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The proper YouTube video can teach you fingering.
A tip on using YouTube to learn a piece. Applicable for any instrument, so I am using the Breakroom.
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October 5, 2019 - 2:42 pm
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This tip would work for any instrument, so even though it is a learning tip, I will use the Breakroom.

I was having trouble recalling the fingering and shifting of Chaston Triste. I figured out part of it, the first position part 😂. I might have figured out how to do it.

Cellopedia, whom I mentioned in the Learning Cello section a few times, plays songs slightly below tempo. His videos are excellent, as they are meant to show you how it is played. It is just him, a dark background, and a camera showing him playing.

I found his Chanson Triste piece. I watched it as I followed along with my sheet music. I watched when he shifted and paused. I marked up my sheet music with the shift position and string. I compared it to a chart I printed that shows the shifts and notes. After I marked what I had seen, I backed up and followed along, making sure what I did was correct. I continued along that shift section was complete and marked that section, etc. I have half of the song marked up and will try it out soon.

This would work for any instrument, I would think.

This is a great way to watch a video if you can find one that is really a teaching video. Cellopedia is great for cello. You need the right video where the instrument and fingering are shown throughout. For you cellists reading this, there is a link to that wonderful color coded cello chart I found in the index I created in the Learning Cello section.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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October 5, 2019 - 3:59 pm
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Ok, folks, you have no idea how helpful this was! If your video is not done with the song being played a little below tempo, you can always press pause, and then advance using your finger in the little bar, Also, don’t forget that if there is a particularly troublesome spot, pause, and take a screen shot. You can then look at it, and if it is clear enough and zoom in for a better look. I have not had to do this yet because Cellopedia is easy to decipher, but I will if needed.

If I can get this down pretty good, and if I did YouTube, I would play it for you all. But, alas, not going to happen. I might record myself for my most favorite of my brothers and most favorite of my sisters-in-law, and my most most favorite niece/goddaughter/birthday mate, and my most favorite sister and email it to them.

 

AS A SIDE NOTE: (because I love this song)

Now, Cellopedia’s is not really a slowed down tempo. He stated in an interview that he is from Russia originally. He and other Russians know how Tchaikovsky meant this to be played. People play it too fast. This is such a lovely piece and I tend to think he is right. I know Prof Laszlo Mezos (? I cannot remember the last name), who plays the Suzuki books on YouTube plays this way too fast and it just does not sound right. I think interpretation over the decades has altered its original composition, as many other pieces.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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