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Trad Cello -
Tunes and Techniques

Let Natalie Haas teach you some tricks of the trade as well as some great melodies!

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. 

In this series she will teach some bowing techniques when accompanying melody players before moving on to chords and arranging, finishing with some melodies that sit well on the cello.

Although this series is aimed at the cellist, many of the skills and techniques will sit as comfortably on any string instrument.

Course Intro

Course Intro

Natalie Haas

Your Tutor - Natalie Haas

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. Her skills as an educator make her one of the most in demand teachers at fiddle camps across the globe. She also teaches privately and in a workshop setting, and holds an associate professorship at the Berklee College of Music. Natalie now makes her home in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

Lessons in the Course

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1. Intro & Chop Basics

Natalie begins her course on Trad Cello by looking at a technique becoming more prevalent on all string instruments – The Chop.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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2. Strum Bowing

Next Natalie looks at a technique based on a guitar strumming action, which was coined by the jazz violinist Tracy Silverman.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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3. Reel Patterns

Next up on Natalie’s ‘Technique Toolbox’ is a more in depth look at the rhythmic patterns one might use when accompanying reels.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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4. Jig & Slip Jig Patterns

Natalie repeats the process from the last lesson by looking at the patterns associated with accompanying jigs and slip jigs.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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5. Strathspey & March Patterns

Natalie completes this small section on rhythmic patterns by focusing on accompanying strathspeys and marches.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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6. Chord Voicings

Next Natalie looks at how to play different chords and the fingerings and positions required to achieve them.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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7. Arranging Concepts

With patterns and chords having already been discussed, Natalie focuses on how to arrange a tune if playing in sessions.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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8. Captain David Stewart

Natalie next turns her attention to melodies that sit well on the cello and begins by looking at a reel.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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9. Drummond Castle

The next melody Natalie focuses on is a jig well known in sessions and sits very well on the cello’s register.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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10. Ben Williams of Tiree

Natalie now focuses on a lovely strathspey by fellow Scottish Music Academy tutor John Somerville.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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11. When the Battle’s O’er

Natalie completes her “Trad Cello Tunes and Techniques” series by looking at a very familiar 3/4 Retreat March.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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