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With this new song Edelweiss we're going
to be working with the same
three note patterns that
we've been exploring the left
hand in new and interesting ways.
We're also going to be expanding your
pedal technique to accommodate faster
notes, and there's a little secret trick
that I'm going to show you to be able to
catch fast notes with a pedal.
Hint, it's not going to be with your foot.
So we're going to look at some really
interesting techniques in this beautiful
song from the Sound of Music.
All right,
let's get started.
The very first note is a note right
below the very bottom staff line for
the treble clef, or the G clef.
And that's gonna be D.
Space to the next note.
And then we're gonna do two spaces,
which brings us to a C.
Count that for three beats.
Now B with a flat next to it.
And then back down to an F.
And then E flat over here.
Two, three.
Now because the next note is so
close, I'm just gonna slide my thumb over,
and use my thumb again.
Two three two three.
So let's play that one more time and
I'll play it more or less in rhythm,
a little slow.
One, ready, and
One, two, stretch up to the C, two, three.
Two, three reach up for the E flat.
I'm gonna use the thumb
again again straight down
One two three,
two three
two three.
Good, now let's take a quick
look at our left hand pattern.
we're gonna be using
the similar note patterns, but
with slightly different fingerings to
accommodate some of the black keys.
We have a lot more black
keys in this piece.
So let's take a look at
the notes on the left hand.
A, fall down ball, and
there's a flat next to that one over here.
We could use a five, three, one but
because we're moving down to some
lower notes almost immediately.
I'm gonna actually start this with a
fourth finger instead to get me ready for
the notes coming up right
after that initial measure.
So we're gonna start with the fourth
finger on the B flat over here.
Line to line.
And then this
note over here's gonna be
an A played with the fifth finger.
Back down to that middle note and
then back up.
Back to the B flat with the fourth finger.
Now, here we're gonna move our whole hand
up to here with an E flat
starting this passage off.
B flat.
What I'm trying to introduce to you
with this particular arrangement
are different ways that we can use
three note patterns and different
rhythms and different repetitions.
And again, giving you some ideas
as to how three notes can sound so
different and all the different
varieties of ways that we can play them.
So one more time, one ready and one, two,
three, three notes but keep the top two.
One, two, and I'm moving up with the four
finger here hitting the top two notes.
So let's go ahead and add the next couple
of measures to your left hand passage.
Once again, for review,
we're starting with
a fourth finger in B flat,
let's just review that one more time.
And then fifth finger in A.
Back to the fourth finger in B flat.
moving to the fourth finger on the E flat.
Back down to the B flat here.
Now, we're moving down to a G.
A fall down ball game.
Moving up those lines over here, and
then now we're going to a C.
Squish over here.
now we're gonna go down below
the staff line to that F.
Okay, excellent.
Let's practice that again all
in context without stopping.
One, two, three.
One, two, three,
one, two, three.
So that's pretty good for
learning the notes.
Now, here's the tricky part.
Adding the pedal is not as simple because
we're playing with some pretty fast notes.
Whenever you need to change the pedal.
Let me give you an example of what could
go wrong playing at full speed, but
with the pedal.
Okay, ready?
Hear the first
notes get missing.
It can be tricky if you're not used to
pedaling very quickly and
catching an eighth note,
just in time with the down pedal, even for
a professional pianist
can be almost impossible.
Yeah, its even hard for me.
There is a little trick
that I want to teach you.
This is an old trick that Mr. George
Volet, one of my old teachers, taught me.
He called this pedalizing your fingers.
What do I mean by that?
Well, there's a way of making the notes
sound as if you're using your pedal,
without actually using your foot.
Listen to this.
Do you
see how I'm
doing that?
As I'm playing the note.
I'm not letting go,
at least of the first one or two notes.
And I'm holding them.
Let's try it another way,
I'm going to push the pedal down,
listen to the difference in sound.
It sounds like they are being held.
Now I'll do it without the pedal, and
I'm just doing it with my fingers, okay.
So here's the trick.
We're going to do a combination of
pedalizing your fingers with your foot, so
even though you're playing fast notes in
your left hand, if you're holding on to
them long enough, you can catch it
with your foot very comfortably and
have your foot help to sustain it.
So you're fingers, in essence, are working
together with your foot to make sure that
all the notes are caught
in time with your foot.
Now your foot doesn't have to feel
like It's panicking every time it
sees a fast note.
You just hold the faster notes
a little longer in your fingers, okay?
So that's the secret trick.
Let's go through this again.
I'm gonna show you very slowly
how I pedalize my fingers and
catch it with my foot.
Here we go, ready, and.
Pedalizing, I can put my foot down.
Okay and I'm gonna hold at least the very
first note as I change the pedal.
And then I can let it go.
Pedalize the first two notes if I want.
And then, pedalize,
again, holding this down.
And holding it down.
And, holding the first notes down.
Holding the first note down.
So, just think about holding the first
note as long as possible to catch
it with your pedal.
Great new technique,
that combines the best of good
finger work with fancy footwork.
All right, now let's put it
all together a little bit at a time.
Right hand melody starts on a D.
Left hand is going to start on the B Flat.
And remember, I'm going to try to hold
the first note as long as possible,
okay, so that my foot has time
to catch it with the pedal.
Very slowly, let's give it a try.
One, ready, and
All right, let's put that in context and
make sure we add the next
four measures again,
pedalizing our left hand,
to make it easier to pedal with our foot.
Here we
go, from
the beginning,
one, ready
Practice that until that sounds
smooth without any hiccups or bumps.