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Cello Lessons: Bowing: The Waltz

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Before we learn Tennessee Waltz,
I wanna show you two kind
of default bowings for
the waltz,
that will help bring out the feel of this.
The waltz is in three-four, and
I won't demonstrate how to dance it,
cuz I'm not a good dancer, but
you can check out YouTube videos,
the waltz has specific steps,
but on the cello,
we're gonna want to play this
feel in two specific ways.
We're gonna want to go long,
long, short short, long, long,
short short, long long, short short, long.
Long, long, short short.
So that's a down, up, down, up,
down, up, down, up, down, up.
Do that in the air up.
Down, up, down, up.
Now on the cello, ready go.
You'll notice that
the strong beat is one.
And then the second
strongest beat is three.
Three one, three one.
Three, one.
Two is the weakest beat.
So three is really used to lead to one.
Let's practice this bowing,
in a g major scale one octave up and down.
One, two, three, and ready, set go.
I should
say in order
to make beat
two weak,
I'm kind of
lifting out
of the string.
I'm taking my weight out of the sound.
[SOUND] So, it's like heavy, light.
Heavy, light.
And yeah, that's the basic waltz feel.
The variation on that would go,
long, short short, long long,
short short, long long, short short,
long long, short short, long long.
Let's do that, on the G string.
Long, short.
Short, long, long short.
Short, long, long short.
This is a nice sort
of a kick on the and of two.
One two and three, one two and three, one.
And so it's a nice propelling rhythm,
that's different then the first bowing.
Let's play this one octave,
up and down in G Major.
One, two, three, one ready go.
When we learn
Tennessee Waltz,
you'll hear
both of these
bowings in
the melody.
And so it will really be good for
you to spend some time maybe
just running some scales,
and just zoning in on this field and
it will really help
us sound beautiful in
the Tennessee Waltz coming up.