2 Cellos Ride The Delorean (1373 Hours)

If you haven’t heard of these two rock star cellists from eastern europe, then you are in for a treat.  If you are already a fan, then stop what ever you’re doing and watch this video immediately.  Warning:  side effects may include increased heart rate, mild headbanging, tousled hair, and spontaneous combustion.

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4 thoughts on “2 Cellos Ride The Delorean (1373 Hours)

  1. psoucy says:

    These guys are good. I love to play Thunderstruck on the guitar, because it sounds good and it’s easier to play than it looks (at least on the guitar, cello is another story).

    Changing the subject completely, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a faster way to practice and learn the cello “fingerboard geography”. As an example of what I’m looking for, I’ve been practicing sight reading using the MusicTutor iOS app and quickly got rid of a bad habit that goes back 30 years ago when as a kid learning the piano (I never got much beyond level 2 or 3), I was reading a note (say B) by starting from the bottom, following the sequence E-G-B-D-F on the treble staff, which is a bit similar to counting on your fingers. Playing MusicTutor, to beat my score, I had to stop “counting on my fingers” and quickly identify the note on sight. It only required a few hours of play (5-10 minutes a day in the last month), which is probably much quicker than anything else more “traditional” that I could have practiced.

    Now, I find myself doing the same on the fingerboard: for some notes I can’t yet locate easily, I will start from the open string or from a note I can locate (say C3 on the G string), then “count” as quick as I can. Sometimes, it’s unconscious, I do that automatically even if I know where the note is, and that’s the habit I don’t want to develop. Anything (other than traditional approaches) to suggest? I have not found an app for that yet 🙂

    Pascal (47 hours)

  2. Quick answer: Scales, sight reading, & Cassia Harvey’s Two Octave Book.

    Slightly longer answer:
    I remember trying to learn fretboard geography as if it were a separate facet of guitar and neglected actual sight reading or scales, and when it came time to apply that knowledge, I was doing the same counting thing that you describe, but with frets instead of fingers. This is a perfect example of how the longest distance between two points is a short cut. That being said, apps like “sight reading” trainer are still very worthwhile as a supplemental source of note naming exercises.

    Focus on learning the positions one at a time. First with scales, arpeggios, etudes and repertoire, and then incorporate daily sight reading of material that is roughly 1 level below the current material you are learning. After enough time logged like this, it’ll be second nature, and you’ll see the real challenge of fingerboard geography isn’t knowing which notes are where, it’s knowing precisely how far apart these notes are: finger to finger, position to position, string to string, and half step by half step.

    Your teacher should have an abundant supply of the above mentioned exercises and also plenty of suggestions for sight reading material.

  3. Alison James says:

    I was lucky enough to see 2cellos live in concert with 2nd row seats! They were INCREDIBLE to watch live. I may have experienced ALL of the side effects you mentioned 😉

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