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I have created 18 Études for Solo Cello - here is No. 2 in c minor
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iBud
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Aloha everyone,

I don't have a cello (yet), but I'm working on a "convincing" argument as well s the right timing to spring it on my wife.  The "student" models are more expensive than the "student" violins, so I may have to work on her a while.

That being said, I've created 18 études for solo cello, pieces that I would like to be able to play in short order (except for the sections of 16th notes - the tempo is pretty fast and you really have to have nimble fingers for those sections).  For the most part, they are all in 1st position.  I have to say the No. 2 in c minor is probably my favorite and I have decided to present that one here.  Please let me know if there is any interest for the others.  Enjoy!

 

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That was a beautiful piece of music.  

I can see how it's going to be an issue getting that past a wife.  The old "Oh that?  I've had that for years..."  probably won't work very well with something like a cello. The "Oh, I needed that for work," won't likely fly either.  I'm guessing the "You know what I'd like for Christmas?"  is going to be the best ploy this time of year, unless you have an upcoming birthday. 

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Great on iBud.
You could be the perfect guy to write our parts for the next Christmas project. Happy Christmas, "War Is Over"
No pressure but if you are up to it. 🙂

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Uzi said
That was a beautiful piece of music.  

I can see how it's going to be an issue getting that past a wife.  The old "Oh that?  I've had that for years..."  probably won't work very well with something like a cello. The "Oh, I needed that for work," won't likely fly either.  I'm guessing the "You know what I'd like for Christmas?"  is going to be the best ploy this time of year, unless you have an upcoming birthday. 

I'm glad you like it.  As I mentioned, it is probably still my favorite of the, so far, 21 études I've written up to this point.  As for the birthday thing, I just happens to have a birthday in January!  I'm trying to decide between asking for a cheap cello (Cecilio CCO-500) or going the rental route.  Here in Honolulu, it's $100 deposit, two months up front ($50/month), then $50/month until the instrument is paid off.  Of course, the quality of those instruments are much higher than the cheap one, but so is the price.  

On the one hand, renting would make more sense, especially if I find out that I don't have the aptitude for the cello, but it would take much longer to pay it off.  Of course, I would also get a much better bow, the strings would be better, and I wouldn't have to wait for it to be shipped to Hawaii, the Timbuktu of the shipping world (there's a whole other rant about shipping times/costs to Hawaii - that's for another day).  

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Fiddlerman said
Great on iBud.
You could be the perfect guy to write our parts for the next Christmas project. Happy Christmas, "War Is Over"
No pressure but if you are up to it. 🙂

@Fiddlerman,

I can't promise anything, but I'll take a look at it and give it a shot.  Do you have any particular key in mind?  I may have to spice up the cello (bass) line a bit.  Also, what is your timeframe for submission?  I'll be on leave for the next three weeks, so I should have plenty of time to work on it.  

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If possible, please use a key that doesn't involve B flat or other notes done with first finger low. Beginners like me would appreciate that.

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Fidelestre said
If possible, please use a key that doesn't involve B flat or other notes done with first finger low. Beginners like me would appreciate that.

I really liked the low C and c minor sounds excellent on the cello, but I didn't consider how difficult it would be to play for a beginner.  I, myself, will be attempting to play these, as soon as I can get a cello.  Thanks for the input.  Unfortunately, several of my etudes have the extended 1st position (extended in both directions).  

I must apologize, but I tend to skip around with keys, not noticing the apparent difficulty with fingering.  I understand that the intervals between tones are larger on the cello.

Here's one in G Major and a rather simple one in D Major that might be easier for you to play.  Let me know what you think of these.

 

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Maybe A major?
Could start on the open A
Or we could do D and build it higher and higher but hold it to 3 times so I don't have too much video to decode and my computer won't smoke too much when mixing 50 videos at once. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
Maybe A major?
Could start on the open A
Or we could do D and build it higher and higher but hold it to 3 times so I don't have too much video to decode and my computer won't smoke too much when mixing 50 videos at once. 🙂

Just get a Mac Pro - that could probably handle anything! I'll get cracking on it tonight and see what I can come up with.  I really like one of the YouTube video versions I saw today - you have the melody and a chord background, but the harmony of the notes is really something else.  Later on in that version, there actually is a violin part - all I have to do is transcribe it.  Not too much pressure, right?!?  Give me a couple of days to get started on it and I'll zag you what I have.  The good thing about MuseScore is that it can transpose on the fly, so I'll be able to see how difficult it would be and change it at will.  Of course, I only have an iMac and Macbook Pro, so ... cool

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Aloha @Fiddlerman,

I was able to find a MuseScore version of this tune that someone uploaded.  There are some mistakes in it, but it's enough to get me started.  I used MuseScore to transpose it to the key of A and will begin fleshing out the Violin 1 part, then the other parts.  You'll want Violin 1 - 4, Viola, and Cello, correct?  

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Sorry for getting back so late. Only 4 violin parts and those should be transposed for viola and cello.
Thanks.

PS, I'm a Mac guy so no problems there. 🙂
My MacBook Pro does fine but trust me, when I mix 40 audio files, some background pictures, 20 videos with different resolutions and formats, it can get slow. 🙁

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