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Popular Piano Lessons: Blue Danube Waltz - B Section

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All right, again, leaving off with
the last two notes in
the right hand over here,
its a three and a two,
and F sharp and a D.
Jump back down to the D, and
again, use a one, one, two, three.
Now we're gonna jump up
to this D over here.
So little bit of a leap.
Go ahead and jump, all right.
Now old school piano
teachers may try to insist
that you do a connection
from here to here, okay?
It's kind of an advanced technique.
You really don't need to do
it because your pedal is going
to connect that for you.
Yes, we're going to play this with pedal.
But we'll add that in a little bit later,
So again, one, two, three, you can
just jump to the D if you want, okay.
If you want to try to connect it, you're
gonna have to put your thumb under, and
you may have to move your
hand kind of off to the side.
Frankly, I don't think it's worth
the effort, it's just not necessary.
We'll get into that perhaps
a little bit later.
But if you want to simply just jump
really quickly you can do that.
Reach under a little bit if you want,
all right, good.
Now let's take a look at
the next set of notes here.
Now let's see, where,
hey ew great big dog fur would be the top
staff line of the G clef staff, okay.
We're well above that now at this point so
we see actually two sets of ledger lines.
Let's take a look at this.
So the first ledger line will take
us to A, which is what this note is.
The next ledger line would take us to a C,
but we see that the note is above that, so
that's actually a high D.
Notice something?
Yeah, D to D,
we've got another octave here, okay?
So we're gonna start from this D over here
with your thumb that we just leapt to, and
then we have a D and an A,
play those together, okay?
And the remember the top of the staff.
Great big dog fur, F sharp,
ledger line on top of that as in A.
Let's do this little sequence right there,
D, rest.
High D and A.
Okay and then A and the F sharp.
Okay, if you notice,
this is all outlining another D
major chord,but just in a higher position
Let's do the whole thing again.
Again starting off on the previous
ending with the F sharp and the D,
jump down to another D over here F sharp,
A jump to the A, the D over here.
Reach up and hold onto this.
Reach up to the octave D above that and
Practice that until that feels comfortable
and I think you're starting to see,
we're seeing a lot of the same chord
patterns In different positions,
okay, so this is something I
wanted to introduce you to,
and I think you're gonna be just fine.
Just take your time, and I
think you're gonna find that the patterns
are very welcome under your hands.
It's gonna fit very comfortably.
now let's take a look at what the left
hand is doing underneath all that.
Again, bridging with
what we just finished.
We had the D and you had the option of
playing like it this with a two and
a three, or if you wanted to
switch to a three and a one,
you can do that as well, okay?
So, that's what we just finished.
Now, let's look at
the next chord sequence.
So, A fall down ball,
game is the bottom ledger,
excuse me, bottom staff line for
the F-clef.
See that note is right below that.
There's a sharp next to it, so
that turns into an F-sharp, okay?
Let's take a look at the other notes.
We have F-clef F over here
which is sharp again.
Next line down, fall down.
Okay, ball and
this right below the B over here.
So, these are the three
notes we're working with.
Kind of familiar, okay?
Remember these notes?
Now, we're just simply moving down, okay.
D, F-sharp, and A.
We're using those same notes, but
in a different chord position.
So, from here again, okay?
Now, I'm gonna think of that F-sharp and
go down to this lower F-sharp.
Octave higher for
this F-sharp with your thumb.
And then fill in the rest
of the notes like that.
And just repeat this several times.
Let's try the whole thing again.
You may find it easier to use a thumb and
then jump to another thumb here.
But really, it's up to you,
whatever you're comfortable with.
Jump down to the F-sharp.
F-sharp octave above that and
fill in the rest of the chords.
For these kind of chords,
you wanna hold on to your pinky and
kind of use it as leverage to get your
hand to play the rest of the chord.
Kind of feel it dropping from
the pinky rather than playing, and
trying to drop at it from the air.
Use your pinky as leverage
to connect them, and
it'll also help you feel the shape of
the chord, and memorize that, actually,
faster when you have it all
underneath your fingers.
It's a little bit like feeling
the topography of your piano,
getting more familiar with
the shapes of these chords, okay?
Let's try to see if we can
put all of this together.
you can see that we're basically
playing the same chord,
but just in different
positions on the keyboard, and
with different fingerings of course.
But the more you play it, the more
you're gonna be familiar with it, and
you're gonna find that patterns
emerge everywhere in music.
Let's start where we left
off with in the right hand.
So, from the previous portion the right
hand, F-sharp and the D, to left hand D,
and this chord here, which we can use with
a three and a one, or a three and a two,
whichever you're comfortable with.
Let's just do a three and
a one for fun right now.
Here we go.
And, jump down to D here.
Now, we're gonna leap up to this next D
over here and leap down to the F-sharp.
Let's practice that.
See if you can find
these two different notes quickly.
Great spot to practice.
Okay, good.
Seems like a big leap.
The more you do it,
the more comfortable you'll be.
So, take your time to really get
that kind of a pothole covered well.
Jump to the D and the F-sharp.
F-sharp octave here,
D octave here to help you find that.
F-sharp here.
Let's try that again, ready?
Starting from here, and
starting from here.
Just for fun,
I'll use the other fingering just to
show you what that looks like as well.
jump down to the D.
Here's our pothole point.
Go to the D up here, F-sharp.
Getting a little challenging here, but
I know you're gonna do a great job.
Let's go on to the next section.
Again, bridging with what we just played,
leaving us off with the A and
the F-sharp, we jump back to that D,
we see we're jumping down to that
an awful lot in this piece, don't we?
Back to the D.
Same kind of a pattern,
going to a thumb D above it again, so
this should be familiar, now we have some
slightly different chords to play here.
Again, if you'd count the ledger lines,
this is a high D on top, and
the ledger line below that will be a B,
Here, you could use a three
if you wanted to, but
I think the four may be more comfortable.
Experiment with this,
see what you like better, but
I personally prefer a four here,
but whatever you like to use,
you can use a three if you
want if it's stronger for you.
Whatever you prefer.
Okay and
then we are going to shift down so
that this B get's replaced with a pinky
here and then skip the ledger line,
excuse me, skip the space here
to find this lower note here.
So it's a B and an E.
Again, holding onto
the thumb through that.
One more time.
High D and B.
Holding your thumb and
replacing that with a B and an E.
Let's do that whole
sequence one more time.
Starting from the previous
section a little bit.
A and F-sharp, rest, jump down to the D.
Leap up to the next D above.
D over here with a B below it.
Replace it with the B and the E.
So make sure you practice that until that
feels really comfortable and smooth.
It should feel familiar.
We're doing a lot of
the same patterns over and
over again with some
slight changes each time.
Let's take a look at the left hand now.
Starting from our previous ending,
which was an F sharp down here,
[SOUND] F sharp up here,
[SOUND] and the D, [SOUND] and
the A underneath [SOUND]
that all together.
So this is played like this, remember?
[SOUND] Okay now let's find
the next set of notes,
A fall down ball,
game [SOUND] this is a G down here.
A fall, this is an E over here.
[SOUND] Right underneath is a D,
[SOUND] and here's gonna be a B.
All right, the three notes together,
like this.
[SOUND] Then we play this one more
time without going to the pinky at
the end here.
Let's try that all together, ready?
Starting from the F sharp,
the F sharp here.
[SOUND] Move to a G, come pressing down.
I want you to notice something
as we transition from here,
[SOUND] to here.
[SOUND] Do you notice that this
finger stays in the same position.
[SOUND] The thumb moves down one.
The pinky moves up one.
And we simply move this
third finger into position.
[SOUND] This second finger can be a great
way to kind of stay anchored between those
two [SOUND] chord transitions here.
So, think about how this is the same, and
you don't have to move you hand too much
to find the next position, all right.
One more time, ready?
And [SOUND] see,
think of your second finger staying here.
[SOUND] You lift it but
just keep your hand anchored.
[SOUND] Good!
Pretty cool sounding chords ey?
Let's put it all together.
So again, transitioning from what
we just played in the previous phrase,
A and the F sharp.
Left hand is playing
this sequence over here.
Okay, ready.
Jump down to a D together.
Leap up to another D over here and
this is where we compress our left hand.
Play this and these three notes together.
Hold on to your thumb.
Five and
four on top of the octave D above.
Move down to the B and the E here.
And left hand,
this time you don't play the pinky.
We're gonna break the pattern by just
playing the chord like that, okay?
Let's try that whole thing one more time.
Starting from here and starting from here,
and that sequence there.
Jumped up to the D.
Move up to the next D.
G left hand here, octave D with a B
this time, up to the B and the E now.
Let's move on.