Fur Elise by Beethoven
- 0:01 Right hand positioning
- 0:16 Right hand - Combined finger numbers and note names lesson
- 0:35 Play through on Right hand - Opening phrase ('Riff') of 'Fur Elise'
- 0:42 Repeat right hand lesson - Finger numbers only
- 0:51 Right hand - new stretch positions - beginning with Middle C
- 1:22 Return to repeat of opening phrase - Right hand
- 1:48 Play through of entire Right hand so far - (Section 'A')
- 2:08 Section 'B' on Right Hand - Fingers and Note names combined
- 3:16 Return to repeat of Section 'A' on right hand
- 3:30 Left hand position and individual notes to be played - Finger numbers and Notes named.
- 4:04 Both hands together illustration - Section 'A'
- 4:35 Both hands together illustration - Section 'B'
- 5:14 Repeated 'A' section in Both Hands and closing phrase.
Poor Beethoven! This piece was originally named Fur Therese - but Beethoven's handwriting was so bad that his publisher misread the name as "Elise" and the rest is history. I wonder how he explained that one away to the lady in question?
As our first lesson piece in the Intermediate section of the course, this one is a timeless gem, and the overall favorite piece of many music listeners and performers alike.
Take care and time with the constantly changing hand positions - Aim to eventually change position smoothly and without breaks in the flow of the music. I suggest practicing the Left hand separately for this purpose.
Also note that you can be moving the Left hand to it's new position, anticipating coming in with the right hand again; AS the right hand is playing phrases of notes unaccompanied by the left hand.
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