Greensleeves ~ Lesson Three

Broken Chords Version 1



Now we break up the left hand chords for a more flowing accompaniment.

Here is the lesson performance. Watch through it a couple of times to see what you're going to do. You might be able to jump right in and play it straight away!

Here's the all-in-one teaching video. You might find it more convenient to use the split-up segment videos below.

The first line of music

You break up the left hand chords playing the bottom, middle, top and bottom notes in sequence, like this.

Play along, left hand only, with this performance.

Note: It's tempting to skip this hands-separately practice. You might not need it, if you're already a reasonable player, but if you're a comparative novice, take Musicarta's advice and practice the left hand on its own first.

Hands together, first line

Next, we try to play the hands together and look at whether we have L (just the left hand), R (just the right hand) or T (both hands playing together).

Tapping the TLR pattern

Tapping the TLR pattern out on its own is a great technique for mastering two-handed music and improving your syncopation abilities.


This is the TLR rhythm you have to master. It carries on right through the line. (The first 'R' sometimes stands for two notes.)

Here is the whole line of music again.

Go back to the tapping exercise if you still can't get the right notes coming together. You don't have to play the music in rhythm or up to speed while you work the TLR out.

The second line of music

Look at the second line of music, especially the new pattern in the third bar.

The segment video includes the TLR tapping exercise.

Practice the TLR (together-left-right) tapping exercise and then the notes over and over until you can come to the piano any time and just play it.

The second half of the piece

Practice the second half left hand chords broken up B-M-T-B on their own first using the 'second half' part of the roots diagram.

The scrolling MS video

Here is the MS (manuscript - written-out music) for this version. It is also in you download folder.

The scrolling MS video is right below it.

This is a fine stand-alone solo - you should be pleased with yourself.

Greensleeves as a BMP piece

Take a minute to remind yourself how much of the Greensleeves music comes from Basic Music-making Position chords.

Here is the BMP diagram and a table showing the five basic chord positions.

And here's a video demonstrating Greensleeves' strong BMP origins. Seeing the underlying BMP chords will help you find the notes a lot more easily.

Next up: Lesson Four introduces the continuous left hand broken chord pattern. Click through when you're ready.

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