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Cello Lessons: Introduction to Jazz

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Jazz is another really big umbrella
term for about a 100 years of music
influenced by many, many cultures.
But at its heart jazz is America's
art music, born in New Orleans and
developed in many centers,
particularly New York City.
And there's a lot of
famous jazz musicians,
many of whom you may have heard of.
And much like the 20th
century of classical music,
there's a lot of different
movements of jazz.
There's often a lot different
things happening and
there's a lot of different types
of jazz that we're going to cover.
Ultimately to me jazz is a few things,
jazz is a set of common repertoire
that are called standards.
But in addition to this
standard repertoire
jazz really represents
a commitment to improvisation.
And to ensemble playing
that's spontaneous and
not necessarily,
you won't always know whats gonna happen.
In standard jazz, different instruments
have very standardized roles, like a bass.
Bass player's gonna be walking bass lines.
And drummer.
Can't really demonstrate
everything a drummer does, but
a drummer is gonna be playing back beats
with the snare, and the high hats.
And it's gonna be sort of actually
dictating the level of swing
on the high hat.
[SOUND] And you'll have pianists and
guitarists that comp chords,
which means accompanying,
that's what comp is short for.
And they might sound like this.
And so they'll be
filling in a lot of the spaces.
And then you'll have an improvising,
a melodic Improviser,
a saxophone player or trumpet player.
So, there's a lot of different
instruments that we're gonna try and
emulate when we're learning
jazz on the cello.
The question is,
why do we wanna play jazz on a cello?
Well, there's so much great music, and
there's just a whole nother community
of people that you can get
to know by learning jazz.
I also think on a music training level,
jazz is a really, really,
important foundation to be
able to improvise at all,
but particularly improvise harmonically.
And to be able to hear chord changes and
be able to understand how to
contribute and fit in in any
style of music that has chords.
And so we're gonna be talking a lot
about harmony and scales with jazz.
There's a lot of music theory involved.
And really what it's about is
giving names to groups of notes.
If you're an intermediate or an advanced
cellist, you can play a lot on the cello.
And a lot of what we're gonna do in jazz
curriculum is learn what it is we're
And how to create music from scratch by
understanding the building
blocks of music.
Chords, scales, grooves, and so on.
This is definitely gonna be
an intermediate to advanced curriculum.
There are a few jazz tunes
that were already covered
in the beginner curriculum.
I would highly recommend you
to check those out, first.
And also, make some headway through
the intermediate technique videos.
Particularly one string scales and
two octave scales will get you
moving around the instrument.
And we'll need that as we dive into
the jazz repertoire of melodies and
all of the improvisational
possibilities of the cello.