Learn to Play the Musical Saw
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Learn to Play the Musical Saw

That's right - a saw!
4.9 (8 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
34 students enrolled
Created by Caroline McCaskey
Last updated 7/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 22 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Musical Saw
Requirements
  • Students will need: a handsaw
  • a rubber mallet (the handle of something is fine, or a bouncy ball on a dowel)
  • a bow for a violin, viola, cello or bass
Description

Learn to make music with a handsaw! Two-time world champion of the musical saw Caroline McCaskey will show you how to create beautiful melodies on the saw, even if you don't play any other instrument! Get out to the garage, dust off the saw, and let's make some music! (Oh, and please be careful; it's sharp.)

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is curious about the musical saw and wants to give it a try!
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 01:17:24
+ Introduction
4 lectures 10:18

In this lecture, students will learn some differences between a hardware store saw and a musical saw, and what features make a saw a good choice for playing music.

Preview 02:21

In this lecture, students will learn what other equipment they will need, or might find handy, to help them play their saw.

Preview 03:21

In this lecture, students will learn how to care for their saw and bow.

Preview 03:10

In this lecture, students will learn how a saw makes sound. They will also see a demonstration of how a saw creates sound waves.

Preview 01:26
+ Playing with a Mallet
4 lectures 13:59

In this lecture, students will learn how to hold the saw, and how to makes notes on the saw using a mallet.

How to Hold the Saw and Make a Sound with a Mallet
05:18

In this lecture, students will learn what to do if they are having trouble getting the saw to make music.

Troubleshooting
01:36

In this lecture, students will participate in an ear training exercise, in which they will try to match their notes with the instructor's.

Ear Training with the Mallet
02:50

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Mary Had a Little Lamb
04:15
+ Playing with a Bow
5 lectures 14:41

In this lecture, students will learn how to play the saw using a bow.

How to Make a Sound With a Bow
03:14

In this lecture, students will learn how to start and stop the sound their saw is making, as well as how to repeat the same note multiple times.

Stopping the Sound/Repeated Notes
01:59

In this lecture, students will participate in an ear training exercise, in which they will try to match their notes with the instructor's.

Ear Training with the Bow
01:15

In this lecture, students will learn a way to make finding notes with the bow easier.

Learning Aid: About Marking the Saw
01:14
Learning Aid: How to Mark the Saw
06:59
+ Playing Songs with the Bow
5 lectures 12:43

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
05:13

In this lecture, students will learn how to better play in tune.

Tuning, and Playing with a Drone Pitch
02:19

In this lecture, students will learn several methods for adding vibrato to their notes.

Vibrato
02:21

In this lecture, students will try adding vibrato to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

Twinkle, Twinkle with Vibrato
01:23

In this lecture, students will learn how to improve their sound quality by reducing bow noise.

Tone Quality: Reducing Bow Noise
01:27
+ More Saw-Friendly Songs
5 lectures 08:54
Introduction
00:24

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Happy Birthday" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Happy Birthday
01:26

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Auld Lang Syne" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Auld Lang Syne
02:16

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Amazing Grace" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Amazing Grace
01:57

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!
02:51
+ More Advanced Songs
5 lectures 11:37
Introduction
00:14

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "America the Beautiful" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

America the Beautiful
02:37

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Star-Spangled Banner
03:35

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Frere Jacques" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Frere Jacques
01:37

In this lecture, students will learn how to play "Oh, Danny Boy!" on the musical saw. Sheet music and a play-along track accompany this lecture.

Oh, Danny Boy!
03:34
+ Continue the Journey
4 lectures 05:12

In this lecture, students will learn how to create two different comical sound effects using the saw.

Sound Effects
01:39

In this lecture, students will learn how to create more than one pitch at once on the saw.

Advanced Technique: Multiphonics
01:10

In this lecture, students will learn how to continue to improve their musical saw skills following the end of this course. Sheet music for the demonstrated exercise accompanies this video.

Continue the Journey: Exercises and Tips for Becoming a Better Musician
02:02
Conclusion - Congratulations!
00:21