In this stage of your performance build-up, you break up the left hand fifth and ‘waggle’ it, playing bottom-top-bottom-top notes. This is more difficult than it sounds, so we approach it in two stages.
In the first stage (this lesson), you rehearse putting the melody over this new left hand pattern in sections only. Then, you graduate to the continuous left hand pattern.
Watch the first performance video.
Now orient yourself for the module build-up.
Tackle the phrases one at a time.
To help you work out which left hand notes go with which right hand notes, think of the left hand as now playing ‘bottom’ (LH5) and ‘top’ (LH1) notes. You see this marked up in the music. It’s your little finger (LH5) that comes on the strong beat.
Note that there is no left hand pattern underneath the first two ‘run-up’ notes of the slurred phrases.
Read through the lesson notes below the video.
Notice when the hands play together (T), when just the left hand plays (L), and when just the right hand plays (R) – ‘TLR analysis’.
Here’s the first phrase marked up with the TLR analysis.
Here’s the 'beat map'
for that rhythm.
Copy the tapping in the teaching video, then jump to playing the real music.
Work through the second phrase just as methodically.
Now put the whole Line 1 together. Repeat!
The Line 3 phrases have the same TLR pattern as Phrase 2 plus one extra 'R' on the end.
While you're still learning:
Make sure you can play the "gappy left hand" performance right through.
Now we set about filling the LH gaps.
Here's the MS (written-out music) of "what actually happens".
Practice the Line 3 right hand run-up the same, methodical way.
Here's the performance with the continuous left hand.
When you can play this version reliably, go on to the next module.
Snake Dance Series
Crossing the Hands
More LH Rhythms
LH Off The Beat