Introduction to one of Beethoven's most popular piano arrangements. The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the "Moonlight Sonata." Lesson includes an explanation of what will be covered in the process of learning to play this tune with Hugh Sung's unique teaching method.
- Now we're gonna work on one of the masterpieces…in all of music literature, the Moonlight Sonata…by Beethoven.…This is easily in the top five or 10 pieces…that people wish that they could play.…And guess what, you are going to learn how to play this.…I'm gonna show you some amazing tips and tricks…for being able to play a melody and a harmony…at the same time with one hand, we've seen this before,…but this is even more involved.…We'll also be working on getting your octaves…to be able to play in succession more easily,…and we've got this amazing ending…that you've just gotta hear to believe.…
It sounds incredibly difficult,…but hopefully I do a good job…of breaking it down for you so you see…the secret pattern inside and can learn it…and play it and feel comfortable…and really just, I hope you have a lot of fun.…That's the key, have fun as you play…and it sounds amazing right from the get go.…
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