How To Play “Fly Me to The Moon” by Bart Howard (Frank Sinatra) | HDpiano (Part 1) Piano Tutorial
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How To Play “Fly Me to The Moon” by Bart Howard (Frank Sinatra) | HDpiano (Part 1) Piano Tutorial

February 27, 2020


– Hey, what’s up everybody,
this is Devon with Hdpiano.com. And in today’s lesson
we’re gonna be working on one of our mostly
highly requested songs, Fly Me to the Moon. I’ll be showing you guys a
basic arrangement in this video which features the left
hand on the bass notes and the right hand on the melody. And it looks a little something like this. (piano music) Alright, so we’ll be
gettin’ through that much and more in this video. But the rest of the videos, which are all over at Hdpiano.com, are gonna focus on
exploring all the secrets that this quintessential
jazz standard has to offer. We’re gonna talk about the harmony, I’m gonna show you how surprisingly
formulaic it can all be. And of course, we’re gonna work
on developing an arrangement that’s a little more along
the lines of you know, a jazz piano stride style. Something like this. (piano music) Alright, so that might seem
pretty far out of reach, but hopefully by the end of this you can have something
like that under your belt. Or at least somewhere in the middle, so you’re not just stuck
with something too simple. But like any good lesson, you’ve got to start with the simple stuff, and make sure your foundation is strong. So, we’re gonna start with left hand bass and right hand melody. Now before I dive in and
break this down for your guys, I do have a quick question, and I will be answering this in part two. But which pop song,
it’s a very famous song, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t know it, shares pretty much the exact same harmony as Fly Me To the Moon? Alright, let me know in the
comments, what you think? Okay, well, first things first, we are in the key of C Major. This is the key that Frank Sinatra sings Fly Me to the Moon in. And I’m referencing his
version for the melody. So let’s take a look at
the melody to begin with. Fly me to the moon, C, B, A, G, F. We’re just starting with our
pinky and walking down to F. How simple, right? Well check this out. Alright, so, and let me
play among the stars. Wow, that’s also, pretty
much the same thing. Five, four, three, two one. B, A, G, F, E. So it’s very pattern-based already. Fly me to the moon, And then we do G, A, C and
then we just shift down to B, and walk down all five notes. Alright, now we breathe, we pause. Let me see what spring is like, starting from A, again, we
just walk down five notes. Alright, pretty simple. Let me see what’s spring,
and then is like on. And that was just like G, A, C, except this time it’s E, F, A. Alright, you see the same pattern? Right, two close together and
then a skip to the upper note. Alright, so so far we’ve got … Alright, and then we do the
same pattern starting from D, From A, rather. And now, Jupiter and Mars. Alright, so it’s a little different there. We have a G#, an F, an E, a D and a C. Okay, so one more time, play it with me. I’ll play it nice and simple. (piano melody of Fly Me to the Moon) One, two, Jupiter and Mars. So, alright, I’m referencing
the phrasing of Frank Sinatra. So get familiar with that
recording if you aren’t already. And now that you know these notes, I would absolutely
recommend that you sit down and play along to the recording. Granted, he does take a
few melodic liberties, so it may not be exactly what
you’re hearing on the record. But this is the foundation of the melody. Alright, so let’s add
that left hand in there. So this is where it gets interesting. We know the right hand melody is pretty pattern-based to begin with. But check this out. Our root notes, our bass notes
are A, D, G, C, F, B, E, A. Now obviously, I didn’t
play that with my left hand. But the reason I am playing
it across the keyboard like that is to demonstrate that that is all drawing
from the circle of fifths. Granted, these are
fourths when you move up, but were you to move
down A to D, to G, to C, to F, to B, to E, to A,
those are all fifths, right? So that’s from the circle of fifths, a concept I’m sure you’ve heard of if you’ve studied any
amount of music theory. So that means the whole first
eight measures of this song, are just cycling through
the circle of fifths. So that makes it easy to
remember at least, right? A, you can go up a fourth, and then if you’d go up
a fourth you’d hit G, but instead we can go down a fifth. And then up a fourth, and
then down a fifth, sorry. Up a fourth, and down a fifth, and up a fourth and we’re back at A. Alright, so those notes
are A, D, G, C, F, B, E, A. Each one of those is a measure. So if we put the melody on
top of that, we get this. (piano music) Alright, now I would definitely recommend playing along to a metronome,
if not the recording. Because you wanna make
sure that you’re doing four measures a piece
and that your swing feel, dip a dung a dung a dung
dung, is in the pocket rather than something kind
of weird and uncomfortable. Alright, it’s easy to build bad habits if you’re not playing along
to some sort of reference, either a metronome or a recording. Alight, so that’s pretty simple so far, so what happens after that? (piano music) Alright, so, right there we
had C#, D, A, A, C, B, G. And our left hand played D, G, E, A. And now the last four
measures of this first half, our right hand plays in other words, so B, C, F, F, A, G, F, E. Darlin’ kiss me. And the left hand plays, D and G again. And we just land on C
instead of going up to E. And we’ll stop there in this video. So we’ve got 16 measures, and I’ll go ahead and play through it all. And then we’ll talk about it some more. Here we go. (piano music) Alright, so we’re
halfway through the tune. And we’ve got a bass and
melody arrangement going on. So what’s gonna happen
in the later videos, is we’re gonna expand on this. This is the foundation,
we know the melody, that’s great, you gotta know the melody of any song to really know it well. And we know the bass line. Now, of course, every
bass note has chords. And there’s some incredible, I don’t wanna way it’s formulaic, but there’s some patterns
built into these chords that I’m gonna talk about in part two, that make it surprisingly easy to turn these simple bass
notes into full on jazz chords. So you can start working
towards a fuller version of this song that’s gonna
be a little more pleasing to the ears than something quite as simple as we’ve just learned. Alright, so I’ll go ahead and play you out with a little taste of … (piano music) Alright, now there you
go, there’s a little taste of what the piano has to offer, just by expanding your knowledge and understanding of these chords. Obviously some of that
might be a little bit out of reach for now, but I’m trying to make
this song approachable. So I hope to see you over at Hdpiano.com to learn the rest with
me and see what happens. In the meantime, if you could like and subscribe here on
YouTube, that would be great. And of course, follow us on
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, so you can stay in the know about all the upcoming tutorials
we’ve got coming your way. May name’s Devon with Hdpiano.com,
we’ll talk to you soon.

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  1. Full lesson: https://hdpiano.com/lesson/fly-me-to-the-moon-by-bart-howard/
    ♬ Sheet Music for this lesson available at Musicnotes!: https://mnot.es/2qkQ6gi ♬

  2. Teach the song dwelling narrowness if you can please and can you try to make the parts free cuz I ain't got no moneyz for the other parts if they ain't free

  3. Okay I'm early this is great

    Can you please do "idontwannabeyouanymore" by billie eilish or literally any song by her? Thanks 😊

  4. Love the jazz segment. More, please!
    Perhaps variations of the same song using different techniques (e.g lh bass, lh chords, two hand chords w/embedded melody, assumed vocal accompaniment, etc.)? It could be a whole jazz series!

  5. I have advice for you hdpiano if you want more people to go to hdpiano.com then start posting more of "part 2's" for some songs over here in YouTube. seriously do it

  6. Please make a tutorial for the song blonde redhead – for the damaged coda aka the Evil Morty song. I would 100% pay to learn that song and you guys by far make the best tutorials I've ever seen

  7. Hey does anyone know why there are so many private videos on this channel? I want to learn the Taylor Swift songs but they're all piano.

  8. Fly me to the moon,let me play among the stars let me see what spring is like on.. a Jupiter and mars.
    In other words, please .
    In other words BABY kiss me

  9. When i played it i said i can widow it so i did it and it took me about 20-30 minutes to widow and this video helps too

  10. Hey if someone could tell me where to get this MIDI I would greatly appreciate it!
    I've found a couple that are impossible for a single person to play.
    I'm looking for the simple and more complex version like the ones in this video. I'm not looking for the lesson on how to play it, just the MIDI files, if that's possible. I can't seem to find a good quality MIDI of either song version.

  11. the whole thing was amazing but can you post yourself playing the full version of the jazz version because i have to learn jt

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