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Cello Lessons: D Major - Arpeggio

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[MUSIC]
Very related to the D major
scale is the D major arpeggio.
Arpeggio is basically a scale
with a couple notes missing.
We're gonna actually gonna
skip over a couple notes.
In an arpeggio, consists of
the first scale degree which is D,
the third scale degree which is F sharp,
the fifth scale
degree which is A and
then we'll play the octave, the D again.
So, if we were walking up the scale,
the first scale degree is D [SOUND].
We're gonna skip the second
scale degree and
go straight to third finger, the F sharp.
We're gonna skip fourth finger and
go straight to the open A.
The first scale degree is
often called the root,
and though we have the root,
the third and the fifth scale degrees.
That's the core of our arpeggio.
I'll play the root, third and fifth, and
then I want you to
repeat it back after me.
[MUSIC]
Try that.
Ready, go
[MUSIC].
So we've got D,
we've got third finger on F sharp.
And we've got open A.
Let's add the D octave on top with
fourth finger on the A string.
That'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that on
the way up together.
Ready, go,
and,
[MUSIC].
Now let's reverse it, we'll go fourth
finger on the A string, open A.
Third finger on the D string, open D.
That's four, o, three, o.
Say it with me.
Four, o, three, o.
That is our downward arpeggio.
Let's find the top note by
walking up with our fingers.
The D fourth finger [SOUND].
Let's play our down arpeggio, four, three.
Ready, go, and.
[MUSIC]
Let's put
it all together.
So we'll play the arpeggio one
octave up and one octave down.
Let's do it together.
One, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
Arpeggios
are found in
melodies all the time.
And in fact, the opening of
Star Spangled Banner is just arpeggios.
It sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
Those are just the notes we just played.
Arpeggio's are great because
they spell out a harmony.
You can have a listener hear D
major with just these three notes.
[SOUND] Why don't we actually play that
opening to the star Star Spangled Banner.
It's starting on the fifth A and
it goes down from there and
then it goes all the way back up.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that together
with patriotic passion.
One, two
[MUSIC]
Say can you see.
Yes.
Let's practice the D major arpeggio,
one octave up and down,
with the drone and metronome.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Good, now, we're
gonna do all of our twinkle and
scale rhythmic variations
on the arpeggio as well.
So let's start with 16th notes,
we can practice this with the drone and
the metronome as well.
[MUSIC]
Three,
four-e-and-a
[MUSIC].
Let's do Mississippi Hotdog.
One, two,
Mississippi
Hotdog
[MUSIC].
Next is Run Jimmy.
Run, Jimmy, run, Jimmy.
[MUSIC]
Next
is the chugga
chugga which
is 16th
notes accents
on three.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Ready, set.
Go one, two, ready, go!
[MUSIC]
Good and
the last one
is the three,
three, two.
One, two, three, one two, three, one two,
one, two, three, one, two, three, set go.
[MUSIC]
You can
practice the arpeggio
with the drone and
the metronome,
and also with all of
these rhythms.
And spend a good amount of time on it,
maybe a week or two, and
send me your video.
I'm looking forward to seeing it.
[MUSIC]