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[MUSIC]
Okay, so
our left hand has left us with G and
D and those are the same
two notes we're going to be finishing
until the end of the piece.
So that's pretty easy.
Just keep your hands there.
Now it's just the right hand [SOUND] that
has a little bit of a melodic pattern
that's different.
So the left hand starts first
with the rest on the right hand.
Now the right hand continues with a D,
G and then you play it together.
[MUSIC]
Two and
the right hand is gonna
be tied as you can see.
You play the left hand by itself.
[MUSIC]
The right hand is tied here.
And you put your hand over.
Okay, now we're going to
get into ledger line land.
[LAUGH] Put your hand over,
right hand, this is gonna be a B.
[MUSIC]
For the single ledger line,
now the double ledger
line brings us to an A.
[MUSIC]
Okay, still double ledger line,
but notice how it's lower now.
[MUSIC]
Now believe it or not,
I know these ledger lines
can be kind of annoying.
But you will actually learn
to recognize them on sight,
as you will with many of these notes.
The more you see them the more
you associate with them and
the positions on the keyboard.
You'll be able to eventually look
at a note and say it's that note.
Or that note.
On sight just like you recognize a word
that may be not even completely spelled,
but you know what the word says.
You learn your words visually.
Let's do this again.
Okay.
And again a little slowly and
then I'll put it up to
speed just a little bit.
One, two, and three [SOUND] rest,
on the right hand
[MUSIC]
Two, three, hand over to the B.
>> [MUSIC]
>> One last time,
again a little bit faster.
One, two, three, one
>> [MUSIC]
>> Two
>> Three.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
And from here on out, it's pretty much
almost until the end of the piece.
Let's go on.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, so let's take a look at this
ending which has the same kind of
notes just in different patterns.
So it's really not too difficult.
So we're going to take this
kind of as a chunk okay?
So now we're left with
a right hand on a B.
Left on same two notes the D and the G.
Okay?
See if you can follow along
as I play on your music.
Ready?
B,
[MUSIC]
or the double line, A.
Now we end on the G.
Two, three, and the G is still tied.
One, two, three, two, three, one, two.
Okay, so just get familiar with that,
and then the rest of this is just
basically variations on that.
So now let's play from
here to the very end.
Ready?
Right hand, three on B.
Left hand, D and G.
Here we go, one.
Ready and
[MUSIC]
two, three, one, two.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, one.
Hear the variations.
One, we go back to a D,
and then the A, D,
[MUSIC]
A,
[MUSIC]
one, two, three.
Doesn't sound that interesting
when you play it slow,
but let me play it for
you a little faster, and
you can see, it is fun, so
[MUSIC].
Okay, so
when you speed it up, it's the sameness
of the rhythm that gives it its energy.
So it may be a little tedious to
get it in the beginning slowly, but
I encourage you, try to go back, and
play this piece as fast as you can.
It is a lot of fun.
It's a lot of the same thing,
same repetitions, over and over again.
Now, one more little tip when
you're playing this piece,
you really want to try to get a light,
kind of a bouncy touch, okay.
So, what do I mean by that?
Because, a lot of the notes are the same,
whenever you play the same note more than
once, [SOUND] you have to naturally lift
up your hand to play it again, okay?
Now the piano by nature is
a percussive instrument.
The hammer in an acoustic
instrument is striking a key and
bouncing against it, just as if you
were to strike a bell or a drum.
So one of the things you might want to try
to develop is a light touch to this piece.
So let me give you an example what I mean.
[MUSIC]
When you're playing the very
beginning, right?
When you play a little faster,
because you have to repeat it,
[MUSIC]
I'm actually going to try to bounce
lightly on those keys,
you see how that works?
Pretty cool.
You might want to try this fast,
even if you're not counting.
What you want to look for is a very
loose wrist, keep your shoulder relaxed,
as we talked about in posture.
[MUSIC]
You're going to feel a slight
drop in your arm.
[MUSIC]
Okay, and then you're going to lift then
your hand is going to have
a little bit of a bounce there.
[MUSIC]
Okay so
you're have a arm, wrist finger, arm.
See how I'm dropping this?
Okay, It's kind of a cool effect.
On the right hand
[MUSIC],
notice how I'm bouncing these notes pretty
fast.
I'm not holding them,
I'm not sticking down to them.
Try having a light touch.
Take your hand off
whenever you feel like.
[MUSIC]
Hear I'm trying
to bounce off as much,
I'm showing off a little bit, but
you can do this, too.
Be patient, take your time, and
don't push your notes too heavily.
Try and see if you can get a little bit
of a bounce as you get comfortable with
this piece.
So don't let the sameness throw you.
Try to get as fast as you can
as quickly as you can, and
I look forward to hearing
your rendition real soon.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
In this series of lessons on
the Spring Dance by Edvard Grieg,
you'll learn some pretty
sophisticated ways to
reposition your hand up and
down the keyboard.
Jumping into positions,
using fingerings, and
even jumping around in interesting ways.
Now the challenge that I have for you,
we learned this piece very slowly,
a note at a time.
My challenge to you is to try to play it
as fast as I did when I first introduced
the piece to you and at the end of course
when I did the little run through.
Try to see if you can get your
mastery of this piece to that level.
You can play it just as fast as me.
You can do it.
The notes are not terribly hard,
you just have to take the time
to get familiar with them,
to get comfortable with the repositioning
of your hands, with jumping, okay?
And again, the more you do this, the more
you will be able to feel what it's
like to get that natural bounce and light
touch that I was demonstrating at the end.
That's your goal.
I want you to try not to be satisfied
with, again, just getting through
the piece at a slow tempo, but
I want you to make it
really feel like a dance.
A really bright spring dance, of course.
And with a lot of bounce,
a lot of pep, a lot of fun.
Really enjoy getting this into your system
and playing it as fast as possible.
[MUSIC]