LESSON 16 C Major Arpeggios

What you'll learn

Hand over hand C-major arpeggios
While one hand plays, the other hand moves early to prepare to play

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  1. Mr Hoffman,

    I am from India..both me and my wife ..wedded recently decided to learn keyboard..I am an average person earning average salary…1000$per month..first it was hard for me to buy a piano…and then start taking lessons from experts ..the fees that I could not afford..but I came through this website ..now we both started learning through your videos ..it’s so easy…to learn piano..great stuff..I love you man for this..peace be with you….god bless you..

    Thanks a lot !!!! :)

    • I’m so glad to hear that our lessons have been of benefit to your family! Good luck to you both and happy playing. :)

    • Both at home and in our Hoffman Academy of Music in Portland, I always choose either acoustic pianos or digital pianos with 88 weighted keys. …and, you are so welcome! – Mr. Hoffman

  2. I can have good piano posture until I try bouncing my wrist. my hand just completely flattens. if I were holding a bubble it would pop. if I try really hard to bounce my wrist and have my hand not flatten, my playing is choppy. any advice?

    • Rachel – I’m so glad you’re paying attention to your piano posture! One important thing to remember about bouncing your wrist is that you want to stay relaxed while using the weight of your whole arm to help with dropping into each key. If “bouncing” feels choppy, trying thinking of it as gently leaning into the note and then floating your wrist slightly when you release, keeping your fingers relaxed and curved as you go down and up. Give that a try and let me know how you progress. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  3. I really like it when you brought the puppets.I like your lessons.*Do you have any other ones I haven’t seen yet?* I live in NorthCarolina. Where do you live?

    • Alaina – I’m so glad you like our lessons. We have 100 piano lesson videos up on our site, and we’re working on making more. I live in Portland, Oregon – way on the other side of the country. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  4. Hello, I was wondering if there is a lesson missing in unit 1. When you get to lesson 16, (arpeggios), you talk about having shown us hand over hand cords, but I didn’t see that lesson. I went back looking, but didn’t find it.

    Also, thanks so much for the great lessons!

    • You’re right, David. Last year when we re-filmed some of our old lessons and added new ones, we changed the order a bit to improve the flow. You’ll learn hand over hand chords in the very next lesson, but 16 and 17 were originally ordered the other way around. I’ve already introduced the hand over hand concept in Lessons 5 and 9, though, so we felt that it still worked this way. – Mr. Hoffman

    • When I was about six years old, my older sister and my mom (both beginners) both started taking piano lessons at about the same time. I really looked up to my older siblings and I wanted to do what my sister was doing, so that first got me interested in piano and I really enjoyed it. I love many kinds of music but especially classical music, and piano really performs well in that genre. Thanks for asking! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I’m very sorry for the confusion. Lessons 16 & 17 were swapped last year to improve the flow of our curriculum and I didn’t realize that one comment would give me away! Don’t worry, though – you’ve already been introduced to the hand over hand technique in Lessons 5 & 9, so you’ll catch on right away. Thanks for asking. – Mr. Hoffman

  5. I am so grateful to you Mr Hoffman,
    I have four children and cannot afford piano lessons. My daughter has been asking to play for a long time and said again this morning she would really like to start playing ‘now please’. So i went on line and found you! I plan to buy them all a cheap keyboard to begin. Kmart has twenty dollar keyboards for students. It may not be ideal but this way they can all practice. My mother has a piano and they can practice there too. We are going to have family group lessons at the Hoffman Academy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Regards Lauren

  6. I have a question !
    My finger #4 of my right hand, long time ago I got a cut on it and it doesn’t really stand firm like the other fingers,isn’t that bad tho, I was wondering if this will affect the strength to play the piano keys or the ability of playing correctly???
    Any help ?

    • It’s hard to give you good advice without knowing more about the severity of your cut and without seeing how it looks when you play myself. If you like, you can make a little video of yourself playing. Be sure to zoom in close on the finger in question, and share it on my Facebook page, and I’ll be happy to offer any advice I can. You could also try finding a live teacher in your area, too. Thanks for watching!

      • Thank you Sir !
        I will try to visit a piano teacher, I know one that leave close to my home.
        I am loving this classes, I feel really good of what I am learning. Can’t wait to go back home (Cuba) and show my parents what I have accomplished while in Canada. They will be very proud of me. And all thanks to you !!!!

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