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Popular Piano Lessons: Popular Abridgment: Silent Night

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Silent Night is a beautiful little
carol that uses basically three chords.
Left hand, let's take a look at this.
First chord we're gonna
learn is a C major chord.
Look for the two black keys here.
[SOUND] It's the white key right
next to this two black key set here.
[SOUND] This is C.
And we're gonna skip a note to E,
skip another note, that'll give us G.
This is the pattern, the template for
all the chords that we're gonna
be playing this little song.
C, E, G, Okay?
The next chord we're gonna learn is
G chord, and let's play G over here.
Now move your pinky over to here, G,
skip a note to B, skip a note to D, okay?
And if you need to find it quickly,
I kind of visually think of these
three black keys and
look right in between the first two.
That's G,
that's how you can find that quickly.
So once again, C, two black keys and
the white key to the left of that.
G is two three black keys in
the middle of the first two here.
That's G, okay?
The next chord we're gonna learn
is an F major chord and here,
do you see the three black keys?
Go right to the left of them, go to
the left of these and that's F over here.
So it's right below G.
Skip a note, A, C and
that is an F major chord.
So understand the difference between G
major and F major and of course, C major.
Now you're read to play this piece.
Now let's take a look at this.
Right hand, look for
these three black keys.
The first, between the first and
second key, that's G.
Remember we were finding that for
our G major chord?
Same G but a little bit higher, okay?
Use your second finger here.
And left hand,
you're gonna start on the C major chord.
It's gonna sound like this.
Go ahead and play that and
then you can stop on the G.
Hold onto that G, right hand,
go to the next note up.
Return and we're gonna play a chord
with the next note, E over here.
And this time, left hand plays slowly.
Okay, we're gonna
repeat that, G
Hear the rhythm, hear how that goes?
Fast notes and we have a little
fast on the right hand too,
once again
It's almost like the left hand passes
off the notes to the right hand and
the rhythm there.
And you stop everything,
then you can play this slowly.
One more time, let's repeat
skip down to the E.
Now the left hand is gonna prepare
to go to a G major chord, so
the note you just finished,
go to a G with your pinky here.
And the right hand, you're gonna stretch
up to this D which is between these
two little black keys right
in the middle here, okay?
And play the three notes very
quickly in the left hand.
Play the right D again and
then you're gonna skip down to a B.
Left hand together G major chord again,
slow, okay?
Now you're gonna play C in the right hand
the left hand's gonna jump back down to C.
Play the C again, back down to a G.
Remember what that is?
Nice and slow left hand.
Now here is where we go to our F chord,
Left hand moved to an F, remember
three black keys to the left of this.
Now here, because we're gonna
be moving our hand position,
instead of using a two here, I want you
to squish a three next to your thumb for
this A and play it together with the F.
Ready, and one more time with the A, and
then we're gonna skip to a C,
play the F chord again.
See how that goes?
Now you're gonna jump down to a C chord
Stretch to your E here,
we'll skip a note, C, nice and slow here,
all right, now once again A with
the third finger, jump to an F over here,
it's the same thing again we just played
jump down to the C
and then E, okay?
Now we're gonna jump with
a third finger to a D.
See this, these two black keys?
And left hand you're gonna
go you're G chord, okay?
Skip a note to an F, slow.
Did you hear what just happened?
I'm gonna put this,
we're gonna play this together.
Left hand plays here,
and then this D is gonna come between this
note and this note which comes together.
So once again,
from the measure before, listen.
Slow, in between.
Hear how that grows?
And you're gonna use your second finger to
go to C, jump down to C on the left hand.
Skip the note to an E
Okay, now the C, we're going to switch
our hand cuz we need to play it lower.
Play the same C but
this time with the pinky.
Left hand C chord again.
Hear how this went in between those notes.
Okay, now did you see how I played C,
G, E,
now this G I want I want you to
replace with the fifth finger.
And left hand jump down to a G chord here.
Now we did a G chord previously above,
but now we're gonna go below.
See these three black keys
in between the first two
See how these notes go G, F, and D and
then we're gonna finish up with a C.
Go back up to a C chord,
nice and slow, all right.
So, that's how you work through
a fancier version of Silent Night.