Cello Advanced II

Cello Advanced II: Week 2

Week 2:

Review: A minor, hooked bows

We reviewed the A minor scale, and added hooked bows to the scale (see last week’s worksheet). These may be tricky at first but keep practicing them throughout the semester: they are instrumental to the piece!  For reference, listen to the recordings of the A minor scale with hooked bowings.

A minor scale, Crescendo, decrescendo

We also explored crescendo (growing louder) and decrescendo (growing softer) in our playing. This is created by a combination of increasing speed and pressure during the bow.  Practice the A minor scale with separate bows, starting on an up bow (see worksheet). Aim for a dramatic change in volume - really soft to really loud, and vice versa.

“Moon over ruined castle”

This is a small exercise that will help your 4 position skills.  It’s supplemental and not required to learn, however we will review it once next week. Aim for the song to sound lyrical as you play. Listen to recording for reference.

PDF: Moon over ruined castle 4th pos.


La Cinq: mm. 1-8

We looked at the first 8 bars of “La Cinquantaine.” A couple notes:

  • For now, please disregard the grace notes (first two notes) of measures 2 and 4.

  • For now, disregard the trill in measure 7. We’ll add these in later, after some training on how to execute them.

  • As you can see, the first shift is from the first finger on D (E) in 1st position to 3rd finger on A (E) in 3rd position. Remember that harmonic to test the E’s accuracy!

  • Also note the dynamic - pp, which means very soft. Remember to aim for a light, delicate sound - relatively little pressure, especially on the hooked bows.

  • When sliding to the A harmonic, practice a “ski-slope” mentally: your shift is fast, light, and not “stuck” in the string. As soon as you touch the A harmonic you can let go of it, so the movement is like a ski-jumper. Fly off the string!

  • The double-dotted half-note in measure 7 lasts until the “and” of 4. Counted the bar in eighth notes, like so: “1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &” and move to the eighth note A0 on the last “&”.

PDF: La Cinquantaine