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How to Play "Good King Wenceslas" on Piano

Learn how to play "Good King Wenceslas" 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. ""Good King Wenceslas came out, on the feast of Stephen, when the snow laid round about, deep and crisp and even, brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel, when a poor man came in sight, gather winter fuel."" So that was Good King Wenceslas. The song is relatively easy if you break it down to just one, two, three, four primary chords: those chords being, G Major, C Major, D Major, and e minor. You can make it even easier on yourself if you play only the roots of those chords. In our left hand we're going to play the G on our 5 or pinky finger. Then we're going to play the C with our third, middle finger, the D with our second, index finger and the e minor with our thumb or number one finger. And that lays down ladies and gentleman like this, so we have G, C, D and e minor. When we go ahead and get to the C, you can just play an individual C, but while I'm there, I like to have a little fun getting to the next chord which is our G Major. So I added a bit of a turn - it's just rocking back and forth between the C and the B and then an A leading into our G note. So that looks like this. So that's just moving from C into G which brings us right into ""feast of Stephen."" And then all put together that looks like this. ""Good King Wenceslas came out, on the feast of Stephen.""
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