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Somewhere out there,
is a lovely little song that
we're going to work on,
that will introduce us to
a couple of new concepts.
We're gonna be applying the same three
note pattern that we've been working on
with out left hand in the first couple
of pieces, and moving them up and
down in all different ways.
So that you can use that simple pattern to
make it sound very interesting by changing
where the notes are being moved to.
The right hand, we're going to be
using a special little technique
to make the melody sound
even a little more special.
It's a very simple thing, simply move
your hand up higher than normal.
We're also gonna be looking at
a new accidental called a flat,
which will change the way
that notes are played.
Very similar to sharps, but
just moving the opposite direction.
And basically, you're gonna have more
practice getting your fingers coordinated
in new and interesting ways.
So, let's take a look at it.
>> [MUSIC]
In the beginning of Somewhere Out There,
we've got a brand new music notation
symbol that I want to introduce you to.
Take a look at the music and you're going
to see something that looks like an 8 with
a va and
a long line that stretches out after that.
It's an abbreviation for an Italian word.
For Otava which basically means play
the note that you see one octave or
8 notes higher.
So as you can see here.
This first note is E [SOUND] normally be
played in the middle of the piano, but
when you see that 8 fond line extending
out above it, play that same E but
8 notes higher.
So it's kind of a way, instead of spending
a lot of time drawing all these crazy
ledger lines to show where you should be,
it's a way of making it easier to read.
So the rule is as long as you see
the 8 va and the line extending,
as long as that line extends,
that's when that rule for
playing an octave higher applies, okay?
So instead of here,
we're now an octave higher and
this is where we're gonna begin.
First note is E.
Then G.
Then back to E.
Now to C.
Dot a quarter, so
the next note's gonna be pretty fast.
Now, here it's kind of interesting,
we're gonna do a quick crab walk,
[LAUGH] I call it a crab walk.
One, two, one.
Do you see what I just did?
I'm gonna just basically walk my thumb
underneath my second finger here.
Again because I wanna reposition
my hand for some higher notes.
So a quick way to do that.
See that?
Then the G, and
now you're gonna stretch up to this D.
I love this song.
It's so pretty, isn't it?
Lets try that again.
I'm gonna count it out now,
starting on the E.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
And crab walk,
Great, that's the first few measures for
the right hand.
Now let's take a look
at the left hand notes.
hope you see a method to my manners.
We're having the same kind
of three-note figure now
with a slightly different rhythm,
all right?
So, here, left hand.
We're gonna start on the F-clef down
here on C.
And we're starting with eighth notes,
so it goes like this.
And then, we have a quarter note, okay?
Then the next set starts on E.
And then F.
And then G.
Okay, so a little variation on our three
note pattern but with different rhythms.
So once again, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four.
So, I hope you can see it's pretty easy
to kind of climb up as long as you keep
your hand the same shape.
Okay, now let's extend the left hand to
the end of the musical phrase or sentence.
Okay, let's start from
the beginning again, C,
then E,
then F
next note G.
Now we're gonna jump down to the C,
repeat that again.
And now, with this F here,
it climbs back down to the A,
and then finishes off like that, okay?
Let's do it one more time.
Do the whole phrase without stopping and
in rhythm.
Ready and
Pretty simple.
Now, let's put your hands together.
Okay, because the left hand is jumping
around so much, even though it's
kind of easy to play it on its own,
let's just take it a little bit at a time.
Let's just take a look at
the first two measures, alright.
Right hand, remember we're an octave
higher, so we're on this E here, to start.
Left hand starts on the C, take your time.
Now you're gonna jump up to the E in
the left hand.
And then you're gonna move to F here.
And then to the G.
If you notice the right hand
is kind of playing the same kind
of pattern that the left hand is.
But just one note at a time, okay?
So the right hand has it easy,
the left hand is doing all the work.
So let's make sure you're comfortable
moving through this progression, okay?
Let's do this one more time,
just the first two measures.
Moving up.
Okay, so very much you're gonna want to
focus on your left hand pinkie,
to direct the beginnings
of each of those little
sequences in your left hand.
Okay,so here we go, let's put the rest
of this together, right hand up here,
left hand down here.
Here we go.
Moving up to the E.
Now remember, here the right hand
is going to do the crab walk.
Okay, you see how that works?
Left hand goes to the F.
All right, let's try that again ,and I
wanna focus a little bit on the crab
walk itself.
Because what's interesting with
this section of the crab walk.
I don't know if you heard that, but
the left hand rhythm and the right hand
rhythm, they kind of combine together.
If you can make that as
seemless as possible,
that would be a really good
spot to practice right there.
That would be a pothole practice spot,
So we could start right
at that spot over here.
We want to aim to get this crab walk down,
and aim to get this left hand jumping
down from the G to the C, one more time.
Okay, so you can focus on cleaning that
little speed bump, cuz I'll guarantee
you it'll be a spot where you
might have to slow down, to find
yourself until you get comfortable.
So one more time from the beginning,
putting it all together.
Ready, and.
So work on that until that's comfortable
and let's go on to the next phrase.
>> [MUSIC]
Okay right hand,
we're just gonna continue
right where we left off.
Your right hand was left on an A.
[SOUND] Okay.
So here we go, A
and ew, great big dog,
we're up in the D over here.
Now here, because I have to extend
going to the next few notes,
I'm going to move my fourth finger
down and skip down here to the B.
That will allow me to travel here and
I'm going to stretch my
thumb to get to the C.
I'm going to let my finger still
stay open with my hand and
move for the fast E
to go to the quarter notes.
So as you can see, we're starting
to stretch our hands more to
really reach a wider
range of melodic notes.
Let's do that again.
Second finger on A.
Okay, and I'm going to count it out now.
Ready and, one,
two,three, stretch.
One, two,stretch, three, four.
Then go.
A very pretty melody I really like
this okay great now let's work on
the left hand part.
Okay, so the left hand is a little more
challenging than some of
the other songs that we've
learned up to this point,
a lot more jumping around.
Let's take a look.
Here, left hand.
A fall down, we're gonna start on a D over
here and move up our staff lines here.
Next one starts on the G.
And we're gonna go back down.
This is an E.
And then we're gonna start an A.
Go to a ledger line C.
[SOUND] Next ledger line
goes to an E like that.
So, A, C, E, okay?
Then we're going to jump down to a D.
And then an F.
And then a G.
Sounds like a total random mix of notes,
Well trust me, practice this.
And fortunately at least a three note
pattern shouldn't be too hard for
you at this point.
You've done so many of these.
So again, it might be helpful just to
write down the first note names for
each of these groups.
So for instance, D, G,
and then E, and then A.
I want to show you something that may or
may not help at this stage.
I don't want to confuse you
with too much theory but
I'm just gonna take the first
notes of each of these groups.
Take a look at this.
I don't know if you see a pattern here,
but from here to here is one,
two, three, four notes apart.
And then we go down to the E.
Four notes apart again.
One, two, three, four.
So, there is a pattern here.
It may not seem like it, but you will
start to recognize some of these patterns
the more songs you play and
the more you feel them in your hands.
So, here we go.
Do the G, which is four notes away,
down to the E.
Then up four notes away, okay.
And then going all the way down here
F and then G
I'm gonna encourage you to try to play the
sequence until it really feels comfortable
so you don't have to be
guessing where things are.
Feel free to write down the note names
if you need as a reference reminder.
Now let's put everything together, okay?
Okay, Because we have so much jumping
around, let's again just take our time,
take this apart,
just a few measures at a time.
So the right-hand, [SOUND] just to recall,
[SOUND] is gonna stretch.
We're just gonna do that much right now,
just to get comfortable with
the left-hand jumps.Okay?
Remember I'm gonna jump to the G.
Let's put this all together here,
one at a time.
Right-hand [MUSIC] in D,
right-hand is going to the D,
left-hand is going to the G.
Stretch to the C, going to the A.
I encourage you,
just work on that much right
now until it feels comfortable,
and it kind of goes in
your hands automatically.
One more time, ready, and.
Now let's go ahead, and
add the rest of the phrase.
Let's do it again here,
right-hand A, left-hand D, and.
And then.
Now here,
going to the F.
And then G.
Let's try that one more time,
kind of tricky, and again you wanna be
aware of that middle part over here.
Very quickly moving to the D, and
the F over here.
And you can practice that
a couple times until you can feel
comfortable moving through
that little pothole.
One more time, going through.
A, D, here we go.
G in the left-hand.
Moving to the A on the left-hand.
Going through.
Left-hand F.
Then left-hand G.
Good, again, work on this until this feels
comfortable, and then we can move on.
So the next phrase starts
very much like the beginning.
So the first half is
gonna be identical and
then we're gonna see that it changes,
So let's go ahead and
review it since it's the same,
we can save a little bit of time by
playing through what we know already and
then we'll take a look at what changes.
So, once again, E, octave higher.
Crab fingering,
one, two, one.
Okay now we have a new symbol.
This little thing is an eighth rest.
Okay so it's a very short little break,
almost like a breath.
If you were to sing,
this would be a place where you would
take a quick breath before
singing the next few words.
Now we're gonna take
advantage of that little break.
Since your second finger is on
an A here [SOUND] I need to actually
move my hands to a whole new
position to play some lower notes.
So what I'm gonna do,
the next note is a G but
instead of playing it with my thumb
I'm gonna take advantage of the break,
lift up my hand, and
switch to a four [SOUND] instead.
So we've gone from a two on the A,
switch to a four, the note right below.
Do you see how I did that?
Take advantage of the break.
Move your hand quickly
to the four on the G.
And that eighth note will move quickly
to the next note, which is another A.
Now I'm ready to go down to the D.
Stretch to the C.
Okay, continuing up.
Now we're gonna move that
second finger a skip down.
Now we're back to ledger line,
so that C is a ledger line.
Now we have a double ledger line, that
moves us down to the A below the staff.
Back to the C, see how that works?
Okay, again let's do it again from
the beginning of this second phrase.
Here we go, ready?
Two, three, four.
Two, crab walk.
Two, three,
break and then.
[SOUND] See how quickly I did that?
Ledger line C.
Double ledger line A.
So you can see how these hand shifts,
these hand changes really put you in
position to be ready for additional notes
beyond the range of your immediate hand.
We're going to be doing that a lot.
And as you get more advanced, you're going
to be hopefully getting more comfortable
with jumping into different
positions very, very quickly.
Okay, let's add your left hand or
take a look at the left hand
in the next section as well.
The left hand is almost
like the beginning.
It's a little bit different,
let me try to explain the difference.
So the beginning went from C to E, okay?
The second time around it's a little bit
different because it's actually easier.
Instead of going to the E,
we just play the C again.
And then we go on to the F.
So slightly different but
just be aware of that.
Then going to a G.
Jumping back down to C.
Repeat the C again.
And then back to an F.
Okay, now we have a new sequence here.
Go to a D
then G
and down to E
Sounds familiar?
Then A
and then down to D again
Now changes here to an F, and
then we go back down to a C.
Okay, let's do that whole thing again.
Again try to get comfortable with this
before we add in our right hand, okay?
One more time.
Again, repeat the C so it's a little
bit different than the first time.
moving to a G,
going down to a C
to an F here
Remember, a little extra ending here.
Going down to a D, and then to a G.
down to the E, up to an A.
going down to a D, up to an F.
and ending on a C.
Okay, great.
Work on that until it's comfortable and
then lets add you're right
hand to this whole thing.
All right, again this
starts a little bit different.
Watch the left hand change, okay?
And then let's add the rest of this.
Right hand [SOUND]
starting on the upper E.
Left hand starting on lower C.
Here we go.
Now unlike the beginning,
we're going to stay on the C.
Now we go back to the rest.
Crab walk.
Jump down to C.
Going to an F here.
Now we're going to breathe.
Remember, move to a fourth
finger to this G.
Left hand is at a D here.
Move to a G here.
Left hand E.
Right hand C, left hand A
then together left hand D.
Stretch to the second finger.
Left hand on F.
Jump down to a C.
I'm not going to play that last note.
It's going to connect to the next phrase.
Let's do just that much again.
Okay, ready?
Here we go.
jump down.
and down.
down to
the A key.
Good, okay, so
that's the entire A section.
Now we're going to get ready
to learn the B section.