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Cello Lessons: Bowing: The Chugga-Chugga

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[MUSIC].
The basic groove of like all of bluegrass
is what I call the chugga-chugga,
chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga,
chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga.
And basically it's built off of this
endless stream of subdivisions and
you're accenting the third
of every four note grouping.
One, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.
Say it with me.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four, one, two,
three, four.
Let's try that on an open D string.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.
I want you to spend the next four years
of your life playing in the chugga-
chugga bowing because you
wanna internalize this feel.
It's actually very different from
any of the feels that I played,
growing up playing classical music.
This off-beat accent.
So it's it's own feel that
you really wanna internalize.
The best way to internalize it
is to practice it in scales.
Let's try a D major scale, one octave up
and down, in the chugga chugga bowing.
A one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC].
Good, though the hard thing about
that is that your left hand is
changing [SOUND] notes.
Not when your bow is accenting.
So when your bow is doing the strongest
accent, your left hand is not moving, so
that's the coordination thing to work on.
Practice this bowing.
And as I'm teaching all
of these bluegrass tunes,
you're gonna hear this bowing as
a fundamental rhythmic underpinning,
for pretty much everything in bluegrass.
[MUSIC]