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Popular Piano Lessons: Clair de Lune - G & H Section

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In measure 37, our key signature changes.
We're no longer in flat territory,
now we're in sharp territory.
So now we're using F sharp,
C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, okay.
So every time you have an F,
or a G, or a C, or a D,
you're gonna turn them
automatically into sharps.
All right?
So you'll be able to see this hopefully,
as you work this piece.
I have encourage you,
if you wanna really remember this,
take some time to draw the sharps in next
to all the notes to remind yourself which
one of these needs to be changed
to black keynotes, okay?
So let's go ahead and take a look.
First, let's take a look
at the right hand.
C-sharp, okay?
C sharp, G sharp, E, okay.
We're basically gonna be
playing chord patterns but
with the notes broken up like this.
Jump to this E, C sharp,
G sharp, G sharp, okay.
We're a lot of very high ledger
line notes, G sharp, E, B, and
then a G sharp again.
C sharp, A, F sharp, F sharp,
C sharp, A, F sharp, C sharp, A again.
Now you'll notice that we have
notes with stems going down and
notes with stems going up.
Notes with the stems going
up are the melodic notes,
those are the most important note,
they should be the loudest.
So you hear how that sounds?
That's the melody.
So when you put it together.
And the fast notes should be played
lighter underneath those important melodic
This is a little tricky, okay?
It doesn't fit the hand very comfortably,
I don't have very good cheats for
this one.
Let's take a look at the left hand
very quickly.
These two play together ew, not very
comfortable, fourth finger on the C sharp,
left hand pinky on a B.
Play them together, and then you
move through to E, G sharp, B, okay?
Here again, ugh this is not comfortable.
I apologize.
I apologize on Mr. Debussy's behalf.
E, C sharp with a fourth and
fifth finger, ugh, doesn't feel good.
G sharp, B, C sharp.
Again we're basically creating chords,
but they're very awkward
because you have this we have to have
pretty strong pinkies to play comfortably.
Especially, ugh this is pretty awkward.
G sharp, E, okay, B, C sharp, E.
What I encourage you to do is if it
really hurts your pinky, let go.
Let go.
Let go.
Because the pedal will hold everything for
So if you don't wanna hold it,
you don't have to.
I give you permission, okay?
Now, the tricky thing here,
this is together.
so you play three notes here,
three notes and
then it starts together here.
It has to sound like it's seamless,
the sixteenth notes.
So if you can work on that, sorry.
Okay, tricky.
This is probably the hardest part
of the piece, believe it or not,
even harder than some of the runs.
All right, moving on.
All right.
Moving on.
G sharp on top, [SOUND] G sharp down here.
[SOUND] We're just taking turns
with the sixtheenth notes.
[SOUND] G sharp here.
[SOUND] C sharp A, melody F sharp.
[SOUND] F sharp here, [SOUND] now E sharp.
E has no black key next to it so [SOUND]
the F sharp does have an F sharp here.
[SOUND] Okay, so it sounds like that.
[SOUND] F sharp,
[SOUND] C sharp, [SOUND] A.
Let's review that again.
Okay, so here we are at the top.
[SOUND] G sharp, [SOUND] G sharp,
[SOUND] F sharp, [SOUND] okay.
[SOUND] You can use a three and a four
instead of, this is kind of awkward.
Use a three and a four if you'd like here.
[SOUND] Sounds awful but
it moves through here.
[SOUND] The E turns into an E natural.
[SOUND] D sharp here.
[SOUND] Now here,
because we've got a big jump,
I want you to put your thumb here so
you can find this A with an octave.
[SOUND] Now here you're gonna have to
put your hand over to play this E.
[SOUND] And then the right hand's gonna
jump up to that C sharp octave here.
Let's review measure 39 really quickly.
[SOUND] Put your thumb here.
[SOUND] Put your second
finger [SOUND] over that, and
then the whole thing is gonna jump
very quickly to here [SOUND] okay?
When you practice this,
again practice from
the previous measure [SOUND].
I want you to try to [SOUND] practice
from here without any break.
[SOUND] It's a very difficult jump,
[SOUND] okay?
In some ways it's tricky, but
in other ways it's actually quite easy.
Here's what I mean.
[SOUND] So you're going from here, my
goodness how am I gonna get from here, and
use that tiny little
pinky to catch that note?
Well, [SOUND] look at
the geography of the keys.
[SOUND] Here.
Next to this note,
if you kinda slide a little over,
you're not gonna hit anything.
It's actually quite easy if you
open up your hand like this.
[SOUND] You just have to make sure you
don't hit anything on the way down here.
[SOUND] You're gonna grab the end of
these three black keys [SOUND] and
you have extra space to wiggle after that.
[SOUND] If I was to hit an F natural,
[SOUND] it's very easy for
me to grab that next key.
Cuz they're all in
the same horizontal plane.
[SOUND] But here, whoo,
I can kind of miss and still grab it.
So you'd be surprised how easy this is.
[SOUND] Okay, practice that.
[SOUND] Good, then we're gonna go on and
learn these notes.
Again, jumping
from measure 39.
We're in B, D sharp and F sharp.
Now, the right hand's
gonna take over that.
Watch out, we're pitting our thumbs here.
So watch out for fighting thumbs.
Get all the way, left hand.
C sharp, A.
A, C sharp, A, and again here, put your
thumb here to get this A over here.
Now, I'm gonna ask you to use a three,
two, one here,
jump to a four, and then two.
See how that works?
F sharp, nothing goes in A, F sharp, A.
Open up to your three.
Now, use your fourth and
a one to grab this.
Now, measure 41 we have
a series of thirds.
Thirds simply mean two notes played
together a third or three notes apart.
of tricky.
So let me show you how this is gonna work.
Five three, four two,
three one, hand over,
five three, and
note where the sharps are, four two.
That's gonna tie, three one, four two.
Now here, I'm gonna simply move
my hand over cuz I have to reset.
Five three, so wanna practice that
transition from four two to five three.
Five three, four two, three one.
I'm gonna hold onto this thumb,
kind of come over with the four two here.
And again, I'm gonna reset my hand
because I've run out of fingers.
So from three one go to a five three,
tie and
hold onto that A, five three and four two.
See there were a couple
of resets in there.
One more time smoothly.
Five three.
Four, two, tie.
Three, one, four, two.
Reset your hand here.
Reset your hand here.
Reset one more time.
And then we're gonna go
to the next section here.
Now, left hand you're in the G clef.
Watch carefully.
This is an F sharp down here,
two, one and a two and a C sharp.
We're gonna use your pedal
to hold that bottom note.
Move your hand into
position to this F sharp.
[SOUND] Those are the notes
you're gonna play.
So it's an F sharp here,
and an F sharp here.
[SOUND] And then you're gonna fill
in the extra A here, and then stop.
Because we're gonna cheat
again with your right hand.
Traditional, [SOUND] you would have
to throw your second finger over.
I hate that kind of technique.
It just you have to move it really fast,
your elbow starts to kick,
it just looks like your having
an epileptic fit and I don't like that.
So we're gonna cheat.
Fifth finger,
remember how to five three here.
I'm gonna take over these
notes with the right hand.
And then play this,
did you see what I did?
Instead of having to go over with
the left hand I'm gonna take it over with
the right hand.
Then the left hand is gonna
reset on a C sharp here.
Pretty cool.
One more time.
Reset, five here, take over, two,
one, and then together with the left hand
changing positions to a C sharp here.
This is tied.
Going back to the third finger now,
put your thumb over here.
You can use a four or a five,
doesn't matter cuz you're
gonna have to make a big jump.
Again, a F sharp jump.
F sharp jumps are not
that scary if you realize
you got a little bit of
clearance to catch it with.
Reset your hand.
This is an opportunity for both your hands
to reset while you jump down to here.
F sharp again.
Four, two
and then together here.
Reset your hand
and you can use a five two here.
Reset your hand.
It's an awful lot to absorb, so
let's do it slowly one more time.
And then we'll play it a little bit more
in context, so you can see what you hear,
what you're aiming for.
Measure 41.
Reset your hand here.
Thumb under.
Jump both hands.
Both hands jump here.
Then we get to our
next section over here.
So, reviewing from measure 40,
the end of measure 42.
Four, three, we set your hand here five.
Now you have a couple options.
To use a three to continue on.
Now, notice the key signature's
reverted back to D flat major.
We've got those five flats.
Again, with five flats,
only the F and C don't need flats.
Everything else does, okay?
You can either use a three,
I don't like this fingering, cuz then
you need the second finger right away.
So I actually like to
shift over to a four,
even though you were
just playing a four here.
Use your pedal to connect and
move your hand over like this, okay?
So four again here.
Now the left hand will be playing
these two notes over, and
over again with the three and
the one, A flat and E flat.
Right hand, E flat, D flat, and
G flat, with the thumb here, okay?
Now these two notes are gonna hold while
you go through the sequence, okay?
So, keep in mind, your fourth finger at
the very least, has to hold through, so,
watch this.
Nice and slow, thumb comes over here,
then to a B flat.
Now, you have to play this again, so
you have to lift and play it again.
Now, move your hand over and
play this G flat, E flat, C,
with the right hand like this.
Three, two, one.
And then you play the same two notes but
add this B flat on top.
Then jump down to here,
with a four, yeah, okay?
One more time, measure 43.
And use of pedal,
really practice with the pedal because it
will help you hear the connections better.
Thumb under.
Excuse me, just thumb over.
Thumb over.
Okay, your third finger's right there.
Now, move your whole hand.
Third finger again here in G flat.
And fifth finger, five, three, two.
See how that fits.
Jump down to four.
Repeats the whole thing here.
Thumb under, excuse me, thumb over.
Third finger jumps to here.
Now here, hold these top two notes as
we go to this next section over here.
Now let's take things apart for
measure 45.
From measure 44, the end of that,
we played this and then we played this.
Then we're gonna tie the top
two notes as we move to that.
Gets a little tricky.
We've got some chords to deal with.
The best way I can advise you here,
A for the melody.
F over here, C, A flat, and
I would use the same hand shape
to go to the E flat, G, B flat and G flat.
See that they're almost the same shape but
just you have to add that
black in the middle there.
And the black key on top, of course,
but they're almost the same shape, so
you use the same figure,
just use it as a cookie cutter.
Keep your hand the same shape.
Now here, you're gonna have to
change your shape a little a bit.
E flat on top, G flat here, second finger.
If you can hold these two, great.
If you can't, don't worry about it,
the pedal will hold it for you.
And than you keep this G flat here,
A flat.
C, E, see how that works?
Again, from the last two chords
of measure 44, to connect it.
Five four two,so you can reach this
E flat and
then A flat here with the G flat there.
Now the left hand is a little tricky.
We've been playing this A flat and
E flat over and over again.
Now we have this interesting pattern
which goes through this octave sequence
starting with E flat.
Then using the same kind of notes but
starting that pattern on the A flat and
then going back to the E flat
and then A flat and then E flat.
See how that we're using the same
two notes E flat, A flat but
just in different positions.
The way I would try to think of this,
again, is to think of
this as octave groups,
there's only two different positions,
E flat, A flat.
E flat's higher, A flat is lower,
E flat lower here.
So, very slowly after
we play this connect.
Move to a new position, left hand.
Left hand.
Here you got a bit of a traffic jam.
[LAUGH] Watch out.
The best way I can advise you to do this
Is to keep the right hand to
the edge of the black keys,
left hand to the top, if you can.
This is nasty.
I would come off of this really fast.
See how how I'm kind of diving in and out?
Another little
make sure your wrist is a little bit
higher so
you can give yourself some clearance so
your thumb isn't keeping your poor
right hand locked out of its notes.
Now if you want
to get fancy,
you could cheat,
see what I'm doing it?
I could take that left hand note
with the right hand, watch.
Instead of playing it here,
I can play with my right hand, and
just continue on as if
nothing else ever happened.
If you wanna cheat that way,
whew, be a lot easier.
So Two options,
play it the traditional way or cheat and
use your right hand to play that
E flat with the third finger.
The next measure, 46,
fortunately is the same,
the only difference is instead of
climbing down to the next notes,
you stay on the A flat and
the E flat here.
One more time and let's review 45 and 46.
From right before as your tying
the top two notes,okay
I'm gonna cheat here.
Same thing here.
Forward with traditional fingering.
Now stay, see the difference there?
Okay. Good, let's go on. [MUSIC]