Have you ever felt unsure about what to do with your left hand while playing the piano?
Or wondered how to make chords sound more interesting?
Or wondered how in the world you jazz up your left hand while playing the melody at the same time?
In today’s new video, I’m about to reveal what I call the “ultimate” left-hand pattern, and I’m really serious about it!
Here’s a sneak peek of what I have in store for you in today’s new video:
– I use the timeless classic “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong to showcase the power of this “ultimate” left-hand pattern.
– Plus, I’ll demonstrate how this pattern works harmoniously with accompaniments to jazz up those chords.
– AND I’ll reveal the secret of using it while playing the MELODY. Yes, you heard that right!
I use this left-hand pattern the most when I’m playing the piano and I’m excited to share it with you today.
I know the word ultimate is huge, but I’m serious here. This left-hand pattern that I’m going to show you today is going to jazz up your chord progressions, and it can jazz up your songs when you’re playing the melody too. I use this pattern the most when I’m playing the piano. Seriously. I’m going to show you how to use it and how it makes any song sound so beautiful. And if you’d like more videos on how to go from zero to playing your favorite songs on the piano, I highly recommend hitting the bell and the subscribe button, because I post new videos every week.
And if you feel lost and you don’t know how to learn the piano, and you’re scrolling around on YouTube, I highly recommend watching my free training. In this free training, I show you the exact steps that I take my students through that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs in months, not years. The link is in the description below. I’m going to use the song, What a Wonderful World, to teach this beautiful left-hand pattern. So I’m going to use the lead sheet right here, and I’m just going to be playing the chords right now at the top. So that is the chord progression to this song, and that’s all I’m going to do for right now.
It is very beautiful. It’s a really nice chord progression, but I’m going to show you a way to jazz it up. All I’m going to do is, I’m going to play the octave in my left hand, which is what I did, but I’m going to add the fifth of the chord in the middle. Okay, so the fifth of the chord. What the heck does that mean? So if I was playing C Major, which is CEG, the fifth from C is five notes up from C. So G is the fifth in the middle here. All right, so now let’s go through the chords of this song. The first chord I’m going to play here is F Major. So if I have an F, I’m going to count one, two, three, four, five. So now I know that C is the fifth.
All right, so I’m going to do that for all of my chords. That sounded so nice, and all I did was this in my left hand. So I rotated back. All right, so you really need to know your chords to know sometimes there might be a, for example, D-flat, has a flat in the middle, so you’re going to need to know what the D-flat chord is. It’s going to be D-flat, F, A-flat, okay? So it’s really important to know the notes of each chord, so that you play it accurately. Before I show you how to play this left-hand pattern with the melody, let me know in the comments, what is a song you’d really love to jazz up and play? Let me know.
All right, so like I said, I was playing this song with a lead sheet. So the cool thing about lead sheets is you have the chord progression, but then you have the melody as well with your right hand. And I use lead sheets when I’m teaching my students how to play the piano. It’s a much more fun way and a great way to learn your favorite songs fast. So we did the chord progression, which is one way to play the piano, but what we can do now is, now I’m going to add the melody here. So I see the melody with my right hand. I’m going to keep doing the fifth and the middle thing with my left hand. So I recommend just practicing the right hand by itself first, of course, like this.
And then once you’re ready, you’re going to add that left hand, okay? You’re going to have to really stick to this rhythm. And you could go rotate back and forth like this, or you can hold it like I was doing, all right? So watch me play it with the melody and the fifth and the middle pattern here. All right, and that one thing made it sound so pretty, and it’s really not that hard. Be patient with yourself, it might’ve looked easy when I did it, but you’re going to have to practice slowly to get the rhythm between your left hand and right hand. But you can play your left hand with a melody like this with any song, and it’s just going to sound really pretty. If you’re having any trouble with it, you could also just play the octave in your left hand to get started like this. And then you could start adding the fifth.
If all this sounds really cool, but you feel like you need more help on how to learn your favorite songs fast, I highly recommend watching my free training. In this training, I show you exactly the steps that I take my students through that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs in months, not years. The link is in the description below. And if you liked this video, be sure to hit the like button and the subscribe button, because I post new videos every week, and I will see you next time.