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Misty uses a lot of seventh chords.
Let's pick a quick minute to
explain what a seventh chord is.
We're gonna start on this G over here.
Find these three black keys,
in between the first and
second one there's a G over here.
Every note can have its own scale.
Okay, and a scale is simply a succession
of notes that you climb
up from the bottom note.
A seventh is simply seven notes
away from that bottom note.
Two three four five six seven.
So put your hand there, the pinky here,
the thumb here, and we're gonna play
this note over here in the middle just
a skip away from that top seventh note.
So this is a G seven chord right now.
Now we're gonna do the same thing but
we're going to move the whole,
just keep your hand like at
a cookie cutter shape here.
And we're gonna do the same pattern, but
this time with the pinky now on
a C which is these two black keys.
Next to these two black keys over here,
that's a C, and
we're going to have
the same kind of a shape.
One two three four five six seven.
And then we skip a note.
All right.
So I want to you to get comfortable
between moving from this G,
the two black keys here.
With the seven and look at the three
black keys that's right next to that.
And then to there.
See if you can practice going back and
forth to this
a couple of times.
Because that's a very important opening,
all right?
Once you're comfortable with that
let's add your right hand.
Now right hand.
See remember this G over here.
Look for
these three black keys above here.
Again the first white key between
the first two black keys here.
That's a G as well.
Skip to that and now we're gonna move to
a B which is a note that's
the same as the top of this.
See that, three black keys.
That's a B.
Three black keys here.
So pretty easy to find G, G,
B, B.
So practice going back and
forth between these two.
Pretty nice hey.
Ooh, you're sounding like Misty already.
Okay so now let's take a look at the right
hand, it's a little tricky here.
Skip over to this G, a lot of Gs here.
Okay, now the next note we're gonna do,
we're gonna have to skip to a black key,
see that?
Okay so
you're gonna put your thumb over here.
That's gonna help us reach up for
this higher note in the melody.
Look for these three black keys here and
in between the second and
third key is an A.
So G, A, B flat,
that's what this is called.
A, A, then play the G and
back to the A, G, E, C.
And then you put your second
finger over to play the A.
So let's review that again.
Find those three notes here and
then we'll find this A up here.
So we got two As, a G,
back to the A again.
And now we're gonna skip notes, E, C, E.
All right?
So get that comfortable there and
now the left hand, we're gonna go back.
Remember this [SOUND] chord that we found,
the very first chord?
[SOUND] Instead of going down,
now we're gonna go up.
[SOUND] Okay, so find the same chord
that you found going down, but up,
[SOUND] with one little difference.
Now instead of of this note,
[SOUND] we're gonna lower it.
[SOUND] Okay.
This is gonna [SOUND]
change this to a minor C7.
so almost the same chord but
just a little lower.
Then the last thing we're going to do
is jump down, same chord shape but
this time you're going to find an F.
See these three black keys.
All right, so
you can kind of compare this
[SOUND] to this [SOUND].
Once again the progression's
gonna be here [SOUND].
Find the C but instead of this move
this down to a B flat and then F.
One more time for the G three black keys.
You can stop here to find your place if
you need to.
move to the B flat here.
And then hand over.
All right.
You all set for the next part?
All right, here we go.
So now what we're gonna do
is we're gonna take over.
See where this E is?
The right hand's gonna take over here.
Take the first two notes
just like we did earlier and
then we're gonna jump to
your thumb over here.
So jump skip that note,
skip the note, skip the note.
You see how we're skipping notes all
the way up to the top?
Next to each other skip, skip, skip, skip.
That's the next part of the melody.
So after you get this thumb under.
Now we're gonna play Gs three times
F and then back to the G.
Lets just do up to there.
Now the left hand, [SOUND] when last
we left it it was left with this chord.
Now we're gonna do something similar
that we did with the C7 chord and
lower this to an E flat.
[SOUND] See that, okay?
[SOUND] We're gonna
change that to that and
then we're gonna jump
to a new type of chord.
Similar shape but this time we're gonna
do mostly black keys, watch this.
[SOUND] From here,
you see these three black keys here?
Go to the top one of these three
black keys, that's a B flat, okay.
Now, do you see these
three black keys above it?
Go to the middle one.
That's an A flat,
that's a seventh away from this B flat,
and then we're going to play
this F [SOUND], which is the white key
right next to the first black key here.
So again this is a little tricky here.
From here, practice to go to here.
[SOUND] What I like to do is I like to
visually use my thumb to visualize here,
and I'm gonna look for this black
key in the middle which is A flat.
[SOUND] And keep my hand in that shape,
you should find it pretty easily.
Okay, so
from here we're going to play our melody.
Now watch out, I'm gonna take
it over with my right hand, so
I have to let go of my
left hand note from here.
Thumb under, skips skips, now lower this.
Now look for that A flat here.
Then you come down to an F,
now follow along with me if you can.
E, now the left hand is going to
go to that, remember the C7 chord?
Nice and easy.
Now we're going to skip down,
see how the thumb skips down to a G here?
You're gonna play an A on bottom to
go with the right hand.
Let's review that again.
Skip over.
All right.
then we're gonna go to an F in the right
hand and the left hand is gonna jump way,
way down.
See these two black keys here.
That's the C.
[SOUND] Okay and there's a D7 here.
Go to an A.
Play the A one more time and then
the left hand's gonna go back to the very
first chord we learned,
the G, remember that?
And the right hand's gonna play a B here.
Play those three notes then return to a C.
And left hand you're gonna
jump to a C as well.
Two black keys, two black keys.
Okay go to a G which is between
the first two black keys.
And look for these next two white keys.
The one next to that gives you
a beautiful cord to end like that.
And that's how you play Misty.