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Cello Lessons: Finding Chords: Major

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The major chord is
probably the most used chord.
You've probably heard of it.
Let's find the easiest way
to play it on the cello.
For all of the chords on the cello,
because we have four strings
that are all a fifth apart,
this finger pattern is going to work for
every major chord in any octave,
so that's a good thing.
Let's play a D major chord.
So from the bottom string, we're gonna
finger one and then bar that one.
We'll have two ones [NOISE] and
then [NOISE] third finger.
So the first finger's kinda flat in
order to hit two strings at once.
Then we have the third finger on top.
So all together,
we have these three notes.
We have the root, the fifth and the third.
For every chord you're gonna
want to have those chord tones.
This is your default three finger major
chord that you can use all over the cello.
You can walk it up.
Play it in any octave.
And this is what, maybe,
a short chord progression would
sound like with this fingering.
I was just playing
a D chord A chord D chord G chord,
all the same finger pattern.
I just moved it around.
Our default four finger chord finger,
is we're just gonna add the fourth finger
and that actually gives us the root of
the chord on the top and the bottom..
And, again,
you can move this anywhere on the cello.
Major chords are gonna
get you very far in life.
When you start playing jazz,
we're probably gonna be playing
more major seven chords.
Our default major chord has a root,
a 3rd, and a 5th.
We're gonna add a 7th to
it in a lot of Jazz styles.
So the seventh of D is C-sharp,
and our default
major seven hand shape would be one,
one, three, three.
Sounds like this.
[SOUND] It's hard to get in tune.
[SOUND] There.
Have to do like weird things with my arm.
But the reason this is actually so
hard is cuz you kinda have to destroy your
hand position, your melodic hand position,
that is, so you can bar the first finger,
and the third finger.
[SOUND] So you wanna make sure that you're
kind of like pulling into the instrument
with the arm and
not just squeezing with the hand.
this you can move around as well.
[SOUND] Every time you're
shifting with chords,
make sure you're releasing left hand so
that you're not holding
the tension as you shift.
A much easier way to play the seventh
chord is with the three-note voicing,
and that fingering is one,
[SOUND] four extended, [SOUND] two.
[SOUND] So we're leaving out the fifth,
but we're keeping the third and
the seventh and the root.
The third and the seventh are the most
important notes of any chord,
because that tells us the quality of
the chord, whether its major or minor.
So this one-four-two hand
shape sounds like this.
[SOUND] And again,
it will work in any octave and in any key.
That's a nice,
major, sound.
Those are your major hand shapes.
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