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[MUSIC]
Then
we get back to some familiar material.
You've already learned this.
[MUSIC]
Play that twice.
Repeat that after you
repeat it through the
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A-flat.
[SOUND] Okay, now we're gonna get
to the closing of the song, okay.
So again, left
[MUSIC]
is gonna keep the same pattern going on.
Ready, and the right hand is gonna have,
remember this.
[MUSIC]
We do that one more time here.
[MUSIC]
We've done this before,
now we have this coda.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's take a look at this.
Right hand, B-flat and G starts off.
And then we're gonna jump up
to this B-flat minor chord.
D-flat, F, B-flat.
Play it and tie it through, okay.
Now you're gonna need a fourth
finger on the top of this, so
you can play it a little
melody on top of the chord.
[MUSIC]
And it goes back to that.
Okay and if you want to, you can close
your hand with the same fingers.
And then the next chord will go to
an A-flat, keep the bottom two notes and
then to a G.
See that?
[MUSIC]
Okay, so the melody will play the C above,
return, and then we're gonna jump down
to a C with an A-flat beneath it.
Okay, feel free to jump because
the pedal will help connect everything.
So don't worry about connecting too much.
B-flat and G, B-flat melody on top.
[MUSIC]
And then C.
All right, now let's see how it fits
in with that left hand pattern.
All right, here we go, nice and slow.
[MUSIC]
Now,
the very last note is
where you play the chord.
[SOUND] Shift.
[MUSIC]
Now here's the two.
That's the melody.
[SOUND] One, two, three, one,
two, now this jumps in early.
[SOUND] Okay.
So, you have to be careful of that,
it doesn't follow the three, three, two.
This goes up to a three, two,
three in the right hand, so be careful.
One, two, three, one,
two, then you jump in,
then you play the two in the left hand,
okay?
Jump, now because the right
hand is playing an A-flat,
you're gonna have to get it out
of the way for the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Now the same thing,
it just basically repeats one
more time the exact same thing.
[MUSIC]
Last chord.
[MUSIC]
Now watch out the rhythm.
[MUSIC]
Okay, be careful there.
Get out of the way of the A-flat.
[MUSIC]
Okay, let's do it again with pedal and
a little,
well let's just do the same speed, and
I want you to feel where
the pedal changes.
Okay, ready?
And,
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change the pedal.
[MUSIC]
Change.
[MUSIC]
Change.
Every time your left hand changes
positions you change the pedal.
Change.
[MUSIC]
Change.
[MUSIC]
Change.
[MUSIC]
All right.
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Now, we're
in home stretch.
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You know this.
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A flat.
This repeats.
See the repeat signs?
[MUSIC]
Now, we go back to our original
melody from the very beginning.
[MUSIC]
And then we return
to the F in the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Do it again,
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and the finish you just play a chord which
is these three notes,
just play it together.
So if you want to for
the ending you could do
something like this
[MUSIC]
as you get to the end,
space out the notes little by little.
[MUSIC]
And do that.
One more little fancy tip if you want to
try something to kind of give it a sense
of finality.
You can do this.
[MUSIC]
You can space it out, space it out.
The notes are getting longer,
longer, longer.
Slow it down.
Slow it down.
You see what I just did?
I took the notes of the chord, and played
the first two right before the last one.
The last note of the chord,
I played together with the left hand.
So a bit of a roll.
It's what we call a roll
[MUSIC]
or you can do it this way.
[MUSIC]
Lots of different ways to roll.
Do you see why I did it that way?
[MUSIC]
You can do it from the bottom, up, bottom,
bottom, up and do it that way.
[MUSIC]
And hold all of those notes or
[MUSIC]
one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
I'll let you experiment and
see which way you like to do it,
just kind of gives it a nice sense that
the song is slowing down, and we're done.
Hey, have fun.
Have fun, doesn't this sound great?
Don't you?
You just gonna love practicing this, and
I think everybody is gonna love
hearing you practice this is too.
Awesome song.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The secret to this piece is really
getting the left hand pattern down pat.
As I mentioned, you really want to play so
that you don't even
have to think about it.
Your hands just automatically find that
sequence of four different octaves, okay.
So play it until it's comfortable,
get your rhythm down,
and you just automatically jump to
where those sequences go, okay.
And remember, it does change a little bit.
Sometimes it goes to the A flat,
sometimes it goes to the F.
Make sure you can really
feel the differences.
The other thing to really realize
is that the secret to syncopation,
the secret to a good rock,
pop rhythm, is attention to detail.
Slow it down.
Find exactly the note that
you're going to align with,
over the steady rhythm of the left hand.
The more attention you pay to that,
the more you kinda get it engrained in
your playing, eventually it will click.
You will feel it, and you won't
have to think about it so much, but
you need to get it in accurately,
otherwise
you're always going to struggle with
kind of getting it in the right place.
So take the time now.
I know it doesn't sound very good when
you're playing it at turtle pace,
to get it lined up.
But trust me, once you do, it will click.
And then you can start speeding it up, and
then you will feel how the pop rhythm is
so much fun to play against the steadier
rhythm, so take your time with that.
Last thing,
don't forget to practice your bridges.
This is a song that comes in
very distinct sections, and
it is very easy when you practice
to stop at the end of the section,
cuz it's like the end of a sentence.
But remember it's a continuous song,
there are no real breaks in the rhythm.
Okay?
So once you get to the end of a section,
don't forget to bridge to the next, and
bring in the previous
section to bridge it in.
Be diligent about your pothole practice.
You don't have to do
the whole phrase before.
Even as little as one note before your
new phrase, can be very effective, and
keeping a sense of continuity
throughout your whole performance and
practice of this song.
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