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Popular Piano Lessons: Edelweiss - A2 Section

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Let's go ahead and take a look at
the next few notes in your left hand.
Remembering that we're gonna pedalize
the first notes of every measure.
Moving on, here we go.
Left hand starts on the B flat again,
almost the same as the beginning.
And, notice I'm holding
my pinkie down on the first note.
Now, here we move down to a G.
So even if you're practicing without
the pedal, I want you to practice holding
the first note as long as possible.
One more time.
One, ready,
It may feel
a little awkward.
What I don't want you to do is to
stress or strain your muscles.
Just to hold a finger down.
It's more to do with coordination
than actual finger strength.
It shouldn't take too much strength
to push and hold a note down.
So don't exert any more
stress than you need to.
Simply have your finger there and
just work on keeping that finger
down without any extra stress.
In fact a good exercise to take, is would
be to take each measure to do this.
And practice coordinating
holding one finger down.
And just play those other two
notes over and over again.
Until you can feel comfortable
With not lifting this up.
Let's do the next measure.
Hold that down, and
practice lifting the other
fingers up while that
pinkie stays held down.
And see if you can do it as relaxed
as possible, back to this one.
You might wanna exaggerate lifting
up the other fingers while the held
finger is staying down.
Now let's look at the new passage for
these new notes over here.
Little trick as you're going to the black
key here, keep this pinkie down,
lift the other fingers.
This is a great exercise for
getting the individual coordination
between your fingers and
then when you speed it up.
Should sound like that.
All right, let's put our melody
together with our pedalized left hand and
go into the new section, okay?
Nice and slow.
Ready, one, ready and.
Practice with the pedal to
make sure that you're holding your
pedalized finger long enough,
I want you to make sure you
don't hear something like this.
Do you notice how the first
notes of your left hand were
missing in that example?
Make sure it sounds really smooth and
you hear all three notes, or four notes,
depending on how many are supposed
to be sounding in the given measure.
Make sure your pedal is catching all those
notes that your fingers are holding long
enough for your pedal to catch that.
One more time with the pedal.
Now let's go on and
learn the rest of this phrase.
Okay, the right hand,
very similar to the beginning.
[SOUND] Skip up to the next space,
two spaces up to the C and
down to the B-flat here.
[SOUND] E-flat,
now we're gonna use the same thumb,
slide down [SOUND] to the D there.
[SOUND] B-flat with your pinky.
Two, three, one [SOUND],
two [SOUND] and then a rest.
Okay, let's do that again.
I'll count it through, one ready and
[SOUND] two, [SOUND] one, two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three [SOUND],
two, three, [SOUND] two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three,
[SOUND] two, rest.
Now let's take a look at your left
hand as we end this first section.
So the left hand notes are pretty much
the same as we started,
the ending has a few
different notes for the variation, okay?
Starting at measure 13,
let's find this note.
A fall down ball game, bottom line is a G.
Right below that G is the F.
We're gonna find this note.
Okay, A fall down ball for this B.
There's a B flat next to that.
then the next line up brings us to a D.
These three notes.
So the F is on the bottom space.
Here we go.
Notice how I'm holding this bottom note as
long as possible.
Same F.
It's two spaces up, E flat.
Okay, and
then E fall down ball game, B, D, F.
B flat, D, F.
Good, let's play that all together again
now that we've figured out the notes.
One, two, three.
Good now
let's do it again,
with the pedal.
And pedalized fingers.
One, ready, and.
Great, now let's
put the right hand and
the left hand together.
All right starting on measure nine.
Now, we're gonna get to
the ending of the first section.
Right hand on D, left hand on B flat.
One, ready and
some will down here.
Pretty simple right?
Make sure this is comfortable and
you're comfortable pedalizing
your fingers with the pedal,
no hiccups in your left hand sound.
And then we'll go on
to the middle section.