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Popular Piano Lessons: Greensleeves - B Section

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Now let's move on to the B section,
this next, middle section of the song.
Now, see if you can identify
which note this is, okay?
Remember that mnemonic, Ew Great Big Dog,
this is gonna be the D, over here.
Ew Great Big Dog, okay?
So our next section is gonna
start on a D over here.
Now I want you to start with the fourth
finger, [SOUND], on this D, okay?
So, let me play through
the first few notes,
[SOUND], and hold that,
play it again, [SOUND], and
then the fast note is the C sharp
Then you go to this A.
Put your hand over, okay?
Again, we're gonna be reaching
now we're run out of fingers, but
fortunately that thumb
has a great pivot point.
Reach over with the third
finger to this F sharp, and
then you're gonna bring
that thumb back out.
To the D.
Let's just do that much again.
That little thumb maneuver
is a little tricky, okay?
Fourth finger on the D.
Hand over.
The third finger reaching
over to the F sharp.
Swish that thumb back out.
And so try to see if you can hold each
finger until the next finger
plays before letting go, okay?
Good, let's try that one more time,
and then let's go on.
Reaching over.
Now it goes back up.
F sharp.
Okay, from line to line,
going down to a second finger and
again, I want to do that switch around,
same note but switch fingers.
D sharp, and then this is an F sharp.
D sharp, we saw this before, and remember
this ledger line note, same note, B.
Again from the beginning
of this B section.
Let's try it one more time,
starting on the fourth finger.
Sounding pretty good, isn't it?
Now let's take a look at the next
set of notes in your left hand, okay.
So again, A Fall Down Ball Game,
A Fall Down Ball Game.
A is the top line.
This very next note is a G
right below that line, okay?
Space, now the next space
above it brings us to a B.
Now we have our first ledger line for
the left hand, for the bass clef here.
And again, because this is a space note
and the ledger line above is another
space note, [SOUND] this happens
to be right above here [SOUND].
This is a D above that staff line, okay?
So notice a pattern here?
Yes, it's the same kind of 3-note
pattern that we've been playing
all along from the beginning.
it just happens to fit very
comfortably in your hand.
So this is actually a G major
chord that we're outlining.
We play that two times here.
Now we've got a bit of
an extended sequence here, okay.
So after playing the G [SOUND],
B [SOUND], D [SOUND] two times [SOUND].
We're now going to jump
to a new set of chords.
This is a little bit further down.
Again, use that mnemonic
to see if you can find it.
A [SOUND] Fall [SOUND] Down [SOUND].
Reading from the top going down.
[SOUND] That's a note.
It's gonna be our next set of chords.
D [SOUND], F-sharp [SOUND], okay.
Okay, the next note if you look at it
carefully, we've seen this before,
it moves down to a C.
Repeats again.
Now moving down to a B.
All right.
Let's try that sequence again.
And again,
the trickiest thing is going to be
moving from this chord to this chord over
So moving from the G to the D.
Here's a little tip for you, okay?
When you get to this D,
notice how this D is between
those two black keys here?
Visually, this D [SOUND] is the same
kind of note just eight notes or
an octave below.
So [SOUND] this D and this D [SOUND],
see how that falls between
two black keys here as well?
So my eye would look for ooh, here we go.
That's a way I can quickly reach over and
find that.
So lets try that again.
Look at this D.
Notice how it falls in between those
two black keys and quickly reach over.
Then you just move
down step by step.
One more step down, black keys.
Slide up if you want to.
That's more comfortable, okay.
Notice that I like to
keep my hand comfortable.
[SOUND] If your thumb is on a position,
you might be tempted to reach up and
jab up with your thumb like this.
And that's going to cause your elbow
to kind of dig into your side.
We wanna try to avoid anything that
[LAUGH] gives us side splits or
elbows us uncomfortably.
[SOUND] I would rather keep my hand
comfortable [SOUND], relaxed [SOUND].
So instead I'll take this note and
I'll slide up my hand, so
that my elbow doesn't have to
jerk up into the black key, okay.
So [SOUND] accommodate your shorter thumb,
[SOUND] slide up [SOUND] and
then you can kinda stay up here.
[SOUND] It's kinda weird,
cuz it's a little more narrow [SOUND].
[SOUND] So practice with your hands
slid up, if that's a proper word,
slid up into the middle of that
black key forest here, okay, good.
All right,
brave student.
Let's try to see if we can
put all of this together.
Nice and slow okay,
from this middle section.
down to the D.
Right hand reaches over.
Switch fingers on the right hand.
Let's do that one more time, okay?
Reaching down.
Now let's go on to the last
section of this piece, okay.
It's almost the same as what we just
played, but the only difference is,
of course, the ending.
So let's take a look.
>> All right.
Everything's the same up until that point.
Okay, now let's just take
a look at where it changes.
So you're gonna end up with
your fourth finger on a G.
All right?
F sharp.
Now the next note is an E, but
instead of using that second finger,
remember that strategy of using
your thumb as a pivot point?
We're going to put your thumb here.
Okay, so one more time.
That's going to enable me to reach
down for some lower notes here.
Okay, next note is a D sharp.
C sharp.
And again, because we're still in the same
measure, the D sharp is implied, so
we're going to play that D sharp again.
Okay, now you have the option of either
returning to your thumb, if you like,
or play the very next finger over here.
Fourth finger.
Whatever is more comfortable for you.
Let's try both ways.
Starting from this last ending.
Of the repeat of the B section.
Put my thumb back
under, if I want.
Or let's try it the other way,
using your fourth finger.
Fourth finger here.
Whatever you like.
Fingerings are used to make yourself
feel comfortable on the piano, okay?
Everybody's hand is a different size and
shape, so if you object to a fingering,
guess, what you can usually change it
to find something more comfortable.
These are just suggestions,
they're not written in stone, okay?
That's why sometimes you'll hear
me giving you multiple options for
different fingering patterns.
Now, lets just put
the ending of this together.
Since, most of the B part
is pretty much the same,
let's just focus on where things change,
Let's take a look at your left hand here.
Now this is gonna return to our
E minor chord,
we've done this before, right?
All right, the best way I can suggest for
you to jump back up to that.
After going to the B chord, B sharp,
F sharp is to try to look at
those two black keys here.
Put your pinkie right to the very next
note after that two black key pattern.
And finish it there.
Let's put that
ending together.
Right hand on G with your fourth finger.
Left hand on C with your pinky.
Moving down.
Hand over with your third finger.
I'm gonna jump my whole hand up to finish
up the last E chord, use a fourth finger.
Now, if your hand's really big and
you're uncomfortable having your hand
squished, we can return to a thumb.
That'll get your hand outta the way.
Let's try it that way.
We're turning to a one here, see?
With the forefinger it's comfortable, but
you may find that your hands are kind
of crashing into each other, so again,
both options.
If your hands are small like mine,
you can just return to a four.
If your hands are really big, you might
find a one to be more comfortable.
All right, let's put that whole
alternate B section, the ending section,
together, okay?
Right hand on D with your fourth finger.
[SOUND] Left hand, your pinkie,
your fifth finger, on G over here.
[SOUND] All right, let's give it a try.
Remember, visually looking for
those two black keys to find the D
down here with your left hand.
Right hand's going to reach over with
the third finger, and the thumb's
going to come back out for the D.
Compress your thumb here.
Third finger over.
And then look for the E,
which is the next note after
these two black keys here.
Now if your hands are small,
going to that fourth finger
is pretty comfortable.
If your hands happen to be really big you
might not like that feeling of crashing
your hands together, so
this is an instance
where returning to a one might make
more sense.
Again, fingering is not set in stone.
Fingering is always designed to make
you feel comfortable on the piano, so
all the fingerings that I give
you are just suggestions.
Feel free to change to whatever makes
you feel most comfortable on the piano.
And, whenever possible, I'll try to give
you a couple of different options for
you to explore to see
what best fits your hand.
Let's try that ending section
one more time for review.
Let me do it one more time,
and this time, instead of
ending on the fourth finger,
I'm gonna end on the thumb
to get my hand out of the way,
if you prefer that.
your thumb.
So you notice how my hands don't
end up kind of covering each other.
Whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Congratulations on learning
your first piece with me.
Believe it or not, with this approach,
we have just pretty much compressed six
months of lessons in a single piece.
Getting right to reading basics,
reading comfortably, but
also introducing you to basic
chord patterns in your left hand.
Some complex rhythms which,
hopefully you see once you play it and
have it in your ear.
Sometimes reading music on a page
is a lot more difficult than
actually just doing it.
I hope you found that
to be the experience.
Now we're gonna take that chord pattern
that you learned in the left hand And
continue to apply it in more complex ways.
In our next song, we're going to take
what you've learned with reading and
again extend that.
The more practice you have reading,
the more fluent you will be.
And we're going to look at some more
interesting ways to combine your
hands in different rhythms.
So if you're all set, ready for
the next piece?