Lesson 267

Minuet in G Major: B Section: Left Hand

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Hello and welcome back. I'm Joseph Hoffman,
and in this lesson we're going to learn the left hand part for the B section of minuet in G major by Christian Petzold.
Let's get started by checking out the score.
So we're working on the left hand part today.
Let's quickly review our key signature.
What sharp do we have in the key of G major?
If you said F-sharp, you're correct.
So can you scan this line and point to any F's that automatically will have to get sharped?
If you're pointing right here, you're correct.
So in your own score you might want to circle this note,
or you could draw a sharp symbol in front of it. Something just to remind yourself, look out that note's got to be sharped.
Any other F's that need an automatic sharp on that line?
Nope, there are no more F's.
Let's also identify a couple of intervals.
Can you figure out the interval from here to here, and from here to here?
Let's start with this first one. What interval do you see there?
If you said a fourth, you're correct.
So I'll just put in a 4 there,
and by the way what interval do we have here in the measure before?
If you said a third, you're correct. We go up a third, down a third, then up a fourth,
and then what interval do you see next?
If you set an octave or an eighth, you're correct. That goes from A down to low A.
Now on your own, place your finger 2 on this G, and I'd like you to pause the video and try and learn this line on your own.
And then press play and we'll look at it together.
Okay, here's the left hand part for the B section starting in measure seventeen.
If you like, you can play along with me, or you can listen.
I'll count 3 beats, and then we'll start here with finger 2 on G.
1 2 3
1 2 3, 1 2 3,
1 2 3, 1 2 3
Now pause if you need any extra practice with that, otherwise let's take a look at the next line.
Now let's circle any notes on this next line, starting in measure twenty-one, that need to be sharped.
Can you point to any notes that need a sharp?
Well, this C has a sharp right in front of it, so I'll have to remember to sharp that C,
and then any other notes that need a sharp?
If you're pointing right here, you're correct.
That's one of our automatic F-sharps from our key signature, so don't forget to sharp that F.
And then why do we need this natural symbol here?
Well, this is one of those courtesy accidentals.
Remember, a bar line automatically cancels any sharps or flats that are placed in the measure.
And so this C is already cancelled, but sometimes in music
an editor will place a natural, or a sharp, or a flat sign, just as a courtesy to remind you,
hey it's not C-sharp anymore. The bar line already canceled it, so technically we don't need to place a natural there,
but it's just a courtesy reminder.
Now here in measures twenty-three and twenty-four we have a lot
of bigger intervals, so I'd like to take some time to actually analyze these. time to actually analyze these.
Every two notes with a line in between,
I'd like you to analyze the interval. So pause the video, and in your own music,
can you write down the interval between all of these notes in these two measures?
Then press play and we'll look at the correct answer together.
All right, here are the correct answers for these intervals. We have D,
down to F-sharp which is a sixth,
and then up a third. Sorry my 3 got a little smudgy.
That's a 3, so that's a third up,
then a fourth up from A to D,
and then an octave from D down to bass D, then up to C natural is a seventh.
Now I'd like to add some sticky staccatos to match what we did in our right hand.
So on these five quarter notes that your left hand is playing,
I'd like you to make those
what I called last time a sticky staccato.
So just kind of separate each note. Don't make it too quick.
Just kind of a sticky staccato, and then on this last C
I'd actually like you to make that legato. So I'm going to draw a slur mark to show you're going to make that legato to lead us in
to this next section, which is marked mezzo piano. A little more gentle and delicate here.
Now on your own I'd like you to try practicing this. Note that here you're starting on a finger 1 on A, and then your finger 3 has to cross over to this B so you can reach this D above middle C.
So now pause and work through this. Be very careful of the fingerings.
Try to do the these sticky staccatos.
Don't forget the sharps. Work all that through on your own, then press play and we'll look at it together.
All right, starting here in measure twenty-one, finger 1 is on A. This is what it's going to sound like.
1 2 3, 3 crosses over and then our sticky staccati.
And then that flows right into measure twenty-five. Notice we have a finger 1 on this middle C, and then finger 3 ha ...