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Popular Piano Lessons: Clair de Lune - I & J Section

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Fortunately, you have just passed through
the most difficult parts of this piece,
from here on out,
it does get a little easier.
You're getting back into techniques that
we've seen at the beginning of this piece.
Measure 47, together, [SOUND] okay,
because everything's connected,
right hand E flat,
[SOUND] left hand D flat and G flat.
[SOUND] Notice that little symbol,
that's a 16th rest.
[SOUND] It's as if there was a 16th
note there but you don't play anything.
[SOUND] Okay, so this whole thing
is in this nice little shape here.
[SOUND] Now you have to jump to here,
[SOUND] and reposition your left hand
to get your pinky on this E flat, [SOUND]
and notice the clef change as well.
We're now in G clef, [SOUND] C, [SOUND]
E flat, [SOUND] G flat, [SOUND] B flat,
[SOUND] so one more time.
[SOUND] Jump to a five.
[SOUND] Okay, if you can pivot to a three.
Watch how I pivot.
[SOUND] Jump down.
[SOUND] See how I'm [SOUND] jump to an E,
and again when I'm jumping to a black
key I'm thinking about,
it's nice there's some extra space here.
It's nice there's extra space there.
it's not as difficult as it seems to jump.
[SOUND] See, look for those groups.
[SOUND] Okay, one more time.
[SOUND] G flat, [SOUND] pivot to a three,
[SOUND] jump down, [SOUND] see that?
[SOUND] Same thing here.
G flat, [SOUND] pivot to the three.
[SOUND] Now here, we're gonna continue
up jump to the E flat of here.
[SOUND] Okay?
Again, we're in treble clef, or
G clef left hand and right hand.
Let's take a look at
measure 48 one more time.
[SOUND] Jump to this G flat,
[SOUND] pivot to three.
[SOUND] Together here and
now jump to a G flat in the left hand.
You're gonna just hold these
two notes as long as you can.
Left hand will be holding but
then, use the pedal, cuz you're gonna
have to repeat the notes anyway.
hold this top pinky with the right hand.
[SOUND] Same notes in the left hand.
E flat, [SOUND] G flat, [SOUND] C.
[SOUND] See the difference.
Don't play the E flat as being tied here.
[SOUND] Okay.
So, one more time.
Measure 49.
Change to C.
Now here, notice the A natural.
[SOUND] D flat, [SOUND] E flat,
[SOUND] G flat, [SOUND] A natural.
[SOUND] Now the right hand
continues with its melody.
[SOUND] D flat.
[SOUND] C flat, [SOUND] here.
Move to an E flat here.
[SOUND] Don't forget the A's still natural
because of the change in the accidental,
and that rule will continue to
the end of this measure and
then it will reset to A flat in the next
measure, unless otherwise indicated.
So one more time, measure 49 and 50.
Hear how continuous it is?
Okay, now,
measure 51.
So we've got a couple of options here.
Since we had this shape,
now we're going to be moving down to F,
A flat, C.
You can do the same shape if you want.
You're gonna use five, three,
one, five, three, one,
that's fine if that's comfortable for you.
It gives you more control to do that.
Or the traditional fingering
for an arpeggio is actually this, five,
four, two, one.
And you can go over with a four,
two as well here.
And return to the F.
Take a look at the differences again.
It's the simple fingering.
Five, three, one, five, three, one.
Five, four, two,one, four, two, over.
All right?
Either way, experiment with both.
See which one feels more comfortable.
This is being tied, measure 52.
I would use a five, three,
one, three, two, one for
these next two notes,
next three notes, excuse me.
So, tied A natural.
Move your hand over for the thirds here.
Then, three over to the E flat.
Then the F again.
Now the A flat returns.
Move your hand over, two, three, one.
Here, you're gonna have to, kinda,
throw your second finger over.
I know I hate that kind of thing.
But we can't avoid it here.
Notice how the ties
work between the hands.
After you do that, now,
here you can use a five or a four.
I kinda like a four here.
And again, you're gonna have to move
your hand over in some fashion.
Either four or a three,
whatever is more comfortable.
See how that works?
Let's just review that really
quickly from measure 51.
I'm gonna use a five,
three, one fingering.
Just when you do this, try not to jump
on it when you do that new position.
Just be careful to keep it delicate.
Five, three, one.
Now, three over.
Now move your hand over to three, one.
Left hand.
E flat here.
Now, moving on.
Here's measure 55.
Starting on a D flat here.
And again, I'm sorry, but
there's no way around it.
You're gonna have to put
your hand over for that.
Now you've got this gorgeous run,
excuse me, this roll here.
E, C, E flat, F, A flat, C.
And the way to do it is
again, starting with the bottom note.
And as you come up, hold the fingers down.
And if you can kind of rotate
your hand a little bit,
as you hold grab, hold grab.
You might find it easier than just kinda
trying to do it from your fingers.
Try to roll your hand in
to give it some velocity.
And what I'd like to try to do is,
to time the last note of that roll
with the notes in the right hand.
Can you guys hear?
The trickiest part is gonna
be making this even, here.
Do your best.
Okay, good.
Holding on to this top note,
we'll move on to measure 56.
End of measure 55 has us with this
gorgeous roll going into this [SOUND].
Just tie these notes going to
the next measure, 56, okay?
Now the way I like to finger this one,
you're gonna have to open up
your left hand here [SOUND].
G-flat, B-flat, let go of that because
your pedal will hold that for you.
You don't have to worry about that.
E-flat, three, two, one,
see how this works?
I'm using three, two,
one, three, two, one.
See how that works?
So from the roll again
from the previous measure.
See how I'm putting my fourth finger over.
Okay, and then the five, one here and
then everything comes together on that.
Hold the top note that's been tied.
Measure 57, now you're gonna use your
four finger back in the treble clef here,
the G clef.
Okay and we're gonna reposition our right
hand to play this F with a three and
a D-flat with a one.
Hand over, sorry, can't help it.
If you want to do it that way,
I like that.
Your pedal is gonna hold the note so
don't worry about that bottom note,
just hold it for a little bit to
catch it with the pedal [SOUND].
Another gorgeous run, D-flat,
E-flat, D-flat, E-flat [SOUND].
See how I'm gonna timed the last note
to B together with the top note?
So the right hand notes.
And then, tying this E-flat,
left hand moves to the F.
Reposition your hand to here.
Hand over for the A-flat here.
Okay, and then you can put your hand over,
or just use a two,
it doesn't really matter.
[SOUND] And left hand's gonna
be playing this over here.
All right, C, G-flat, E-flat.
[SOUND] Then down to an A-flat, good.
And then we're gonna be returning
to material that sounds almost like
the beginning.