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So we just finished
with the B, and the E.
Now we're gonna replace this E,
which is being played with
the second finger right now.
We have a rest.
Replace it with a one,
okay, play it again.
Next space above will be a G.
Now we have to use ledger lines
cuz we're getting pretty high.
So the next ledger line
note up will be up in B.
And you play it again and it's tied,
so hold that for a little bit.
After the tie, we go back down to the G,
but now it has a sharp next to it,
so G sharp.
And the very next note starts to use
the ledger line on a line, which is an A.
And my goodness.
We've got a lot of ledger lines right now.
Let's see if we can find this one.
So A, next line would be here.
Next line would be here.
But this is above that, so
this is actually an F and
it has a sharp on top of that too.
That's an F sharp.
Let's just play those three notes again.
So if you recall this is G sharp.
Put your thumb under,
that thumb will help you.
Reach up for this high F sharp.
Just those three notes again.
All right.
I used to call ledger lines, ladder lines.
[LAUGH] cuz that really,
it feels like you're climbing
to find where the notes are.
Line by line up, or line by line down.
Good so we've just found this
ledger line or ladder line F.
Okay let's do that again to review.
Starting from the B and
the E from the previous portion.
Replacing the E with the second
finger with the thumb
play it again.
two, Three, tied.
Now the G becomes a G sharp,
thumb under, reach up for the F sharp.
All right, getting to the home
stretch of the piece soon.
Let's take a look at your left hand.
We just finished off with an E,
a D and a B, if you recall.
So let's connect from here.
Now, this E being played by the thumb,
is gonna be replaced by
the pinky on the same note.
[SOUND] Okay,
take a look at the next space above that.
The space above that we return to the E,
and now we're gonna be moving up to,
see the ledger line above
the staff line's gonna be a C.
But that actually has a sharp next to it,
all right?
And then we have the top of
our F clef staff, which is A.
And the note right beneath that is a G.
So, it ends up sounding like this.
[SOUND] Okay?
Cool, we don't spend very much
time on it though unfortunately.
We're going to leap down from here.
Let's quickly find this next note,
A fall down ball.
And then this is going to
be an A underneath that.
Now we're gonna pull our little trick
again with the double thumb, A G E.
So instead of doing it this way,
we are going to use your double thumb.
[SOUND] Okay?
Before we go on, let's just review that so
we can get that transition in.
[SOUND] The previous measure
had an E to the C sharp.
[SOUND] And these two notes here,
if you'll notice, when we transition,
these two notes will be the same
when we move to that position.
So keep that in mind to help you find your
way as you leap, my thumb will find that.
[SOUND] Feel where your second and
third fingers were, we're gonna look for
the line between those,
okay, and, A down here.
[SOUND] One more time,
so the trickiest thing
here is to find the A very
quickly from here to here.
Okay, look for the three black keys.
Anything I can do to help me find
something faster I'm gonna use it,
any little trick, okay?
So three black keys, it's between
the second and third black key, gonna jump
very quickly from here back up to
the A over here, [SOUND] the double thumb.
So really practice this comfortably until
you can play that without any hesitation.
[SOUND] Went from here to here.
Now lets take a look at
the next two chords.
So now we jump down to A fall down,
and again here,
after playing this,
I want to move to a pinky to this D.
[SOUND] All right?
So A, moving up to the ledger line,
this is another D.
So if you notice, that's an octave apart.
A on the top of the F clef staff, and
then the next note down there is an F,
which we change to an F sharp.
So I want you to use these three fingers,
one, two, three, okay?
D major, we're back to D major again,
[SOUND] Okay?
And now the next portion,
take a look at this.
We have F clef F,
which is turned into an F sharp.
I want you to use your pinky here, okay?
And again,
going above the top of the staff,
we have more ledger lines to count,
so A, C, E.
And we can see that this is above that so
this is gonna be an F.
There's an F sharp on top of that.
What do you know, an octave apart, so
that should be easy to find, okay.
F to F sharp on top.
The space below that will be a D, and
you should recognize that top
note from your F clef mnemonic.
That's an A, [SOUND] all right?
Sounds complicated, but let's analyze
this a little more carefully.
So the previous measure we had a D to D,
[SOUND] playing a D major chord.
Now we're going to go F sharp to F sharp.
[SOUND] Do you notice something?
The notes here, we're using a lot.
We're repurposing a lot of the same notes.
We're just using different
fingers to find them.
[SOUND] See that?
And then we're gonna move to here,
all right.
With practice,
your hands are gonna be able to recognize
what chords feel and sound like.
See that?
Okay, so these two notes with these two
fingers get replaced by these two fingers
to reach up to that.
Okay, good.
[SOUND] So, this note will get
replaced by the pinky, and
you just kind of transition
the other fingers above it.
All right, so
we've got a lot of jumping around.
But again, if you think in patterns,
it will all make sense.
Believe it or not,
the pieces that you've learned,
if you've followed all
the songs in succession,
you've actually been building up the tools
in your hands to feel these chords.
You may be like, really?
Well maybe I'm not so sure about that.
But trust me, with a lot of practice,
this chord shapes are all automatically
being built into your hands.
That's the way I designed this course for
So enjoy.
Let's do this one more time,
again, take your time.
So we just finished this
previous section here.
[SOUND] One two three, rest.
Replace that with a pinky here.
[SOUND] Back to the E,
now you move to the C sharp here.
[SOUND] Jump down to an A,
remember, double thumb A.
[SOUND] Now we're gonna
do our D major sequence.
So let's think of the octave all at once.
[SOUND] F sharp, same notes but
just moving up in the D major pattern.
One more time without hesitation here.
Ready, and [SOUND] rest.
Up for the A,
the octave.
Moving to a D.
[SOUND] F, sharp I should say.
Good, this is probably the most
difficult passage to work on.
So make sure this feels comfortable.
And if you notice,
when I jump to my new chord positions,
I don't jump one note at a time.
I'm trying to think of
the whole measure as a unit
even though they're played separately.
I try to think of this.
I try to think of this.
I try to think of this.
I try to think of this, see?
And then I just split the notes as they're
written, but my hand is automatically,
right from the get-go, thinking ahead
of how the whole thing fits together.
Makes for faster playing, makes it easier
to find your notes and more instinctively.
Okay, so try to do that as
you're practicing slowly,
find all the notes in the measure
all at once before playing them.
Once again,
starting from where we left off.
We left off with a B.
With a pinky here.
E with your second finger.
Left hand is playing this little
cluster over here down at the bottom.
One, two, and three, okay?
Now what's gonna happen is
we're gonna replace both of these notes
with a one and
with a five in these hands, okay?
Now, let's play this together.
Now the left hand is gonna get ready to
move to a new chord position.
Remember this?
C sharp.
And you're going to jump down,
this is the big jump to the A.
And we're going to use
our double thumb here.
Right hand,
get ready with your second finger here.
And now your thumb under here.
You jump for that high F sharp.
Left hand moves to a D major chord.
Good, let's review that again.
Here we go, remember this position
here from the previous section.
Go up.
Jump down to the A.
D sharp here, thumb under.
Jump for the F sharp D here.
Practice that until that
becomes comfortable.
Home stretch,
home stretch!
We're at the end.
Okay, so we've left off with our
fifth finger on the right hand
playing this really high F sharp [SOUND].
Let's continue.
Now we're gonna be climbing down
the ledger lines or the ledger ladder.
So we had a three ledger lines here and
now we have only two ledger lines to go
to this next note after the tie [SOUND].
Going back down to this F sharp,
which is the top of the G clef staff.
Now we're gonne replace the F
sharp one with a three, and
play another note underneath that,
so Ew great big,
that's gonna be a B over here [SOUND],
play those together.
Let's review that really quickly.
High F sharp [SOUND].
That's gonna be tied down to the next
ledger line here [SOUND] and
down to an F sharp [SOUND].
Replace it with a three and a one [SOUND].
Now the next note that we hear is
gonna be an E.
Play that with second finger [SOUND].
Now we're gonna figure out this next
sequence over here, ew great big.
This is a C but this is a sharp next to
that so that's gonna be C sharp over here,
we're going to run out of our staff lines,
let's go space to space
from the C sharp here.
C sharp [SOUND] E G, now that
brings up to our next ledger line,
our first ledger line [SOUND].
All right so this is the inner
role we're gonna be playing.
Let's review that from before.
Remember this, the F sharp and
the B [SOUND]?
Next note here [SOUND].
That's how that sequence
goes over here [SOUND].
E [SOUND] now you move this to the C
sharp, go to the B here [SOUND].
All right now this ledger line
note on the top [SOUND] goes down
to the A here and then you go to
the D [SOUND] with your thumb.
Now you're gonna replace after a little
break with that little tiny thing.
That's called an eighth rest, by the way.
It's the equivalent of an eighth note.
It's just a very short little break.
Okay, we're gonna replace the thumb
here with the pinky here [SOUND].
Now let's find the rest
of these notes over here.
So ew is gonna be an F,
move to an F sharp, and
the space above that will be an A [SOUND].
So all three of these notes, guess what,
it's part of a D major chord,
in a different position.
You play them together,
the first one pretty fast.
Just like that.
Let's review the whole thing now.
Let's put it all together.
High F sharp [SOUND].
Replace it with the three.
Reach for the B.
Replace the thumb with a pinky, and
move down to this D major cord.
Very quick together.
Okay good.
Let's take a look at the left hand.
If you recall,
we were playing this D-major
full octave chord with the left hand
when we last left off.
Now we're gonna continue that by moving
the pinky to the F-sharp here
filling in the rest of the notes,
remember this, of the D-major chord,
but in a new position.
Again, from here, same notes here as we
replace this third finger with a pinky,
move up to an octave, and you'll find the
rest of your notes waiting for you, okay?
Now we've got a very tricky jump here.
A, fall down ball, Game,
that's the bottom note.
All right,
we're in the bottom of our F-clef staff.
The next line above is a B, a D, and
then we've got a space at the top of that.
So that's what's called
having a big cluster there.
So, let's go from the measure before, and
somehow you've got to go from
here all the way to here.
That's a big jump.
Now, what I recommend you doing is
keep your attention at F sharp, okay.
Because the E is right underneath that.
So you might want to practice
it like this, from here to here.
See how I'm doing that?
I'm mentally thinking of this
F-sharp as kind of a guide post,
and then I'm going to move
down to the E with my thumb.
Practice going back and
fourth first going like this.
Then you won't feel so
intimidated by the big jump.
Okay, that's not so bad.
Now, add the rest of the chord, and
just think of the pinky leading
you to the thumb there.
All right?
Now let's throw the rest of it in.
So I'm thinking the E on top, and
that can find these three
notes right underneath that.
See that?
Okay, one more time.
F to sharp to E, okay.
I think you'll find that once you just
take your time and give yourself these
little tricks, you find it not so hard
to jump and find where you need to go.
Practice that.
After that, let's find the rest
of these notes over here.
Let's start from the top.
A will be the top line, so
this is going to be a space note,
right under that which will be a G.
Skip down,
the space over here will be an E.
We're not playing anything in
the next space down there.
Skip to the bottom space over here, and
we come up with this chord over here.
Let's go to the previous chord, okay.
If you notice, it goes from here
to here for the next chord.
All right,
that's how that fills out over here.
So notice a couple of things first.
We're gonna be using this note
again with your second finger.
Your pinky has moved up to an A.
You just play a third above all of that
Okay, two, three,
see if you can find this quickly,
two, three.
Now we're going to play the rest of this.
So, F-clef F has a sharp next to it,
the line underneath that is gonna be this.
Rest, and then you play it again,
the F-sharp continues for
the rest of that measure.
Let's play the last three measures again.
Two, three.
Two, three,
now you're right underneath here.
Rest, repeat.
One more time to review the whole
left hand sequence here.
moving up to the position of D-major here.
Remember use the pinkie as a guide post.
Going to E, two, three.
Move up, two, three.
Rest, repeat.
Let's put this all together.
Right hand to
the top high F sharp.
Left hand is playing a D major,
chord sequence over here.
So let's give this a try.
Ready, all together and
[SOUND] remember this.
Now, you're gonna be tying this, so
hold onto this as the left
hand transitions to here.
Now, we come back in.
[SOUND] Same note here.
Remember, and I'm gonna be thinking of
my pinkie as a guide post to find this.
This would be a good place to stop and
practice that transition.
So you just tied this.
Try to find that quickly and smoothly.
One more time.
Go jump down to here.
Continuing on here.
Now, you're gonna move up to here,
left hand you're gonna move up.
And then you're gonna find this.
[SOUND] Now,
you're right hand is gonna transition and
replace the thumb with
the pinkie over here.
[SOUND] And see how that rhythm goes.
The right hand plays that 8th note before
and then you end altogether on that.
Let's review the whole thing again.
And transitioning from
the high F sharp here.
Left hand with the D major chord sequence.
Ready, and.
Transition up here.
Replace and use your guide post here.
And then, find this.
is this.
And now, the right hand plays first.
Then you put it all together.
Now, let's just review it really
quickly from the beginning and
I wanna show you how the pedaling
works with this piece.
So here's the pedaling lesson for
this piece.
You've done a great job of learning
some very challenging new notes and
new ways of playing big cluster chords.
Now let's make it sound
magical with the pedal.
So we're gonna be doing a simplistic
pedal again, basically one pedal for
each measure.
Start with your foot with the pedal down,
before you start the piece.
Now watch carefully how
I pedal this piece.
Ready and.
I'm just gonna change at the beginning
of the measure, up down.
Up, Down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
This here.
Up down.
Up, down.
Up, down.
It's nice because it connects
you between these big jumps.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Move place, up, down.
to here.
Up, down.
Up, down.
Up down.
Jump here.
Now hold the pedal and
then let go the second beat here.
Now no pedal.
Now here you're gonna play, and
put the pedal right after you play,
pedal, after this.
Let's review that really quickly.
So this is starting from measure 20,
four, three, two, one, okay, measure 21.
Here we go.
So we have the pedal already engaged.
We're gonna change it here.
Jump to this portion here,
change the pedal, change the pedal.
Now hold the pedal, don't change it here.
Let go of it here with that rest,
no pedal.
Now we're gonna put the pedal back in,
play first, pedal.
See how that works?
Change the pedal.
Change the pedal.
Now no pedal.
Okay, so just a few spots where we changed
the pedal pattern just slightly.
So keep that in mind and now your
pedal is becoming more of an active
participant in helping
you shape your music.
As you've seen by the way I've presented
these lessons, as much as possible try to
bridge material before and material after.
That's the way I really
want you to practice,
don't simply start
the beginning of a measure.
Try to take the easy part and
connect it with something that
you just worked on prior to that.
That's going to create a much smoother
sense of flow as you learn this piece,
and as you start to play larger and
larger chunks together seamlessly.
So the key thing is try to
apply the pothole practice principle that
we talked about in the introduction.
Watch how I transition from
previous sections to the next, and
also really pay attention
to the spots that stop you.
The spots that are hard and
difficult, and I want you to pay
particular attention to where they are.
Go ahead and
mark them up in your music if you want.
And always look at how
you go right before and
right after to fix those spots and then
create a smooth transition between them.
When you do that and apply that, you're
going to learn this piece much faster,
much more comfortably and believe it or
not we're gonna be applying.
That's the way muscle memory works.
When you practice through
those difficult patterns and
teach your muscles to move through,
rather than simply stopping on them,
you will automatically find
your way through this piece.
And I think you're gonna
surprise yourself.
It's challenging.
It's a lot more notes to
fit under your hands.
But you have everything you
need to be able to do it.
So, take your time, a section at a time,
bridge those sections with pothole
practice, and really enjoy.
Just be patient with yourself.
This is a very challenging piece.
We're introducing a lot of things that,
as I've mentioned before,
you wouldn't be seeing this for at least
a couple years of dedicated lessons so
you're really moving very, very fast
towards mastery of the instrument.
So enjoy, take your time and
get comfortable.