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Popular Piano Lessons: Popular Abridgment: Carol of the Bells

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So this is what the whole piece is
gonna sound like all put together.
[MUSIC]
What do you do when you're bored?
You tap your fingers, don't you?
Just kind of go like this.
I can't wait until such and such happens.
This is exactly the technique
we're gonna use for this piece.
Look on your keyboard.
You have patterns of two and
three black keys.
If you're sitting in the middle, I want
you to count up until you see the second
set of three black keys and
between the second and third one.
Put your third finger there.
And here's what we're gonna do.
Play this one time and now, we're gonna
start drumming our fingers a little bit.
[MUSIC]
See what I just did?
Two, one and then put your third
finger over and continue like that.
Ready.
[MUSIC]
It looks hard, but it's really not bad.
It's like drumming your fingers
at the doctor's office.
[MUSIC]
Now,
we're gonna do the same kinda thing but
a little bit different.
Ready?
See what I just did?
[MUSIC]
And
we're gonna continue that a little bit.
[MUSIC]
See what I did?
I'm using my three two one.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna do one more of these
a little bit different,
see what I just did?
Two, one, three.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna hand over here like this.
So just three fingers,
we're gonna tap them around.
One more time.
[MUSIC]
three, two, one and then three, two and
the one is gonna go down and now, go up.
Put your second finger over here.
Cool.
Now left hand,
this is what I want you to do.
Again, look for that A,
one, two, three black keys,
it's right below the middle
of the keyboard.
Put your four finger here.
Second finger here.
First finger over here.
A, C, and E.
So play that all together.
Now, take that same shape,
move it over one note down.
One more time, move it over down.
Now, I want you to keep
these two notes on top.
And just change this using your pinky.
Let's do that sequence again.
[MUSIC]
And then change your pinky only.
Now, here's what I'm gonna do.
Ready and
[MUSIC]
just practice that much.
[MUSIC]
Now, your third finger again.
All right.
[MUSIC]
And go on.
Here's the one where you
just use your pinkie.
Pinkie over here, and
put your second finger over here.
Good!
One more time.
[MUSIC]
Three to one.
Two over.
Three above.
Second finger over.
[MUSIC]
Very cool.
Now, where we just ended.
Do you see these two black keys over here?
Play the white key right above that.
And your pinkie is actually
gonna note what we need next,
we're gonna play them together like this.
Now, the right hand is gonna
play these notes over here.
One, two, three.
So white key, and two black keys.
And put your thumb under
here right next to,
all the way to the fifth finger and
then come back down.
So those two notes.
One more time from the E.
You're also playing with your left hand,
together now.
[MUSIC]
Go back to that E.
Look for the two black keys here and
do that whole thing again.
[MUSIC]
So now, you probably know what this is.
Let's start from the very beginning and
put this together.
What I want you to do is
practice these four chords and
get them really comfortable, so you don't
have to think about moving them down.
Remember to stay here,
between the third and
the fourth and change that fifth finger.
Now, look for the two black keys here and
let's look for
the white key right beneath that,
that's our C.
Play it all together with your left hand.
[MUSIC]
See what I just did.
Now, move down to the next one.
[MUSIC]
One more.
Now, this one is the one where
we change to our fifth finger.
[MUSIC]
We have four chord sequences like that.
[MUSIC]
For the next four, all we're gonna do is
gonna go back and
forward between these two variations.
[MUSIC]
One more time of these.
[MUSIC]
Now, for this next portion,
instead of playing it over here.
See the two black keys?
We're gonna go to the white
key right above that and
return this to this position here.
Same progression but now instead of
playing here we'll do the same thing here.
[MUSIC]
And again, repeat the four and five.
[MUSIC]
Now, here is where we look for that A,
the note between the two,
the second and third black key up here.
[MUSIC]
Second finger, third finger over.
And then jump down the E right
next to the two black keys here.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
[MUSIC]
Now, we go back to our theme.
Find the E over here.
[MUSIC]
And go back to the F four, five.
Five, four, five, and then go back and
finish the piece by going
back to this chord here.
Last step, we're gonna use the pedal.
The pedal on the far right, if you're
using three pedals on an acoustic piano or
the far right one if you
only have two pedals or
the only one if you only have one pedal.
Here's what we're gonna do.
See if you can follow along, we're
gonna pedal once every four measures.
And a one.
Keep it down.
[MUSIC]
Now, we're gonna change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Now, move up here.
Change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Change the pedal here.
[MUSIC]
Change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Change the pedal.
And then let that hold and
ring at the end.
How cool is that?
You're gonna be the hit of
the next holiday party.
Enjoy.
[MUSIC]