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Cello Lessons: “Tennessee Waltz”

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[MUSIC]
Okay, Tennessee Waltz,
it's gonna be a great tune for
us to explore some various ornaments and
slides typical to bluegrass.
Let me teach you the core melody first,
so we start on the up beat.
Three and one, two, three and one, two.
Because in the waltz,
three always leads to one.
Okay.
So we're in the key of G major.
And it starts like this.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that together.
One, three.
One, three.
One, two.
[MUSIC]
Good, okay.
Let me keep adding to that before
we start adding the ornaments.
[MUSIC]
The second phrase is,
four one, one four.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that together, and.
[MUSIC]
Actually, even that phrase,
what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna go down from G [NOISE] to E.
[MUSIC]
At the end.
Okay.
Let me play everything we got so far.
Listen once, and
then we'll do it together.
[MUSIC]
Let's
play that much.
One, two, three, one two.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Now the second half.
[MUSIC]
Three, one,
two, three, one.
[MUSIC]
Four four,
one, let's play that and.
[MUSIC]
Let me add to it.
[MUSIC]
Ready and.
[MUSIC]
Let me add two more notes.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
let's play that much.
One, two.
[MUSIC]
We can add two more notes, actually,
just to fill the time at the end.
[MUSIC]
[SOUND] Just one.
And we can kind of slur that.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Let me put all this together,
before we get too far along.
And I'm gonna play the whole
A section that we've learned so far.
Listen the first time.
Sing along the second time.
And then play with me the third time.
[MUSIC]
Sing
along.
[MUSIC]
Now
let's play
it together.
[MUSIC]
The bowings
I'm doing,
you know, they can
change every time.
But I'm pretty much always doing
beat three on an up bow, and
then coming down on the down beat.
That's going to help our waltz feel.
And we can use the waltz bowing
patterns in this melody.
So this is the whole first part
of the A section, and basically,
we're gonna repeat most of it but we're
gonna have a slightly different ending.
So the next big phrase sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
Starts the same.
[MUSIC]
And
it's new.
[MUSIC]
This first time through on
the A section ends like this.
[MUSIC]
When we play it the second time,
the new ending is gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
So it's cadencing
us all the way back to G.
Repeat after me.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So it's four, four, four.
Let's play it together.
[MUSIC]
And then we add to that.
[MUSIC]
I'm just walking down the G scale.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Let's play it together.
That whole ending.
One two.
[MUSIC]
Let's just play that a couple times.
[MUSIC]
Up,
down, up.
And we start up.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
[MUSIC]
We do that little,
little ending there,
just to mark the second
measure of that last note.
Okay, we've learned most of this tune now.
Let's put it in context.
I'm going to play both this A and the A
prime section, with different endings.
We'll do the trifecta, which means you
listen once, sing the second time, and
then we'll play it
together the third time.
[MUSIC]
Let's
sing
together.
[MUSIC]
Let's
play
it.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
so now
we've made
it to the
bridge.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The beginning of this
song goes extra high.
And it goes like this.
[MUSIC]
Let's just learn that phrase.
[MUSIC]
Four, O, one, one, one, one, O.
[MUSIC]
I did our little waltz bowing there.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that together.
[MUSIC]
Next phrase.
[MUSIC]
Three, one.
[INAUDIBLE]
[MUSIC]
Three, one, three, two, three, one.
It's hard to count the waltz, but so
this second phrase starts on beat three.
[MUSIC]
okay, Now, put those together.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that
together there.
[MUSIC]
Then
we go low.
[MUSIC]
That's also three,
four, O, O, O, one,
O, three, one.
It kind of ends the same way,
as we did earlier in the piece.
[MUSIC]
Let's play that together, and.
[MUSIC]
I'm instinctively kind
of changing the way I play that.
[MUSIC]
Sometimes I do that fast, and
sometimes I go.
[MUSIC]
I'll talk more about the rhythmic variety,
inherent in a tune like this, in the
upcoming lesson, Imitating Vocal Phrasing.
But why don't we make the slow
version our default version.
[MUSIC]
So it's just straight, like that.
Let's play it together, and.
[MUSIC]
That is
the whole bridge.
Let's do the trifecta with the bridge.
Listen first, sing twice, and
then play with my the third time.
[MUSIC]
Let's
sing.
[MUSIC]
Play
it.
[MUSIC]
Good.
The last part of this melody is that
second A section that we learned.
[MUSIC]
So,
there's four big
phrases to this tune.
I think of them as A, A prime, B, A prime.
That's the whole tune.
Let's see if we can play through the whole
tune, in one of our waltz bowings.
When we do the waltz bowing, it might,
it will actually end up repeating
a few of the melodic notes.
[SOUND] Let me just demonstrate.
So if we're doing long, long,
short, short, long, long.
It sounds like this, one, two.
[MUSIC]
Long, long,
short, long,
short, long, short,
short, long.
[MUSIC]
Let me play
the rest of it.
[MUSIC]
So
you hear how this
bowing
[MUSIC]
changes the feel
of the melody.
[MUSIC]
Let's play it together in long,
long, short, long, ready.
[MUSIC]
Short, short, long, long, short,
short, long, long, short,
short, long, long.
[MUSIC]
It's
always
nice to
end with
a little
arpeggio,
on a
waltz.
I want you to try applying both of
the waltz bowings to this melody,
Tennessee Waltz.
And in some subsequent lessons, I'm gonna
talk to you about some specific slides and
ornaments to really make
this melody come to life.
But before we finish learning it,
we have to learn the chords really quick.
Because remember if you're in a Bluegrass
jam, you're more likely to be playing
the chords most of the time,
as the melody gets tossed around.
So the chunks of chords
that we're gonna learn are
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G7, C, C.
[MUSIC]
C, C, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, E, E, E, E.
[MUSIC]
D, D, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G7 down to C, C.
[MUSIC]
C, C, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, E, D, D, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G, G,
B7, B7, C, C, C, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G, G, E, E, E, D.
[MUSIC]
D, D, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G7, C, C.
[MUSIC]
C, C, G, G.
[MUSIC]
D, D, D, G.
[MUSIC]
I'll write out the chords in
a downloadable file for you for
this tune, but do try and
remember to think of them in chunks.
So, I think of them in these chunks
[MUSIC]
G, G,G, G.
[MUSIC]
GGGG.
[MUSIC]
D, G, G, G7, C, C.
So, we have G, G, G7, C.
Then the next chunk is
[MUSIC]
G, D.
[MUSIC]
D, D, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, E, E, E, D, D.
G, E, D, D, at the second chunk.
The third chunk
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G7, C, C.
Third chunk is same as the first.
Then the fourth chunk is
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G.
[MUSIC]
G, D, D, D, G.
[MUSIC]
G, D, G, G.
The bridge is G, B7, C, G.
That's the first four chord chunk.
G, B, C, G.
[MUSIC]
G, G, G, G, G, B7.
[MUSIC]
B7, C, C, C, G.
Then we have G, E, [SOUND] D, [SOUND] D.
[SOUND] G, E, D, D.
[MUSIC]
And then the A prime section
has those other chords.
So I just wanted to show you
of how I think of these cords.
I definitely, am still thinking
of them in four chord chunks and
with the transcription of the tune,
you'll have that.
Try practicing the chords in
the waltz bowing, of course.
[MUSIC]
G, then G7,
then F natural, C.
[MUSIC]
You can just play fifths
[MUSIC]
In the waltz bowing.
[MUSIC]
And that's
the general feel.
And yeah, I look forward to
hearing you play this tune.
Do check out these other videos
about the slides, ornaments, and
other stylistic stuff.
And that will really help you
as you're learning this tune.
Before you send the submission to me.
[MUSIC]