Greensleeves Lesson Two

Adding the Chords



In Greensleeves Lesson Two, you add basic chords to the melody to create your first proper performance.

Here is the Lesson Two performance video. It's a good idea to listen through a few times so you know what you're aiming at in the lesson.

Here is the all-in-one teaching video. You may find it more convenient to learn section by section, as below.

Below you'll find the same video split up into sections.

Naming the chord roots

Make sure you can name the keys on the piano we need to find the chords using this diagram and the video below.

Finding the chords from the chord symbols

Musicarta's Basic Music-making Position makes it easy to find chords from chord symbols.

Here are the five BMP (Basic Music-making Position) chords you are going to find and use.


The first line of music

Here is the first line of music (first four bars), which you will play when you add the chords to the melody.

The second line of music

Only the last two bars are different from the first line.

Put the first two lines of music together to play the first half of the piece hands together.

The second half of the piece

Here is the music for the second half of the piece.

Here's the video walk-through.

The shape of the roots movement

Seeing chord progressions as shapes speeds up your learning by inviting other parts of your intelligence to help.

The Greensleeves First Performance

Now you can play the whole First Performance. Here's the music again, but try to play the performance from just what you know first.

Here is a scrolling MS video of the first module performance.

A two-chords-per-bar version

As soon as you can find chords, you can make variations! Here's a two-chords-per-bar version.

'Rolling' the chords

Here's a simple trick to practice to make your performance sound even more interesting.

Here's the scrolling-MS video of the final lesson performance.

Outro

Your lesson goal is to play and record a hands-together version all the way through.

Consolidate your skills. Practice again tomorrow what you think you've learned today - some of it might have drifted off in the night. Speed-rehearse those chords! Revise the melody, right hand on its own. Look for any delays which indicate you're not 100% sure on the notes or the fingering and refresh your memory.

Try to enjoy your practicing. Be kind to yourself too: don't tut and scold yourself if you make a mistake. Grab hold of that mistake! Find out what it is, and why, then go back to that section and replace it with the correct version.

Don't you find it more empowering and interesting to play the piano from a knowledge of how the music's 'put together', rather than just following the dots? Learning should make you more able to create, rather than just reproduce.

Next up is broken chords in the left hand. It's really no exaggeration to say that if you can play broken chords in the left hand and a tune in the right, you can play the piano. So when you're ready, go on to Lesson Three.

Thanks for learning with MUSICARTA! Come back soon!



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