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The left hand is gonna be the same.
The same sequence.
Okay but now the right hand has a new
little riff that it's gonna be playing.
It starts on an A flat.
And plays these three notes, A flat, G and
E flat.
So it's a similar pattern, three notes.
Three notes, two notes.
Now we're gonna change the next one
a little bit.
The E flat becomes a D flat.
three of these and
then the top two notes again,
And now the D flat's gonna move to a C, so
it's pretty simple.
Okay let's do that again.
Now move to a D flat
same thing here,
now we move down to a C.
Now let's put that together with your left
hand, okay nice and slow.
Jump up, D flat.
Repeat this.
Now the left hand is gonna be a little
Did you catch that difference?
This would jump to an F.
But this time
instead of jumping to an F we're gonna
just go one note down to the A flat
if we do that same pattern.
So slight again,
slight variation slight change.
So let's put that together again.
Now this changes
to an A flat here.
Okay, and you see those repeat signs, so
you just do these four measures
again twice, and use some pedal.
A flat left hand, change.
Okay, now we're gonna
take a look at the next section.
Next section again,
it uses elements that we've seen before.
The same chord sequence.
The only difference is that we just
changed the left hand the last measure
thus goes to an A flat instead of an F.
That's the only difference.
So let's try this put
this together here and.
Now go
to A flat instead
of that F.
And again you have a repeat symbol, you
go back to this again and play it again.
A flat.
In your music, you might want to
circle where that change is, so
that you remember not to go back
to the F like you normally would.
Now, one more quick tip.
Because this music comes in, kind of,
distinct sections, it can be very easy
when you're learning this or practicing
it to stop at the end of a section.
And then when you try to
play the whole song through,
you find yourself just stopping
automatically at those section ends.
So, I wanna encourage you, whenever
possible, play the last measure of
the previous section and then
the first measure of the next section.
Again, pothole practice.
We want to smooth over and
connect all these different sections.
So, for example, this is measure 44.
Getting from here to here
can be kind of tricky.
Okay, so you really want to
practice the last two notes and
then jumping to this new section here.
That's the way I would practice this.
New chord, okay?
And you just completely jump
your hand into position.
So, I don't wanna stop here,
how do I get to this.
[SOUND] You don't wanna spend
extra time looking for them.
Okay, so try to practice that transition.
All right?
Same thing for
all the other previous sections before.
Work on making that as smooth as possible,
now we get to a really
interesting section.
Okay, in this next section we have
all these repeated octaves [SOUND].
A G flat octave and it goes down
to a D flat eventually [SOUND],
and then an A flat octave [SOUND].
Wow, it's a lot of [SOUND].
Okay, so let me give you a couple
of tips on this octave thing.
What you do not want to do
is lock your arm [SOUND].
And play with your whole arm you're
gonna kill your arm, you're going to get
tendonitis and you're gonna say I want
my money back, you ruined my arm, okay?
We don't want to hear that, so
let me give you some tips to make octave,
repeated octaves really easy.
Okay, so I know you're locked
in playing the same notes, but
you don't wanna lock your whole arm.
The key, the secret to playing [SOUND]
repeated octaves easily [SOUND].
First of all, we're gonna break up the
octaves just like the [SOUND] one, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two.
We're gonna break it up
just like the pop rhythm,
the rock rhythm we have in this song,
So we're gonna have one, two,
three, one two, three, one, two.
Now, watch.
The octave technique involves fingers,
wrist and arm, okay?
Large element, small elements.
So the key and the trick is going to be
learning how to combine them effectively.
The large element's your arm, can't move
that fast not as fast as your wrist and
your fingers.
Okay, so first thing I want you to
think about is one, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
Your arm is only gonna drop
actually on those larger segments.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
In fact, I would practice it like that.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
Now notice, as I'm [SOUND].
As I drop [SOUND],
I'm kind of giving a little bit
of a wave in my arm here [SOUND].
Two, three and I'm feeling a recoil.
I'm gonna lift my wrist to get it
prepared to drop again [SOUND].
When I drop I really just relax my arm.
I'm not pushing it down [SOUND].
Now the reason i'm doing this is
because i'm gonna be using my wrist as,
it's almost like you have
doing two different things.
With your arm moving and then your wrist
moving separately, you see [SOUND].
The key thing is to keep your elbow nice,
Keep your shoulder down,
don't get stiff here,
we don't want to see your whole arm
locked In a repetitive motion here, okay?
So we're breaking
the repetitions purposely by
having drops [SOUND] in between.
Okay now, the other thing you want to
think about is thinking of your first and
fifth finger playing the octave.
Almost like springs, Okay, shock
absorbers, little springs [SOUND], okay?
And as you play you wanna feel a bouncing,
you wanna hold on to them
too long [SOUND], okay?
You wanna feel that nice loose bounce
between absorbing the shock of
the notes and letting your wrist kind
of absorb that shock as well, okay?
One little tip I wanna give you is one,
two, up.
Make sure you lift
before you drop [SOUND].
Up [SOUND], down [SOUND].
Up [SOUND], down [SOUND].
Up [SOUND], down [SOUND].
Okay, so before you drop you have to lift.
See if you see you can coordinate this,
Nice and slow.
One [SOUND], two [SOUND], three [SOUND],
they're gonna lift a little bit.
Drop [SOUND], two [SOUND], lift.
And then drop and
this is gonna be the two.
One, two [SOUND].
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
One, two.
See how that's working?
It seems a little weird but it's worth
spending a little extra time [SOUND].
And notice my other fingers, I know you'll
probably want of get them out of the way,
don't stiffen them up, just relax.
As long as these two fingers are just
a little bit lower than the other ones,
you don't have to do anything
crazy to keep them out of the way.
Just relax these other fingers.
They'll be out of the way, cuz these two
fingers will be lower naturally [SOUND].
So, again the key is as little tension as
possible you know you were doing the same
thing over again.
Because we're using multiple muscle
groups that'll keep you relaxed [SOUND].
Make it possible,
play quite quickly too, okay?
So, that's octave repeated
octave technique.
Very useful thing,
just get the hang of it and
it's gonna feel right when it feels
like you're dribbling a basketball.
It just bounces right back into your hand.
You don't take a basketball and
literally direct the ball from the air
right to the ground and right back up.
It comes back to you,
you let it go it comes back to you.
It's the same thing with a good
octave technique [SOUND].
You kind of dribble it down.
Again, it'll come back to you.
The action of the piano will
rebound into your hand and
you just recycle that energy.
Let's put
it together.
Nice and slow.
Two, three.
One more time.
One, two, three.
Now you jump up to this new section here.
One, two, three, repeat this.
Now the melody comes down.
Move your hand over, and
now the left hand also goes over here.
And then you close this up here.
So part of the right hand is following
that three, three, two rhythm,
which is convenient.
The melody kind of jumps
a little bit in between that.
So don't let that throw you.
Let's do this again.
One, two, three.
One, two, three.
And now here's our two.
One, two.
And now one two, three, one, two,
three is where the melody comes back.
Then you have the two, here you go.
One, two, now here don't get thrown off,
how it gets in between there.
One, two, three, one,
two, three, one, two.
Let's take a look at that second
half of that phrase again.
One way you might wanna break
it up might be to do it this way.
One, two, three, and then, one,
two, three, little tricky.
And then two.
So just know that you're melody, what's
it's doing is it's fighting the three,
three, two by becoming one,
two, three, four.
Very even.
That's again, it's kind of what gives
it it's pop and rock energy there.
So it's worth practicing that
particular measure a couple of times.
Until you really get that.
If there's a tough part in this
piece that's probably right there.
So take some extra time to work this out.
Let's hear how it sounds a little
bit faster, and
So the trick is to hold the melody while
giving your arms enough air to bounce
down the chords that
are in that rock rhythm.
So and then the last step
of course is to add pedal.
Here we go, ready?
With pedal.
Then it repeats.
You'll get it.
Just be patient.
Take your time.
Speed up little by little and you'll
have this in your fingers in no time.
All right, now there are a couple of
different ways you could
play this next section.
Basically, there are two different chords,
this chord that we played in the previous
section, and now this new chord.
Very cruel chord isn't it?
So you go from a B flat minor,
first position chord and
then you go to this G flat.
Keep the B flat here.
Then you have this F on top, okay?
Now what we want to hear is the.
One, two, three, one, two,
three, one, two, okay?
The way I've written it out is to have
one two three, one two three, one two,
one two three, one two three,
one two kind of as an inside voice.
It's a little tricky though
because here's what's happening.
You're gonna be repeating these notes.
The upper notes at the right
hand at the octave and
so you're gonna have this
cross rhythm in one hand,
so it works like this, watch
Again, one two three,
one two three, one two,
one two three, one two three, one two.
And with a little extra hard bonus of
stopping at the end in your left hand.
You don't have to if you don't want to.
So, if you can do it that
way it sounds pretty cool.
Okay, if it's too hard
another option is to simply do this.
Play everything
Okay, you can do it that way as well.
You can do it anyway you want,
if you want to try this harder way I think
you'll be rewarded with
a stronger kind of cross rhythm.
So again, think in patterns and
we're gonna do the same kind of lift and
drop to help us play the chord.
All right, the other thing you want
to really make sure you understand is
the difference between
both halves of your hand.
One half is gonna be stuck and
you want to use that as leverage to
kind of lift up the repeated note.
So, for example, lift, use that leverage.
Drop, see how I'm kind of
using this as a pivot point?
I really wanna give
myself air on those chords.
Pretty cool, isn't it.
Now let's just take a look
at that last measure,
because the left hand
stops in the middle of it.
All right and
I want to show you exactly where it stops.
So here one, two, three,
one, two, three, see?
So you stop on the second
note of the second three set.
Does that make sense?
Let's do it again.
One, two, three, one,
two that's where you stop.
Three and then the last two so
again, two, three,
one, two, stop, three, one, two, okay?
If you just keep playing it
that's okay too It's kind
of cool to have that again
as this syncopated stop so
take some time, give it a try.
And again with what you can do in this
last section too to make it sound really,
really big, don't change the pedal,
just have one pedal going
Keep the pedal down.
And it just gets louder and
louder as the piano keeps ringing.
Pretty cool, yeah?