I love Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Beethoven. When I was teaching myself the song with help from YouTube, I quickly figured out the song started in the Pattern of A. But then it changed patterns into a Db and then an E. I felt like I was missing something, and with some investigation, realized I could switch between patterns instantly if all my fingers were on piano keys that were in overlapping L-patterns simultaneously. I realized that where patterns overlapped, patterns could be switched. Once you feel comfortable, try out the transitions below.
C to G
G to D
D to A
A to E
E to B
G to D to A
G to D to Db to E…
Navigate the DLGPM Video Series
- Introduction to the Pattern Method
- The DLGPM Chart: L-Pattern Basics
- Example: The Cameraman
- Piano Basics: “Floors,” Keys and Families of Notes
- Examples of Patterns on the Piano
- Improvisation Examples: Blend Creation With Practice
- Improv Technique: Anchor and Dance Hands
- Two-Handed Improvisations on Every Floor
- Play With Others In A Pattern!
- Using the Pattern Method with a Classical Song: Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie
- Play with Someone on a Different Instrument
- Pattern Method Transitions <—
- Using the Pattern Method with a Classical Song: Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Beethoven
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