Part 12: Pattern Method Transitions

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

  1. Introduction to the Pattern Method
  2. The DLGPM Chart: L-Pattern Basics
  3. Example: The Cameraman
  4. Piano Basics: “Floors,” Keys and Families of Notes
  5. Examples of Patterns on the Piano
  6. Improvisation Examples: Blend Creation With Practice
  7. Improv Technique: Anchor and Dance Hands
  8. Two-Handed Improvisations on Every Floor
  9. Play With Others In A Pattern!
  10. Using the Pattern Method with a Classical Song: Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie
  11. Play with Someone on a Different Instrument
  12. Pattern Method Transitions <—
  13. Using the Pattern Method with a Classical Song: Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Beethoven
  14. Ideas
  15. Closing

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