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Popular Piano Lessons: Linus and Lucy - C Section-End

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[MUSIC]
For the next section,
starts of the same as
the theme that we just heard,
but then of course it changes
to a different ending.
So lets take a slow
look at just the notes.
And then we'll do our counting exercises.
So at the tail end of measure eight,
where it comes back again,
[SOUND] tie,
[SOUND] we've done this before.
[MUSIC]
Now it changes, so
I want you to change
your fingering to a one.
Now we've got a new kind of accidental.
A C flat.
Well, wait a minute, we're missing
the black key there, where do we go?
C flat will simply go
to the next lowest key.
No black key?
Then just go to the one
right next to that.
So that is a C flat right there.
Okay.
All right, so we're going to go C flat and
your pinky, right hand I want
to switch to a three and a one on
the E flat and the A flat here, okay.
So here are the notes.
Tie, G flat, C flat.
[MUSIC]
Tie.
G flat.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna go down to this original
A flat and C on the right hand, and
this goes back down to the A [SOUND] flat.
[MUSIC]
Tie,
[MUSIC]
okay, let's just stop right there.
Good, let's try that again,
just to review our notes.
Nice and slow,
I'll just do it kind of arhythmically, and
then we're gonna get our counting
very strictly in place, okay?
So again, tail end of measure eight.
Tie,
[MUSIC]
like the beginning here.
[MUSIC]
Tied.
Now switch to the C flat,
move this thumb up here, tied.
[MUSIC]
C flat again,
tie, C natural on
the right hand, and
A flat down there
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
Okay, now, let's go and
count this out very carefully,
really slowly,
and then we'll build up some speed.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
Starting at the tail end on measure eight.
One, and two, and
three, and four.
And one, and two,
and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
Switch, and one, and two,
and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and
three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And then we'll play the next note
when we get to the next section.
Let's do it again, same slow speed,
I'll try not to interrupt when
we do the hand change, okay?
One, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
Then we're gonna go on in just a bit.
Let's do it again, a little faster.
One, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
And one, and two, and three, and four.
Now we're to go on in just a bit.
Good, I hope that helps.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now, we get to perhaps
the coolest part of the piece.
These really cool,
[MUSIC]
these little grace thingies that,
these little blues graces.
So before we do that,
let's get into the chords right before.
You're basically,
[MUSIC]
you're gonna finish off with an eighth
note here, and even though you're
right below the next octave,
I want you to use your second finger.
We're gonna use a second finger to propel
your hand into an octave position.
[MUSIC]
See what I just did?
[MUSIC]
Propel, kind of leap up.
Okay?
[MUSIC]
So the second finger,
think of it like a trampoline.
You're gonna leap up, and
drop [SOUND] to the octave D flat.
[SOUND] It's a very cool feeling actually.
Okay?
The right hand is gonna be playing D flat,
F, A flat, D flat.
So it's gonna be together.
So I want you to practice from that
leading eighth note right below that.
It's gonna be a little bit weird to
feel that leap from that black key way
down there.
[MUSIC]
But
I really want you to get the feeling
of dropping simply after lifting.
[MUSIC]
From that E flat below.
Okay?
So practice from here.
[MUSIC]
And when you switch to this,
[SOUND] there's a couple
options you can do.
[MUSIC]
If you want to keep your third finger on
the A flat
[MUSIC]
you can do that.
What I personally like to do.
[MUSIC]
I like to move my whole hand over and
that makes my second finger wanna do this.
[MUSIC]
Frankly, I think the second finger even
though you have to leap over into replace
the third finger, I think that's stronger.
We wanna have a lot of strength in this,
it's loud, it's fun, it's happy.
Okay?
[MUSIC]
So think about moving your whole hand as
a block and
just have the second finger filling in
the middle of that E flat octave there.
Now, the hardest part in the piece.
[MUSIC]
How do we do that?
[LAUGH] So here's what we're gonna do.
These two notes, A flat and E.
I'm gonna play with the five and
a one, these two fingers will give me
enough clearance to use my inner
fingers to get to this great figure.
Now, couple ways to do this.
So basically what's written is this,
which we're gonna play with a five and
a one and there's a grace note E natural,
leading to this third with A flat and F.
Okay?
[MUSIC]
The cheating way to do this would
be to simply mash
[MUSIC]
this together.
[MUSIC]
So the first one is the grace,
you just mash it together.
And then you leave it off for
the one without the grace note.
So mash off,
[MUSIC]
mash off,
[MUSIC]
mash off.
Now, there's a three chord pattern.
So you wanna have,
there are three of them.
One, two, three.
Second of two, three.
One, two, three.
And then the third of three.
[MUSIC]
And then you and.
So one, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two, three, and.
So three of those.
So the cheating way is to mash it and
then let go.
[MUSIC]
I don't think it sounds as good.
The harder way is to do this.
Watch.
I'm going to hold my thumb down.
Now, watch this.
Again, remember we were talking about
grace notes in the previous song?
We're gonna have this right before.
This is just gonna get in the way and
you're gonna actually use your five and
three to lift up.
So this is gonna be our propeller, this
is kind of like we're grounding our jump.
And then from here this
is gonna be a right, and
you're gonna kinda roll your hand.
And then these two fingers
are gonna propel up.
[MUSIC]
Does that make sense?
You're gonna actually propel and
fling your hand.
In fact it might be a good
idea to practice this slowly,
where you play the grace notes slowly.
What you need from your
fingers is an explosion.
Your fingers is gonna feel like
they're doing this on the keys.
They're gonna flick down again,
really from the knuckles,
you're gonna flick down those fingers.
Think about closing your fist really fast.
Now, do it without your thumb.
Just do your hand like that.
[SOUND] You're gonna close your fist and
it's gonna give you a very powerful
push off just from the fingers.
Even if you leave grace the note.
[MUSIC]
Off that.
If I'm just closing my hand really fast.
There's a lot of power just
in my fingers themselves.
Add a little bit of air.
You're gonna feel actually coming off.
And that relaxes your muscles and
when you relax your muscles
you actually gain more speed.
All you do now,
have the second finger right there.
You're gonna roll over the second
finger and then close your hand.
So in a way this one is kind of the glue
to get you started on your jump and
you propel off of that.
Keep your pinkie really short,
don't hold the first one too long because
otherwise you're not gonna be
able to repeat it very well.
[SOUND] I don't know if you
can see what's happening.
I'm holding the bottom, making it connect
and then propelling off to the F.
[MUSIC]
And
all the way my pinkie is
bouncing off those A flats.
[MUSIC]
That's the more kind of authentic way.
The other alternative is to do this.
[MUSIC]
So the alternate way is to not hold
the thumb but jump off it and
try to just jam
this down in a way that again,
like you're skipping.
This finger's gonna be a little lower and
you simply [SOUND] kick it out of
the way when these two come down.
[MUSIC]
It's almost together.
But you can actually drop,
the second here is a little bit lower and
sort of kind of, imagine a gimp knee
if you're walking, your knee gives out.
You don't wanna give any
stiffness to that second finger.
[SOUND] It's really just very loose.
Flick it out of the way and
just focus on jamming this third down.
[MUSIC]
Up, so drop your hand of this.
So those are three interesting options,
choose whichever one
feels most comfortable.
Hey, if you wanna just cheat
[MUSIC]
and just mash it together, that's fine.
When you play it really fast, you're
not gonna really hear the difference.
My personal preference is the second one
[MUSIC]
but it can be more difficult, so
if you like the other third option
[MUSIC]
you can do that as well.
So pick your poison.
Practice it.
Experiment with all three, see which one
you like and then put it all together.
Remember, we're gonna start with
the second finger in E flat.
One, two, three.
Two, two three.
Three, two, three.
And you finish on the E flat.
And then you go and do it again.
[MUSIC]
And we're basically
back to the beginning.
[MUSIC]
In fact,
what I just did
could be a really
interesting exercise.
Once you get almost up to speed you might
want to practice either a foot tap or
a little vocal thing.
Here let me give you an example.
One, two.
What I want to emphasize
is the empty beat.
So let's try this exercise with tap on the
spots where you're not doing anything and
you need to count that extra eighth beat.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
You get the idea.
Tap, tap.
[MUSIC]
Tap, tap.
So practice with that.
Another little exercise.
Any little game that you can make so
that you really feel how that rhythm goes.
And the stronger you feel it,
even though you don't hear it, it's there.
Okay?
Great.
Have fun with this.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now counting out loud all the eighth
beats is one of the most difficult things
that even a professional musician can do.
So I actually encourage
you don't count out loud.
Use a metronome or
play along with me on the video,
on the slow tracks, loop it, okay.
And play with me as I count out loud for
you.
That's the way I would start.
If it's still too fast,
find a metronome and set the beats and
every beat will be your eighth
beat that you need to count, okay?
So use a metronome.
Hey, if you're good enough to count and
play at the same time, woo!
You don't need these lessons [LAUGH],
I'll take lessons from you.
All right, but in all seriousness,
a metronome can be your best friend here.
Play along with me and
listen to me count out loud when
you're ready to play it my slow speed.
And if you can move up to the faster
speed with me counting out loud.
I think that it'll help
you feel the beats and
understand where everything lies, okay?
So one step at a time, work and
then get the notes down so
that you can be comfortable,
there not too many different notes.
Really two basic melodic patterns.
So once you get that down, then your
next focus needs to be on the rhythm and
counting it slowly until you get it.
Trust me, when you feel it, it'll be
automatic and you're gonna be like, wow!
This is fun.
Okay, so really have a lot of fun.
And again, come to a good decision
in terms of those grace notes and
try all three ways and
you don't have to take my way.
Do the way you want and
if you wanna do the simple way of just
mashing things together, that's fine.
When you play it super fast,
nobody's gonna know the difference.
[MUSIC]