Cello Advanced III

Cello Advanced III: Week #4

Week #4


List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: C major tone creation/sound cluster improvisation with dynamics. Bow exercises

Scale: C Major. G Major. D Melodic minor(low octave)

Technique: Playing with character, sight reading skills.

Repertoire: Minuet I Measures 16-end, “ What a Wonderful World” introduction


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We reviewed all previous technique and material, while introducing measures 16-end in the Bach Minuette I. This part of the piece is a little trickier, so we are taking our time paying careful attention to using the correct bowings and fingerings. We talked about physical endurance and how to save energy while playing(for example, using less physical motion when crossing strings if it isn’t necessary). We went through all the bowings and fingerings so you can keep working on it yourself.

We looked at our Cello Ensemble piece “What a Wonderful World” for the first time. It is in three parts, and all parts are the same difficulty. No part is any easier or harder than another. Since we are Sight Reading this new piece, we took some time to identify important instructions in the music such as Tempo, Key signature, Time Signature, Clef, etc. 


Assignment for next week

Keep putting together the rest of Minuet I, utilizing all the skills and techniques we have been discussing over the last few weeks. Pay close attention to using the marked bowings and fingerings, as they are there to help you navigate the piece correctly. Try to make it to the end, in terms of trying out the fingerings and bowings, even if you aren’t able to work as closely on certain parts. 

Take a look at your “What a Wonderful World” parts and identify any spots that might still be tricky for you. Please work through what you can, but don’t be discouraged if that means you just look at it for a few minutes before class. At the next class, we will start putting the parts together.


How to Practice this at home

Now that we’ve made it through the whole Bach, more or less, divide the piece into sections that you know really well and sections you don’t know that well.

Take the sections you are still uncomfortable with and identify why they are still giving you trouble. Is it a fingering? Or a missed bowing? Is your tempo wavering? Perhaps this is a good time to use your metronome on a slow tempo to see what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to go back to basics. Right hand alone and left hand alone are all great methods to straighten out tricky passages. Maybe you’re not sure how it’s supposed to sound? Feel free to listen to the recording again and let it inform what might be causing you a little trouble. Be your own teacher. 


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