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In the first piece we're gonna work on,
Greensleeves, you're
gonna apply all that I've
explained to you in real life,
in real time.
We're gonna be playing and
reading notes right off the bat.
We're gonna be using both hands together,
we're not gonna waste much time.
You're gonna be playing hands together.
But believe it or not, you can do it.
I'm gonna show you how easy it is.
And hopefully, you will also see
how easy it is to read music.
Music is written as a graph,
as I've explained.
And you'll see it kinda
practically practiced.
Like I said,
there's no better way to learn a language
than to really simply practice doing it.
So this is our opportunity to take
the ideas that I've introduced to you,
the note names, the ledger lines,
the staff lines, all that stuff.
And we're gonna put that right into
practice, right from the get go, and
make beautiful music right at the start.
Okay, so are you set?
All right,
we're gonna start with Greensleeves and
start reading music and
playing hands together,
something very pretty.
So the first piece we're
going to work on is Greensleeves.
This is a special arrangement that I made,
to make it easy for
you to sound good right off the bat.
And don't be intimidated.
Yes, you're going to be
playing with hands together.
But as you'll see, we're going to take
this apart, a little bit at a time.
And even if you don't read a note of
music, I'm gonna show you everything you
need to know to be able to play this piece
comfortably and with a lot of confidence.
So let me play this through for
you one time so
you can hear what it sounds like and
then we'll get to work pulling it apart.
All right, so let's get started.
Let's take a look at the first
line of music and we're gonna see,
we're gonna take a look at just
the notes in the treble clef.
Remember the G clef, or GF.
So, as you can see, remember
the pneumonic Ew Great Big Dog Fur.
It just so happens that the very
first note we're gonna be looking at
Is the very first note in our first line.
Ew, E.
Sitting in the middle of the piano,
look for the two black keys.
This is your E right here.
Put your thumb here, okay?
And as we progress,
we're gonna go up to the very next line.
Ew Great, so that's E, F, G.
So we're gonna skip from the first note
here, put you second finger on the G,
all right?
And then we're gonna lay the rest
of your fingers down sequentially.
A, B, C, okay?
So, we've got the first
five fingers right here.
All right?
Now the next note is a faster note.
Which is this C over here.
And as you can see it changes
directions going back down to the B.
All right, and then it continues
going down one more note.
Now here we've got an interesting note.
We're going to go from space to space.
We're at the A right now.
Going from space to space means we
are going to skip a note in between and
go to F.
But as you can see,
there is a little symbol here.
And this symbol is what we call a sharp.
The F gets changed.
Instead of this F,
we're gonna change it to an F sharp which
is the very next black key above it.
So let's review that really
quickly from the beginning.
Thumb on E, Ew, Great, G.
And then to the next space, to the C.
And then now notice that the note
direction scope goes back down.
Now we're gonna go to an F sharp.
Space to space, down to D.
Okay, let's just do that one more time.
Now this time I'm gonna play
with a little more rhythm.
First note is a quarter note.
Half note means we're going to hold it
a little bit longer.
And then back to quarter notes.
Now this is a dotted quarter note.
And then we're going to play
an eighth note, which is faster.
Back down.
Half note again, hold it.
One more time.
So let's review this.
I'm not gonna say anything.
Listen to how it sounds.
Don't worry about being
exact with the rhythm.
We're gonna put that all
together with your left hand.
Now let's take a look
at your left hand notes.
The left hand is gonna be
represented by the F clef, okay?
So let's take a look and
see if we can find these notes over here.
Again, remember your mnemonic,
A Fall Down Ball Game.
Okay, A Fall Down Ball Game.
So A would be the top line.
The next line down would be an F.
And as we can see this note
is right beneath that,
that's going to be the E over here.
That's our first note in the left hand.
Okay, now.
Notice this is a space note.
Going up to the very next space note
means we skip a note in between,
that's an E over here.
This'll be a G.
Skipping to the nest space.
[SOUND] Will be a B.
All right?
And if you can notice,
the first three notes,
are exactly the same repeated in
the second measure.
So you play that twice.
Pretty easy, right?
By the way, you may not notice this,
but you're actually outlining
the basic of a chord.
All chords are made up of three notes.
A bottom note here, the next note,,
a skip above the last note, and
a skip above that.
That is an E minor chord.
Don't worry about the theory, we'll get
into more of that in future lessons, okay?
But, congratulations,
you are now playing an E minor chord.
All right, now,
let's go onto the next
few notes over here.
Now notice, okay, again,
using that mnemonic,
A Fall Down, A Fall Down,
that is our D over here, okay?
And again, remember, take a look at
that little kinda cross hatchet thing.
Instead of an F,
we're gonna be playing an F sharp, so
that'll raise us to this next black key,
D, F sharp, then A.
And again, this is repeated twice.
Good, let's put that all together again.
From the beginning, E.
Now we're gonna move down to the D,
which is just one note lower than the E.
All right,
one more time without me talking, let's
see if you can play it straight through,
without breaking, from the E,
in your pinky, to the D chord, okay?
Here you go.
The moment of truth.
Putting your hands together.
This is the moment that a lot
of people freak out on.
Let's take it just a little bit at a time.
So, the right hand starts first on that E.
Now, in music,
whenever notes are aligned vertically,
usually that means that you're
going to be playing them together.
So as you can see the right
hand [SOUND] is by itself here.
And then this very,next note over
here is [SOUND] is coordinated with
the first note of the left hand, okay?
So let's take a look
at that again [SOUND].
Together, we're continue your left hand.
This is still holding the right hand.
[SOUND] Now this next
note is played together.
[SOUND] And then we go on.
[SOUND] Okay?
Just do that one more time.
Right from the very beginning.
All right?
Now we're gonna get into a little bit of
a tricky rhythm in this next section.
Let's start again from the beginning.
Now we're gonna
play the next note on your left hand.
Remember this fast note on the pinky.
Okay, you see what happened here?
This little note over here
was what we call an 8th note.
That's gonna fall in between the G and
the B of your left hand.
All right?
Let's take a look at
just that measure again.
That's the B over here with your
fourth finger, E at the left hand.
Together here.
Hear how it's placed in between the last
two notes of that three
notes set in your left hand?
Do that much again from the beginning,
Now if you remember, the right
hand's gonna continue down to an A.
If you remember here on the left hand,
you're gonna continue down to a D.
So you're gonna be shifting down to
the next chord with your left hand.
Let's practice that from the beginning and
get that change.
Hold down to the D.
Okay, good.
Continuing on, F sharp,
F sharp in the right hand.
See how that works?
And again.
We're going to have the same
dotted quarter note and
eighth note rhythm in between second and
third notes of your left hand.
Watch over here.
Second note, coming in between,
see how that works?
Let me do that last measure again.
All right,
let's start it from the beginning and
see if we can play it all the way
through smoothly up to that point.
Take your time.
All right, practice that until you
feel comfortable with just that much.
Alright, moving on and
as we've explained we're
going to take things
a hand at a time and
then put them together.
Here's the next section continuing
If you continue these notes, this will
be the next note on your right hand, so
we're starting here on a G.
Ew Great, remember?
Get your G clef there.
And again,
moving down to the next line beneath that.
[SOUND] Now, I want you to do something
here that's a little unusual.
So, one thing you have to remember,
realize in playing the piano is a lot of
times you only have ten fingers and
there are 88 keys on the piano.
So one of the tricks to
playing the piano comfortably
is getting used to techniques like
changing your hand position so
that you can accommodate
more notes that can fit.
Then can fit in your hand.
Here's an example of that.
So here we're starting with G.
[SOUND] Going down to an E
with your second finger.
[SOUND] But I have more notes that I'm
going to reach on later on in the rest of
this phrase.
So I'm going to switch and
play the same note.
But now instead [SOUND] I'm going
to switch to a third finger here.
Take a look at that again.
G, E.
See how that works?
Now I'm ready to play a couple
extra notes down here.
All right?
The next note is gonna be a D,
but take a look,
there's a little sharp next to that
again, so
instead of the D we're gonna play D sharp,
which is the black key above it.
Fast note back to the E.
F sharp, see that?
Space going down to a D sharp, okay, and
now here we get to our first ledger line.
Okay, remember what we talked about for
ledger lines.
Ledger lines extend the notes
beyond the staff, okay?
So if you take a look at this,
it's a little tricky to read
if you're not used to this.
Remember the very bottom note.
Of our mnemonic Ew, great big dog
fur,ew is E, which is a line note.
If we were to extend that down to the next
line note that would take us to a C.
But this is actually a space note right
below that.
So this note is actually a B.
So the B over here is
what we're aiming for.
Let's start that again.
From the G over here.
Switch, and the fast note over here.
Back up.
D-sharp now to the ledger line note B.
Okay, one
more time
All right, ready to move on?
That's right,
we're gonna go to our left hand.
So if you recall,
we played starting with the E on
your pinky moving down one note to a D,
Basically, we're going to
keep the same pattern.
Now, we move down to the next
section to a C over here, okay?
Same pattern.
Moving down one more note,
a fall down ball, B.
And, again now we've
got two sets of sharps.
Instead of a D, you're going to play
a D-sharp, which is the next note higher,
the next black key higher
from the white key.
And again F-sharp.
It's gonna feel a little weird because
your thumb is shorter than your other
fingers, so you might have to reach up
a little bit to get to the black key.
All right, so, B, D-sharp, F-sharp,
and then back down to the B.
Let's just practice that new
sequence a few times, here.
C again.
Then moving down
to the B, D-sharp.
You can slide up if you want.
Good, all right.
Let's try putting just that part
together, the new section, okay?
So remember,
the right hand is on a G over here.
[SOUND] We're gonna go to the E,
switch to the 3,
and reach down to the B below the staff
line, okay?
The left hand is starting on a C.
Let's put it together, nice and slow.
Now remember to switch the right hand
This is gonna come,
this little note is gonna come between the
second and third notes on your left hand.
All right,
now your left hand moves down to the B,
you play the F sharp with the right hand.
You can reach up if you want.
Good, let's try that again, okay, ready?
Sounding pretty good, eh, for
just your first few lessons.
All right.
Now, as I said, the key pattern for
learning to play, is
being able to bridge what you've learned
before with what you're learning next.
So let's go back and
review from the beginning.
Bridge it to this point right here.
This is our first real phrase,
a musical sentence as I explained, okay?
So here it is from the very beginning.
I'm going to take
it nice and slow,
see if you can
follow along
See if you can practice just
that much until you get really,
really comfortable with that
first musical phrase or sentence.
The next part sounds almost
exactly like the very beginning,
with a little bit of
difference at the end.
And music is a lot like that.
You're gonna find in
the pieces that we work on.
We're gonna work on a section,
and then fortunately,
all that hard work will pay off because
you'd get to play the exact same thing.
Or sometimes with a little
bit of difference,
a little later on in the piece.
That's typical for
the way songs are put together.
A lot of patterns that repeat, and
sections that you're gonna
play more than once.
So good.
Let's start again.
Now this is actually the middle and
the very next phrase, excuse me.
The very middle of the first page.
So here we go.
We start the same melody
in the right hand,
starting on the you're going to jump
back to this E with your right hand.
All the same.
Now here
is where we're gonna change.
So here, this G, we're gonna go back
down to the F, which is now an F sharp.
Now you would normally play this next note
with your second finger cuz it's the next
finger down, right?
But again, as I explained, there are times
where we need to reposition our hand
to get ready to move to
other areas of the keyboard.
The thumb is a great finger for
connecting things, because it kinda
moves your whole hand as a group.
It's kind of like a leverage point so
to speak.
So the thumb is a very useful,
strategic finger to put into place when we
want to move further up or further down.
So here this G, instead of playing it
this, E,
with the second finger we're gonna
actually play it with the thumb.
I'm gonna squish the thumb in
just a little bit here okay.
Now, it's gonna be easy for
me to pivot my hand over that to go
the next note which is a D sharp.
I play that with my third finger.
C sharp, now you don't see
a sharp next to this note.
One of the rules in music notation is
that as long as a note is sharped,
it will remain sharp even though it's not
written in for the rest of that measure.
The measure is defined by those
vertical lines you see kind of
vertically cutting across the staff lines.
Okay, so again, here,
C sharp [MUSIC] and
D sharp we just implied.
And back up to E.
You play the E again.
All right?
So the last set of notes as you can
hear is a little bit different from
the first set that we played.
So let's review that again,
the second phrase here, ready?
Scoot your
thumb ready.
And over.
All right.
So practice that and get that comfortable.
Let's add your left hand in, well,
let's play the left hand alone first.
Okay, and again,
slightly different sequence.
It starts off the same, but
it's going to change at the end.
Let's take a look at that.
Again, starting on E.
moving down to D,
the next step down, F#,
moving down to the C, just like we did
before, but instead of playing it twice,
we're going to go down to this B.
Okay, now I need to return back to the E.
I could do this with my second finger,
because it's right underneath here.
But that's not going to help me,
because I have more notes above it.
So here's what I'm going to do.
I'm going to jump my whole hand back up to
the E, so that the pinky is back of
that very first chord that I learned.
So, the tricky part may be
going from here, to here.
Just remember that your left hand
pretty much keeps the same shape.
I know you have some black keys which kind
of raise your hand up and down, but for
all intents and purposes your hand doesn't
need to stretch or compress, or anything.
So, try to keep you hand the same
shape as you jump back up to this E.
And it's the same chord,
the set of notes that you learned
at the very beginning,
so let's put that all together.
Moving down to the D, F sharp.
Moving down to C,
moving down to B.
Now I'm going to jump back up to that
very first E.
Okay, good.
So practice that just so you get that
jump comfortable going from here to here.
All right.
Let's put that all together,
nice and slow.
Okay, ready?
Now remember
the squish.
Hand over.
Jump up to the E here.
All right?
Let's do that again.
I'll play it straight
through without comment.