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What a Wonderful, World
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cid
June 20, 2020 - 5:31 pm
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This is an easy version for cello from a book of popular songs I have. I am in the process of adding shifts. It is originally all in first position. I am using it to add shifting to practice shifting, make my own fingering, and eliminate open strings where I want to do a vibrato.

What a Wonderful World

This is my favorite song. I am not after any critiquing here. I am just sharing my video.

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Thanks for sharing.  sounding good!  I like the vibrato in this.  

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CID,

Thanks for sharing sounding good.

Mark

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Thank you Greg and Mark. I am working on my vibrato.

I broke my good pernambuco bow and am testing 4 bows. I am going to try to record this with two other bows. I keep going around in circles. If I get a good video, I will post it. I changed up the song arrangement a little already. I have also changed my favorite bow again. It is quite a process. But I do this song with all the strings because it only uses two strings. I have done it with the C and G, G and D, and D and A. I am trying to see how the bows handle the different strings, or how I can handle the bows on the different strings, is more exact. 

i just lobe this song.

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Thank you cid for sharing your video.

i think it's a good initiative to add your own shiftings on a music you like to play.

So you can add different colors to a melody

i like the fact that you seem to play without sheet music.

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@cid,

As a multi-instrumentalist, do you find it easier to play vibrato on the cello, compared with the violin? You make it look and sound so natural; I wondered if the vertical fingerboard made the learning and playing that much simpler.

I'm at the beginning of my vibrato training on the fiddle, so my perspective is somewhat skewed; my beginner's anxiety is looking for clues and short-cuts already.

Lovely sound, by the way. I reminded me more of Sam Cooke than Louis Armstrong; a sweeter tone. (There is a conundrum there...)

Peter

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@cid .  If possible, please take a picture of the damaged area of the bow.   No clue if I can offer any help but you never know.

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June 21, 2020 - 7:40 am
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@winxart Thank you. I do have music in front if me. I have played this a lot. It is pretty much memorized, now. It is fun turning it into my own arrangement. It is a little different now, too. 

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June 21, 2020 - 8:06 am
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@Peter Thank you.

For me, trying to do vibrato on my violin or viola is much more difficult. The only part that is more difficult is to use my arm with the cello vibrato, not the wrist (it does do a little movement). When I was trying to learn violin vibrato, I could not get my fingers correct or the wrist movement or anything, It seems like I have to be a contortionist. With the cello, like you said, the vertical position of the fingerboard, for me, makes it easier. I have an issue with upper register vibrato, but I was just introduced to that and am not using it there yet. It was more that my instructor was showing me how it was done and I had a hard time doing what he did, 

There are other cello,vibratos, but this arm vibrato is what I am working on now. My instructor is teaching this first.

This song has really improved my vibrato. I think it is because it is my absolutely favorite song of all time and I can really get into it. I love it on cello more than my piano, because you can do vibrato on it. I want to figure out the beginning intro and the fill ins. It is not with this easy cello sheet music. I will look at my piano music if I can’t figure it out. Maybe I can work it for cello that way. I haven’t put much effort into it, yet.

I love Louis Armstrong singing this.

@Irv I will post a photo in a different thread when I get a a chance. My husband is going to see if he can do it, the Violin shop said they couldn’t really do it because of the way it and have it play properly the way it broke.

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cid said
@Peter Thank you.

For me, trying to do vibrato on my violin or viola is much more difficult. The only part that is more difficult is to use my arm with the cello vibrato, not the wrist (it does do a little movement). When I was trying to learn violin vibrato, I could not get my fingers correct or the wrist movement or anything, It seems like I have to be a contortionist...

...I love Louis Armstrong singing this.  

I've heard from multiple YouTubers that it's important to work on the wrist movement and get it loose and rhythmic before even trying to get a note out of it. Once your wrist is up to speed, begin to carefully add weight to each finger until the tips start to stick on the string (all grossly oversimplified!). I'm really looking forward to getting this right; it will be transformative.

By the way, the conundrum (Armstrong /  Cooke) is that they sang very different songs, with the same title. You played Satchmo's song, with Sam's tone! Gorgeous.

Peter

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@Peter I just had a DUH moment. Sam Cooke was the “Wonderful World” Many people call it “What a Wonderful World”. I like that song, too.

I fell in love with listening to Sam Cooke, Drifters, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole. One of my older brothers used to play them all the time and I grew to love them. I love it when Sirius FM plays anything by these guys. Strangely, I do not have any CDs by them. Oh, I do have the Drifters and Coasters on one CD. 

I just did “What a Wonderful World” on a lighter weight bow and it is so much sweeter. I did not record it that time. When I record, I have to do it 5-10 times because I keep messing up as soon as the record button is hit. When it is my own arrangement, or semi arrangement, I don’t always remember to do it the same and then I get messed up. I give Hal Leonard some of the credit. it is from one of his books, so it inspired me. It needed sprucing up.

This is a fair book, but so many of the songs are just not suited to cello. Some may be better if they are raised an octave or so. I don’t think I would recommend this book, so I won’t say what it is. I don’t have time to mess too much because I have my lesson work to do, too, and we are working on my technique, which I desperately need,

I believe the easy versions are good to learn from for playing the song at the beginner level, but also for learning to embellish and shift, etc. You have a simple base to work from. Looking at more advanced versions simply blow my mind and I can’t do it. If this was written with the shifting and vibrato notations, there is no way I would be able to do it. 

I am going to do his “Edelweiss” in a few months. I added a shift to that, already...but not sure I like it. 

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Lovely cid -

I'm applauding (can't fig how to use emojis from my laptop)!

 

- Emily

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About Vibrato ,do you know this well known motto coming 

from  Ysaye eugène (THE violinist of all times from my next door city):

"Don't always vibrate, but always be vibrating.

all is in this adage ...

if you are passionate about something, there will be something special that will happen  soon or later in the sound you make.

don't force a vibrato ...the note you play is already a natural string  vibration.

highlight this  physical vibration with your emotion of the moment, what you  feel  deep inside ...

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THANK YOU winxart!

I know you were addressing your reply to cid, but you just helped me with a problem I've been having about vibrato on the violin!

I felt the only way I could improve my vibrato was to press and force more.  Now I need to re-think what I'm doing.

What a wonderful way of expressing it!  I'm a "has to feel right" kind of person, so this is right up my alley.

Thanks again!

cid - I hope you benefit from this, too.

 

- Emily

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Thank you for sharing this!
I like the song, I would like to try this too. 

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Thank you. I have already made some changes. 😁 

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