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Popular Piano Lessons: Popular Abridgment: Autumn Leaves

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Here's a nice little snippet from that
most popular of all Jazz tunes,
Autumn Leaves.
Now Autumn Leaves is made up
really of seventh chords.
Lots and lots of seventh chords.
So let's take a quick look
at building a seventh chord.
The first chord we're gonna
build is gonna start off on a D.
So let's find a D down here.
See these two black keys?
The note between them is a D.
We're gonna use the pinky here, okay?
And the seventh chord is simply a note
that is built with the bottom note here,
and the top note seven steps away.
One two three four five six seven.
Pretty simple.
And then we're gonna add a third
below the top note here.
this is gonna o be the template for
all the chords we're gonna be playing.
Well, almost all the chords we're
gonna be playing in this song.
So, D7 here.
Okay, let's try a couple more sevenths,
cuz this whole thing
moves in a nice sequence.
[SOUND] Now we're gonna look for a G7.
We found a D by looking between
these two black keys here.
Now take a look at these three black
keys above, between the first two,
we'll find a G.
[SOUND] The same pattern will emerge,
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
[SOUND] In fact it sounds,
it feels remarkably the same.
[SOUND] You can actually keep
your hands glued like this and
just simply move the whole thing up so
that the pinkie aligns on the G over here.
[SOUND] You have your G7.
Now we're gonna move down to a C, and
the C is to the left of
these two black keys here.
we're going to go to an F7, and
this is going to be to the left of
these three black keys over here.
[SOUND] And then we're gonna
move down a little bit further,
remember where that C was?
Take a look at these three black keys.
This is the note right above them.
[SOUND] Okay, and now we're gonna go to an
E7, see the two black keys to the right of
them [SOUND] that's gonna be our E, and
then we're gonna find [SOUND] A, which
is between the second and third black
keys down here to play the next sequence.
All right?
[SOUND] So, again,
[SOUND] practice going back and
forth between these.
If you'll notice, as we go up this is D.
[SOUND] The next one will be C.
[SOUND] The next one after that will be B.
[SOUND] Each of these are going down.
[SOUND] As we go down, up, then we go
down a step from the previous low note,
down a step, down a step,
down a step, and then down to here.
[SOUND] So there's a nice pattern that's
easy to remember if you can just get
comfortable with the jumps.
[SOUND] Practice going back and
forth between this, and
this, until you get to the A.
[SOUND] Okay?
Now, let's add the right hand.
Right hand, we're gonna look for an A.
Look for these three black keys over here,
between the second and the third.
[SOUND] That's A, so, we play A, B, C,
and then we're gonna go to an F, and
when we play the F, see the three
black keys that's to the left of that.
[SOUND] Start with our first chord,
that D seven, okay?
While you're still holding
this go to your next chord.
now the right hand's gonna go down to a G.
Remember how to find G?
Three black keys in between the first two,
is G.
[SOUND] And we're gonna skip up to an E,
look for these two black keys.
Go down to a C.
[SOUND] Okay.
Remember the next chord
is gonna be an F chord.
[SOUND] And as you're playing that F,
look for the F in the right hand as well.
[SOUND] Look for a B here.
[SOUND] And go to an E.
[SOUND] As you found this E, look for
the equivalent E in the right hand.
[SOUND] Now here we're
gonna use some black keys.
F, sharp, G, sharp, and
then go to a C up here.
[SOUND] See these two black keys?
And remember the A.
[SOUND] We're gonna go to find this note.
Instead of playing this as a chord,
we're gonna play it as individual notes.
And then I want you to put your second
finger over here and finish up like that.
[SOUND] So practice,
[SOUND] put your second finger over and
then swing your thumb to the C here.
[SOUND] We're gonna start
this sequence all over again.
Look for the A, again the three black
keys, between the second and third.
[SOUND] We do the whole sequence again.
Jump up to the G.
[SOUND] As you found this G,
find this G over here.
[SOUND] Go down to C.
[SOUND] Go up to an F, 7,
[SOUND] and as you find this F,
[SOUND] you're gonna
find this F over here.
[SOUND] B and go to the E,
now here let's end this little intro here,
look for a B which is a skip
down from this D over here.
[SOUND] Go back to the D, and the C,
and we're gonna skip down to the A and
left hand find the A down here.
[SOUND] And we're just gonna end with an E
over here next to the two black keys.
[SOUND] Another A, like that.
Just to review.
You can use some pedal if you like.
Makes it sound really magical
with the pedal doesn't it?
And that's a quick
look at a little bit of autumn leaves.