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Cello Lessons: 2 Octave Natural Minor Scale & 7th Arpeggio Routines

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We've got a new scale to learn.
It's the natural minor scale.
It also has the fancy
Greek name of Aeolian.
I always push up my fake glasses
when I use greek names for scales.
The aeolian, or natural minor scale,
is related to the major scale.
If we were playing G major,
the natural minor mode of that
scale would start on the note E.
So we're gonna learn it in E today,
E natural minor.
Basically, when you take the major
scale If you flat the third,
it becomes a minor scale.
And for Aeolian, we're also going
to flat the sixth scale degree and
the seventh scale degree.
So I'll talk you through the notes.
We've got E.
[SOUND] Our second scale
degree is F sharp.
then we have G natural it's gonna make
the minor third, then A, B, and C natural.
C natural is the flat sixth.
[SOUND] And then flat seven is D natural,
ending in E.
[SOUND] I'll play it down.
I'm gonna play the scale
routine in E natural minor with
the drone and the metronome.
I'll start at quarter notes and
I'll go through sixteenth notes.
Remember we're always gonna play four
clicks per bow.
So we're
always gonna
be slurring
the same
Eighth notes.
I also want you to practice the whole
notes and half notes for
this scale as well,
and that would be the full routine.
The arpeggio for E natural minor.
We'll do a seventh chord arpeggio,
which means we have
the roots [SOUND] the third,
the fifth and the seventh.
E, D, B,
G natural And E.
I'm gonna start this on first finger,
and I'm gonna do the same rhythmic
routine with the metronome and
drone in this two octave E minor scale.
I'll demonstrate for you.
[SOUND] Starting with whole notes three,
Using the full bow for
each note
Notice that as I'm playing these
arpeggios I'm leaving my
fingers down until I need them again, so
that my hand position is being
solidified through the exercise.
Keep breathing.
The whole upper
Is in one hand position.
And 16ths
After you work on this in E minor,
really getting the fingering down,
work on it in a different key every day.
And you'll get to know
the natural minor scale.