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Popular Piano Lessons: River Flows In You - E & F Section

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Now the end of measure 16,
we have a variation of this,
so instead of just playing
these notes as they were,
we're adding a little trill
three fast notes there, okay?
So what's gonna happen is you're gonna
play this with a four like you did
previously but this time your fourth
finger's gonna leap a little bit.
Use your fourth finger to push up and then
you're gonna drop ,three notes in a row.
It's interesting is you're
gonna be using the three,
four, three,
the first three four are gonna be light.
Remember the grace note
that we talked about?
Light before the main note and the main
note has a lot of weight that drops on it.
So you're gonna basically be playing
these two notes with fingers and
the last A over here with kind of
the arm and your hand dropping on it.
So watch again.
Try to think of moving this,
have you ever gone toodaloo
toodaloo just move your hand,
fingers really quickly back and forth.
That's kinda the light finger motion.
You're gonna use for the trill,
and then the last note,
after the trill,
will kinda be your finger dropping.
So, toodaloo, very light, just by itself.
So, I don't need any arms
to play those two notes.
And then I'm gonna use my arm to kinda
try to think of your finger connected to
your arm here and drop on it, okay.
the combination of leaping off with this
fourth finger, switching to a three.
See how that works?
Four leap and drop, okay.
So let's take a quick look
at this new variation
which involves these funny trills.
Here we go, end of measure 16.
Now here, switch to a five.
what I recommend is go back to a five, and
this time, instead of the four leaping up,
the five's gonna leap and
you switch to the three again.
Five, three, and
now the one goes under like we did
three, one, now you go back to a four.
Just for this one, because of
the relationship between this and
the G sharp right before.
Leap, five, the five here,
might feel a little strange because
you are squishing such a small space.
In reality what's happening we're
gonna be moving very quickly.
Sorry, you're gonna be
moving very quickly because
what I need to do is I need to position
my hand to play the lower notes.
That's what the five is there for
as a guide.
So let's go back and review this now,
putting it together with
your left hand slowly.
All right?
The left hand has been playing
this last bit of this pattern.
Then the right hand [SOUND] four leap,
[SOUND] fifth finger down.
[SOUND] Fifth finger is gonna push your
hand up, you drop two light fingers,
[SOUND] and the last A will be
with an arm, [SOUND] fifth finger.
[SOUND] Will be push up with your finger,
you're gonna [SOUND] kind of feel a little
bit of air lifting, [SOUND] sorry.
Here put your thumb under.
Third finger over.
Now, this time use the fourth
finger to lift your hand.
[SOUND] Switch to the three, [SOUND] five,
[SOUND] five, [SOUND] lift, three.
[SOUND] Good.
Now, the very last time, if you wanna
add the trill again, you can, or
you can simply jump to this.
[SOUND] Watch this, four,
[SOUND] there's no trill actually
written in this rendition.
Fourth finger, [SOUND] and
it's the same after that anyways,
put your thumb under here.
And here we end the piece,
we'll end this little section here.
What's gonna happen,
we've run out of fingers.
You're gonna put your second
finger over to play this G sharp,
to kinda finish off this little segment.
And you're gonna notice these funny
symbols that kinda look like chicken eyes.
That's what I used to call them as a kid.
The little kind of a curved line
with a dot in the middle there.
That's the one way, and
the other one is kind of the same, but
in reverse is kind of the dot with
the curved line underneath it.
This [SOUND] is called a fermata, and a
fermata is a musical notation instruction
telling you,
you can hold this as long as you want.
Hold this a little extra long.
So, [SOUND] were just gonna hold this for
a little extra beat,
and let the music pause.
And then we will continue with the ending.
Let's just go back and review all of that,
but this time without stopping.
Again, end of measure 16.
Nice and slow.
Now, let's look at the ending.
Getting into measure 21 we have these two
really fast notes,
it's kind of like grace notes,
these are 30 seconds, but
it has the effect of a grace note.
Very fast before the notes come
back in here all right, it's
almost like the beginning but the left
hand pattern has changed a little bit.
So we have to take a look
at this a little carefully.
Let's take a look at the right hand first.
It's like the beginning.
[SOUND] Okay, now we're gonna put
our hand over for the grace note.
Again but it's a little tricky because
your gonna start your grace note on a kind
of a hand turn a little.
Light second finger.
Again just let the finger come down and
the third finger we use arm pressure.
Kind of lean on that to give it speed,
So let's just do that and
let's take a look at the left hand
notes that are slightly different here.
We're going to start wrapping.
We just finished here.
Let's move over the the C
sharp with a second finger and
an F sharp with the fifth finger, okay?
So you play that with the half notes,
now you continue on with your fifth finger
on the F sharp, we're not moving down yet.
And this will move to
the next note above that, D,
double ledger line, F sharp, okay.
So look at that again.
Same here.
Move up.
Okay, let's move down to the E.
Now, this is a big ledger line jump there.
C sharp.
Now take a look at the ledger lines.
E that's gonna be above that.
So, it's gonna be an A.
Really stretch up to that.
It's a very pretty segment over here.
And then we're gonna go back to here.
The first ledger line.
Second ledger line.
Third ledger line.
So we're gonna end up with a G sharp and
an E.
So once again from here,
A, G sharp, and E.
All right?
Let's put that together
with your right hand.
Going into measure 21, remember your
second and fifth finger are gonna be here.
[SOUND] Stay here, move up.
[SOUND] Grace note before.
[SOUND] Reach up for the A.
[SOUND] And you're just right here.
[SOUND] Good, then the right
hand continues this melody by
resetting to a third finger on the A,
Left hand's gonna jump way down to,
let's see, A fall down ball game, F sharp.
Okay, A fall down B C sharp,
and F sharp, F.
Okay, F clef F.
Switch to a two,
if you'll recall this near the beginning.
the left hand is gonna go back
to it's old pattern here.
Remember, get out of the way.
Third finger over here, down to the A.
You can use a fifth finger or
a fourth finger, whatever you prefer.
I think I like the fifth finger here.
Instead of playing this at the end,
left hand, you have that one more instance
where we're gonna reach up to a little
bit higher to the G sharp here.
Sounds pretty, okay?
Let's just review for
the pick up into music measure 23,
We've just finished, we're gonna
reset our hand to a three here.
Switch here to two.
Now move your fifth finger down here.
Left-hand's gonna reach
to a G sharp this time.
Now we have a little
bit of an ending here.
Move your fifth finger to this A and
left-hand is going to the F sharp here.
Now we're gonna reach down, ew.
First ledger line, second ledger line, A.
So we see this is an A octave.
Left-hand plays a C sharp.
You're playing an octave pattern, as well.
So watch how this is gonna move together.
C sharp, F sharp and this is gonna
be playing an F sharp here and
then your pedal's gonna help you connect.
Just hold the pedal down and then
left-hand, you're gonna move up to this
C sharp here and the right-hand's gonna
move to an A with the thumb here and
let's quickly look at this
other note over here.
To the very top is this F
on the very top line and
we have one legend line above that.
An A octave with a C sharp down here.
So, it's gonna look like this.
If you notice this is an octave here and
another octave here.
Take off the C sharp here and
you just hold the pedal through
all the notes to the end.
Let's do it one more time and
the pedaling is very, very simple.
It's basically just once every two beats,
every two-quarter beats.
But let me just play it through for
you and I'll just explain again,
explain the pedal and remind you
about hold, pedalizing your fingers.
Pedalizing's a technique where we hold the
fingers longer than written, purposely, so
that we can catch them with our
foot as we change the pedal.
This is a very important, because
the notes are moving rather quickly in
the left hand and we need to give our
foot enough time to catch the notes
before your left hand moves
into its next position.
So let's start from
the beginning again and
I'll just explain the pedaling as
we do this one last run through.
So, in the beginning,
I always like to push my pedal down
first if I'm starting with pedal.
That means the first note will open up
the piano's sound really nicely and
sound like the same as the other
notes that are pedaled.
So here we go.
Change the pedal here, and
watch how I'm holding this note here.
I'm gonna hold this as long as
possible here.
So do it again from the beginning,
pedal down.
Just hold the pedal through.
Hold it.
Notice how I'm holding
on the left-hand notes.
A little longer.
As long as possible.
The pinkie note.
So its the same pattern all through out.
the pedal.
Change, very simple.
Gonna get
used to the melody
playing all these
fast notes, right?
Now here you just hold the pedal.
Don't change the pedal here.
Hold it through.
It gives a wonderful, magical quality.
Be sure to use the pedal every time
you practice this piece, even if you're
just learning the notes
one hand at a time.
The pedal will inspire you and really
help you enjoy practicing this piece.
It's so beautiful, anyway.
But this really doesn't
work without the pedal, so
do be sure to practice with the pedal
every time you work on this.
Make sure you are making the transitions
between both hands when they're
sharing the 16th note rhythms,
make sure that flows smoothly.
That there are no breaks or
hiccups in the timing as much as you can.
And really, enjoy working on this.
It's a gorgeous piece.
Have fun, take your time.
And do try to work through,
especially the fast passages,
try to work a segment at a time and don't
forget to bridge before and bridge after.
Try to make sure you move
through as much as you can.