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Cello Lessons: Write a Tune in D Major

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We spent enough time in D major
that now it's time to get creative.
Okay, we're gonna write a tune in D major.
So what does this really mean?
Now that you're a composer,
what is involved?
Well, what you don't need to do is you
actually don't need to know how to read or
write music.
We're gonna create a piece
in D major on the instrument
using the notes that you
already know how to play.
And I also, I don't want you to feel
like you have to write a full symphony.
You don't have to write
something 20 minutes long.
We're just gonna write something
really short just to start exploring
what it's like putting
together some notes.
So, I'm just gonna just compose a tune for
you on the spot right here.
It's kind of an improvisation,
but I'm gonna try and
give it a very clear form, so
that it feels like a melody.
Tune number one in D major by Mike Block.
You heard it here first.
Basically, all I did when
I was improvising that,
is I was thinking of making a repeated
phases, kind of like the stuff we've
learning in the fiddle tunes, Boil Them
Cabbage Down and Little Liza Jane.
And I also was kind of thinking
of having two different sections.
The first section was on the D string and
the second section was on the A string,
And also I tried to end the each
section with a similar ending.
Sort of like what we saw
in Little Liza Jane.
You can take any ideas from other tunes,
and steal them, and make them your own.
I think it was Pablo Picasso who
said that the best artists steal.
And that, only good artists borrow.
So, feel free to steal
anything you've learned in
the melodies we've already made.
And I look forward to
hearing your tune in D major.