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Okay, so, we just finished the melody in
your left hand with
the second finger on an E.
We're going to play the same E but now
we're going to switch to a third finger so
that we can reach another note higher.
So, let's start from where
the next melody begins.
Switching to a three,
this half note is tied to the first eighth
note and you repeat it.
And then, this is tied as well.
we're going to quickly run out of fingers.
So, what we're going to do is play three,
put your thumb under to connect that.
And then reach over with a three and
a four.
The double ledger line, double ledger
line but moving a little before that.
See how that goes?
Okay, let's do that again.
Left hand, starting on an E.
Two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, come under, connect it.
All right.
Let's add the accompaniment with
your right hand to this mix.
Let's see what the accompaniment
looks like first by itself.
Just like the beginning
the right hand starts off with a G and
C with your fifth and first fingers.
So we play those same
[SOUND] four notes again.
Okay, and
now we're gonna be introducing
some more dense chords.
Now, instead of just two notes now,
we're gonna add a third note.
Take a look, and start from the top here,
with a top G, space below is an E,
and then this note is a great big so
B, okay?
All three notes together.
Okay, that's that second measure over
there in this example.
Now we're going to keep the top note the
same, but the bottom note you'll notice
is moving down one, and you have a third
above that, so it looks like this okay?
And now the bottom two
notes stay the same, but
now we're gonna lower the top note.
So there's a couple of options.
You can move your pinky over if
that's more comfortable, but
we're gonna be moving back to that G, so
I actually recommend that you try
using your fourth finger here instead.
So moving from here, we're now gonna use
your fourth finger to lower that top note.
And now if you notice,
the top two notes are the same.
And this moves down to a G.
Now everything moves up, so
we have a whole new position to move to.
This moves up to a G.
This moves up to a D, and
this moves up to a B, okay?
Kind of tricky.
Lets just try that last
chord sequence again here.
From here, and
this goes to the very next note here.
And you close your hand up for
those two notes over there, okay?
Good, let's do the whole
sequence one more time, ready?
Now you keep the top note the same,
add the third note here.
Keep the top note the same and
move down a little bit.
The third in the middle there.
Keep the bottom two the same.
Top changes to that.
Top two stays the same
move the bottom note.
Now you go to the top note one higher and
then move these two notes up.
Sounds like a lot.
So here's a practice idea if
you want to get the changes
in a little more comfortably.
Instead of repeating every note,
just do this.
Move to the next measure.
Move to the next measure.
Then the next measure.
So I'm just gonna play each
chord as one block, and
of course in this next
measure we have two chords so
we're just gonna play one of this
[SOUND] and then one of this [SOUND].
So a very useful exercise so
you can feel the relationship how the
chords change in your hands and get that
transition a little faster in your hands
instead of playing all the repeated notes.
One more time.
[SOUND] Just like that.
[SOUND] Look at how the notes change.
[SOUND] Top.
[SOUND] Bottom.
[SOUND] And we move back up.
[SOUND] Okay, and
then one more time played normally.
All right now
one more time but
this time let's
practice it with
the pedal, okay?
Put your pedal down first and
as soon as I hit the first chord I'm
going to do my up down pedal change.
Here we go.
First note and up down holding the chord
so I can catch it with my foot.
Ready, up down.
Ready get into position, up down.
Up down.
Up down.
You may have noticed something.
Because I don't have to hold the note as
long with my hands I can take a little
extra time to move my hand into
position between those chord changes
because my foot will do the holding for
So again look at how I'm using
the pedal to my advantage
to make the chord changes a little easier.
So I can take my hand off, move them
in position as needed, watch again.
Here we go.
Pedal down and up down.
I'm letting go of this and
getting into position right away.
Up down
As soon as I finish playing that last
chord I'm getting ready to move to
the next chord.
See it still sounds.
Up, down.
Get into position here.
Up, down.
Get into position here, ready?
Up, down.
So, the pedal is a little bit
tricky to get used to, but
once you get used to it you'll quickly
see how it gives you so much advantage.
To be able to move into position without
straining your hand to hold a note for
their full precise values cuz your
pedal will help you do that for you.
All right, let's put
the melody together with the chords.
First, let's do our hands alone.
And then we'll play it again and
incorporate the pedaling.
All right, right hand.
You're playing the C and the G.
Left hand melody has just
finished on a second finger.
On an E, okay?
And then we're gonna switch remember
to the third finger on that E,
when it goes into the next
portion of the melody.
Let's just play the end of
that previous melody here and.
Switch to a three on the same note.
Change your chord.
The left hand is tied.
Set, change your chord in the right hand.
Change to a four here.
Thumb under left hand.
Now move your chord here.
And then new chord here.
Okay, let's just do that much one
more time, just to get comfortable.
Right hand.
Left hand.
You're just finished on second
finger on E.
Switch to a three, on the left hand.
Good, now let's add the pedaling to that.
Put your pedal down first.
So we're going to
practice the change over.
As soon as I start,
I'll down an up down with my pedal.
Okay, ready?
And up, down.
Switch fingers.
Change chord.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Up down.
Thumb under here, up down.
Okay, good.
Take your time.
Practice it.
Getting these good habits in now it's
gonna really help you as we work on more
difficult songs,
as we even go back in previous songs and
add the pedaling into those as well.
Okay, let's see what the rest
of the song sounds like.
We're basically at
the end of the piece now.
We don't have to really take our hands
apart because it's pretty easy from
this point on.
Remember we have that little
variation of the melody.
Right, instead of this.
We add an extra 16th note.
Okay, so let's start from there.
The last four or five measures of
the piece, let's give that a try,
right from the melody.
The last iteration of
the melody on the left hand.
Two three.
Now let's add the pedalling to that.
I'm gonna put my pedal down first.
We'll start with your melody in the left
hand, the last version of the melody, and.
Up, Down.
Up, Down.
Up, Down.
Up, down.
You noticed you don't need to change
the pedal in that last measure.
You can sense it's the harmony,
we'll get into harmony stuff later.
Since basically it's the same notes.
You can just let that pedal stay held and
the longer you hold the pedal the more
gradual the sound will fade away.
More gradually.
It's kinda nice, yeah?
So one last time, okay.
And I'm gonna show you an alternate pedal.
We talked about this.
If you're having difficulty
with the speed of changing,
especially when your left hand
melody is playing eighth notes.
You can alternate your pedal to go
up on the first eighth note and
then back down on the second eighth note.
Let's see what that sounds like.
Lets put your pedal down first,
and here we go.
Up down.
Here's the alternate pedalling.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
And you gonna keep your
pedal held until the end.
You probably noticed I can actually
take my hand off while my foot is
still holding the sound, and it'll still
ring whether my hand is there or not.
The pedal takes care of that.
Great job.
I know it feels like you're
playing with three hands.
Right hand, left hand and
your third hand, that foot that's trying
to coordinate on top of everything else.
Don't get overwhelmed.
Take advantage of The Rose's
naturally slow speed.
This is a slow song.
There's no need to hurry through it.
Really take your time to get
the timing of your foot right.
But more importantly,
try to relax as you go through
each of the videos in this series.
Really take your time.
Isolate your muscles.
If you're feeling tensed anywhere,
you wanna try to identify what's causing
you to be tense and try to relax.
So, you really want to minimize the number
of muscles you use, particularly,
as we add the use of the pedal.
Take your time.
It's a lot of information to absorb.
Take it one step at a time, hands alone,
and even do a one hand with the pedal.
If you want to review, just practice
one hand all the way through with
the pedaling, so
you can get that in your system.
And again, as I mentioned,
once you get the timing right,
you want it to become second nature.
The pedaling is gonna be your best friend.
So even though it feels like you're adding
a third limb, to your piano playing,
it's well worth the time to
really make this comfortable and
an actual extension of your music making.
Plus, I just want you to take
the time to enjoy the sound.
You're really getting a chance to make the
piano sound as magical as anything you've
heard in the movies, or
in soundtracks, or on any recording.
This is the secret sauce that makes piano
music come alive, your use of the pedal.
I'm so happy that you now have a chance
to add this into your bag of tricks.