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Cello Lessons: D Minor Pentatonic - Scale

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Let's put our scale routine
to our new scale D Pentatonic Minor.
First, let's identify what makes
D Pentatonic Minor Different from D minor,
the scale we learned before.
There's a couple of different
kinds of minor scales.
So we would actually call
the first scale D natural minor.
That's probably the most commonly used
one and that's why we call it natural.
In D pentatonic minor,
we're actually gonna remove two notes.
Scales have seven notes and when we
take two out, we're left with five.
Which is where we get the word,
Penta means five, and tonic means sound.
So in a pentatonic scale,
we're gonna leave out the second and
the sixth scale degree.
Repeat after me,
in a minor pentatonic scale
we will leave out the second scale
degree and the sixth scale degree.
Which leaves us the root,
scale degree one,
the minor third, the fourth
The fifth.
We'll skip the sixth, and
go straight to the seventh.
A flat seven, and
then we finish with the d on top.
Let's try going up the scale together.
The fingering is o, two,
four, o, two, four.
Same fingering on both strings.
It's pretty easy.
Okay, together, we'll go up and
then we'll come down.
2, 3, 4.
[SOUND] And.
[SOUND] And.
Repeat the top note and
we'll come down.
Let's practice this,
with our drone and metronome, so
we can work on our intonation and
our rhythm.
[SOUND] We'll do whole notes,
half notes, quarter notes, and
then we'll actually,
we'll add eighth notes to this scale.
Starting with whole notes,
these are long bows.
Three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Up, two, three, four.
Two, three, four.
Two, three, four.
Two, three, four.
Two, three, four.
Repeat the top note.
And if you left all your fingers down, all
we'll have to do is lift the fourth finger
and the third finger,
to reveal the second.
And then open A.
Good, I hope you're still
thinking about your long tone when
you're playing the slow bow,
so that you're getting a rich,
deep sound with lots of arm weight
that's sinking into the string.
Remember, I don't want you to be lifting
your shoulder or lifting your arm.
I want a gentle, smooth slope all
the way from your shoulder to the bow.
Let's play half notes.
Three Four, one,
and change, and change.
Repeat the top note.
Now we'll move on to quarter notes, and
I'll just remind you to
keep your left wrist flat.
You don't want to collapse it like this.
Cuz then you can hurt yourself, and
you don't want to play like this either.
So try,
look at your wrist in the mirror and
make sure it's flat between your arm and
your hand.
Okay, quarter notes, two, three, four.
Now, we're gonna play twice
as fast with eighth notes.
Why don't you watch me once.
Because we haven't done this
with the scale of D yet.
Ready, and play.
Let's try
that together.
One, two, three, and four, and.
Very good.
Now, the D minor pentatonic arpeggio is
the same as the D natural minor arpeggio.
Cuz there only has the root,
third and fifth.
So you already know that.
Now that you've got
the scale routine down,
in the next lesson we'll work on
improvising in D pentatonic minor.