EthanHarris Pro • May 25, 2019 I want to play chord progressions on my cello? Any starting points. Comments [user=28057286]EthanHarris[/user] bump [user=26293236]ZurtheEnchanter[/user] Could you elaborate? Technically (the best kind of answer), all music is composed of chords, and thus chord progressions. However, playing chord progressions could imply improvising, or something else. [user=28057286]EthanHarris[/user] [user=ZurtheEnchanter]ZurtheEnchanter[/user] Like literally just chords, similar to this video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZqKoU32KJg [user=26293236]ZurtheEnchanter[/user] [user=28057286]EthanHarris[/user] I am not trained in any school of improvising, but I can explain this from my research and experience into the topic. Improvising over chords, or as you phrase it, playing chord progressions is requires three things. The first is a chord chart— some schematic of the chords you will be improvising from. This could be a formal chord chart, a simple memorized progression (as demonstrated in the video), or the chart itself could be improvised (though this require a great deal of experience). Second is understanding the chord tones from a chord chart. An example would in a Dm7, the chord tones would be D, F, A, and C. When improvising, emphasis must be put on the chord tones to convey the chords properly. Too much emphasis on notes outside the chord tones will change the chords the audience hears. Third is embellishment. While proper emphasis needs to be place on chord tones, too much emphasis will leave your improvising uninteresting and heavily arpeggiated. Embellishment is the use of notes outside the chord in such a way it doesn’t deviate from the chord. A helpful and concise guide can be found here: http://elliotthauser.com/openmusictheory/embellishingTones.html To begin, you don’t need to understand more than a handful of techniques, but the more tools you have at your disposal the more you can express with your music. Regardless, improvising can be whatever you make of it. Oh, and another good resource is https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCRDDHLvQb8HjE2r7_ZuNtWA, a YouTube channel that focuses on improvisation, though on guitar. However, the theory and techniques can be applied to any instrument, and I have found the channel very interesting. [user=28057286]EthanHarris[/user] [user=ZurtheEnchanter]ZurtheEnchanter[/user] ok thank you.