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Cello Lessons: Write a Tune in Eb Major

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[MUSIC]
Let's write a tune
in the key of E flat major.
I want to continue our exploration
of very specific ranges that
we tried in our last composition.
In our last composition,
we limited ourself to just the C and
the G strings, so
it was a really low piece.
Now I want to try something where we
have two sections of the piece and
each section has a different range, okay?
So I want the A section of this piece
to start again low on the C and
the G strings.
But then I want you to use the A and
the D strings for the B section.
This is actually a very
common structure for
tunes to have the B section
be higher than the A section.
In fact,
Deep River is no exception to that.
So let me see if I can improvise
a very simple composition and
I'll show you how to clearly
make different ranges for
different sections, okay?
So, here is
a low A section.
[MUSIC]
I'll repeat that now so
we have two A sections.
[MUSIC]
And I'll maybe end it slightly different.
[MUSIC]
Now the B section,
gonna move up to the D and A strings.
[MUSIC]
Now
repeat it.
[MUSIC]
And I'll give it a different ending.
[MUSIC]
Then if we repeat the composition,
we'll go back to the low section for
the next section.
And that's a really great way to compose
a piece that has a shape to it, okay?
So in E flat major I want you to write two
sections and I want the first section to
use the lower strings and the second
section to use the higher strings.
I can't wait to hear it.
[MUSIC]