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Cello Lessons: Non-Classical Pizzicato: Tremolo

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[MUSIC]
Tremolo is a really fun Italian
word that in classical music
when we use the bow means this.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
I'll develop the strength and
the independence of that second finger so
that if I speed it up,
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
And
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.
[MUSIC]