Fur Elise Step 4 – Rolling Chords: Part 2 – Intermediate


This video covers the second half of the song. We’re going to add just a few more notes to the left hand. Rather than playing them as a chord, we’ll be rolling the chord. This is almost the same thing we did in when we covered the first half of the song in step 3.

Sheet Music Download:

Click here to download the sheet music: FUR ELISE – STEP 4

Notes on the Fur Elise Sheet Music – PG2:

Click to Enlarge PG2 Notes

Notes on the Fur Elise Sheet Music – PG3:

Fur Elise Notes-Pg3

Click to Enlarge PG3 Notes


Alternate Sheet Music Download:

(One note in the second to last measure has been changed from a D to an E).

Click here to download the Alternate Version



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  1. Frank Vosnick 04. Sep, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Chris:

    I posted the following comment referring to “Fur Elise” but somehow it shows up in “Ode to Joy”:

    Well done. I’m thrilled with the arrangement and your method of presentation. This piece that I l always thought was so difficult is quite easy the way you teach it.

    I have not been able to find the other versions that your ad mentions.

    Also – Where is the rest of the piece? This seems like only the first movement. Am I missing something?


    • Chris Marx 04. Sep, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Frank!

      I wasn’t planning on adding the other movements. Just the famous part. The other movements are a lot harder.

      If you’d really like to learn them, let me know and I’ll put together a walk-through. I think it goes on for another 4 pages?

      We’ll be going through the bonus lessons over the next two weeks. The next two are major scales and how to improvise on the song.

      • Frank Vosnick 04. Sep, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

        Thanks for the quick reply. Chris, I would love to learn the other movements or at least get a pdf of them. Fur Elise is such a beautiful piece and playing only the first part just begs for more.

        • Chris Marx 04. Sep, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

          The videos take me a while to make, but I’d like to do a slowed down video version for you of the other sections.

          I’ll see if I can write it up so all the notes are written in as well on the sheet music! Can’t happen this weekend, but in the following weeks :) I’ll keep you posted!

          • Tony Wiren 06. Sep, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

            Hello Chris,

            Thanks for this great lesson, but im also with Frank Vosnick – i was in the impression of me learning the whole song. Even if it’s a more difficult part i would like to get that played the same way as the previous parts. But if that’s to timeconsuming for you :-) i could take the whole song played in just one piece as long as i (we) get the double keyboard to see the notes and see your fingering and then figure it out by ourself, and if possible in two speeds, slow and original. If i get this song going im hooked and getting more from you, but if i only learn the most famous parts or easier then it’s not that fun.

            • Chris Marx 06. Sep, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

              Hi Tony!

              I’ll have to practice it a little bit myself and then I think I’ll break it up into a couple different videos.

              I didn’t mean to be confusing to people, I had it in my head that people would want to learn only the first part because most of my students in seattle get the first two pages done and then want to stop and work on something else!

              I’m sure you’ll be able to learn the really hard extra pages, its just going to take more practice!!!

              I really appreciate the support :)

              Chris Marx

  2. gail kellie 05. Sep, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    Hi, above is what I signed up for. where do i find these?
    have found furelise and ode to joy but cant find the others. your site is difficult to navigate :(


    Gail Kellie

    • Chris Marx 05. Sep, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Gail!
      Most of them will be added later today.
      We’ll be working through that material together over the next 2 weeks and then
      I’ll be adding some surprises as well!


    • Chris Marx 05. Sep, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Gail! Great feedback, I just added a table of contents and made a video on how to navigate the site.
      The Table of contents is the best way to see all the pages on the site.

  3. mary pardy 05. Sep, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I thought I would be learning the entire song not just “the famous part.” I would really like to have the pdf and videos that you will be sending to Frank.

    • Chris Marx 05. Sep, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi Mary!
      I’m planning on making all the lessons available to everyone who is a member.
      If you need more explanation on something, just let me know.

  4. Frank Vosnick 06. Sep, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I was anxious to see the rest of Fur Elise so I looked through all my books
    and found the full score (in 50 Greats for the Piano by Yamaha).
    You’re absolutely right, the next movements are quite difficult. However,
    I did find something that you should be aware of:
    When I play the pdf score that you provided, I always felt that something
    didn’t sound quite right at the end. The full score shows that the RH
    (treble) “D” that you show in the next to the last measure is an “E”. I
    also like the sound of the “E” much better.

    Your thoughts?

    By the way, I’ve only been playing for a couple of years and I have been
    playing only “chord” piano. I have no problem with forming the chords in my
    right hand and I usually play a note of that chord in the left (or an
    arpeggio). For this reason, even though I have the book I mentioned above,
    I’ve never tried to play anything out of it because it shows no chords and
    I’ve never attempted to site read the left hand. I didn’t feel that I have
    enough time to learn two-staff site reading (I’m 67 years old). It does have
    some wonderful pieces in it though. I think it came with the Clavinova that
    I purchased two years ago.

    I love the way you present the lessons. Maybe, I will learn some LH site
    reading in the future.

    Thanks for the help.


    • Chris Marx 06. Sep, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Frank!

      You know I’ve been looking into that and I just realized I’ve found it both ways online and also in my books.

      As far as what is the “CORRECT” note?
      I would say E is more correct because it matches up better with the E chord in that measure.

      About SightReading:
      If you practice reading in the left hand for about 15minutes/day for a week, you’ll notice a huge improvement at the end of the week!
      Just remember ALL COWS EAT GRASS for the notes on the spaces.
      And GOOD BURRITOS DON’T FALL APART for the notes on the lines.

      *I’ve just posted the alternate version at the bottom of this lesson.
      (There is one note changed in the last measure)

      Here is another link to it:

    • Chris Marx 06. Sep, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

      You might be interested to check out the wikipedia background on Fur Elise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%BCr_Elise

      Its debatable how much of Fur Elise has been changed from the way Beethoven actually wrote it:

      The score was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig Nohl who discovered it might have changed the sections around a bit, but probably nothing extreme like changing the notes around.

  5. Chris Marx 06. Sep, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I’ll have to wait till next weekend when I have a little more time to upload the video for the full lesson.

    So far each video has taken about 2 hours to record and edit. Creating the sheet music takes about 30minutes.
    Uploading a lesson to the site and making the webpage for it takes about 30minutes.

    Its time consuming stuff!!!

    I think the next series of lessons we do might be better on DVD, I’ll ask everyone in a survey soon!

  6. patrick mcginnis 11. Sep, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi Chris

    In my younger years, I learned left hand using interval cords. i.e. C chord GCE. Left hand doesn’t move as much.
    Any suggestions? I think I know what the answer will be.

    Patrick McGinnis

    • Chris Marx 11. Sep, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

      Hi Patrick!

      Are you referring to fur elise? or another song?

      There are lots of different “interpretations” of the song to make it easier.
      I really don’t have a problem with different versions as long as the sound similar and the melody is pretty much the same.

      Thats the C chord so the harmony is correct. Maybe the rhythm is just slightly different.

      I think you’re fine if you want to keep it the way you learned it as a kid. I don’t have that version though.
      It looks like C was inverted… to make it easier to reach?
      Also, If it was a C chord, I would make sure to start with a C on the first beat of the measure, not a G.

      • Chris Marx 11. Sep, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

        To summarize:
        melody is the most important to try and keep like the original. Feel free to interpret the harmony all you want!

  7. Richard Gordon 28. Sep, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    I finally can play something! Are there any popular songs that you teach using this method. Thanks

  8. Frank Vosnick 05. Oct, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Any progress on the rest of Fur Elise?


    • Franklyn Suliveres 17. Oct, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      same here.

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