Lesson 49 Left Hand Accompaniment Pattern #2

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Now we'll learn a different kind of left hand accompaniment. We're still using the same notes that we did in the previous lesson. So there are no new notes here to learn. But now we'll play them in a slightly different way. Watch Alright, so what was different about that? Well, in the previous lesson we played one note at a time.

In this lesson, we played the bottom note by itself, and then the top two notes in the measure together like that. Sometimes this is called an oompa. accompaniments. It comes from the German. Like that kind of thing. It's called boom pop, or a waltz accompaniment.

Okay, so let's try it. Same notes as before, so nothing new to learn there. Now we just have to figure out how do we do it physically. Put your finger on See, let's play it. Now hold that, get your third finger and first finger ready, and then drop your weight into them lift and drop again. Let's try that again.

So see, notice I'm lifting my my forearm a little bit so that I have somewhere to fall from. If I'm down here, how am I going to fall? If you're already on the floor, how are you going to fall? So you need some lift, and then drop down, drop down, okay? This is super important to learn this physical movement, because it's going to affect everything that you play. Alright, if you're already down here, you have to use force.

There's no way gravity can help you, because it's already pulled you as far as you can go. So you have to give it room to pull you down. Okay, let's play measure three fingers on B, and then F, second finger g first finger. Again, same thing you hold on to that B. Now I have small hands so I use different types. techniques I can hook onto there like that.

Okay, I don't need to go over. So if you have smaller hands, you can do that's perfectly fine. If you have bigger hands, you probably don't need to do that F and G together drum. Lift and drum. Let's try that again. Be fifth finger lift.

Remember, just lift the weight of your arm, you're not actually letting go the key. And then like that, can you let go the key? Sure you can. You can play it like that. But I think it's harder because you have to go back and find that note again. Whereas if you're there, you can kind of hold on to it.

Okay, it's your choice if you want to play like that you can. Alright, now let's practice the entire thing nice and slow. We won't count or anything like that. Just copy my motions and look at your music to see where we are. So the finger on see. Ready, Set Go.

Lift, drop, lift, drop, lift. It's always a drop lift you either going up or down, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, and I'm talking about the weight of your arm. When I say Down, up. Now measure seven. You just take that thumb a little bit further out, like that. And then let that second finger join on the F. Now here comes fourth finger, it might be weeks of fall into it with lots of weight.

All right, time for you to practice. It might take your while to feel comfortable doing this. Remember that I've been playing for my entire life. So it looks like it's easy when I do it. It's because for me it is easy. My body already knows how to do this.

You are teaching your body to do something new. It will not feel easy for you just yet. You'll have to go through the process. Just like I did. Okay. Same thing as walking.

When you were born. You didn't know how to walk. I didn't know how to walk. But we stood up we fell. We stood up. We fell we hobbled and then now we can walk just great.

All right. So imagine if a baby were to say to you, yeah, but you've been walking a long time. Of course, it's easy for you. Well, of course it's easy for you but you started out at the same place as the baby You couldn't walk. Alright, so don't be discouraged if it seems like it's harder for you than it is for me. It is harder for you than it is for me because I've been doing it a long time.

Alright, so there's your pep talk, go practice. This left hand accompaniment is very common in Waltz's, the best way to practice moving from one position to the other, is to imagine that there are little targets on the keys and that you're dropping your fingertips into those targets. Don't push or hit the keys. Just keep dropping and let your wrist do a small bounce into the key and rebound. What does that mean? Let me show you so the finger goes down, the wrist goes into the key and rebounds.

That's the slow motion way of doing it. Imagine that you're falling into a soft mattress. Every time that you play a key, this takes practice and patience, but you can do it

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