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Popular Piano Lessons: Nadia's Theme - B Section

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back to our right hand.
We left off with our right hand,
second finger on an A.
Now we want to pivot that so that we
can be ready for the next set of notes.
So we're gonna pivot
from a two to a three.
Remember hold it, keep it held down.
Put your other finger down and
let the other finger go.
It's pretty much as simple as that,
just think about getting to the bottom of
the key, keeping the bottom of the key,
bring the other finger down so they're
holding together for a split second.
Then letting go of the other note.
Now the key thing is to try to
do this as fast as possible.
it's the earlier you can get
the other finger out of the way,
the better you'll be in position for
what comes up next.
So, let's look at the next few notes,
We play the A again.
Double ledger line, so it skips up to a C.
Then down to an F.
Okay, and then the next note above that,
which is a G.
And that's gonna be tied over for a while.
Play the G again.
Recognize this next note,
this double ledger line?
That's right we're back to a C.
And then the single ledger line note, A.
And we're gonna pivot this one from
a three to a one to get ready for
the notes above it.
Let's just try that again in rhythmic
The A again.
Ready, and.
Two, three, four.
You just stay on that second finger.
One, two, three.
Pivot to a thumb, okay,
and you're ready to go.
Let's take a look at your left-hand
portion underneath this, and
then a little bit further as well, okay.
As I've explained,
I love working through potholes.
So rather than simply start at the next
section I'm gonna take one measure of
the previous section, connect it to what's
next because they're so closely related.
And then we'll continue on, okay?
This is the last set of
chords we just worked on.
The A, F and the E.
And then that sequence, okay?
So now,
we're going to our new sequence here,
which is just one more step lower,
the same kind of a pattern.
G, E and D.
Repeat that.
And this whole thing is gonna leap up
pretty high,
to a high C above the F clef staff line.
Now we're gonna leap up again, okay?
Let's see if we can find
these notes over here.
You have to kind of search
through the ledger lines kind of
buried inside of here.
But I can see two ledger lines already so
A, fall down ball game.
A is the top note.
First ledger line.
Second ledger line.
This is above, sitting above
the ledger line so that makes it an F.
D and
then the C is sitting on the ledger line,
that first ledger line so that's why we're
playing these three notes over here.
The top two notes stay the same then we
play a B but the change with a B flat.
So let's again play those two chords in
Then we move to the next sequence, okay.
Again, two letter lines.
First ledger line is C.
Next ledger line is an E.
When we hit a B, that symbol is unnatural.
That eliminates, or erases,
whatever previous accidentals
immediately preceded that note, okay?
Now, there's actually
a little technicality --
I don't need to have a natural here.
The beginning of a bar line
would automatically cancel
any additional accidentals that preceded,
but sometimes publishers like to put in
a reminder accidental for
these kinds of changes so
that you don't accidentally
keep playing that B as a flat.
So this is just a reminder.
It's not necessary, but
this is a reminder that the B flat is
now back to normal as a B natural.
So again, E, C, B.
[SOUND] And then the bottom
note changes to an A, okay?
Let's do that sequence again,
from the high F over here.
Change it to B natural moving down.
Now let's figure out this chord over here.
It's an F clef F.
We're back to a B flat over here,
space above that.
Let's take the measure before
to get that sequence in.
So the E moves down a step.
These two notes basically move down.
See that?
So we're moving down to
and adding that lower F there.
So the E moves down to D.
And a B flat.
So let's do it again the last
three measures we just played.
Move down a step.
And we move down a step but
holding this chord.
Okay, and then the ending of this
is the same chord broken apart.
[SOUND] The top two notes,
[SOUND] the bottom note.
And then the top two notes again,
all right.
Good, let's do the whole sequence now.
But now this time with the pedal, okay?
Push your pedal down.
We're gonna change the pedal
on the first chord.
Remember this is an A over here, ready?
We're playing the last sequence
of the previous phrase to get
the connection in to the new phrase,
filling in the pothole.
Ready, and.
Up down, up down.
Here's a new phrase here, move to the G.
Up down.
And we are changing every two notes.
Up down.
Up down, jumping up to a C.
Up down.
Up down.
Up down.
Now jumping up to an F.
Up down.
Up down.
Now moving down the step to the E.
Up down.
Up down.
Now moving down to the D chord, two,
three, four.
Now the chord get's broken apart.
Like that, okay?
Kind of a long sequence.
Fortunately the patterns are very
similar so it should be pretty easy.
It actually feels very comfortable in
your hand because you're just moving
a little bit at a time.
Except for those two jumps, okay?
So you might want to mark down the names
of the notes you're jumping to just for
Okay, let's put our hands
together a little bit at a time.
Like I did with your left hand alone,
let's do the right hand, and left hand
just from the end of the previous
phrase so we get that connection in.
All right, so right hand,
we just finished playing on the two,
and remember we are going to
pivot to a three right away.
Left hand, [SOUND] we're playing
this chord over here, okay?
Nice and slow.
Ready, and
[SOUND] pivot as soon as you can.
And then you play this.
Now you change your left hand chord.
[SOUND] A little bit lower here.
[SOUND] Remember?
that one repeats And
the right hand is still tied.
Three, change to a one.
Let's just do that much by itself and
then we'll add the pedal
the next time around.
So again, A,
we're gonna switch to a three right away.
Your left hand is playing this part.
One more time by itself.
Let's do that much again but
now with the pedal.
You can hear it's a little dry and
choppy without it right?
Much better with the pedal.
Okay put your pedal down,
we're gonna change when we
play the first chord together.
Okay ready?
Switch to a three with your right hand,
up down.
Up down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
And then jump up to the C, switch to one.
So practice just that little bit of the
phrase first before adding the rest of it.
The right hand has just ended
with a third finger on an A, a high A.
And I asked you to switch to a thumb,
because we're gonna reach for
some higher notes.
Now let's figure out what those
next higher notes actually are.
Lot of ledger lines, okay?
So here we go this A is
on a single ledger line.
Double ledger line brings us to a C.
Now, look at this, woo hoo, we've got
a three ledger lines, my goodness.
So from the F, the high F over here,
first ledger line, second ledger line,
third ledger line, and
this is right on top of that.
So that is a high F.
Switching again from
the beginning of the measure.
Switch to a one, C, F,
C, now right above that.
That note gets repeated, so what we are
gonna do is we are gonna switch fingers,
and then switch fingers again.
Did you see what I just did?
Three, two same note, and
then switch to a thumb here.
The advantage of that kind
of alternating finger.
Helps you to play faster and to move in
sequence so that the notes naturally
repeat without too much effort, okay?
As the shifting finger on repeated note,
That's how that goes.
Let's go on and take a look at
the rest of the notes over here.
Again we have one, two,
three ledger lines over here.
Third ledger line brings us to a high E.
Going down switching fingers three two,
and again.
Now this time we're gonna switch to an A,
three one, three one, now
this reaches a little bit higher to the D
again to three.
And again this is still a B flat.
And then we're gonna switch to a four.
So that we can play these three notes more
[NOISE] Let's take a look at
that whole sequence by itself.
Right hand, you started it with end
of that previous phrase on an A,
switch from a three to a one.
Quick note about
this new technique
where we're taking
two fingers and
alternating them,
kind of moving them
two at a time.
There are actually two different kinds of
muscular motion we're going to employ.
The first one is going to involve just
the finger [SOUND] connected to your arm,
basically, okay?
So this finger I'm imagining is
connected to this entire arm,
I'm letting the whole weight
of the arm control this.
The second note [SOUND] I'm
actually feeling as a release.
So I drop the first note.
The second note's gonna come down and
it's almost like the finger pushes the arm
up a little bit to get it out of the way.
So the next note can come in as
a heavier note connected to the arm.
The second note [SOUND] is lifted
by the finger a little bit.
Okay, you see it's an alternating down,
up, down, up, down.
See how that works?
The advantage over that, it enables me to
play, very comfortably, a repeated note.
With not too much muscular motion.
Really my arm is only coming down once
every two notes, but my second finger is
kind of compensating for
the lifting motion in between those drops.
So effectively I'm playing two
notes per single arm motion.
See how that works?
Take a look at this longer sequence here,
you see it even better.
Don't worry about it too much.
This is more of a theoretical
thing that's gonna be very handy
as we get into much faster works later on.
But just be aware that playing the piano's
more than moving your fingers.
A lot of it is going to be strategic
in terms of supporting your fingers,
your wrist, your arm, and
all in a relaxed motion, okay?
So once again the sequence
[SOUND] a little faster so
you can see it in context [SOUND] now
feeling the drop lift [SOUND] drop,
lift, drop, lift, drop, lift.
[SOUND] Okay that's your goal.
See if you can get it playing
about that fast comfortably.
All right so let's put our
hands together for this section.
Right hand we finished off with
a third finger in this high A.
Left hand we have the C cluster chord.
Remember we're gonna be transitioning
from three, and pivoting to a one, so
we can reach these higher
notes coming up next.
All right.
So here we go, nice and slow.
I'm gonna actually play and
hold this down,
because we're not actually playing
note at the beginning of the measure.
So your third finger has played the A,
it's holding.
Left hand starts, ready and
[SOUND] switching to that one.
Jump up to the F.
Okay, just that much.
Let's try that again.
Again, [SOUND] right hand is playing the A
and holding, it's being tied over, okay?
Left hand and
Jump to the F.
Let's do that much again.
Now this time with the pedal.
I'm gonna push the pedal down first,
play the A, push the pedal down first.
Left hand, ready?
Up, down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
All right?
So make sure you understand
the transition from the C to the F chord.
Get that comfortable.
All right.
Let's move on to the next portion.
At this point your right
hand is on a high E.
Your left hand is moving down
to a E as well down here.
Let's put this together nice and slow.
All right.
Let's do the same thing
again,again with the pedal now.
Push your pedal down first.
We're gonna change as soon
as we play the first note.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Change the pedal again,
even though you're holding the left hand.
Change the pedal.
You can hold the pedal down through for
the rest of this measure, if you'd like.
One more time.
I won't speak as much, so
you can hear how the pedal is done.
And holding it a little extra for
that last measure there.
Pedal down first, and.
Now let's work
on putting that entire
sequence in context,
both hands together.
Okay, putting it all together, right
hand you play the A, you're holding it.
We're gonna get ready to transition
to the pivot to the one.
All set?
Here we go.
And, let's do it first without the pedal,
just the notes, so
we can get that sequence going.
Here we go.
Pivot it as quickly as you can.
Jump up to the F.
again just notice
the stepwise motion
of the left hand sequence
going from the F,
E, to the D.
All right, that'll help you to
find your chords a little faster.
Now let's do the whole
thing with the pedal.
Again remember, we're playing the A,
it's already being tied over.
So I'm gonna put that down first and
get ready to pivot.
Put the pedal down and
as soon as the left hand comes over, we're
gonna practice the change there, okay.
So practice that until
you get comfortable.
And now let's just go ahead and
get to the end of the piece.
The ending is very
much like the beginning.
So, you already have everything you
need to know to play the rest of this.
So, let's go ahead and
just work on the hands together.
We're back on a high D with the pinky.
Your left hand goes back to that D chord.
The D on top over here, okay?
And again, let's practice by
pushing the pedal down first and
doing the change as soon as we
come up with both hands, okay?
Pedal down first.
Now here's
a little tip for
ending a piece
when you're
using the pedal.
If you're playing [SOUND] a note and
you lift up the pedal.
And then you look at your hands.
Sometimes [SOUND] you can have your hands
kinda come off a little unevenly and
it can sound a little funny [SOUND] to
have a couple of notes coming off at
different times.
The way to solve that is to do this,
gonna play the last chord and
you have the pedal on engage,
quietly lift up your hands first.
And then lift up your pedal.
And that way all the notes will be stopped
or die away, all at the same time, okay?
So let me just illustrate
that one more time.
I'll illustrate it two ways.
I'll illustrate it by doing
it the wrong way, and
then I'll illustrate it by
getting my hands off early and
then closing the piece using the pedal,
okay So listen to the different, okay?
Here you go, the wrong way.
If I lift up my pedal,
you hear a couple notes
that might drag down.
Now, let's do it.
Release the hands early,
but keep the pedal and
control the entire sound
with your pedal instead.
Let go.
Okay so you can hear everything
stops at the same time.
Now if you want you can let it fade
away just keep the pedal down.
Listen again. Ready? And.
Let go of your hand.
[SOUND] And that's a nice effect as well,
just letting your sound die away.
And just keep your foot down until
the sound is completely gone, okay?
So a couple different ways to end
your piece more effectively and
a little bit more cleanly too,
so enjoy working on this.
Even though I show how to play the notes
without the pedal, I wanna encourage you
to use the pedal as early and
as often as possible.
The pedaling is really what makes
this piece sound so magical and
really helps you to enjoy
what you're doing a lot more.
Every time you practice,
I want to encourage you, make music.
Don't just exercise, don't just be
there to kind of get through it.
I want you to really enjoy
the sound that you're making.
Really enjoy the way the piano rings,
and listen for
clean, clear changes with your pedaling.
That's very important that
you get the timing right.
To lift your pedal right
when the next notes begin.
Get that transition smooth.
And again, it's the little things.
Try to make sure that you
have your pedaling technique,
set down as a good habit because it's
gonna really help you as we get through
the next series of pieces.