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Popular Piano Lessons: Save the Best for Last - B & A2 Section

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Now, the right
hand goes back to a C.
And it'll tie that there, but
before we go on, let's connect it,
because it actually plays simultaneous
to the ending of the left
hand what we just finished.
So, left hand, remember,
we were playing here, and
then we had the two one over, okay?
What you want to keep in mind is that when
you finish playing these three notes,
the right hand will then come in with
that cross over with the second finger.
All right.
Let's practice that again,
bringing that together.
All right.
So, as we work on the next phrase, we'll
put that connector in to make sure there's
no break as you get this up to speed.
I'm going to work on a larger section
because the rhythm is so interesting
it really is more helpful to play
your hands together than to play
them too separately for too long.
So, again, starting from the middle
of measure eight, here you go.
Tie, tie,
then you're going to squish
you fifth finger here.
Tie, stretch your hand open for
this, and then A, tie.
Back to this G.
Okay, and
just kinda working out the raw notes.
The rhythm is gonna be very tricky.
So again, we wanna really pay attention to
every eighth beat between the hands, okay?
Let's start with the left hand and
take a look at this whole passage.
All right, bridging from measure eight,
remember this thing?
All right, now we're going to find a B,
which becomes a B flat.
This is a familiar pattern, hopefully,
now, that open octave pattern.
[SOUND] Going down to a quarter note.
Back up here.
Now we move down to an A.
then back down to this note at the bottom,
Now down to a G.
[SOUND] Okay, now from this bottom
G ledger line, ledger line C.
[SOUND] Now this a tenth so
we're gonna reach up to that, okay?
And then, back to an F.
[SOUND] And this should look familiar.
Again, crossing over to do
that nice little ending there.
Notice how there's a lot of octaves.
[SOUND] And then there's this ten octave
with the walk to the tenth there.
So notice there's a lot of patterns here.
These are very common when
you're accompanying pop songs.
Now let's work on putting
your hands together.
Once again,
we're in measure eight.
Here we go, left hand start it off.
[SOUND] Right hand come in here.
Now left hand plays, right hand together.
Now watch this carefully,
left, right, left, right.
Together here.
Now you're playing an A here.
You have to get out of the way so
the right hand can play that same A.
Then back down to this A, okay?
[SOUND] Together.
[SOUND] Together.
[SOUND] Left hand together here.
[SOUND] Right?
[SOUND] And then the right hand is
going to start over in an F for
this next phrase over here.
Again, watch those sections where we
jump very quickly back and forth.
And we have to make sure that there's no
break in the rhythm between the hands.
Let's do this again.
Ready and.
Don't move on until you feel really
comfortable moving through without any
hesitations for finding the notes or
putting your hands together.
Let's go back and
just feel how the pedaling will
work in this section as well.
Again, as I mentioned, we're gonna
be following the left hand
as we change the pedal.
So let's start from measure eight again.
Push your pedal down, and we'll change
at the first note of the left hand.
And then we'll change here as well, okay,
as we go on.
Again, practice that slowly, get it right.
And then let me play
a little up to speed so
you can here a little preview of how it
jumps back and forth, listen to this.
Okay, that's your pop rhythm in there as
the right hand jumps in
between the left hand,
which is kind of stable and steady.
All right, good.
Let's take a look at the next phrase.
We're in the middle of measure 12.
After a rest, the right hand is gonna
reposition itself starting at F.
Tie, back down to this G.
[SOUND] Tie, just move your
fifth finger up a little bit.
[SOUND] Tie and then move your second
finger down to play those last
two notes here.
[SOUND] Good, let's do that again.
And [SOUND] tie,
[SOUND] tie, [SOUND]
tie, [SOUND] tie.
Good, let's take a look
at your left hand now.
Let's bridges by starting on measure 12,
and then continuing.
So, remember this passage?
we're gonna be playing an interesting
series of broken tenths.
So, the next sequence of chords are all
gonna follow a very similar pattern.
Hopefully you'll be able play this
enough and eventually get used to it.
It's a very useful technique for
accompanying a melodic line.
So, let's take a look at these notes.
Just keep in mind you're always
gonna have the same kind of
distance between the fifth and
second finger.
And it depends on the interval, but
it'll be a similar distance from
the second finger to the first finger.
So, let's take a look at
the first set of these tenths.
Measure 13, left hand, you're
starting on A, can you figure it out?
Yes, C.
[SOUND] Space, space, G.
[SOUND] Now, we're gonna go to
the ledger line above the staff line.
So, one ledger line, two ledger lines,
and notice there's a flat there.
[SOUND] Let's put that all together.
[SOUND] E flat.
Now, we're gonna jump down,
find this note is an F.
[SOUND] Space, space.
[SOUND] Now, this is a top note [SOUND] A.
we're gonna find this A fall down ball,
but remember Bs are all flatted,
[SOUND] so B flat.
Now, go to this ledger line,
right above it is a D.
[SOUND] Now,
we're gonna go to the ledger line
below the staff, that's another D.
[SOUND] B, [SOUND] don't forget B flat.
All right?
[SOUND] Let's
just do those four sets right there,
once again.
[SOUND] B flat.
[SOUND] I recommend that you
focus on using your fifth finger,
the start of each of these two cuz
it adds your targeting finger.
So, look [SOUND] for this.
Then look for this.
[SOUND] Then look for this.
Then look for this.
[SOUND] In fact,
this is a good way to practice.
So, if you're having a hard time getting
just really lost with finding things,
try first practicing it this way.
[SOUND] Just the first notes of every
B flat. [SOUND] Then the D. [SOUND]
The next way to practice it would be to do
this, add just the second note,
as well as the first.
So go like this.
[SOUND] And then, F [SOUND] and C.
[SOUND] And then B flat.
[SOUND] Now, this is done unusual, it's
a little bit larger than the other ones.
[SOUND] Go a little bit
higher to the B flat.
But hopefully you'll start to see that
your hand is gonna have very similar
shapes for all of these, and eventually
you'll learn to find it by instinct.
Now, let's add all three.
This is the unusual one.
All right.
Let's put your right hand
on top of all of that.
from measure 12.
Now you're together here.
Together here,
Now you can play here.
Now left-hand.
Pay particular attention to when
the hands come together and
be careful not to jump the ties.
Let's do that one more time.
Measure 12.
left hand.
Come here, left-hand and together.
Let's go on with
the ending of this phrase.
So, we've just finished
with the thumb on the F.
We're going to play the same
F after an eighth rest,
replace it with the third finger.
Dotted quarter note, and
now we're going to go down to this D.
And now, eighth note tied.
Pretty simple.
Let's take a look at your left hand notes.
Let's bridge this first.
I want to bridge it from measure 14.
Remember this one?
Remember the big jump down to the D?
You're gonna keep your second
finger on that B-flat.
This D will move up to an E-flat.
And then, you're gonna find a G.
Go back down to the D.
So, you should know that.
Now, we're gonna conclude
this G ledger line,
ledger line C and the G, and
going up to an E here, all right.
Once again, bridging from measure 14, and
adding the two new
measures in the left hand.
Going down to D.
And then E-flat here.
And then D.
And then C.
Again, if you're having difficulties with
all the leaping around, feel free to
just practice the first notes first.
Pinky on B-flat and
then C, then practice with
the first two notes of
the three note groups.
And then, this is one when
you stay in the B-flat but
with your pinky, move back down to the D.
Now, C and G.
And then,
go back to adding the third note.
Let's go back, bridge it,
and add the ending here.
So the right hand has just finished
playing the C which is tied, and
you have a fourth finger here.
Let's play it and hold it,
then come in with your left hand.
Ready and together.
Jump down to D.
Now rght away, the right hand comes
after that with a third finger on an F.
Now together, hold.
All right.
The reason I said hold was
because nothing was happening for
just a split second,
right after this dotted quarter note.
There's a little bit of time right here.
Don't worry about it,
you'll feel it as your
left-hand notes play more
regular rhythmic time.
But just be aware that there's a little
bit of a gap that may feel kind of funny,
but there's a bit of a gap, right there.
All right.
So, once again, bridging from the C,
the tied C,
let's hear how it all sounds here,
ready and
Now let's go back and
review this by adding some pedal.
Starting from measure 12.
Put your pedal down, we're gonna change
on the first note of the left hand.
Here we go.
[MUSIC] Change. [MUSIC]
So practice that until that feels
comfortable, not just with your notes but
also with your pedaling.
Now let's go learn the rest of the song.
Now we're basically back to the same
material that we learned at the very
beginning of the song, so let's review.
Now here,
things are gonna change
just a teensy-weensy bit.
Switch to the three.
Now instead of that funny rhythm,
we'll just play the A kinda on the last
quarter note of the left-hand.
So it's a little simpler, actually.
Once again.
No funny rhythms here.
then the rest of it is
pretty much the same.
You know what I kind of like to do at
the very end of the song
is just slow down a little
bit to make you feel
like we're at the end.
All right so, review carefully,
really take your time to understand how
the syncopation works really by staying in
motion and not stopping between the hands
that have different things to do
sometimes together, sometimes separately.
When you're working on this song,
I really want you to go back and
listen to the performance
video of this song.
The more you hear it,
the more you get it in your ear,
the more easily it will start
to click to you after a while.
Especially as you get more
familiar with the notes.
And start feeling
the rhythm more naturally.
Try to look up the song on YouTube and
listen to the vocal performance of it.
It's also a beautiful little song,
and again,
one key thing is to understand that in
syncopation you have kind of a straight
backbone rhythm, and syncopation
is something that goes against it.
In this instance,
in this song, this straight backbone
rhythm is really gonna be your left hand.
[MUSIC] Very steady. [MUSIC]
Steady rhythm.
So you wanna feel how regular
the left hand is playing.
And when you add your right hand.
Hear how it jumps against that
backbone rhythm.
So the priority is gonna be making
your left hand really steady.
It's partially why the pedal
changes with the left hand, not so
much with the right hand.
So Keep those principles in mind,
take your time, and before you know it,
you're going to really start to feel,
something that sounds so
natural because everybody does it, but
you will really understand to be able
to play your syncopated rhythms,
with great accuracy, and
I can't wait to hear your version of it.