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Popular Piano Lessons: My Favorite Things - B Section

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All right now we get to the middle
section, well kind of the ending
section of the piece.
So we've just finished off with this
little sequence here with the B major.
Okay, now here what makes this next part
fun is actually not using any pedal and
letting it sound a little bouncy.
So we wanna make this sound really dry.
So again, once again with pedal here.
When you play the E octave here you
can take your pedal off.
Right hand is going to play these E
minor chords dry.
Holding on here.
And the left hand can bounce here.
So let's take a look at
the next section now,
connecting this dryer section
from the pedal one before.
>> Let's
take a look at the right hand first.
Because I want to show you an unusual
fingering for these next chords.
Okay, so we start with an E minor chord.
Half note hold, and
you play the bottom note by itself.
There's a rest.
Now, for this next chord, I want you
to use kind of a strange fingering, and
you'll see why in just a second, okay?
The bottom note is a C, below the staff.
E, and A, this is a version of A minor,
Okay, and the first position, we're gonna
have that third finger in the middle here.
So play it like this
and then the melody actually is going to
continue on to this D sharp.
That's the reason for the second finger.
You could use a second finger
but it's hard to connect that.
Again in this section
we're not gonna use pedal.
So it's gonna be hard to make that sound
smooth without some kind of a gap.
That's why I want you to try
to use this unusual fingering.
[SOUND] With the three then
connect it to a two here.
Okay, let's do that again with
the right hand by itself.
One, two, three, one.
Now, the left hand is going to
be playing a series of octaves.
Octaves meaning eight notes apart.
So, if you have an E on the bottom
you're going to have an E on the top.
This is a very common pattern we're
going to start seeing a lot of
in some of the pieces coming up ahead,
E octave.
[SOUND] Rest, rest, rest, and
you play it again.
[SOUND] And you move up to an F
sharp [SOUND] octave, rest, rest,
rest, and then you play this B
[SOUND] with the second finger, okay?
So the right hand and left hand
are going to be jumping back and forth.
Let's give it a try, no pedal.
This is a fun, bouncy, dry section.
Let's give this a try from
the E octave down here.
One, ready, and.
So get that sequence in and then we'll
continue on with the rest of this phrase.
All right, let's again I like the connect
on what we just did to
what we're gonna do next.
Our little pothole practice if you will.
Remember this chord here,
connecting to this.
Okay, let's take a look at what
happens on the right hand after that.
We're going to continue on with this
chord G, E, and the B underneath here.
If you are very astute,
you'll notice that this is a version of E
minor with the B put on the bottom here.
You play the B again and
then back to an E over here.
Okay, so that's that sequence.
One more time.
One, from the previous ending to
the next portion of this phrase.
One, two, three.
to connect it and you're right here.
Now let's take a look at the left
hand notes.
Now we just finished off with
your second finger on B.
And if you recognize this,
we're back to an E octave.
Rest, rest, rest.
Now I want you to move your pinky up to
that bottom G, A fall down ball game.
And then this is gonna be B.
Use your fourth finger and then a third
finger after this and you'll see why.
It's kind of an unusual fingering.
[SOUND] All right, let's put this
little portion together again.
Get this comfortable here.
The usual fingering here one three five.
And then the left hands
gonna play a B here.
One, ready?
Put your fifth finger on the G.
All right so work on that sequence,
get that comfortable.
And we're going to take a look at the left
hand as it moves on to the next portion.
All right, left hand pot hole practice
going from the previous thing
that we just finished with.
The G, the B, okay?
And we're going to use
a five four three here.
Remember that?
And now we're in a C major chord,
and then the G.
Hm, what does this sound like?
Waltz pattern.
The classic waltz pattern, doesn't it?
Again five four,
that's why I had you do this fingering,
to put you into position for this.
And now we're gonna play this chord.
Since your hand is already in this
position I don't want you to shift around
or anything.
We're just gonna go ahead and use one,
two, three dotted half notes.
And you notice those lines are connecting
to the same notes after that,
that's a tie so
you're gonna hold that through.
Then you're gonna move
on to another chord.
Now I'm gonna ask you to shift positions
a bit because we're moving up.
So we're gonna go to this chord A on top.
Same E on the bottom and
we're gonna switch to a four finger
even though the note is going higher,
I wanna reposition our hand
to get ready for what's next.
So we're gonna switch from this
three on the bottom here to a four.
Sounds strange on paper but
it actually feels very comfortable.
You tie that, go to the next chord which
goes one step higher to the top here.
Skip down and
then this is going to be a D over here.
All right.
So now let's take a look at those last
three chord sequences just to get
that comfrotable.
The C major with one, two, three because
we just finished from here, okay?
Notice the top note goes from G,
to A, to B, so
you can see that three step thing that
you use with all three thumbs here.
So be aware of that,
you're gonna move up
to the B over here and
play those chords accordingly.
Practice that and get that comfortable.
Let's do that one more
time the whole sequence.
One, two, three rest.
Waltz pattern in C major,
C major chord two three tie two
three moving up one step here.
Two three tie, two three.
One more step over here in a G major.
[SOUND] Second position pattern here,
Good so try to get that comfortable and
let's take a look at the right
hand melody going over this.
So, let's take a look.
The right hand's going to start
this next sequence on an E.
Second finger on an E.
Let's take a look at this.
E, same note.
F sharp.
Now put your thumb under,
cuz we're gonna start climbing higher.
Half note.
Now line to line, to B.
Dotted half note.
Pretty simple, okay.
Let's take a look at that one more time.
One, two.
Thumb under to connect it.
Two three and then we're
going to have a rest here.
Okay now Let's take a look at the left
hand, to finish out this sequence and
then we'll put the whole
thing together okay?
All right, I just wanna top off
the left hand sequence a little bit, okay?
Remember the C major chord,
then moving up to the A, and
then the B on top which
makes the G major chord.
And now the only other
thing we're gonna do here,
I'm gonna play the G major
chord one note at a time.
D, G.
B [SOUND] and now we're gonna go one
more step up here and what is this?
[SOUND] Another seventh chord.
A slightly different variety of it,
because now we have these two notes close
together, but the distance between here,
one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven is still seven notes.
So a different type of seventh chord here.
Okay, let's put that all together.
C major, one, ready, and.
Three, tie, two, three, moving up,
two, three, tie, two, three.
Put this together here, two, three.
Now one at a time, with your thumb up.
Okay, again just some things to take
notice of when you place the sequence,
this D is gonna be the same D as
the bottom of this seventh chord.
So the only thing you're really
doing is moving this up to here and
moving this now down to here.
See how that works in relationship
to what you just played?
Okay, any little trick that you can take
to relate where you are moving from,
to where you are moving too,
use it to your advantage.
Now let's put the whole thing together to
end this piece.
Okay, a little bit of pothole practice.
Let's go just a little bit before those
chords, remember this little sequence?
We were playing the C
major waltz sequence, and
then we're gonna start those chords.
we're gonna start at the end of that
little sequence here, and then the melody
comes on the right hand, with E over here,
with the second finger, then the chord.
Thumb under and
you're going to move up to the A here.
Now move up to the B here.
And then one at a time.
Now split over here.
Let's do it again slowly so
that you can see exactly how
I'm moving between the chords.
One more time.
We're gonna finish the C
major waltz section.
One, two, three.
let's add
the pedal.
Now there's a little trick, because
remember we're not using pedal in this
middle section and we're gonna put
the pedal in right after that.
So the trick is to pedal
after the note slightly.
Let me show you in slow
motion how that works.
We're going from a dry section, okay?
This is dry.
And we're going to put the pedal
beginning of this next measure.
So play the note first,
then put you pedal down, see that?
Change your pedal here.
Change, okay?
By putting the pedal in
slightly after the chord,
we're replicating what we
do when we change the note.
If you're a good pedal changer,
you know that you lift your pedal and then
come down after you've played the note.
We're just replicating that,
but coming from a dry section.
Okay one more time slowly.
Watch the pedaling and
watch the transitions.
Take your hand off.
Change, okay?
All right,
one more time just a little bit faster so
that you could hear this
in musical context.
Again watch how I pedal
after the dry spell, and
I pedal after I play the chord,
right after.
all that's
left is to play
the very end.
Right hand, we've just finished off
on a C, little bit of a rest and
you're right back in the same position so
don't move your hand around too much.
Third finger on B, and
then you play this G over here and
the left hand is on the bottom G.
And you move down to this double ledger
line G, so a lot of Gs here.
Open up to a two and a three and a five.
Okay, what we've just done is we've just
played these notes of a G
major chord one at a time.
We call that an arpeggio.
Don't worry about,
you're not gonna be quizzed for this, but
just be aware that we're playing
chords in different ways, melodically.
One more time let's just play this ending,
just the last four measures.
One, two, three, [SOUND] two, three.
Now, if you want,
you can add the pedal just for
that G major chord sequence at the end,
and this is what it would look like,
keeping in mind we're
gonna have this dry and
then we're gonna add the pedal after
the G major chord starts again.
So here we go.
One, two, three.
Dry, two, three, pedal.
And you're gonna keep
the pedal down all the way.
just come off at the end
like that if you'd like.
You've gone all the way
through My Favorite Things.
I want to congratulate you.
if you've made it this far you've really
taken the equivalent of about four or
five years of piano lessons.
Many students really don't even get to
this stage of understanding chords and
harmonies the way that
we've actually discussed.
So you're at a tremendous advantage
at this point to understand
how chord positions work,
and even pedaling.
I have to say, as a student nobody
explained to me how to pedal.
They just simply said, do it.
And it took years, really,
literally years for
me to figure out all the little things
that I'm telling you right now.
So, I'm really excited.
What I'm especially excited
about is the fact that
since hopefully it's as clear to
you as I've tried to explain it.
I've had students come back to me with
feedback before and they say you make it
sound so simple, something that seems so
mysterious makes common sense.
And I think you're going to find
the same as you practice and
listen carefully to the way I explain
the pedaling, the release of the pedal,
the way we explain the harmonies.
You've got a huge advantage in the
information that I've given you with this
beautiful little piece,
so with that in mind,
I know we were a little
heavy on the theory.
But this is going to give you tremendous
advantages, not only for this piece but
for most of the songs to come.
And so, again, congratulations for
getting this far.
You really should be proud
of what you've done, and
I can't wait to hear your
performances of this.
So take your time.
Listen carefully to all the theoretical
knowledge that we've gone through
in this series of lessons.
And, I can't wait to hear you play it.