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Hello and welcome back. I'm Joseph
Hoffman. Today we're learning how to add
chords in the left hand to the Star Wars
main theme, so set coordinates for your
piano and let's make the jump to
Ok, young Jedi, first step today is we are
going to learn a new way to play the
melody which will free up the left hand
so it can do the chords. Now you'll
remember that when we learned the melody before your left hand was crossing over
to play this high G.
Well, today we're going to take care of
that high note with the right hand by
doing a little tricky fingering, so watch
from the beginning. Our left hand, once
again, is going to play the triplet on D,
trip-o-let, then right hand on G,
then D. Now this time instead of
stepping down with finger four we're
going to switch to finger three.
So we're going to just glide over a
little bit so finger four isn't going to
be used at all here, and we're going to
use fingers three, two, one, to play that
triplet, on C, B, A, that triplet will
now be played with finger three, two, one,
and that will help our finger five to
reach all the way up to this G.
You can either reach or you can just
glide up.
Ok, three, two, one, G. Now we're going to practice this
I'd say about 10 times. Put your finger
three on C with the right hand and go
three, two, one, and then
kind of go into to hyperspace to
get up to G really quickly. Three, two, one, G.
You want to land right on the G. Try not
to hit a crack.
Three, two, one, G.
Press pause and try that about 10 times, until you feel really comfortable with it.
Three, two, one, G.
Press play when you're ready to go on.
Ok, once you've done three, two, one, G, then your next note is this D, and you're going to
use finger one to play that D, and that's
very important.
Normally that wouldn't be the finger
that would naturally fall on D, but
it's important to use a one because then
to play the next triplet you're going to
have to slide finger three over finger
one like this.
Three, two, one, see how I did that?
So I'm going to rewind to the start of
measure two. We had this trip-o-let,
high G,
finger one on D, finger three crosses over,
three, two, one,
high G.
Back to the D with finger one and
then three, two, three, one.
I'm saying the finger numbers there, three, two, three, one, and that brings us to measure four.
Watch the whole thing from the beginning. we have trip-o-let, one two,
one two, now finger three, three, two, one, five
one, three, two, one, five, one, three, two, three, one.
Now press pause and try that five times
on your own,
so you're really comfortable with it,
then press play to go on.
Good work, young Jedi, you're growing
strong in the force.
Now it is time to add the chords in the
left hand.
Now that you can handle all of
that melody with just the right hand,
your left hand is going to be free to
add these chords starting in measure
Let's give the right hand a little break
and just focus on the left hand. The left
hand begins with the triplet on D, trip-o-let,
then it has a quarter rest while
the right hand plays the first note of
the melody, and then we play a one chord, G, B, D,
these three notes, all in a block chord.
You have rest,
chord, rest, chord,
then on this next chord which is a half
note, two beats, you'll notice the bottom
note, G, stays the same, but these top two
notes move up a step,
so now I have G, C, E, and please use a finger two, that would be the correct fingering
for this chord, and that keeps finger
on the B. All you have to do is slide
your thumb up
for what's called the four chord.
Ok, so we have one chord, goes to the
four chord for two beats. and then
back to the one chord for two beats.
Ok, let's watch all of that so far. The
left hand goes trip-o-let, rest,
chord, rest, one chord, four chord,
then it goes to the four chord again,
and back to one.
Great, now press pause and try that three
times on your own. Press play when you're
ready to go on.
All right, young Jedi, it is time to test
your skills.
I will play the right hand and the left
I would like you to just play the left
hand. Make sure you count the beat.
We need to watch every rest, and when
there is a half note make sure you count
one two, one two.
My melody is going to be a different
rhythm than the chords so don't let the
melody distract you.
Focus. Use the Force. Here we go.
I'm going to count, one, two, three, and
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