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So on the video topic, I have just published my first arrangement for solo cello for the year. I have been working on a couple more but this is the first one completed. It’s a relief to actually get a video up, get the sheet music onto Play Cello Music and get out of the sludgy start of 2017. I have so many projects I am juggling so I can to set up my year, and I am constantly wishing I could just get that cello out to work on new material in among the piles of admin, tour planning, websites, organising events for the Midleton Arts Festival, even making a T-shirt site Festival Clothing, (check out the Midleton Festival logo, very cool!), making new arrangements for the Cork Light Orchestra…and all the rest. I love doing everything I do but it is easy to be distracted by it all and dragged away from where I love to be;
Cello in hand;
Ideas swirling around;
Finding the perfect key and key change;
Discovering new ways to make the solo cello sound like a full orchestra;
Unlocking the puzzle of a simple melody…
Anyway, have a listen to the newest arrangement and watch the video!
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I am pleased to announce the release of my new cello book, Trad on Cello. There are twenty Irish traditional tunes including polkas, slides, jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs, with a guide on how to play them.
I have enjoyed choosing great tunes that fit together in sets so that when you turn up for a session, you are fully equipped to dive straight in and feel good about your playing! It was a challenge to find the perfect keys for the cello for tunes that sit in first position only so there is no running up and down the fingerboard. It makes them really fun to play whatever grade. The second cello parts are also great for playing as a duo, and the chords are included so the tunes can be played with anyone who can read chords. They sound amazing with a group of cellists too, as my friend said “like a big lumbering beast” (I hope that’s good!)
The introduction and chapter information is detailed and interesting for anyone who wants to have a little more guidance and get a brief background info on the tunes.
For teachers looking for something a little different to inspire students post exams, these are a perfect antidote to the earnestness of exam preparations.
I made a video of one of the reels to give an idea of what is in store for you and I hope to see other videos from cellists playing these tunes too!
Eleven Christmas Carols and Songs from around the world arranged especially for solo cello.
This Christmas music comes from all over the world. American, Irish, Brazilian, German, English and Welsh songs. The origins of some of the older carols is unknown as they have been around so long. There are enough technical challenges to keep it interesting but easy enough for you to get the music up to a performance standard by Christmas.
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
- White Christmas
- The Holly and the Ivy
- Deck the Hall
- Winter Wonderland
- Walking in the Air
- Natal Das Criancas
- Christmas Medley: Let it Snow, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells
- In Dulci Jubilo
- Wexford Carol
- Oiche Nollag
Spread some Christmas cheer with these pieces and don’t be surprised if everyone sings along.
I have been working on this arrangement of He's a Pirate, for solo cello. You can purchase the pdf at my store playcellomusic.com
If you have any questions on how to play it you can contact me.
I was asked to transcribe Nacht und Traume by Schubert for cello, as played by Stjepan Hauser. I have put in his bowings and fingerings, all played on the D string. You can look at/download pdf here to play. Nacht und Traume and watch him play it. Try playing along… lookout for that heavy breathing!!
Here is sheet music I just found of irish Washerwoman for cello. My grandad taught me this when I was a kid. Slightly different version….mine to be posted later…