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Popular Piano Lessons: Fur Elise - A-C Section

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At this stage, you should
be able to read the notes on your own.
So I'm gonna assume that you've had the
time to get comfortable with the treble
clef and the bass clef notes.
And if you need to find a note, you'll
be able to use the mnemonic I gave you.
Ew great big dog fur,
[LAUGH] for Fur Elise.
Or the All Fall Down Ball Game
to find your bass clef notes.
So try your best to see if you can
learn these notes on your own.
You can certainly refer to
the video if you need help,
but I'm gonna assume that you're going to
start reading these notes on your own.
Take your time.
Okay, no hurry on that.
And then you can refer to the video for
extra help to identify
certain notes here or there.
I want to use this piece
to start to explore
some beautiful musical ideas with you.
To make your playing, not just putting
your hands to play the right notes.
But now we wanna get into some of the,
just the more magical aspects of
making your music more beautiful.
All right, I want you
to start with a fourth finger on the E.
I find that to be the easiest
fingering for staying in control.
Some people try to use your fifth finger,
but the fifth finger is just too weak.
So, start with the fourth finger here
and you come in here with your left hand
Now, before we go on,
let's just define a couple of terms.
In this particular edition,
you see these two Ps, pp.
[LAUGH] No, it's not what you think it is.
[LAUGH] It means pianissimo, extra soft.
A single p stands for piano,
which is soft, so
a double p means extra soft, pianissimo.
So we're gonna play this really softly,
really delicately.
Poco moto is Italian for
slightly moving, so not too slow.
Not too fast, but we want to have
a sense of motion as we play this.
Okay, so just nice and easy.
Now another key thing that we want to do
is to make sure that the exchange between
your left hand and right hand is seamless.
So the breaks between your hands
should sound like there's no stopping.
That's our goal, okay?
So, start again, fourth finger on E.
Now, a little pedaling trick.
One of the things you could do,
if you want to be lazy,
is have a pedal down all the way and
just change at the beginning
of every measure, change.
You could do that.
But I think there's something very
beautiful about letting the sound breathe
in between.
Okay, so it's a little more advanced pedal
technique that we're gonna explore here.
We're gonna use the pedal as a coloring
agent, and as a breeding agent.
So no pedal when you start.
Now be careful when you enter the pedal,
remember as we talked about in our pedal
technique, hold pedalized your finger,
and then come in right after that note.
Don't push your pedal down
with your finger all right.
Pedal, now lift so it breathes here.
Pedal, breathe lift.
Pedal, okay.
Now here,
I like to use five to reach the octave,
and them immediately go to a third finger,
and then switch to a four
Pedal, lift, pedal, lift, pedal, okay?
So you understand how the pedal
always comes slightly after the note.
Now, here we had this indication for
a first ending and a second ending.
So that simply means,
the first time through,
we're gonna play up to this number
one box, go back to the beginning.
Pedal and the second time we skip the
number one box and go to the second box.
That's the second ending,
that's how this works.
Now switch fingers here to a two,
okay now [COUGH].
One thing musically that we can consider,
you could play everything super soft, but
in music there are emotions that change
with different kinds of modes of music.
So, for instance in the beginning
you have a very delicate soft mysterious
minor key [SOUND].
And then after the second ending.
We move to a C major, which, for
composers, many times, is a happier key.
So, if you want, after you've finished
the end of this first section.
You might wanna play a little bit louder,
okay, one more thing to look at,
note wise.
Notice how I'm doing this optive and
then the finger over.
We did the same thing in like the third
complete measure when you had
the beginning E and then,
doesn't matter what you put over,
you can put three if you like,
you can put two if you like two, three,
whatever you feel comfortable with, okay?
So here it's nice if you,
just a little bit more pressure to get
the sound to be a little brighter.
A little bit louder, finger over.
Breathe the pedal and
then we're getting back to minor so
you can get a little softer.
Now I've got a little fingering trick for
you here.
Okay, here the music is written so
that you have to make this incredible leap
with one your hand for that octave thing.
Let's cheat.
So instead of using my left hand to
do this I'm gonna use my right hand
to take that E and simply repeat it.
Okay, so I'm gonna use a two, one, just
take the left hand note in the right hand,
very simple.
And you can keep your pedal down
when the Es are climbing up here.
Sorry, take it with the right hand,
then your left hand.
Exchange that and
than the right hand, okay.
And this is the coolest section
of the piece I think, right.
D sharp, E.
Now the best way to, I can think of is
to think of a little assembly line.
You're gonna, basically wipe on, wipe off.
The old Karate Kid technique.
[LAUGH] You're going to wipe this on,
and then slide off.
As you do this slide off,
slide on, slide off, slide on.
[LAUGH] You're gonna be a Kung Fu
master with this piece.
That's right [LAUGH] So anyway,
let's review that one more time
from the octaves coming up.
Now again one of the tricky things
with the octaves is to keep it smooth.
There is something to be
said about working on flow.
Sometimes you'll see pianists and
they, you know their hands and
their arms move like liquid,
there's a practical reason for that.
It helps you actually play more
efficiently, to get in to place.
And also not that I'm already as my hand,
right hand is playing the octave.
I'm already getting ready here,
see I'm moving ahead of time,
taking advantage of the space of the other
hand and moving the position for
those octaves climbing up, okay?
Sot try to work on that transition.
See how we're moving up at
the beginning of the position?
And here slide off, slide on,
slide off, slide on,
little pedal, and
we're back at the beginning section.
Again, we have a first
ending, so the first time go
back to the E over here, okay,
in that measure number nine.
Pedal here, exchange.
Five three
Now this is the place where
alot of beginners stop,
we're gonna take a look at the notes for
this and the timing for this next.
Okay, so the key thing is that
this section doesn't stop when it
goes to this middle section here.
Okay, we'll work on that in just a bit.
I suggest this fingering for the chord.
So you're gonna start with the five,
one here, then a five, two.
And then we're gonna play
this chord with this, so
that we don't have to shift around.
And then we're gonna do this
grace run with two, four, five.
A little awkward, but
just roll your hand like this, okay?
So just catch it with your pinky and
just glue it on.
Okay, so very quickly.
You could do this with your thumb, but
that means your thumb
is gonna be very busy.
You could do it and it's probably not as
fast as having alternating fingerings.
So, consider using this, two,
and then two, four, five.
Okay, if you really don't like it,
use your thumbs, that's fine.
You can do this and
move your thumb one, three, five.
One, three, five is more comfortable for
the grace notes but
there are two options here for you, okay?
On the left hand,
you're gonna have to jump to this, okay?
This, nothing we can do to help that,
So pedal, catch it, no pedal here and
then put your pedal on after
you get to your C, okay?
Now what I like to do,
to keep the melody connected,
is in the pivot from five to one.
Now there's a couple options here.
You can use the same finger if you want.
Or three, two, okay?
Similar to a grace note, where the first
note, the three is kind of light and
you drop to your second finger
using more of your arm.
So finger, arm, that's one option.
Or if you prefer to use single,
single finger, it's perfectly fine.
Now you can either go to a one or
just finish this out and just do the jump.
It's really up to you.
If you do it two, one,
I can then reach up to the B-flat.
And again, three, two gives you faster
technique for the repeated note.
Fourth finger over.
you can either play all of these notes
the same, okay.
play the grace note a little faster.
It's again up to you,
however you'd like to interpret it.
Okay, just be aware these 30 second notes
are exactly twice as fast as
the 16th notes underneath.
so get that rhythm down.
You can do it evenly like that.
Or, and it's kind of easier with the grace
note because this is higher, so this.
You don't have to put much pressure
on that B-flat with the third finger,
just drop in here and
pivot to your one, okay.
Pivot to your one.
Switch your left hand to a two, and
the octave here.
Now the music has it printed as an F here,
but I don't think that makes any sense.
Keep the E, going on here.
You can switch, if you want, to pinky
anytime, a little bit early if you want.
Now we're gonna take a look
at this next section and
I wanna make sure that you really
play that in time.
Many people play it too slowly.