How To: Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor

Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor

Listening to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," with its moody minors and grab bag of sharps, is like turning through page after suspenseful page of a forlorn Romantic era novel.

Its timeless, love forsaken quality has made it a memorable and distinct song that has been used in many a Hollywood movie. Grow your own Beethoven hands by watching this piano tutorial on how to play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor.

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Notes to the left of the slash are what the left hand plays and what's right of the slash are what the right hand plays. Notes that are together with no commas in between are to be played together (as can be seen by octaves in the left hand). If there is a dash to the left of the slash, nothing is played in the left hand. When there is a x2 or x4 with the notes, only the right hand is to be played that many times.

C#C# / G#, C#, E x4 BB / G#, C#, E x4 AA / A, C#, E x2 F#F# / A, D, F# x2 G#G# / G#, C, F# - / G#, C#, E G#G# / G#, C#, D# - / F#, C, D# C#G#C# / E, G#, C# - / G#, C#, E x2 - / G#G#, C#, E, (high)G# CG#C / G#G#, D#, F# - / G#, D#, F# x2 - / G#G#, D#, F#, (high)G# C#C# / G#G#, C#, E - / G#, C#, E F#F# / AA, C#, F# - / A, C#, F# BB / G#G#, B, E - / G#, B, E BB / AF#, B, D# - / AB (long stretch), B, D#

(1) Part 1 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (2) Part 2 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (3) Part 3 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (4) Part 4 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (5) Part 5 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (6) Part 6 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (7) Part 7 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (8) Part 8 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (9) Part 9 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor, (10) Part 10 of 10 - How to Play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in C# minor

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On your third video, you made a correction (which I could tell you re-taped over) you need to make more corrections. I suggest you go back 7 measures backand watch your fingers on keys as you call them out. It's your left hand, I noticed you called out G#octave but your fingers were on the D#octave. I believe it happened 3 times in which you called the incorrect keys that your fingers were not on. Thanks for making videos like these, it makes learning piano. I really appriciate so much! Hope you continue to do more. :-)

today I just learned and played the first video on the piano. Thank you for this.

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