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How to Play "What Child Is This?" on Piano

Learn how to play "What Child Is This?" aka "Greensleeves" 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. What child is this who lay to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping. Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherd's watch are keeping. This, this, is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary. That was What Child is This, also known as Greensleeves. It can be broken down into really just a handful of chords. Those being E minor, D, A minor, B, and G. And on the piano, they look like this. We have E minor, D major, A minor, B, and G. And if you wanna make it easy on yourself, go ahead and just play the roots of all those chords in your left hand. That way, you kinda have a home base. You don't have to bounce all around the piano, your left hand can stay put. And that would like like, uh, go ahead and place your pinkie, your fifth finger on the G. Fourth on the A, third on the B, second, or index finger, on the D. And then, lastly, your thumb, your 1 finger, on the E. And now you're set for the rest of the song. Just add in the melody in your right hand. What child is this who lay to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping. Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping.

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