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Popular Piano Lessons: Spring Dance - D Section

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Alright, here the right hand
gets in some tricky note reading, and
tricky crossovers, alright.
Let's take it a little bit at a time.
So, starting off,
remember this A over here?
Ledger line A above the staff line?
In the G clef.
So here we have an A, another A,
now we've got a double ledger line,
so let's see if we can measure this out.
Notice the A is a line note.
If you go to the next ledger line note,
that would have been a C, but
this note is above the C so
that brings us to a D.
Okay, you see,
can you follow how I found that?
A, another A, now a D, back down to the A,
now the very next note which
is above the ledger line.
See the difference between the line,
ledger line and the space ledger line?
Back to an A, okay,
now here's where it gets a little tricky.
We're going to cross our hand over because
we're moving down a little bit at a time,
and this cross over will help
reposition the hand to move down.
Okay, so after that A hand over,
you're gonna use your fourth finger
on the very next note below that,
which is the G and you can see how that
moves my hand down into a lower position.
E, then the G okay?
Now because I, let's go on over here,
because I like the way this feels,
I'm gonna use a thumb over here.
Alright, E
E, A
F sharp over here.
All right,
hand over to the very next note.
See how that works?
See how that crossover kind of
swings my hand to a lower position.
Let me show you how
this looks really fast.
You may be asking,
well why don't I use
the second finger over here?
One key thing to a fast technique,
is keeping your hand positioned as similar
as possible, especially when you have
groups of similar patterns, okay?
Your thumb is a really good finger for
strong emphasis, and
for repositioning your hand to move up and
down the keyboard.
It's a natural accent finger,
because of it's weight and shape.
So, that's why I like to, even though I
have my second finger already on my key,
I like to reposition my thumb
on the E in the middle just to
both feel the same fingering
pattern that I just completed.
And to give me speed and
strength to reemphasize that note.
So let's do it slowly, one time and then
I'll play it a little faster so you can
see how that technique will you help you,
once you get this up to speed, okay.
One on A.
One, two, three.
One, hand over.
Now I'm gonna put my thumb down here.
Fourth finger over.
I'll play this a little bit faster,
it's actually a lot of fun
once you get this up to speed.
One, two, Three.
And over.
Okay, you'll notice that my thumb
kind of comes in on the strong counts.
That's by design.
That thumb will help make
you feel really comfortable.
Playing this as you get faster.
Okay, let's take a look at the left hand.
The tricky part about the left hand here,
not so much the notes but
it's going to be the counting.
It's pretty easy when
we play it by itself.
It's a little tricky when we put
it together with your right hand.
So let's take it nice and slow.
If you recall, that first little
birdie symbol is our quarter rest.
So we're gonna count
the first beat as empty one.
Now, let's find these two notes together.
Start with the top note.
Again, if we're using the top staff
line of the F clef as a reference,
that would've been an A.
The next ledger line up,
would skip up to a C.
But we see that this note is above that
line so then it's actually a D over here.
D All right?, now I can use that space,
because I see that bottom
note is also a space.
I can skip space, space to see
that bottom note as being a G.
So that's what I hear, that's what I
see over here for the first interval.
And then I move down from this D to the
very next position on that ledger line.
We're still on the ledger lines,
but now it's a line note.
So this is a C over here.
So one rest, come in on the second beat.
Hold, this is a C over here and
you play it again.
Rest, you take your hand off, and we're
gonna reposition our hand down lower.
You should recognize this.
A fall down ballgame.
A, fall, down.
So these two, A and D together.
And this is the very
next note below the A.
So here it is again, a little faster.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
Rest, jump down, two.
One, two, three.
Not too bad.
Now, let's try to put this together.
It's a little tricky so take your time.
Okay, nice and
slow, here we go, ready?
Right hand on that A.
Left hand's going to get ready
on the D and the G over here.
You're not going to play
until the second beat.
One two and three.
One, now together.
Now left hand you're gonna move
down to a C.
Now right hand, you're gonna come over and
then you're gonna play together here.
And we're gonna put your thumb on that E,
right hand.
Left hand is resting, and now together.
Hand comes over.
Let's do it again.
You are gonna want to repeat
this until you can feel really
comfortable playing this smoothly,
even if it's at a slow speed, okay?
One, ready and.
It looks easy when I play it, I guess.
But, [LAUGH] give it your best shot.
Take your time, and it'll come to you.
All right?
Good, let's move on.
Let's find the next
notes on the right hand.
I think you will be surprised
at how familiar this sounds.
Right hand, our G clef.
Remember the 2nd line.
This is a note right above that.
So, that would make it an A, okay?
Hey, this sounds familiar.
Hand over.
Now replace this E with a one.
Hand over.
Yeah, so it's the same pattern that we've
just played, just moved down an octave.
And remember, an octave is gonna be
a note [SOUND] that is eight notes away.
[SOUND] They share the same note names,
just eight notes apart.
Let's go on to our left hand.
Rhythmically the left hand is very similar
to what we just played
in the previous section,
slight difference in notes.
Okay, so again, there's a rest to start.
Rest and then the left hand starts
with a D, A Fall Down, Ball Game.
Okay, one, rest, come in the second beat,
and this is a C, rest, D and
then this should be familiar, two three.
So let me play this again in rhythm.
One, ready and, one, two,
three, one, two, three, rest,
two, three, one, two, three.
Good, let's put that all together now.
Right hand on A, left hand on D and G.
Ready, and.
And over.
And over.
So again,
it's nice that you have
patterns that repeat.
Take a look at this one more time.
One, ready and.
Now, let's see how this all fits
together in the previous section and
this section as well.
let's review.
Right hand on the upper A over here.
[SOUND] Left hand on this G and
D over here.
Ready to go?
One, two, three.
[SOUND] thumb,
[SOUND] jump down left hand,
[SOUND] left hand, right hand,
you're basically in position.
Left hand you have to jump down here.
[SOUND] Right hand,
replace with the thumb.
So just be careful of those jump points.
Let's go slowly one time, and
then we'll play it a little bit faster.
One, two, and three.
and over.
[SOUND] Right hand thumb.
Left hand jump down to an A on top here.
[SOUND] Right hand, A.
Left hand's gonna jump to a D on top,
Now one more time without me talking.
Let's see if you can
play it straight through.
One, two, three.
All right.
All that's left for
us is to really start putting the last
portions of this song together.
So let's take a look at that.
The left hand's very easy, so
we're not gonna split our hands.
We're just gonna learn, hands together for
the rest of this piece.