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How to Play "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" on Piano

Learn how to play "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" on piano from musician Paul Sandberg in this Howcast video.

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My name is Paul Sandberg. I'm an actor, singer, and teacher in the New York City area. For more information please visit my website at paulsandberg.net. Ding dong merrily on high. In heaven bells are ringing. Ding dong verily the sky. Is riv'n angels singing. Gloria, hosana in the highest. That was ding dong merrily on high. A beautiful, peppy, exciting Christmas carol, with a rather complicated gloria in the middle. To easily play this, the song breaks down to five chords, we have G, A minor, C, D, and E minor. You can play just the roots of those chords if you would like and it really makes the song quite a bit more manageable. To do that, go ahead and line your pinky, five finger, on the G, ring to the A minor, C, D, and E minor. And then they just roll right over the keys. Te trickier part is if you want to play the melody starting on the gloria's. My advice, start the top which is on the D, with your five finger, and then just follow them straight down the scale. And that looks like... Until right there, take a pause, but don't actually take a pause in the song, but take note here, that we're gonna pivot on our thumb so that our third finger, our middle finger, can play the F sharp, which allows us to complete the Gloria's without running out of fingers. And then just continue the melody... Hosana in the highest.

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