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Okay, so we've finished
the first section of the song.
Now we get into what we all the B section,
the middle section over here.
So let's take a look at
the right-hand notes.
And you'll notice.
We've now transitioned back
to a 12/8 time signature.
So the previous measure we finished with
a 6/8, six eighth notes per measure.
We're now back to 12
eighth notes per measure.
And again, as we explained in
the beginning of the song,
12 is a lot to count, we just count
them in four groups of three.
Eighth notes each, okay?
It's really well illustrated in
this next measure over here.
Let's find this note.
And again, ew is the bottom,
E is the bottom of the G clef staff lines.
So we can see that this
note is below that.
That's why we use the ledger line.
But it's a little below this ledger line,
here would be the next line,
ledger note excuse me.
This note is right below that.
This is actually a B below the staff line.
So that's where we're
starting the action here.
Right hand second finger on B, one, two,
three you can see your fifth finger is
gonna go on that bottom staff line here.
E back to the B.
Now take a look at this,
now we get to a double ledger line which
simply is going to the next adjacent note.
A,okay back to the single ledger line, B.
And again another tie.
We'll count this out when we get our left
hand in the action.
And again that A again
that double ledger line.
Which is an eighth note so
it's going to move quickly back to the B.
Back to E.
The C is an eighth note that's pretty
And then that's also the D is tied
to the dotted half note D, okay?
Let's play that again and this time I'll
try to count it out a little bit for you.
One [SOUND] two, three.
[SOUND] Two three.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three, two, three, tie, two,
two, three, two, three, two, three,
two, three, one, two, three, two, two,
three, tied for
the remaining two beats and
we count in three groups of each.
Okay great,
let's take a look at your left hand notes.
All right, again we're back to
reading ledger lines a little bit.
So hopefully, the more you read them,
the more comfortable you'll become.
As we mentioned previously,
we're back to twelve eighth time.
So, A fall down ball game, is the bottom
ledger in the F clef, where the ledger
line below that, which is a line note,
so that brings us down to E over here.
Okay, so E, next line up,
same hand patterns.
Okay, we do that twice, and
then we see that we move up
to the note right below that bottom G,
that makes it an F.
Return to the E, see that?
Return to the F.
Back down to the E.
Now, again,
remember the double ledger line.
E, skipping down to the C.
Now, we're back to a single ledger line,
but notice that the note is below
the line, not in the middle of it.
So that brings us to a D.
And we have a sharp here, F sharp.
Okay, and
now we're going to move up to a G.
It's kind of a squish.
Rather than squish your hand,
you can just simply move your hand up.
Put your fifth finger on
the G to continue on.
So, let's take a look at the last two
measures I just played,
just to get that transition,
which is a bit tricky, okay?
Let's take a look at that carefully.
The E, down to the C.
And the D and the F sharp.
And now the G.
Let's try the whole thing straight
through without stopping now,
starting on measure nine.
Starting on E here,
one, ready,
moving down
to the C.
Then the D and F sharp.
One last
little quick note.
You might have noticed that while I
suggested earlier that you can simply hop
over your notes from here to your pinky
over here, the last time I just played
this you might have noticed that
I actually held this thumb and
just squished my pinky right to here.
If you're comfortable enough trying that,
that'll give you a smoother sound.
It's a little tricky.
Especially the bigger your hand the harder
it can be to squish all the way your
whole hand into the very adjacent note.
But if you can do it, give it a try.
It's good exercise.
Once again, take a look.
Squish your fifth finger to the very
next note beneath that.
Then you'll have a smooth transition, or
if you're not comfortable, jump it.
No big deal.
Now let's put all of that together,
hands together.
All right, measure
11, hands together.
All right, hold your horses, here we go.
Right hand remember,
we're in that ledger line note B.
Left hand you have your ledger line note,
which is an E.
Down here, okay.
Here we go.
Left hand moves up to an F.
Then the ledger note right-hand A.
Now notice the tie,
you're gonna hold this.
And play the right hand here.
Left hand's gonna move down to a C.
than go up to a B
If you squish this, that's great.
Tie the right hand hold that through.
let's try that one more
time without stopping.
One, ready, and.
let's go
on to
the next
All right.
As we do, always,
when we're learning a section at a time,
let's take the right hand, alone.
Now, we've just finished with
a fourth finger on this D over here.
Our next section is going to start on a G,
but I need to jump to using
a third finger, because we have several
notes that we have to maneuver for.
So just be aware,
you're going to lift your hand off,
move your third finger to this G.
Okay, here we go.
Lets take a look at this note.
One, two, three.
Again another G.
Two, three, now we have an eighth and
then a quarter.
So the rhythm's going to be fast,
and it's going to be
tied to next eighth note.
So, don't play that, just you're
going to tie it over coming down.
F sharp, two, three.
Again, remember the rule,
that if the same note appears, and
the first of those notes is sharped.
The remaining notes of the same note names
are also going to have sharps implied.
And that lasts only to
the end of the measure.
Okay, so we have an F sharp here.
The very next note is an F,
which is still sharped.
And another F, still sharped.
Fast, slow.
This note is tied,
now here what I want you to do,
I want you to squish your thumb to the
very next note beneath that, which is a G.
Okay, this is going to help us
reach to our next few notes.
Two, two, three, three, two, three.
Now here's a C sharp.
The next note above C.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[SOUND] Two three.
[SOUND] Two, three, and then this will
be tied to the rest of the measure.
All right, let's try this again all right
from the beginning of measure 15, and
I'll try to do it more or
less in rhythm, okay?
One ready and
[SOUND] three two, two three.
Two three tie.
Two three.
Two three.
Two three tie two.
Squish to one.
Two three.
Two three.
Two three.
Two three.
Two, three.
Two, three.
And then you're gonna tie for
the remainder of the measure.
Let's take a look at the left hand and
how that fits in with
the right hand part here.
Okay, so the left hand part in
this next section is a little tricky.
The hand shapes are going be the same.
But you're going to be jumping
around a bit more, okay?
So as I suggest, you might want to just
simply write down the first note names for
each of those three-note groups.
So, for example, here,
once I figure this note out is an E,
I'll just write that down here.
I can see that this second
set is the same, all right.
This next set starts on an A, all right.
Writing in your music can be a great
way to very quickly learn your notes,
all right, and
just to speed up the process, so to speak.
Let's take a look at this as I've
already given away the first
note over here is an E.
And then from this note
we're going to go to an A, C sharp.
Now from here we're got to jump all
the way down to this D over here.
This ledger line D.
Okay, and now this note is gonna be a G.
Do you recognize this note?
Back to ledger line E.
Squish to an A.
Now we're gonna squish to this D
over here.
F sharp.
Don't forget that the F is still
sharped til the end of the measure.
[SOUND] Okay.
So it's one tricky little jump in there,
again with a little bit of
practice you should be fine.
Let's give this a try again, try to do it
without stopping here from measure 13 on.
Gonna go to a D.
You can jump if you need to.
Squish to a G.
Back to an E.
Squish to an A.
Squish to a D.
Again, try to practice this left hand
alone until it feels comfortable.
Particularly with that jump in the middle.
All right, whenever you're ready,
let's put our hands together.
>> [MUSIC]
>> Okay,
so let's start putting all this together.
Let's just take it
a little chunk at a time,
because of the tricky jump
that we have in the left hand.
Okay, right hand, third finger on G.
Left hand,
fifth finger on this lower ledger line E.
Here we go.
Squish to the A here, left hand.
Now we have to jump down to this D.
Jump up, squish to the G.
You're going to squish this G over here.
Let's just do that much again.
Again it's a little tricky jumping,
coordinating, so make sure you get
this really comfortable and
then it'll get a little easier after this.
Okay one more time, right hand on G,
left hand on E, one, ready, and
And of course,
you're gonna squish to get ready to go
to the next section in the right hand.
Good, okay now let's put the rest
of your hands together for
this little phrase
So one more time, let's review, and
then we'll continue on to
the rest of this phrase.
Okay, right hand G, left hand E.
Here we go.
One, ready and
down to the D.
Right hand squish, ready?
Left hand is going to go down to an E
right hand is going to go to a B.
Left hand squish to an A,
right hand continues to C sharp,
left hand squishes to a D.
We jumped ahead a little bit with this
left hand adding this passage in.
Let's do the whole thing again,
I think you get the hang of it.
The left hand really has the same
pattern throughout this song.
So once you get comfortable with it,
it should be pretty easy to jump, because
you're just moving a pattern at a time.
All right, one more time,
this whole section, ready?
Right hand G, left hand E.
Squish to a new position right hand.
left hand moves up to a D.
All right, ready to go on?
Basically what happens at this point now,
is you play the beginning all over again.
So all you have to do is,
repeat the very beginning phrase and
you've learned the whole song.
So I challenge you now, I think you've
learned this section, play the whole
song see if you can read the music, and
recognize where the first theme comes back
and then you have the whole song memory.
You know when we're in school,
we learn subjects, we take a test,
we memorize and cram for the test.
And then we move on and
pretty much forget everything we've
learned before that test, Right?
I don't want you to treat these lessons
as if you're just taking a test,
get to the next part and
forget about what you've done.
I really want you to take your time.
Memory is a much larger
piece in the second one.
We're advancing very quickly,
but because we're moving so
fast and introducing a lot
of new ideas very quickly,
it's even more important that you take
your time and really play these pieces.
Not just so
you can kind of get through them,
but until they really feel comfortable.
I want you to feel comfortable moving so
that, I want you to really aim for being
able to play without any hiccups, without
any potholes, without having to stop.
See if you can get to a point
where when you play the song it
really sounds like what you would expect
to hear somebody else singing it or
performing it on Broadway.
All right?
The key thing to really getting
comfortable and really enjoying playing
the piano is a level of mastery,
and mastery can begin right now.
It simply is not just knowing
sort of enough of something,
but playing it over and over again so
that it actually becomes part of you,
so much so that you don't have to worry
about okay, where am I jumping to next?
What is that note here?
It actually becomes part of you,
it almost comes out automatically.
Once you've really ingrained these
basic techniques that I've introduced
through this song, you're gonna find
that advancing to the next songs
in this course is going to be so much
easier and far more enjoyable as well.
So take your time, enjoy Memory, and
really don't be in a hurry
to get to the next song.
But when you're there I'll be waiting for