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In the next section,
we're gonna be playing a series of chords.
Chord progressions.
Let's take a look at
the chords themselves and
then we'll see how they fit into
the rhythm of your left hand.
The first chord we're going to get into
[SOUND] is a variation of the E-flat major
chord [SOUND] that's been juxtapositioned
[SOUND] to its second position, okay?
So this is the chord we're gonna hit.
[SOUND] G on top,
E-flat in the middle, B-flat, okay?
And then the next chord we're gonna hit,
[SOUND] keeps the B-flat on the bottom,
but then you have a D-flat in the middle,
and you skip up to an A-flat at the top.
So again, from [SOUND] this chord.
so you can see the relationship here,
you keep this the same.
This is gonna go one note lower,
this is going one half-note higher.
Okay, and
then you're gonna transition to kind
of keep these two notes in the bottom.
But the melody shifts to the F.
And then you're gonna play the E-flat
on top of those two notes underneath.
So just review that again,
ready, E-flat major chord.
Open up and then you have this melody
that goes from the F to the E-flat here.
And then one more chord and
this one is gonna shift so
that you play the G on top here and
then these two notes are gonna go down.
[SOUND] A-flat and C.
It's really cool.
A-flat major seventh chord, all right?
So, again, from here to here.
The way I think of this, is to think of
these two notes shifting down like this,
and you just have this distance up here.
So let's do those chord
progressions one more time.
From here to here and
then the F connector.
And then you split open, B-flat,
C, and the G on top like that.
All right, let's see how that
fits in with your left hand.
I'm not gonna use the pedals, so
that you can hear more
clearly what's happening.
So again, [SOUND] same pattern,
[SOUND] over and over again.
So, nice and slow.
Now, you come in here.
So, if you think of one, [SOUND] two,
[SOUND] three, [SOUND] one,
[SOUND] two, [SOUND] three.
[SOUND] That's when you come
in with the right hand here.
[SOUND] Then you have the two after that.
So, once again.
One, [SOUND] two, [SOUND] three,
[SOUND] one, [SOUND] two.
[SOUND] That's when you come in here.
Now, we go on to the next chord,
the A flat here, and
we jump up to the B flat here,
play [SOUND] that right on the downbeat.
Did you see how that
lines up in the music?
[SOUND] Downbeat, one, [SOUND] two,
[SOUND] F connector, [SOUND] and
then you play this together with
the two remaining eighth notes here.
Let's do that again from
the previous measure.
And together.
[SOUND] Here.
[SOUND] Then we continue on,
you're gonna hold this in
the right hand that's tied over.
[SOUND] Three notes, [SOUND] then the one,
[SOUND] and the very last note
[SOUND] is when you play this chord,
then you just jump down after that.
[SOUND] So, sometimes it might
be helpful that you take,
like a highlighter or pen just kinda
draw a line from where the chord
is to the corresponding
note in your left hand.
That could be very helpful.
So, I'm gonna play it through slowly, so
you can see exactly which notes it lines
up with in your left hand pattern.
Ready, and [SOUND] here you go.
[SOUND] And [SOUND] here you go.
And the last one of this
pattern, hold it
and then, as you get used to that,
start speeding up a little by the time.
Until eventually,
you get to full speed.
Now, we're gonna take a look
at the next variation,
similar chords, different positions,
and again, some slight changes here.
Let's take a look at the next one.
In the previous version, we just kind of
started out with your
right hand holding on to
this E before the sequence started, okay.
But now after we finish this first
version of the chord sequence.
Now we're gonna go to a different
version of the E-flat major chord.
Remember we were talking
about E-flat major chords,
they can have three different positions?
We started this first sequence with the
E-flat major chord in the second position.
Now we're gonna go to the first position
to start the next sequence here.
See how that works?
G, B-flat, E-flat, okay?
So here we go.
The same chord that we jumped
to in the previous.
This is a version of E-flat major.
So these two notes stay the same.
These upper two notes become the bottom
two notes of this next chord, so again.
Jump to here.
From here on out it's the same
as what we just did before.
Okay, so
pretty much the same thing.
Let's go back to the previous one and
see how they all connect together.
Ready, so I'm going to start with this
E-flat that's held over
from the previous phrase.
The last one here, now I'm gonna get
ready for this E-flat major chord here.
Now the next phrase
is just exactly the same
as the one we just finished.
Now we're gonna get to
the last variation of this which
is a little bit different.
Now for the last version of this,
we're going to start off the same.
Now instead of going up to here like
we did the last couple of times,
now we're going to close the chord.
That B flat minor chord.
See how that works?
Same bottom note.
We're gonna move down to an F and
a D flat.
now you close the chord.
Now, the last note here, here keep these
two notes we'll be playing
E flat after that.
Hold that.
Now, we're gonna keep this top note
shifted to a different set of fingers and
these two notes will move down to
this the C and A flat and hold that.
All right?
Let's take a look at that one more time.
Here we go. And. [MUSIC]
Now instead of going up we're
gonna go down to F.
Close it down.
And go down even further,
with the bottom notes.
All right.
Let's hear how this whole
thing sounds in sequence.
A little bit faster, not quite full tempo.
But, let's hear the whole thing so
you can feel the rhythm and know what
you're aiming for when you work this out.
Okay, here's the whole sequence, ready and
we're tying over this E flat, here we go.
A little bit faster,
not full speed, but here you go.
One last time we're gonna do this whole
thing, now we're gonna
add the pedal back in.
The pedal only changes when you
change your left hand positions.
So don't follow your right hand,
follow your left hand when you pedal.
[SOUND] Here we go,
with pedal, now change.
You can change here if you want.
See I am following with my left hand
not my right hand.
Change if you want.
[LAUGH] I said that last
change a little too soon.
So let's do the last one so you can
understand how I did that, all right?
Change it with the left hand,
not the right, okay?
Now let's take a look at the next section.