Part one of an in depth walkthrough of how to play Gymnopedie No.1. Hugh takes you through the measures showing you the lines for both the left and right hands and how to combine them. He also teaches how to integrate the damper pedal to really bring the piece to life.
- The first Gymnopedie by Erik Satie…is a fantastic exercise…in left-hand jumping dexterity.…The key thing is going to be…understanding how to use…your thumb as a targeting reticule…and how to take advantage…of the time and space…between chords to quickly…re-position yourself…for the next jumps.…The whole piece needs to be…played very lightly,…very delicately, and lots of pedal.…The pedal's going to be critical…to make sure that everything…sounds smooth and connected.…
So let's take a look at this piece.…The first thing we want to take…the notice of is the key signature.…There are two sharps,…F sharp, C sharp.…That tells me we are in the key…of D major.…So every time we see an F…and a C, we're going to make sure…they have sharps applied to them.…Okay, so left-hand, you have…these amazing jumps…that sound so beautiful.…Okay.…Now what you want to do is,…of course, have your pedal engaged.…One tip to find these jumps quickly…is perhaps to practice…just the bottom note…and the top note…and try to go to them…as quickly yet as relaxed as possible.…
Each song is demonstrated at different tempos, so you can slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable at the keyboard, and overlaid with notation, so you can read each line of music as it's taught. This training builds on the rest of the Piano Lessons series and is designed for all levels of pianists who want to learn to quickly play the music they love.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Reading sheet music: staff, bars, notes, rests, and important symbols
- Breaking songs down into sections and lines
- Playing the right hand and left hand separately and together
- Using the damper and sustain pedals
- Performing songs at different tempos
Skill Level Beginner
1. Sight-Reading Exercises
2. Bach, "Prelude in C Major"
3. Chopin, "Prelude in E Minor"
4. Gymnopedie No.1
5. "Moonlight Sonata"
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