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 Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for teaching. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. The video made solely for the purpose of , study, review or critical analysis purposes only.

  1. 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 much better! 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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 that
  4. 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 much
  5. 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.
  6. Did you use pedal in the song?
  7. Um sure that would be a great thi g to try
  8. Jane, what level is this music?
  9. This is helpful for me, even though I am definitely a beginner. Thanks for posting it.
  10. 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, THANKS! :)
  11. 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.
  12. @SuperJessica1233 no offence, but my tutorials are for those who follow the music and can almost play the piece without help
  13. @mjacksonisperfect D flat an e flat on the left with g flat on the right is how the music reads.
  14. Hi :) Thank you so much! I have learnt a lot from you.
  15. 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 ;)
  16. 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.
  17. 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 :)
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. Thank you for playing slow
  22. 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 :)
  23. @ScaryInsanity I hope you are following the score. If not, focus on the finger movement, not the keys under them. Good luck.
  24. Thanks! :D
  25. I cant do it! Its so hard!