Handbags and Gladrags Piano Tutorial // Andy Piano Lessons



this is how to play handbags and Gladrags originally by Rod Stewart but if you're anywhere close to my age you may know this better from the Stereophonics version in the early noughties or indeed the theme of the UK office the one with Ricky Gervais in this tutorial I'm just going to be covering that introduction and then if you want a part two of me teaching all the rest of the song and all the sections all the tips and tricks let me know in the comments below and I will do that for you however let's see if anyone is interested first of all the first little part of it is this little riff now occasionally that sounds a little bit more like that on the recording and I think both are used and I think sometimes the last note is just a little bit heavier on the thumb that is what we're playing this is an octave above middle C middle C is here and weird up here on an F B flat which is the key of this song B flat major is the key and we have the first finger going on the G note use that sustain pedal and just changing or lifting off that sustain pedal sorry when we change chord we'll get to that in a second it's the first part this is a b-flat sus2 because we've got the second note of our B major scale here and then go into the third so that B major scale will really help you if you you know not used to playing the notes of this song B major I believe b-flat major qualities and is exactly what we want in here that is what we've got so far without me using the sustain pedal that happens again and then we have a cycle here like this first of all try because that's exactly what's happening so it's first finger to second and then if you think of this is 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 ok and it's the little finger every time you hit the C note with your first finger so or and the thumb as well Dada Dada Dada Dada done every time that first finger hits the thumb hits and the little finger hits also that first finger never hits alone and if you hold down the sustain pedal the entire time you can be nice and light and get off those notes quite quickly to free up your hand stay nice and relaxed and be able to do it faster put in the right hand together then Maddie's all the right-hander's at the end there let's step through that slowly one two three four one two two three four okay the left hands simple simple simple essentially on the root note of each chord which would be where I would start in the Rod Stewart version it kind of descends a little bit more I'm sorry in the Rod Stewart version goes a flat here could be an option it's entirely up to you we are simplifying this slightly and there's a lot of different ways that it's played in all the recordings so it's sort of summarizing and simplifying that is where I will be starting left and went down at the same time as the right let's go for and then we could add that left hand in that and then the sword ending of the song this is too your B flat chord learning all the chords that kind of occurring B flat as a diatonic chords kind of an you know that sort of theory there's more help with that in my cords lesson which I will link to in the description below however that's all we're going to be teaching in this video if you wanna part two to this fabulous song let me know in the comments and I will get it out straight away for you you just need to let me know please subscribe to Andy piano you'll found more help on the website as well Andy piano co uk

6 thoughts on “Handbags and Gladrags Piano Tutorial // Andy Piano Lessons”

  1. Like the tasteful people below, I'd like part two as well – it's a great song. By the way, Rod Stewart's version wasn't the first: Chris Farlowe released the original single in1967 (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3yN0JvG5co). The song was written by Manfred Mann's Mike D'Abo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwAhthuAYVU).

  2. Definately YES to the 2nd part and the rest of the song. Big stereophonics fan from back in the day and it would be great to master it. Have just mastered your Shallow tutorial – thanks!

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