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Cello Lessons: Write a Tune in C Major

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We've composed tunes in a couple of scales
already, and
C major is gonna give us some new
possibilities that weren't
in the other scales.
We've got our low open strings
[SOUND] that are gonna resonate really
nice in this scale.
And now, we've actually got two
octaves that we've learned, so
we have a wider range.
You could just explore the scale on your
own after improvising with the drone and
with the metronome.
You'll get a feel for some of the types
of phrases that sound good in C major.
But I also wanna give you one thing
to think about in particular.
And when we were learning Minuet in C, I
talked a lot about sequences and patterns.
And they're gonna show up again and
again in a lot of different melodies.
And it's just this idea that
you're gonna take some idea,
whether it's a rhythmic pattern or
a sequence of notes,
a certain shape, and you're gonna repeat
it from different starting places.
So let me demonstrate a pattern.
I'll just do three notes up.
[SOUND] If I repeat that from a couple
different starting pitches,
it can give a really nice melodic shape,
and it will sound cohesive and connected.
Did a downward one.
Couple downwards, couple upwards.
And also, you can even use the full
scale or arpeggio in your melody.
There's a really famous piece by Bach,
the Prelude to the Third Suite,
which just starts with a really
big C major scale and an arpeggio.
That's how the whole piece starts, and
it's just a scale and arpeggio.
These are all tools that you've learned.
And so you can get creative in your
own way trying to combine them or
find new possibilities in C major.