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Cello Lessons: Introduction to Classical

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[MUSIC]
Classical music is a huge umbrella
term for
music that was written over a hundreds of
years from many, many different countries.
So I want to break down a little bit
about what classical music really means.
And what it's gonna mean for
our curriculum here at ArtistWorks.
Classical music at it's core to me, is
actually simply music that's written down.
The lineage of classical music goes
all the way back to Gregorian Chant.
We learned the Gregorian Chant in
the beginner curriculum, Dies Era and
music was a part of the church
services for many, many years.
And it was Pope Gregory who decided
to notate some of these chants and
that's why it's called Gregorian chant.
That was the first music ever notated and
that tradition
eventually evolved into what we
now know as classical music.
However, the general canon of classical
music that people perform today
is usually limited.
And I say limited almost ridiculously,
it's limited only from about the 1600s and
after.
We don't play a lot of Renaissance
music as classical musicians,
it's almost like a different specialty.
But classical music education pretty
much begins in the Baroque period,
which is about 1600 to 1750.
And it's usually marked
by the time that Bach,
Johann Sebastian Bach died in 1750.
After that, we get what's actually
called the Classical period.
I'll talk more about the Classical Period,
but that's where we get
the term classical music.
It was during the Classical
period that Haydn, Mozart and
Beethoven really started to make
stamps on the world as composers.
And composers became famous people.
And so that's the tradition that then
got built on in the Romantic Period and
in 20th century music.
In our ArtistWorks classical curriculum,
I'm gonna divide things by these
different eras of the music development.
For cello specifically,
the way that people
learn classical cello is always a one and
one private lesson.
That's the way I learned it.
And no matter what your background
if you play cello chances are,
you've already had a fair
amount of one on one lessons.
And so it's actually,
I was trying to think about how to
teach classical music online where we
can't necessarily talk in real time.
So the curriculum that I've got
laid out is gonna cover a couple
beginner tunes, a couple advanced tunes
and a couple of intermediate tunes.
And then one advanced tune and actually
it's not gonna be a direct curriculum.
I'm gonna have some
recommended beginner pieces and
some recommended intermediate
pieces that I'll want you to learn
before you go through the whole
curriculum as it's laid out.
But the main way that classical
music is taught is a teacher
reacts to a student's performance.
So I'm really gonna emphasize the video
submissions for this curriculum.
We really won't be able to get
very far in classical music
without me hearing you play and
giving you very personalized feedback.
So this will deal with technical and
musical issues.
But also, whenever we decide what's
the next piece we wanna learn.
That's a very personal choice as you're
developing as a classical musician.
So I wanna be able to have some
conversations with you and
make sure that every time we
learn a new piece together.
That we both agree that it's
something that you wanna play and
that I think you're ready for, okay?
The repertoire in classical
music tends to have a higher
technical requirement in order to
be able to play on this instrument.
I would say,
a higher technical requirement
than maybe some Bluegrass music or
even jazz might require.
And so
I wanna really encourage you to start
diving through the general
technique videos.
Start at the beginning of
the intermediate section,
even if you feel like you are an
intermediate or advanced player already.
I've laid out a lot of really
important fundamental principles.
That I myself spent a lot of time working
on, even in college and after college.
And so it's really important that we
both start on the same page technically.
And particularly the one string scales and
the two octave scales.
I'm gonna want you to go
through those lessons and
do some video responses and
video exchanges.
Before we even embark on some of
these beginner classical tunes,
cuz we're gonna start shifting more.
And I really want to be
developing our technique
in combination with
the classical repertoire.
I'm really excited to go
down this road with you.
And check out the first classical
piece in the curriculum
which is gonna be the Boccherini Minuet
from the Classical period.
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