An abridged overview lesson on how to play the very popular Christmas carol "Carol of the Bells" composed by Ukranian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914. The piece has been arranged many times for different genres and has been featured in films, television shows, and parodies.
- So, this is what the whole piece…is going to sound like all put together.…(beautiful, moody piano)…What do you do when you're bored?…You tap your fingers, don't you?…Just kind of go like this.…
"Ugh, I can't wait until such and such happens."…This is exactly the technique we're going…to use for this piece.…All right. Look on your keyboard.…You have patterns of two and three black keys.…If you're sitting in the middle, I want you to count up…until you see the second set of three black keys,…and between the second and third one,…(note rings) put your third finger there.…All right? And here's what we're going to do.…Play this one time, and now,…we're going to start drumming our fingers a little bit.…See what I just did?…Two, one, then put your third finger over,…and continue like that.…
Ready?…It looks hard, but it's really not bad.…It's like drumming your fingers at the doctor's office.…Okay, now we're going to do the same kind…of thing, but a little bit different.…Ready?…See what I just did?…All right? And we're going to continue that a little bit.…
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- Learning a song
- Practicing piano
- Understanding the keys: middle C, flats, sharps, and octaves
- Sight-reading music
- Playing melody or treble clef with the right hand
- Playing rhythm or bass clef with the left hand
- Combining hands
- Playing songs in different tempos