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Elton John's Left hand
#2420984 05/15/15 08:33 PM
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If someone could please tell me what exactly is his left hand doing during any of these 3 short from 28:00 to finish? It seems pretty similar in each of them.

If his left hand technique stays similar throughout, then I think it might be worth learning. It seems to be moving over a great range. Particularly with the last song, you can see the keys that are being hit moving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczf5V69iqw

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Delightful video. Thanks for posting. The grand piano label appears to be "Steinway & Sons - Hakers". Hakers? confused


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Originally Posted by PaintedPostDave
Delightful video. Thanks for posting. The grand piano label appears to be "Steinway & Sons - Hakers". Hakers? confused


I believe that it says "Steinway & Sons Makers." If you Google "Steinway & Sons logos," and click on "Images," you'll eventually find a logo that is imprinted "Steinway & Sons Makers."

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Originally Posted by PaintedPostDave
Delightful video. Thanks for posting. The grand piano label appears to be "Steinway & Sons - Hakers". Hakers? confused
That's not what I really wanted you to notice!

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I just said I'd follow this up with two other questions relating to other examples of Elton's left hand playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-2TEbpsUL4

Towards the end here (4:33-4:46ish), he's just altering between the notes of the octave. In the LH, he moves between a G and D rooted octave. What's interesting to me is the ergonomics of this. It's quite easy to understand how he moves up to the D octave. But when he moves back down, he presumably has to hit the lower D note twice when moving into position? using the pinkie (on the 4 beat) finger followed by the index finger (on + of 4).

But supposing I was to do this same LH pattern moving between D and A octaves? As in, from A up to D, and back down. In this case what note should I hit when moving back down to the A octave? I was thinking E (the 5th of A). But then again, this doesn't sound quite right, as it's still hit during the measure for the D octave.

When you're moving up and down a 5th in this manner, it seems easier as whatever note you hit will either be the 5th or the root of either octave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHhq3uU5lZ8

I also tried doing the intro LH rhythm pattern for this one for the sake of an independence exercise. Can someone please confirm that this would be near impossible for a beginner? because I can't seem to anything independently with the rhythm pattern! The simple alternating octave seems a hundred times easier.


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I don't know a lot about piano playing, but it looks to me like he is playing a basic 3/4 timing stride style LH root bass-chord, lower 5th bass-root-chord, root bass-chord, lower 5th bass-root chord, etc...

I really couldn't tell what key he was playing in. It could have been G major or F major chord.

Either way, it was some nice playing. And, I would imagine the beer made it sound even better, at least for a while.

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Originally Posted by Rickster
I don't know a lot about piano playing, but it looks to me like he is playing a basic 3/4 timing stride style LH root bass-chord, lower 5th bass-root-chord, root bass-chord, lower 5th bass-root chord, etc...

I really couldn't tell what key he was playing in. It could have been G major or F major chord.

Either way, it was some nice playing. And, I would imagine the beer made it sound even better, at least for a while.

Rick
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