Cello Beginner II

Cello Beginner II: Week #8

Week #8

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up:

Scale:

Technique:

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We played the piece from memory.

Assignment for next week

Don’t forget fundamentals this week.  They will help with the performance.

How to Practice this at home


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Cello Beginner II: Week #7

Week #7

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up:

Scale:

Technique:

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We practiced the whole piece in its entirety.

Assignment for next week

Play the piece from memory

How to Practice this at home

Test your memory by playing sections at a time without the music, then try the whole piece.


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Cello Beginner II: Week #6

Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: long tones, all scales

Scale: C, D, G, C and G sequenced

Technique: Dynamic bows

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We learned dynamic bows, which is grow or reduce the volume of a single bow by increasing or decreasing speed and/or pressure. We also practiced the piece in its entirety, bowed.

Assignment for next week

Warm up on dynamic long tones this week.  If you haven’t begun memorizing the piece, begin to test yourself by playing sections of it from memory.


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Cello Beginner II: Week #5

Week #5

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: long tones, scales slurred 2, 3, 4 to a bow

Scale: C, G two octaves, A pentascale

Technique: sequenced scale

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We learned a sequenced scale, in which you play the first three notes of a scale (1, 2, 3), then the next three note sequence (2, 3, 4) and so on to the top, then back down (8, 7, 6; 7, 6, 5, etc).  See chart for reference. We also bowed BITW letters A-D and plucked D to the end.

Assignment for next week

Bow BITW A-D and pluck D to the end


How to Practice this at home

Same manner as prior weeks.

Charts

Cello Beginner II: Week #5 - SEQUENCED SCALES C AND G
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Cello Beginner II: Week #4

Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Scales separate, bowed, 2, 3, 4 to a bow

Scale: G scale two octaves

Technique: shift from 1st to 4th position

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We reviewed all scales and shifting technique, and learned the two octave G scale.  We also bowed BITW from the beginning to B, and plucked from B-C

Assignment for next week

Practice the beginning bowed, and the new section plucked - both in the same manner as last week. If you’re feeling confident about B-C plucked, you can begin to practice it bowed as well.

How to Practice this at home

Set the metronome to a pace that is fairly comfortable, then gradually increase the speed.  If there are particular notes or spots you get stuck and fall behind the beat, focus around those and/or slow the metronome down.

Charts

Cello Beginner II: Week #4 - G Major
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Cello Beginner II: Week #3

 Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, bow distribution, Pentascale

Scale: C, D, G, slurred

Technique:

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We reviewed all technique so far.  We learned to pluck (pizz.) the beginning of “Blowin in the wind”, up to letter B.

Assignment for next week

Be prepared to play through letter B at a comfortable walking tempo (around 75-80 bpm).

How to Practice this at home

Set the metronome to a pace that is fairly comfortable, then gradually increase the speed.  If there are particular notes or spots you get stuck and fall behind the beat, focus around those and/or slow the metronome down.

Charts

Cello Beginner II: Week #3 - Blowin' in the Wind
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Cello Beginner II: Week #2

Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: C major scale, slurred

Scale: D, G, C

Technique: Shifting, note reading

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We learned to read the notes on A string in music notation.  We also learned to shift from first position on the A string (4th finger on D) to 2nd position (4th finger on E)

Assignment for next week

Memorize the notes on A by name and placement on staff line.  Refer to the chart below. Practice the pentascale from A->E.


How to Practice this at home

Say the notes as you play them.  Say them out loud as you read them on the staff line as well. Try them backwards and at random to challenge your memory.  The pentascale is a five notes scale, starting on open A and ending on E. Fingerings are: A0, B1, C2, D4, E4 - and back. When shifting to E, hear the E in your mind before you shift.  Pause the bow and smoothly float your left hand and arm down to 2nd position to play E. Keep your fingers on the string, lightly gliding down. Reverse the movement to get back to D4, and float your arm and hand up.  Isolate the shift and repeat (D-E, E-D, D-E, etc.) to practice the motion.

Charts

Cello Beginner II: Week #2 - A String
Cello Beginner II: Week #1

Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones

Scale: D, G, C major (two octaves)

Technique: Slurs (2 notes to a bow)

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We reviewed posture and bow hold, reviewed D major scale and introduced G and C major scales.  We also introduced slurs (connecting 2 or more notes on one bow) by playing the scales two notes to a bow

Assignment for next week

Review basic posture (see review below) and form, using the scales and slur technique we practiced at home.

How to Practice this at home

Review the chart below for posture and hand positions. Watch yourself in a mirror. Warm up on long tones and scales before trying the slurred bows.  While slurring, challenge yourself by both repeating and not repeating the top note of the scales.

Charts:

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