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Cello Lessons: Write a Tune in A Major

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I want us to try a new
compositional experiment this time.
In the scale of A major, I want to
see if we can write a four part tune.
Like Atholl Highlanders Jig.
So we want a A section, a B section,
a C section, and a D section.
Now before we start to get really nervous,
and think,
I can't come up with that much music.
I think the easiest way to do this,
is to actually come up with a riff.
In Atholl Highlander's Jig, remember,
each section kind of had one main riff and
then it was just repeated
within that section, and
then we would change the riff for
the next section, and
I think we can do something very similar,
but come up with our own riffs.
Let me see if I can demonstrate.
I'm gonna play a four
section improvised
composition, and
I'm gonna have each section
focus on a different
riff, one, two,
three, four
Different riffs,
now a new riff,
last riff,
repeat the last
I don't think I was
using any techniques or
bowing or notes that
you haven't already played.
And so I want you to play around and
explore some riffs that you can create.
And if you just repeat the riff enough
times it will start to feel like
a section.
And if you can string four
different riffs together,
you are gonna have your
first four part composition.
I look forward to hearing your
composition in your video submission.