CELLO: INTERMEDIATE

Cello Intermediate: Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, C scale

Scale: C scale

Technique: Shift from first to second position, triplets, hooked bows, dynamics

Repertoire: Minuet in C, whole piece

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We reviewed measures 23-24, then went over and ran through the rest of the piece.

Assignment for next week

Be prepared to play the piece in its entirety with comfort and familiarity.

How to Practice this at home

Run through the later and more challenging sections first, slowly. Allow the lower speed and repetition to create the familiarity and develop your skill in executing them. Then run the whole second half, and finally practice a run through of the entire piece.


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Cello Intermediate: Week #5

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, C scale

Scale: C scale

Technique: Shift from first to second position, triplets, hooked bows

Repertoire: Minuet in C, mm. 1-24

What was covered in class

We reviewed all previous technique and material, while introducing mm. 17-24.  We covered the small shift from first to second position, in which our fingers shift up one tape so we can play the G# in measures 23 and 24.

Assignment for next week

Be prepared to play the piece up through measure 25

How to Practice this at home

Practice measures 23-24 slowly, almost out of time to coordinate the shift. Then add speed and bow control back in gradually. Attempt to run it from a few measures before m. 23, then from measure 17, then from earlier and earlier until you get to the beginning.


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Cello Intermediate: Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, C scale

Scale: C scale

Technique: Shift from first to second position, scrubby bow with stops, triplets, hooked bows

Repertoire: Minuet in C, mm. 1-24

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We reviewed all previous technique and material, while introducing mm. 17-24.  We covered the small shift from first to second position, in which our fingers shift up one tape so we can play the G# in measures 23 and 24.

Assignment for next week

Be able to run through what we’ve covered in the piece so far.  

How to Practice this at home

First practice the shifts in measures 23 and 24 slowly, even pizzicato if you need.  Concentrate on the newest part of the piece first, then try a run-through from the beginning.  Don’t try to “practice” by just running through the piece several times - that’s pointless. Instead, end your session with a couple run-through and then put it away, no matter how they went.

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Cello Intermediate: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, C scale

Scale: C scale

Technique: Scrubby bow with stops, triplets, hooked bows

Repertoire: Minuet in C, mm. 1-16

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We covered mm. 1-16 in minuet in C, introduced the triplet rhythm and studied hooked bows.

Assignment for next week

Develop the hooked bow technique to create a clear, tapered sound on each note - not too clipped or scratchy. Practice running through the measures we’ve covered so far, from beginning to measure 16.

How to Practice this at home

Practice the scales with a clear, tapered sound on each note, leaving space between them.  Then practice the hooked bow measures, striving for the same sound. Concentrate on the newest part of the piece first, then try a run-through from the beginning.  Don’t try to “practice” by just running through the piece several times - that’s pointless. Instead, end your session with a couple run-through and then put it away, no matter how they went.  


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Cello Intermediate: Week #2


List of Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones, C scale

Scale: C scale

Technique: Scrubby bow with stops

Repertoire: First measure of Minuet in C, no pauses

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We continued to review long tones and long C major scale and arpeggio. We reviewed the scrubby bows, with stops after two notes (the “heartbeat” rhythm). We then reviewed the first measure as practiced last week. We then took the pauses out and doubled each note in the measure.  Lastly, we took out the doubled note and played the measure as the piece is written.

Assignment for next week

Practice the scrubby bow scale and work through the method of playing the first measure with pauses, then doubled, then as written.

How to Practice this at home

Continue to warm up with long tones, long scales, and slurring two notes to a bow. This basic training will make learning the music easier. Follow your warm up with the scrubby scale and then the method for the first measure: pause between notes, then remove the pause and double each note, then play as written.  Practice each step to the method 5-7 times. It’s recommend you practice this with a metronome. Start at a speed that’s comfortable (suggested start is one beat = 100) and gradually speed up over the week.


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Cello Intermediate: Week #1

Goals for the week:

Warm Up: Long tones
Scale: C major scale + arpeggio
Technique: Short “scrubby” bows
Repertoire: First measure of ‘Minuet in C’, with pauses between notes


Summary

We reviewed long tones and the C major arpeggios and scale. We also played C major scale by “scrubbing” the bow using short, articulate notes. The bow is fast, heavy and abrupt in movement, as if you're brushing your teeth. We practiced this by playing two of each note in short scrubs with a pause between each note, so the rhythm sounds like a heartbeat. Lastly, we learned the first measure of Minuet no. 3, using the same scrubby bow with a stop in between notes.

Assignment for next week

Review the scales and basic technique, using a metronome while practicing.  Practice the new “scrubby” bow stroke on the scale as well and practice the first measure of Minuet in C.

How to Practice this at home

More repetitions for a short amount of time each will help you learn the most quickly. For practice this week, start with long tones on each string, then the scale and arpeggio in a long tone tempo (4 beats per note, 1 beat = 65). Try each one 1-2 times. Then practice the C scale at a medium tempo while slurring two notes to a bow. Then practice the C scale in the scrubby “heartbeat” pattern.  Finally, practice the first measure of Minuet in C using the scrubby bow stroke, with a pause between each note.


Minuet m. 1 fingerings: G4 D1 D4 A2 D0 A1 | A2--

Cello C Drone

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