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Popular Piano Lessons: Popular Abridgment: Ode to Joy

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This version of Ode to Joy is perfect if
you've never played the piano before.
And if you've never played
both hands on a piano before,
we're going to get you started right off
the bat playing hands together in this
pretty simple arrangement.
But it's got its little
tricks in there too.
So let's start off with the left hand.
The left hand's gonna be
playing two different chords,
and let me show you how
these are gonna be played.
Look for the two black keys down here, and
the key immediately to
the left of that is C.
Use your pinky,
your left pinky to play that C, and
then we're gonna build
a chord on top of that.
Skip this note over here.
And then we're going to skip another note.
Play these three together.
That is a C major chord, okay?
That's the first of two chords.
The second chord,
the only note that's going to be
the same is going to be this G.
We're going to keep this G here, okay?
But then we're going to
switch the bottom two notes.
So this one will go down to B.
And this will come closer
to that G with an F, okay?
[SOUND] See how that's played?
Let's go back to this C.
See how this C chord is played?
So from this three and five, one two.
We're using the finger numbers here,
one, three, and five.
I'm gonna now switch to a two and
move this pinky over.
So I want you to practice going back and
forth between C, and
this is a version of a G7 chord, okay.
Don't worry about the theory too much,
but see if you can go back and
forth comfortably and quickly.
See how I'm switching my fingers.
Might be tricky if you had
never done this before, okay.
Try to bring them all at the same time.
Lift your hand, move your pinky over,
and then bring the second finger down.
[SOUND] See how quickly
you can switch back and
forth between those two different chords.
[SOUND] Once you're comfortable with that,
we're gonna add your right
hand on top of them.
Okay, now right hand, look for
the middle two black keys.
And the key, the white key, immediately
to the right of that, that is E.
We're gonna be starting
that with our third finger.
So counting from your thumb, one,
two, three, that's our E over here,
with our third finger, and we're gonna
play it together with our C chord.
Ready, and.
[SOUND] Play the E again.
[SOUND] Go to the next note which is F.
[SOUND] Go to the next note which is G.
We're gonna play the G again, but
this time we're gonna play
it with that other chord.
Ready, all together.
[SOUND] Now try to hold this down while
you're moving your right-hand notes.
F, E, D, when we play the C,
we're gonna play the C major chord.
[SOUND] D, E, switch to the other chord,
play the E again.
[SOUND] And then this is gonna be fast,
fast, hold, okay.
E again, left hand goes to the C chord.
Now play the other chord.
When you play the C, play the C chord,
repeat the C.
Now you're gonna go to a D, and
here we're gonna switch quickly,
go to the second chord.
Now fast.
Hear how I did that?
There's a fast note in between.
then we switch back to that C chord, okay?
Now it gets a little tricky.
The left hand's gonna
have to move a little bit
faster to switch back and forth.
Go to the other chord,
right hand's gonna start with a D
between these two black keys.
And we'll switch back to the C chord.
[SOUND] Skip the note to C,
now go back to D.
Left hand switch to this chord.
[SOUND] Now we're gonna skip a little bit.
We're gonna go E, F and
then back to the E here.
C, D, switch to the other chord.
[SOUND] Quickly, E, F, switch back, E, D.
Now here, what I want you to do
is I want you to think of that G,
that's the only note I want you
to play with your right hand.
C, together with the G here, and then
you're gonna play this G all by itself,
click over your right hand, okay?
Good, again, E, the two black keys
right here, C chord over here.
Switch to the other chord.
Switch back.
Switch to the other chord.
Fast, slow, and back to the E and C chord.
Other chord.
C chord.
G7, fast and
then you hold, okay.
A great beginning exercise, and you're
playing two hands right off the bat.
And I think you'll see playing the piano
hopefully is not as hard as you
imagined it to be.
Hope you had fun.