Cello Advanced III

Cello Advanced III: Week #3

Week #3


List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Bow exercises, C major in a round(using new rhythms), Trill exercise 

Scale: D Melodic minor (getting comfortable with going up and down the scale and looking at it in a higher octave)

Technique: Melodic minor, quick triplets under slurs(3 notes to a bow), alternate fingerings to open strings.

Repertoire: Minuet I measures 9 - 16 and  ‘Tarentella’ measures 9-12.


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We played through measures 1-8 of Minuet I as a class, relying on our metronome practice over the last week. I’m hoping this section feels pretty comfortable at this point. I checked in with everyone about the “trill” and we continued working on our trilling techinque to get it a little faster. 

Next, we started piecing together the next section, measures 9-16, of Minuet I. We discussed unfamiliar fingerings and worked on the new section with the bow only, paying careful attention to bowing directions, and then left hand only, paying careful attention to the fingerings that are marked similar to Week 2. 

Moving forward with the D melodic minor scale, we learned how it applies to our exercise piece ‘Tarentella” by identifying places in the piece that iterations of the scale are found. For example, measure 9. Where else?

We then worked on some of those scales in the context of the music. We worked on playing measure 9-12 with a metronome in a steady but slow tempo, paying attention to using correct bowings and fingerings.


Assignment for next week:

Playing the Bach like music:

Step away from the metronome a little bit and play through what we know. Always know what tempo you want to play first, however, even if not using a metronome. Clap out a few measures so you have a tangible reference for your tempo. 

It is important to keep a consistent tempo. Think about the character of a Minuet and that it is a dance character. As in classical style, there should be a slight emphasis on the first beat of every measure, rather than emphasis on the ends of the measures. Think about the long line of the music and treat those phrases like sentences. Listen again to the recording provided and pay attention to how the music stops and starts, pulls and pushes, like a story or person would when speaking.


‘Tarentella’ for Sight Reading skills: 

Keep reinforcing what we worked on in measures 9-12. See if you can put together the next 8 measures or so. Keep in mind that Rhythm is always the most important thing when sight reading, not the notes. See if you can put together the rhythm before adding in the notes. Remember you can always try clapping or singing through the rhythm first before jumping in.


How to Practice this at home

Record yourself playing as much of the Bach Minuette 1 as you feel comfortable on your iphone and listen back. Try playing it through 3 times in a row before you listen.

Write down a few observations and tell me what you noticed in our next class. “I sound fabulous!” “this is way better than i thought!” “whoa, that’s way faster than i need to go?!” “My accents are SO heavy. Maybe I like that? Maybe I don’t?” are all great things to notice! There are no wrong answers, but try to be nice to yourself. This is just to help with our progress. Listening to yourself is one of the quickest ways to make progress and improvements. I’m always here for you of course, but I can’t say enough how valuable it is to BE YOUR OWN TEACHER.  (:

After you listen and make some observations, feel free to do one more round of recording and see if anything has changed.