To silverfishes28: I took an improv class a couple of semesters back, and the best way I found to stop you from sounding like you're playing Bach is to really play with rhythm. It's tough playing jazz on the cello, but you'll get the hang of it! :)
For the person asking about cellos and jazz, My old cello teacher would have us play jazz versions of songs. And its pretty normal I'd say. My favorite was Fly me to the moon. We played different jazz versions of that song :)
There are many jazz cello players out there! It's a wonderful sound. I've heard some play by plucking but most of them improv with their bow. They don't have the same role as a bass player, they play the melody or improvise over chord changes. It's not awkward, it's AWESOME!
This blog has brought me so much joy :) but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about cellos doing jazz? To me the idea sounds obscure but I could potentially be doing a weeklong jazz workshop this summer and wanted to know if there is some way I could make it less awkward seeing as I play a very non-jazz instro...
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Well to our newbie bass player. I don't know how much help this will be since I play electric bass, but my advice would be: feel the melody and the soul, blend in and support everything nicely. And most of all practise and learn the songs you love in your spare time~ Youll get good in no time. Just feel the music
re: bass player. i play electric bass, but the notes and fingerings are the same as an upright. it's hard to give advice for bassists because the instrument is so versatile - depending on the style (jazz, bluegrass, classical, whatever, etc.) the approach varies. but in all cases, make SUPER SURE you have a solid foundation in half and first positions and learn to read notes - those two things are invaluable and can help easily transition into improvisation and reading charts later on! :D
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Well kiddies, we got a percussion blog on our hands! Check it out!
I know this is an exclusively strings-related blog, so would it concern you if there were people such as myself that played a string instrument but also sang? I'm an alto so not that shallow and hopefully not that annoying :)
No, not at all! I love musicians in general, anyone is welcome here! Heck, everyone is welcome here, it’s not like there’s anything stopping you!
But yes, you’re welcome here, darling. Hearts for you!
Another add-on to anima-perdita's question: Once you get the hang of 2nd position, it's one of the best things ever! 2nd and 4th position have gotten me out of a tight spot fingering-wise more than a few times. They're really handy skills to have in your arsenal >:) So it'd be a great idea to be really comfortable in these weird positions. My teacher once had me do an etude that was entirely in 2nd position, and it helped so much that the position is really easy for me now...
Wow, you guys, this is awesome. String support comm right here. HEARTS FOR ALL OF YOU.
Hey! :) Just wanted to add on to your response to anima-perdita's question, since I play the violin and 2nd position was and still is a pain. xD Scales really help and you could also try starting in first position and then shifting to second, and vice versa to get the hang of shifting.
Well, here you are!
Really, I have to commend those people for whom 2nd position is easy. It’s a really awkward place to be, like I said. But once you get the hang of it, it’ll make some places exceedingly easy to play. Hope this helps you, and good luck!
Hello there. I really love this blog! I'm a newbie violinist and would like some advice. In my next lesson I will be learning 2nd position on the violin. I was wondering if there is a way to make it easier on me. I have a really bad habit of misplacing my 2nd and 3rd fingers when I take my eyes off the neck. (I'll be working specifically on that all this week). So is there anything I should know ahead of time?
Hmm… I don’t think you’re alone in thinking that 2nd position is a bit tricky. Most people tend to shy away from 2nd position as an alternative thing because it’s one of the more awkward places for a violinist to be (other than on a viola… Any takers? No? I’M KIDDING! I LOVE PLAYING VIOLA TOO). As for things to know ahead of time… I’m not really sure that there are too many things. I think that as long as you let your violin teacher know that you’re having a really hard time getting the hang of 2nd position, s/he will be able to either spend extra time with you perfecting that or prescribe some exercises to help you.
One thing that you could maybe try to do is work on some one octave scales while staying in second position so that your fingers get used to exactly where they should go and do. Hopefully this helps!
I know maybe Im compaining here, but about that post that "guitarists are not string players". I unerstand that obviously it's a different type of string but Still a string and Im sure they can still relate to some of the posts.
Yeah, they definitely can. That post is just making fun of the fact that some string players don’t count guitars as string instruments and they don’t really realize how wrong they are. Hopefully that suffices as an answer for you!
My violinist friends never listen to me when I try to convince them that my viola music can SOMETIMES be just as difficult as theirs. How can I convince them otherwise?
Hm… That’s a good question. We violinists tend to have our heads stuck up our asses a good deal of the time. Remind them that every instrument has its own intricacies that the instrumentalist has to master. And if they don’t believe you… let them try to read some of your music. And don’t teach them alto clef, have them learn it on their own.
If this doesn’t work, then there’s really nothing more you can do… Because sometimes violinists are the most awful people.
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Wait, why does it matter if I’m a viola? VIOLAS ARE AWESOME WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.
Violinist/violist here. HEARTS FOR YOU TOO, GLEN COCO.