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[MUSIC]
All right.
Let's start this next left
hand passage by bridging
it with the B major chord
progression we just ended with.
Okay?
You'll start on B.
D-sharp.
F-sharp, remember that?
Now we start a new chord sequence, okay?
Starting on E.
Now I'm going to use my third finger, and
I'll show you why in just a second Okay?
Now the next two notes
are a little bit different,
we have a B on top and then a G sharp.
All right, sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
This happens to be an E major cord.
Remember we played previously an E minor.
Now we're playing an E major.
Can you see the difference?
Can you hear the difference?
E minor.
E major now.
Okay.
The difference of course
is this middle note.
It's gone from a G natural to
a slightly higher note, G sharp.
Okay?
So now we're in E major.
And again, this will make more
sense the more you encounter it.
Don't worry about it now.
We're gonna start, though,
with the third finger playing this.
Instead of a five, three, one, like this,
we're gonna use a three, two, one.
Okay.
Now keeping these two notes the same,
the very next note is going
to be down here, a B.
Back to these same notes.
And than back to the E.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
So this E major chord sequence
is a classic waltz pattern.
Let's take a look at this again,
just the E major chord section.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so now you can see why
you need a three here to
reach down to the five.
Let's do the whole sequence
with the bridge one more time.
One, ready and.
[MUSIC]
Squish the three in here.
[MUSIC]
Good!
Now let's work on bridging the end of that
previous section with the new left hand
E major chord sequence, and
just get the right hand started so
you can see how it all fits together.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right we're at
measure 16 or so right hand.
We've just finished on
a D sharp over here.
Left hand.
Remember we have this B major
bridge before going to this E major
waltz chords sequence.
Okay, here we go.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Three, E major,
down to the B.
Again, part of the E major chord.
Now the melody comes back in again.
The same melody but
now with an E major harmony.
[MUSIC],
okay?
So we're basically gonna be
playing almost the same thing,
at least the first part of this melody
as we did in the very beginning.
But instead of
[MUSIC]
E minor now we're going to
[MUSIC]
E major.
Okay?
The piece has gotten a little
sunnier at this point.
Okay, let's review that one last time and
then we'll go on adding the rest of this,
okay?
Again, we finish with a D sharp,
left hand, B major sequence.
[MUSIC]
E played with
the third finger
[MUSIC].
Right hand comes in with a melody in E
[MUSIC],
okay?
Good.
Now once we've got that comfortable,
let's go on and add the rest of
the melody with this new harmony.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, keeping in mind the sequence
we just learned of the left hand.
It's E major, the waltz pattern.
[MUSIC]
We're going to play the same melody
in the right hand that we
learned in the beginning.
[MUSIC]
But now with the E major chord sequence.
Okay?
Let's give it a try.
Hands together,
cuz I think you can get this.
Ready?
E and E.
One, ready, and
[MUSIC]
Now watch out for this colliding B,
get it out of the way, okay.
Same thing here a lot of colliding Bs.
[MUSIC]
Now because we have so
many Bs that your thumbs are fighting for
this is where using your
pedal can actually help.
Cuz you don't need to hold the notes
as long with your fingers,
you'll just hold the notes with your foot.
So now let's do this again but
with pedal, and
you'll see how much easier it is to get
out of each other's way, out of those Bs.
So pedal down, ready,
we're gonna change on the first note.
One, ready, and
[MUSIC]
Did you notice how I get
out of the way while using
the pedal to hold the notes?
The only thing you have to be careful of
is when you're changing your pedal [SOUND]
you're getting out of the way here.
Okay.
You need to make
sure you're not
[MUSIC]
lifting your hand
before your foot comes down.
[MUSIC]
Otherwise you'll have that little gap.
Okay, pedal has to come down then you can
get out of the way before playing that.
Does that make sense?
Okay.
Slow motion, watch again.
Now, watch carefully between my foot and
my hands how I coordinate
to make sure that I hold the notes
long enough and yet short enough.
Long enough for the pedal to catch,
short enough so
that my thumbs aren't
colliding with each other.
Okay, watch again.
Ready.
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
Now getting out of the way here.
[MUSIC]
And the other way.
[MUSIC]
All right,
pretty cool, eh?
All right, now let's take a look at our
next chord sequence in the left hand.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right,
we're gonna move from E major.
And now we're gonna go into,
let's take a look at this.
[MUSIC]
A Fall Down Ball, A [SOUND], all right.
So now [SOUND] we're in A and
take a look at these next notes.
Skip up to a C sharp [SOUND] and
then [SOUND] E.
What does that sound like to you?
Does that sound like
[SOUND] a major chord?
Happier.
[SOUND] Here's A minor.
[SOUND] Here's A major.
As you can see, that middle note
is a little higher [SOUND],
because of the sharp.
That's what makes it major.
Again, don't worry about
the technicalities.
Just know that [SOUND] it sounds happier.
I hope you're happier playing this piece.
Okay, good.
So A major, ready?
[SOUND] Again, with the third finger
[SOUND] you play the upper notes and
then we're gonna move this [SOUND]
E down here to the lower note.
And keep these two notes here
[SOUND] with this sequence here.
And again, [SOUND] back to the A root
position and then back the E [SOUND].
Okay, again, classic waltz pattern.
One, two, three.
Down, two, three.
Up
[MUSIC]
three.
Down.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so
as long as you know that these
aren't just random notes but
they're all part of the same group of
notes that compose an A major chord.
Great.
Let's put the whole thing together.
Since the right hand is the same melody,
two times in a row,
the only thing that changes
will be the left hand chords.
So let's start back from the E major.
And then review that and then add in
the new A major sequence as well.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Right melody.
Right hand on E.
Left hand.
Remember the E major sequence?
Okay, here we go!
And I'm gonna add the pedal because I
wanna have the practice of connecting my
chords, and also getting out of
the way of those fighting thumbs.
Remember that?
Okay?
One.
Ready and
[MUSIC]
Down to the A.
[MUSIC]
Good.
So you'll want to practice that
transition from E major to A major.
Okay?
The end of that fourth
measure in this example.
Then just keep in mind when you're
switching, you see that note over here?
The last sound of your E
in your sequence is your B,
the very next note below that is
the A that you're going to be aiming for.
So, if you need a little visual queue or
a memory queue,
the A is going to be right next to
that bottom note on your pinky.
That's where you jump to, okay?
So let's do it one more time, and keep
the little trick in mind to go to the A.
B.
A.
Okay?
Here we go, one more time.
One, with pedal, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Right
below the B.
Here we go A.
[MUSIC]
Excellent.
Okay, let's move on.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, I want to look at a particular
transition going from what we just
finished into the next section, okay?
If you recall, we'd been playing A major
sequences that go in root position and
then go into this second position with,
kind of, root notes.
So, we're just finishing off with the E,
[MUSIC]
and then we need to transition to a whole
new type of chord.
We've actually seen this once before,
we're gonna see it again,
[SOUND] this is the next chord we're
jumping to, this is a seventh chord.
Just quickly explain why
we call it a seventh chord.
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 notes from
the bottom to the top, okay?
One more time from here,
the last of the A major chord.
Skip over this note, and then.
All right?
I want you to practice getting
that transition from here.
[MUSIC]
To here.
Couple of little tips for you.
[MUSIC]
This E will be the same note
as the middle of this next chord.
And you play if just a little skip note
above that and then the A in the bottom.
[SOUND] Okay?
So let's practice that one more time.
[MUSIC]
Jump two, three.
All right, this seventh chord we're
going to use a couple more times.
This particular pattern.
So keep that in mind and let's move on.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, so let's
take up from the A seventh chord.
It's not a full chord, but
it's kind of an outline of one, alright.
And now we're gonna move to
the next chord over here.
All fall down ball game, ledger line.
And then the note below that
ledger line is a D, okay?
And then if you look at these
next two notes it's an A and a C.
Hm.
One two three four five six seven.
Another seventh cord.
Hm, surprise, surprise, okay.
So you're moving from this seventh chord.
You can kind of lock your hand in
that little position here, and
move it down to this.
How convenient.
Cool.
A lot of playing the piano is molding your
hand into shapes that you can kind of
cookie cutter pattern into
different parts of the piano.
Okay?
Pretty neat.
Okay.
So, feel how this shape is for
the A seventh.
Two, three and
then move it down to the D seven.
Pretty cool.
Okay.
Now we're gonna go back to our
old friend the root chord.
alright, A, fall, down,
ball, game, B, D, for
the next one, this is a G major chord.
Okay, I'm gonna use this particular
fingering, because of some other things
that are coming up a little bit
later [SOUND] okay, two, three.
Now this next chord.
Let's take a look at the bottom
note really quickly.
A fall down ball game.
And then the first ledger line
below that [SOUND] is an E.
Then the next note above
that [SOUND] is a G.
Skip and
there's a little bit of a gap here.
This is a new type of
chord we haven't seen yet.
It's not an E minor chord.
It's actually a C major chord because,
look what happens when
I put the C down here.
We have an old pattern, but
we've just moved it to its first position,
by moving this note up here.
Okay?
A lot of theory.
Don't worry about it.
I just want to introduce
it to you very lightly, so
that you know that you're
going from a G major chord.
[MUSIC]
Look at the D, and
the very next note is a C.
[MUSIC]
And
you're building the chord down from that.
So, look at this again.
[MUSIC]
Two, three.
Okay, do you see how my fingers move?
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna move down to the C, down here,
and then I'm gonna see that the G,
is still part of my next chord.
Hopefully help me find
that a little faster.
Okay, let's do that four
chord sequence one more time.
Practice going through it so
that it's comfortable.
Again, lock your hand for the seventh.
Ready?
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
Two, three.
G major.
[MUSIC]
Move your thumb down to the C.
[MUSIC]
And that's a C major chord.
Okay?
That's a lot of notes
to get in all at once.
But hopefully if you see the patterns
it will lock in a lot faster.
So give that a try.
Practice that sequence
until that's comfortable.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
[SOUND] Moving right along.
Back to that sequence, and
now let's add the melody on top of that.
okay?
[SOUND] A 7th.
[SOUND] Melody starting on
the E with the right-hand.
Nice and slow, ready, one, ready and.
[MUSIC]
Cookie cutter down to the D7.
[MUSIC]
G major here with the one, two, four.
[MUSIC]
Now C major, both thumbs on Cs.
[MUSIC]
See how that works.
Good.
Let's do it one more time.
One, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
Now,
let's do it with
the pedal.
It'll sound a lot smoother,
between all of those chord jumps.
okay?
Pedal down, one, ready, and change.
[MUSIC]
And back down.
[MUSIC]
Excellent.
[MUSIC]
Let's move onto the next section.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
We're going back to that little scale
passage that we had the first time around.
But this time it's gonna end
up a little differently.
Okay, so recognizing this first note is
the ledger line below the G clef staff,
is a B, two, okay remember the thumb
under thing we did before?
F sharp.
[MUSIC]
Okay now I need you to put your thumb
under one more time because we're going
to continue going a little bit higher.
A.
A sharp.
B.
C.
Wow, we didn't leave any spaces
in between those last few notes.
Okay?
Cool!
Let's do that again.
From the B.
Thumb under.
[MUSIC]
Thumb under again to the A.
Now every single note.
[MUSIC]
Okay, good.
Now.
Let's take a look at the next
set of chords in your left hand.
>> [MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right here we go.
So we've just finished with the C
major chord, if you remember.
Now I've been having you use your fourth
finger an awful lot in these chord
progressions.
Now you're going to see why.
Okay, two, three.
The next chord in this sequence
when the melody continues on,
there's going to be a version
of the G major chord.
Okay.
With the D on the bottom, okay.
And now, we're gonna go to
an interesting position here,
this is gonna stay the same, the middle.
But, this is gonna move up to C,
this is gonna move down to
that lower ledger line C.
Do that again.
Right from here.
Again, this is gonna stay
the same between both chords.
[MUSIC]
See what I did?
I moved the thumb up.
And I've switched from here to here.
It's almost like your cord expands.
Okay?
Two, three.
Then you're going to a C major
kind of octave thing here.
All right?
Now we're gonna go to a chord that
you actually saw once before.
A fall down ball game F, F sharp.
Skip.
And then, hmm 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
yes, it's another seventh chord, okay.
So this should feel
relatively comfortable.
I know these are new types of chords for
you.
And now we're back to a B,
D sharp, F sharp.
Remember this?
This was a B major sequence, okay?
A lot of theory just keep it in
the [LAUGH] back of your mind.
Don't worry about it too much, okay?
Let's do the whole sequence again, okay?
So from here,
[MUSIC]
it's a G major in a second position here.
[MUSIC]
Split to a C octave.
[MUSIC]
Octave means eight notes apart.
Both Cs on the bottom and the top.
Now the seventh, okay.
[SOUND] And then the B major sequence.
[SOUND] Now, it just so
happens that you can look for
some little clues to help you work through
this sequence a little more easily.
Kind of a musical mnemonic, if you will.
Not quite the same way.
But anything that will help you transition
from one position to another easily
I'll take, right?
Okay so first thing, on this chord
remember the G stays the same and
you just split to a C.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Now the next thing I'm gonna remember
is I wanna keep the C on top and
replace that with my second finger.
That will make this chord over here.
[SOUND] Okay, see how I did that?
[SOUND] I'm going to remember this and
then it'll make it easier for
me to find this chord and
then the B major.
The B is right below my C over here.
And then I'll try to remember
the D sharp and the F sharp.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
That's all going through my mind
at an amazing split second speed.
[LAUGH] And it will go through your mind,
too, if you practice it enough.
Okay, let's try it again.
C Major
[MUSIC]
C,
[MUSIC]
remember the C here
[MUSIC]
and the B.
[MUSIC]
Right?
Do it again.
A little bit faster.
Ready?
G major chord here.
[MUSIC]
Split open to a C octave,
keeping the middle the same.
[MUSIC]
Keeping the top note the same,
moving to the next thing.
[MUSIC]
Two, three.
And then the next note down here is a B.
[MUSIC]
One last time.
And now this time I'm going to use
the pedal to connect everything, okay?
Pedal down, and then we're going
to change the first chord.
One.
Ready?
And [SOUND] two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[SOUND] Two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right,
this is sounding pretty good here.
Lets move on.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, now that you have your left hand
chords sequence hopefully
really comfortable and
smooth, let's add your right hand melody.
Okay, here we go, right hand on the B,
left hand on the G major chord
in second position here.
Ready, here we go, let's give it a try.
I'm under.
Now we're going to split for
the C major octave thing here.
C in the middle here.
Moving us to the F sharp 7th chord, and
then the B major chord on the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Nice thing is that the right hand is
pretty much sequential going up,
except for the last little bit
which gets a little tight.
So let's do that again, all right?
All together.
One, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
Now you may have noticed,
I took a little break between
the chords to position my hands.
When you're adding the pedal in, you can
do that, and it'll still sound connected.
So take advantage of giving yourself maybe
a beat to move into position if you need
the extra time, okay.
So here we go with the pedal now,
push the pedal down and
we will change when we start.
One ready and.
[MUSIC]
Great, work on that
until that feels smooth,
comfortable, and natural,
and then we'll go on to the next section.
[MUSIC]