left hand I want
you to think about your wrist.
Your left wrist and
make sure that you're not playing
with it sticking out or sticking in.
This is actually more common,
people will bend their wrists and
that actually can end up
hurting after a while.
So you wanna keep your wrists
completely straight here.
Let's play the scale all the way up and
all the way down.
This is one octave of D major.
One, two, ready, go.
We're gonna repeat the top note.
Now we're going to use
our drone backing track.
Our D drone.
We're going to play the same scale
while listening to the drone.
That way we're going to be listening for
our intonation to make sure
all the notes are in tune.
You can try and tune to me but
also hear how each interval of this scale,
each different note, sounds different, and
has a different feeling when
you play it against the drone.
>> D drone.
>> [MUSIC]
With the drone,
let's play the scale
one octave up and
down, three, four.
Now we're gonna add
a metronome to the drone and
we're gonna practice this scale
one octave up and down again.
Listening for intonation with the drone,
and we're also going to play
one note of the scale with each click
of the metronome to work on our rhythm.
>> D drone.
>> [MUSIC]
One, two, ready, go.
You can practice this scale on your own,
with the metronome and
the drone, to work on your intonation and
your rhythm.