Join Hugh Sung for an in-depth discussion in this video "Silent Night", part of Piano Lessons: 2 Playing Songs.
(silent night piano arrangement) - Silent Night is a beautiful little carol that uses basically three chords.
The left hand, let's take a look at this. The first chord we're going to learn, is C Major chord. Look for the two black keys here. Hit the white key right next to this two black keys set here. This is C and we're going to skip a note to E, skip another note and that'll give us G. This is the pattern, the template for all the chords that we're going to be playing. This little song. C, E, G. Okay? The next chord we're going to learn is G chord and we just played G over here. Now move your pinkie over to here. G, skip a note to B, skip a note to D.
Okay? If you need to find it quickly, I kind of visually think of these three black keys and look right inbetween the first two, that's G, that's how you can find that quickly. So once again, C, two black keys and the white key to the left of that. G is three black keys in the middle of the first two here. That's G. Okay? The next chord we're going to learn is an F Major chord and here, you see the three black keys, go right to the left of them. Go to the left of these, that's F over here. So it's right below G.
Skip a note, A, C. That is an F Major chord. So understand the difference between G Major and F Major, and of course C Major. Now you're ready to play this piece. Let's take a look at this right hand. Look for these three black keys. Between the first and second key, that's G. Remember we were finding that for our G Major chord. Same G but a little bit higher. Okay? Use your second finger here. And left hand you're going to start on the C Major chord. It's going to sound like this. Go ahead and play that and then you can stop on the G. Hold on to that G, right hand go to the next note up, return, and we're going to play a chord with the next note E over here.
This time left hand, play it slowly. Okay, we're going to repeat that. G. (silent night piano accompaniment) Hear the rhythm, hear how that goes. Fast notes and then we have a little fast note on the right hand too. Once again. (silent night piano accompaniment) It's almost like the left hand passes off the notes to the right hand of the rhythm there. (silent night piano accompaniment) Then you stop everything, then you can play this slowly. One more time this repeats.
(silent night piano accompaniment) Let's get down to the E. Now the left hand is going to prepare to go to a G Major chord. So the note you just finished, go to a G with your pinkie here. And the right hand you're going to stretch up to this D which is between these two black keys right in the middle here. Okay? And play the three notes right quickly on the left hand. Play the right D again and then you're going to skip down to a B. Left hand together G Major chord again. Slow.
Okay, now you're going to play a C on the right hand. The left hand's going to jump back down to C. Play the C again, back down to a G. Remember where that is? Nice and slow left hand. Now here is where we go to our F chord. Okay? Left hand move to an F. Remember three black keys to the left of this. Now here, because we're going to be moving our hand position instead of using the two here I want you to squish the three next to your thumb for this A. We'll play together with the F. Ready, and. One more time with the A and now you're going to skip to a C, play the F chord again.
(silent night piano accompaniment) See how that goes. Now you're going to jump down to a C chord. (silent night piano accompaniment) Stretch to your E here. We're going to skip a note. C, nice and slow here. All right, now once again A with a third finger, jump to an F over here. It's the same thing again we just played. (silent night piano accompaniment) Jump down to a C. (silent night piano accompaniment) And then E. (silent night piano accompaniment) Okay, now we're going to jump with our third finger to a D.
See this, these two black keys. And left hand you're going to go to your G chord. Okay, ready. (silent night piano accompaniment) Skip a note to an F. Slow. (silent night piano accompaniment) Did you hear what just happened? I'm going to put this, we're going to play this together. The left hand plays here and then this D is going to come between this note and this note which comes together. So once again, from the measure before, listen. (silent night piano accompaniment) Slow inbetween.
Here how that grows, and you're going to use your second finger to go to C, jump down to C on the left hand. (silent night piano accompaniment) Skip the note to an E. (silent night piano accompaniment) Okay, now this C we're gonna switch our hand because we need to play it lower. So play the same C but this time with the pinkie. Left hand C chord again. (silent night piano accompaniment) Hear how this went between those notes. (silent night piano accompaniment) Okay, now did you see how I played C, G, E. Now this G I want you to replace with the fifth finger.
Left hand jump down to a G chord here. Now we did a G chord previously above but now we're going to go below. See these three black keys inbetween the first two? (silent night piano accompaniment) See how these notes go? G, F and D, and then we're going to finish up with a C. Go back up to a C chord. Nice and slow. (silent night piano accompaniment) All right, so that's how you work through a fancy version of Silent Night.
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