In today’s tutorial, the version I’m presenting is in C Major. This means there are no sharps or flats in the key signature. As such, you will need two key hand shapes to play this song; a 1, 3, 4 hand shape and a 1, 2, 4 hand shape. If you can play both these shapes and are comfortable in first position you can most certainly play Can’t Help Falling in Love. Regarding the bow hand, the main bowing principle is a nice sustained bow sound called legato. This movement of the bow requires the ability to play from frog to tip with a nice even tone. I start the video with a quick review of the second octave of the C Major scale descending from the top note of C to familiarize the hand with most of the notes it will be using. After that I move on to present the ‘A’ section then the ‘B’ section of the song so you can learn them independently before you combine them into a whole piece. I find this construct works well in my teaching studio so be sure to accomplish each section before combining them. With that lets get started!
I hope you enjoy the tutorial of Can’t Help Falling In Love and enjoy adding into your cello repertoire!