Debussy Clair de Lune Piano Tutorial Part 1
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Request from Spain. This is part 1 of 2.
As usual, I'm just showing the notes and timing.
Josh Wright's master lesson:
"Clair de lune" (Moonlight) is one of Claude Debussy's most popular pieces. It is the 3rd movement of his Suite Bergamasque (1890).
As usual with slow tutorials, I'm playing like a robot. Purpose is to show the notes, counting, and my fingering. For a wonderful performance, follow the link at
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- Hi Jane. I printed out a pdf file of this and taped six pages together. As
a senior with declining vision, I determined that when viewing it from
several feet away I was having trouble (1) misinterpreting notes on
occasion, and (2) losing my place occasionally, so I placed it closer to my
nose and put on 1.75 or 2.00 power reading glasses. Now I'm following it
Checking out your fingering at places is helpful. I at first had problems
where it changes to key E major, but as I memorize it slowly, I'm
remembering the fingering w/o having to mentally change from all black keys
flat to four sharps. I just memorize the sequences.
I noticed after looking at multiple other vids that some finger the left
hand runs differently, i.e. using the left hand for *all* the notes in an
arpeggio rather than breaking it with the right hand in places. I'm
working on it both ways. Thanks again for your help!
- a really good tutorial! in others intructors doesn't show how to use the
fingers as the well way... Thanks you! a really useful video
- Are there alternative finger arrangements for bar 27? For example in the
Henle edition note 4-7 of the second arpeggio should be played with 2nd,
1st, 2nd, 4-3 fingers. I'm quite confused how to conned the two hands like
- Thank you I can't read music I only know where the notes are I can't play
by ear I play by looking at the piano and this helped a lot thank you so
- I'm glad you refer to Josh Wright's tutorial ---he stresses that one
count 18 16'th notes, only then can you play all those "duples"
correctly,instead of faking it, or like me, not even noticing they were
there, already in the third bar. He (J Wright) says "uh oh, What's that
You are a courageous woman Jane. I heard your considering politics.
- Did you use pedal in the song?
- Um sure that would be a great thi g to try
- Jane, what level is this music?
- This is helpful for me, even though I am definitely a beginner. Thanks for
- I can't read music and I can only play by ear. But I can learn by watching.
That's basically how I've learned most songs I know. So your tutorials are
very much appreciated. Thanks for this one, my favorite song is claire de
lune and even though I'm not a beginner It's been hard for me to learn
because you don't see too many tutorials on it. But this is perfect,
- And at the end he achieved it.. and I fell in love with him for the
millionth time. He learns really fast, and I'm just able to believe he
reached this because... I've seen true love in his eyes. He is deeply in
love with music. ...and he's also the most stubborn person I've ever met.
- @SuperJessica1233 no offence, but my tutorials are for those who follow the
music and can almost play the piece without help
- @mjacksonisperfect D flat an e flat on the left with g flat on the right is
how the music reads.
- Hi :) Thank you so much! I have learnt a lot from you.
- I'm such a fan of your tutorials (as you already know!) but i find them 2 b
a bit 2 slow @ times...of course 2 slow is better than 2 fast, but if you
could just speed your tutorials up a bit it makes them much better b/c we
get a better sense of how the song is supposed 2 sound & how each note
leads to the next. It tends to get a bit chopped up & confusing in my head
when i hear it so slow. Don't 4get we can always press the pause button!
Maybe i'm just impatient...thats always a possibility ;)
- I'm not a piano teacher and not qualified to give advice. just showing
notes, fingering, and timing. when I learned on my own, i used the
play-slow approach, gradually increasing the tempo. did you check the link
in the description? josh is a professional teacher.
- you're welcome, and please read my replies below so I do not have to repeat
myself. the key is for all to learn to read music and not rely on
tutorials. the best teacher teaches you to learn without a teacher :)
- i highly recomment looking at the sheets. i play this piece myself and one
thing which is highly underrated is the following the beat. hardly any
pianist (or at least those i have heard) are following it. that takes so
much of the magic of this piece. it is not meant to be impressionism, it is
clearly romance, by the words of debussy himself, look at the notes and
play it like he has written them.
- I've made it till 5:56. Continuing tomorrow. thanks for the slow playing.
Helps me to see the positioning of your fingers. Beautiful piece!
- I was having trouble with the timing on the un pocco mosso section.
collaborating the left hand with the right, i tried doing this by ear but
it didn't fare so well. lol. Also for the scales in that section, should i
just practice them a million times until i don't have trouble? or should i
just play the two hands together very slowly until it becomes faster.
- Thank you for playing slow
- Before I start a new piece, I listen to a few concert artists'
performances. That way I know what to expect before even attempting the
piece. Not so in your case? Due to the many "too fast" comments in the
past, I now make tutorials as slow as tolerable. It is fine for those who
follow the sheetmusic and just want to check occasional notes. It is
impossible to please everyone :)
- @ScaryInsanity I hope you are following the score. If not, focus on the
finger movement, not the keys under them. Good luck.
- Thanks! :D
- I cant do it! Its so hard!