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Cello Lessons: Non-Classical Pizzicato: Tremolo

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Tremolo is a really fun Italian
word that in classical music
when we use the bow means this.
You're just Shaking the bow back pretty
much as fast as you can.
But, if you develop this
as a pizicato technique,
it actually gives you some very
exciting sound possibilities.
So, I, when I tremolo i pretty much
always do it with my second finger,
and on the C string, I'm gonna do a down,
[SOUND] and then an up.
[SOUND] By the careful combination of
these two strokes over and over again.
I'll develop the strength and
the independence of that second finger so
that if I speed it up,
I can get what ultimately feels like
a sustained note.
And I actually, the faster I go,
I find myself kind of twisting my arm
out like this so that my second finger
can really just move up and down freely.
[SOUND] This is fun cuz you can play
cool Surf Rock songs like Misirlou.
However, as an isolated technique,
even I have sort of like
an endurance issue.
You can't do it for too long just cuz it's
a very small muscle to be relying on and
in order to get the really
big C string moving.
But I do find this technique is
applicable in ensemble settings,
maybe like in a sensitive jazz setting or,
even when I'm singing a song, and
like if I'm playing chords like,
if I'm like cadencing,
I can just sort of create
a little bit of sustain.
Just to hold a note,
maybe on the upper strings like this.
you can explore different ways to use it.
But I just wanted to show it to you,
it's a fun technique that I
discovered while spending time alone
late at night in a practice room.
When I probably should have been
working on something more applicable to
the classical music I was
learning at the time.
But yeah, tremolo,
it's really cool, pizzicato thing.