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Cello Lessons: A Major - Improvisation

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Once you get comfortable practicing
the scale routine in A major,
we can start to get creative,
and explore different
combinations of notes,
within these hand positions.
First, I'm gonna improvise
with an A drone,
so that I'm always listening for
intonation and
hearing the quality of each interval.
I can do a guide tone improvisation on
each note of the scale.
I'll do two phrases on A, and
then I'll do two phrases on B, and so on.
I just did one phrase on A,
here's the second.
And it's always kind of nice
to vibrate on the long notes,
that end the phrases.
Let's move up to B.
The C
With a little hammer on.
Another hammer on.
So many hammer ons.
have to stay
extended to
do the note
beneath D.
F sharp.
is G-sharp.
That has the most rub and dissonance
in A-major, the 7th scale degree.
End on A.
So I would still highly recommend
to keep doing this guide tone
improvisation, with A major, or
any of the other scales that
you wanna be practicing.
Also, I wanted to work on a little
bit of patterns with A major,
like we did for G minor pentatonic.
I wanna show you how
the three note ascending, and
the four note ascending
pattern work on A major.
So we'll do this with the drone as well.
We have three notes going up.
Now I'm gonna do that pattern starting
from each scale degree.
I can
do a down to
three notes
going down.
are actually really
important to practice.
Because in the one octave routine that
I taught you in a previous lesson,
we're just starting at the bottom,
and we're going to the top, and
then we're heading back
down to the bottom.
But, we wanna get to know
the inside of the scale.
We wanna know what it's like to
move from each note in the scale,
because that's how melodies
work most of the time.
Let's do one more pattern.
Let's do four notes ascending and
then we'll do four notes descending.
Four notes
So, that's gonna help us improvise,
because it can give us some really quick
riffs to work into our improvisation.
And they always actually sound really cool
when you can play them faster like this.
You can practice little
short sets of patterns.
And if you play them faster,
it gives a really nice overall shape.
So practice these patterns and you can
even come up with your own pattern,
the pattern can be two notes long,
it could be three notes long,
it could be four notes long, and
you could choose any sort of direction.
You could be kind of arbitrary about it.
You could say,
I'm gonna do a three note pattern and
the first note is gonna go up, and
the second note is gonna go down.
They don't even have to
be next to each other.
So that might sound like this.
We go up and down, and
we'll try that again from B.
We'll go up and then down.
And then we'll start on C sharp and
we'll go up, and then down.
You can get creative and
create your own patterns and see,
once you come up with the pattern,
if you can take it through the scale.
Do some free exploration with the drone,
the metronome,
and even see how it feels
with the Jazz backing track.