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Cello Lessons: C Major - Scale & Arpeggio

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[MUSIC]
Let's learn
the full C Major Scale.
Because the lowest note of
our instrument [SOUND] is C.
We're actually gonna learn this in
two octaves, for the very first time.
So [SOUND] on the C and
G strings, our fingering for
this scale is just gonna be O,
one, three, four,
and then [SOUND] O, one,
three, four, again.
And it'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
Now, I'm actually gonna
keep going up, for the second octave.
And I'm gonna walk from this C,
[SOUND] all the way to the next C.
On the D and A strings,our C major
fingering is O, one, two, four.
O, one, two.
So actually our hand shapes are gonna
be the same for the top two strings,
[SOUND] and they'll be the same for
the bottom two strings.
The one difference is on A and D strings,
we'll be using the second finger.
On C and G strings,
we'll be using third finger.
Let me play the second octave.
[MUSIC]
So that's
our high C.
[SOUND] Which is two
octaves above our low C.
[SOUND] Walking down is gonna
be the same hand shapes.
So let's just see, what that sounds like.
[MUSIC]
Second octave.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna practice this in
the same rhythmic routine,
we've been practicing the other scales.
So we're gonna put of course, the drone
on, so we listen to our intonation.
We'll also play with a metronome.
[MUSIC]
Why don't we practice this scale in whole
notes, half notes,
quarter notes and eighth notes.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
Open C for four clicks then
first finger, four clicks.
[MUSIC]
Really try and get a nice rich sound,
down at the bottom of the instrument.
[MUSIC]
Remember to
leave all of
your fingers down,
as we walk up
each string.
[MUSIC]
Now,
we're gonna stop here.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna head back down.
Don't repeat the top note.
[MUSIC]
I
love
doing
this
slow
practice.
It's kind of like the most relaxing thing,
you can ever do.
And it's a great way to start a practice
routine by just playing some slow scales,
and just breathing, and really
listening to the rub of the different
intervals against the drone because
they all have a different feeling.
Let's go on through the routine.
I'll walk you through it in this scale,
and in the future scales after we learn
the notes,
I'll let you do the routine on your own.
But, as we do half notes in this scale,
[MUSIC]
I want us to actually add vibrato.
Normally, we're gonna have our default
sound be without vibrato in all scales.
But you can also consciously practice
with vibrato to work on the evenness,
that we've talked about in our melodies.
So, let's play half notes with vibrato.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
It doesn't have to be a fast vibrato,
just a nice, medium relaxed vibrato.
[MUSIC]
See if you can
breath in and
out really fully,
while you
are playing
the scale.
[MUSIC]
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
Nice.
Let's do quarters and
eighth notes now without vibrato.
Two, three four.
[MUSIC]
And
eighth
notes,
ready,
go.
[MUSIC]
Whenever you
practice this scale,
you should always practice
the arpeggio with it.
So, we learned the notes of the arpeggio
when we were talking about chords for
You Are My Sunshine, but
I'll review them here.
We have C, [SOUND] the root.
E, [SOUND] is the major third.
And G, [SOUND] is the fifth.
Then we're gonna repeat
that in the next octave.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna end with a high C again.
[MUSIC]
Now, play it down.
[MUSIC]
The fingering for
the C Major Arpeggio is O, [SOUND] three,
[SOUND] O, [SOUND] four, [SOUND] and
then one, [SOUND] four, [SOUND] two.
[SOUND] Practice this with a drone and
the metronome at whole notes,
half notes, quarters and eighth notes.
[MUSIC]