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Popular Piano Lessons: Clair de Lune - E & F Section

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Measure 27, we get to the most
gorgeous part of the piece.
Okay,so I'm just gonna show you
a couple of tricks.
It sounds really really hard.
But with some of these fingering tricks
you're gonna find it's not that bad.
Again, please practice with pedal because
it's gonna sound goofy to, for you to.
It's gonna sound very disjointed.
So really practice with your pedal.
It's gonna sound pretty,
you're gonna enjoy it more.
Now, couple things to keep in mind.
The melody needs pedal to be held, because
your right hand's actually gonna be
jumping down to help your
left hand finish your note.
Now the way the music is written, you
have this melody in the right hand, and
then you have A flat and
C flat, and then you
have this D flat with the F flat to
kind of finish off the 16th runs.
Then you have all these
16th notes running around.
The way it's written,
the way people traditionally play
it is D flat, A flat, D flat.
That's the way Mr.
Debussy has written it, okay.
And then you play these notes
on the right hand here.
The way I like to do it,
is I like to cheat.
Instead of having to open my whole
hand all the way up to this tenth,
I just think of octaves.
So D flat, A flat, D flat here.
Then I'm gonna continue.
I'm gonna just jump down
with my right hand and
play the next three notes
with my right hand here.
F, A flat, D flat.
So let's take a look at this again.
Here's the melody.
Play the melody a little bit louder.
And then the 16th notes softer.
Jump to here.
The next one is we need an F octave.
then again the right hand will take
over that note with the A flat, C.
See how that works?
Pretty easy.
Octave, F octave.
Okay, now you're gonna kinda jump
a little bit here to get to this part.
This is C flat and A flat.
Again octave.
Now the tricky thing is playing this part.
It is a little uncomfortable
to reach that, okay.
There's another little option
that you might want to consider.
The melody is actually.
But there's an extra note to play there.
This last A flat is not important,
it's just the continuation.
Of the accompaniment.
If you want to leave it out,
leave it out, I won't tell, okay?
You could do this
and it'll sound just fine, okay?
So if this little A flat throws you off,
leave it off.
Measure 27 reviewing.
We're gonna go on.
It captures the right hand F here.
Jump to here.
If you can play the A-flat, do it.
But do it very lightly.
And then come down with your
whole hand on the A-flat and F.
Same thing here.
Same notes jump to a five and a three.
Now this is different.
Goes to the A-flat then the F-flat.
Now this next section's
a little bit tricky.
The right hand is gonna go like this.
Okay, for these notes,
the next melody goes like this.
Three, one, four, two, five, three.
And then back to that.
All right.
But, there's a little turnaround
trick I'm gonna teach you.
Left hand, a little bit more
of a challenge here for you.
Now we've been avoiding these.
We've been playing octaves
which are pretty comfortable.
Now unfortunately, I'm sorry, I'm going
to need to ask you to please try to.
Well, there's actually
two ways you can do this.
Okay, now one option is to do this.
The traditional way is to open up your
hand to five, three, two, one, okay?
So you're going from an octave to now,
when you switch to that three in the A-
flat, you can stretch up to a tenth,
and then put your hand over, okay,
to play the F, A-flat, D-flat, to F.
See how I'm doing that?
Technically tricky.
At least getting up to there.
Now, there's another option, if you really
are in love with the octaves that I
have shown you, play this as an octave and
then quickly jump to a five.
Play that as an octave.
How about that?
The only tricky thing,again
use your pedals to see how that feels.
You might like this better.
So the thing to practice would be going
from the D-flat to the F over here.
See how that works?
Without, don't try not to land,
try not to bang on it when you jump to it.
So just for fun,
let's let's learn it with the five jump
over it where it might be easier for you.
Measure 29.
Hands together, right hand playing here,
left hand playing the D-flat.
Nice and slow.
I'm going to jump over to
the five here and then together.
Okay, so the music is written so
that you have to cross over
with your left hand here.
It's a very awkward thing where you have
to quickly throw over this
finger over to this black key.
That's the way it's traditionally played,
that's actually the way I used to play it.
But then, I discovered this
really neat trick, watch.
Instead of playing
this with the left hand,
I'm gonna play with the right hand.
I was just here, look.
These two notes were in my right hand
I'm just gonna come down with that.
With my right hand, I'm gonna steal
those two notes with the right hand, and
then so watch.
Take these notes and continue on so
that I don't have to do this
crazy popover with my left hand.
How neat is that?
Right hand,
and than continue as if your
left hand was playing here.
Then you reposition for
the A-flat coming down here.
And then you go to this F and D-flat.
Use a thumb here, and a third finger
to the left hand that will help
you reposition for
the next thing coming up.
Okay, good.
One more time.
See how this works, it's pretty cool.
You can use one here.
Or just continue with the two.
And, we're going to go
to this part over here.
So, make sure you get that little,
don't tell anybody I told you that secret,
that's top-secret, okay?
That's a great trick.
All right,
you've just learned a cool trick.
We're going on, the right-hand is
gonna be playing this melody in thirds.
[SOUND] And then after you play this one,
you're gonna play it again.
[SOUND] So replace [SOUND] this one,
two with a five, [SOUND] and a four.
You're gonna hold it
because you're gonna be continuing
this line over here,
this middle voice line.
Replace with a five and four.
the left-hand underneath
it is a little tricky.
And again, if you really like that fifth
finger jump over idea,
you can do the same thing here.
And back to the E flat.
And it's a little tricky because you still
have this little, come over here,
this little jump over here.
So what I actually do
I jump to it.
Usually I do five, [SOUND] three,
[SOUND] two, [SOUND] one,
[SOUND] to go to the tenth.
And there is a little trick if you want to
keep the octave,
instead of having to revert
to a tenth here,
like it's traditionally done.
Keep the octave with the pinky.
Thumb, now watch this.
I'm gonna steal the left-hand
note with my right-hand again.
So try that trick.
Thumb here.
Three here.
Trick, grab that.
So that's a cheat option,
if you really like that octave pattern.
The advantage of the octave,
is that we play octaves all the time.
It's a very easy interval to remember,
and you can quickly jump to.
So rather than withdrawing
your hand out of the position.
This a more traditional
five, [SOUND] three,
[SOUND] two, [SOUND] one.
See how I'm using a tenth?
That's a traditional way of doing it, but
if you wanna try this.
That might be easier, to play it that way.
So, give both ways a try.
Moving on to
measure 31, now.
A-flat, E-flat, G-flat,
using one hand for this.
Then C and E.
G-flat here,
remember this can be held through.
It's a longer note value, left hand's
gonna continue to the G-flat, D-flat,
see how I'm using my open hand here.
And then, the melody continues here.
Now here on the left hand, five, two,
one you're gonna put your
second finger over here.
Jump your right hand for this one.
See how that works?
One more time.
One, two,
one left hand.
You can use the third finger to
go on to the next measure, and
what I do sometimes is pivot, see.
[SOUND] A pivot is when yoU hold a note
and just replace it with another finger.
We'll pivot to a fifth finger, see how
I'm sliding my four and my five in there?
If you slide your fifth finger
here directly, that's fine but
you might find yourself
automatically doing this.
That means, I could hold it and
get ready for
the lower notes at the same time.
One, two now measure
33 moves up to a G-flat, okay.
So here, there are several options.
You can four, two,
one jump to here like this.
Or, if you're falling in love with my
octave technique, use a fifth here.
you can find that octave
right away that way.
So again, the traditional way would
be perhaps to do that or five, thumb.
Now, be careful when you
get to this section.
Because the right hand is immediately
gonna grab that fifth, that G-flat,
right from underneath you.
So be careful that you hit it.
Get out of the way.
See how those notes work?
Gflat get out of the way.
Then hold the rest of these while these
six eighth notes play in between.
jump up to this B-flat
over here in measure 34.
[SOUND] Okay?
Again, see we have these
repeated B-flats here.
be careful that your left hand
doesn't get stuck here, otherwise,
your right hand is gonna come down and
nothing is gonna happen.
Make sure you come off right away.
So it's a really quick tap,
to get out of the way.
than let's take a look
at the next section.
Now we're at measure 35.
Right hand, we're gonna be playing
material that sounds almost exactly
the same as what we started in measure 27,
just an octave higher.
So here we go
remember this?
Now, what's different about this,
now the left hand is gonna
add a little extra note here.
But essentially, aside from that little
extra note, it's basically the same idea.
And again adding extra note here
okay, again,
using your right hand to scoop up the
notes three at a time from the left hand.
Same idea here.
Repeating the idea, but
adding this extra note here.
And then it changes.
And notice how it's written
a little bit differently.
It sounds the same, but
now you're using the B natural, G sharp.
B natural, G sharp which is the same as
a C flat, A flat and A flat on the bottom.
Changing these notes because as
you can see right after this,
our key signature is changing.
So let's take a quick look at that.