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How to Play "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on Piano

Learn how to play "O Little Town of Bethlehem" on piano from musician Paul Sandberg in this Howcast video.

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"My name is Paul Sandberg,i am an actor,singer and teacher in the New York City earea. For more information please visit my website at paulsandberg.net.

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie, above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light, our hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight. That was ""O Little Town of Bethlehem"", now before i get into what chords really make up the song, take a moment and look at the first line of the song. O little town of bethlehem, but its not oh little town of bethlehem,its O little town of bethlehem. Its never just ""O"", there's some sort of reason, the composer didn't simply needed a syllable for that note. So make sure when you're singing it you have a reason for that note as well. Now getting in to the chords, really breaks down into just...you can get away with just 4 primary chords here,those being F, B flat,C and A, played out they look like this. We have F, B flat, C, and A. If you want to make it really easy on yourself, you can play the roots of those chords in the left hand, that way each finger can get its own seperate note, and you don't have to worry about moving your hands all around the keyboard. To do that, plant the pinky or the five finger on the F, your middle or third finger on the A, your index or second finger on the B flat, and then your one or thumb finger on the C. another part of the song i like to point out is right in the middle where we get to ""the everlasting light"" it drops all the chords and you're seeing just really glorious unisend. And it really serve to point out and accentuate the ending of this song. So that's at...the everlasting light, our hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. "

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