LESSON 12 C Major Pentascale


What you'll learn

Keep a steady beat while playing hand over hand pentascales in C major


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  1. Hi Mr. Hoffman! I like your videos. I was trying to learn playing piano on my own, but with your videos I’m sure it will be easier for me. I know the ‘cdefgab’ alphabet, but I don’t know how to read sheet music. I’ve learned some songs from synthesia and other piano lessons, like Hedwig’s Theme, Hanging Tree, Skyfall, Let it go, Star Wars Theme, My Heart will go on (just intro) and a little bit more. Now, I’m learning Viva la vida(Coldplay) but it’s getting harder for me to learn from synthesia. I know that I should learn to read sheet music immediately, but I don’t know how to do. I’ve watched your first 12 videos, but I already know these. Where should I start watching your videos?
    —-And I’m sorry for my English if I’m wrong, English isn’t my native language -but I can understand your videos very well. :)

    • Don’t worry – your English is great! Our lessons progress gradually through the theory and technique you need to know to play well, so there isn’t just one or two lessons you can watch that will suddenly teach you how to read music. It’s a process that takes time and effort, just like learning to read in a different language. We really start learning to use the grand staff and notation in Unit 2, so you could skip forward a little bit if you like. On the other hand, you could just watch the rest of Unit 1 at a faster pace since it’s mostly review but there may still be things you should learn from those lessons. If you don’t know how to speed up the video, check out our article on Optimizing Your Video Lessons. I hope that helps!

  2. Hello Mr. Hoffman .. I’d like to thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to learn piano .. I feel that I’m sitting infront of you and you really stress on common mistakes I make espicially posture ! I’m 22 years old and I started to learn piano with you from the beginig , do you think I can play classical pieces one day on my own ? do you think I can play music or songs only by hearing one day ? or this is only for talented persons who played piano since very young age ? another question , when I love a song I feel passion to play it on the piano even I’m still in the begginer level , so I go to youtube and see piano tutorial for that song and play it on my piano and of course the triple cleft part only , do you think this is harmful now as I should concentrate only on the basic lessons to take the way step by step ??
    Thanks in advance
    Omnia , Egypt :)

    • It’s wonderful that you are so eager to learn and develop your piano skills! The truth is that real skill is developed through diligent practice. If you are willing to put in the effort, I am confident that you can work up to more challenging pieces over time. Remember that those who have played piano from a very young age don’t necessarily have any more innate talent than you do, but they have probably put years of practice into their piano skills. Learning the piano takes time and dedication, but it is also very rewarding.

      It’s wonderful that you’re trying to play songs you have listened to! There is nothing harmful in trying to play by ear as long as you’re still spending a significant amount of your practice time working through the lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

  3. Dear Mr. Hoffman
    I am confused in what you said about the C major pentascale
    You said ” we already learned how to use the c major pentascale”
    But you never said any thing about it in the previous lessons
    Can you explain?

    P.S You said it in the 0:46 to 0:48

    • I apologize for the confusion! What Mr. Hoffman meant was that you have already been learning songs that use the C major pentascale position: Five Woodpeckers and Frog in the Middle. So, you’ve already been using it without even knowing that you knew it! In this lesson, Mr. Hoffman taught what that position is called and how to do hand-over-hand exercises to help you practice it. I hope that makes more sense. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us! :) Good luck and happy playing!

  4. hi Mr. Hoffman i’m wondering what i should do because i don’t have a piano bench. i have a keyboard. and we can’t afford a piano bench.

    • That’s a great question! You can use a stool or chair for now, but you’ll probably need to put a pillow or phone book or something down on the seat so you sit a little higher. You want to be high enough that you can comfortably rest your hands on the keys with your arms parallel to the floor. Also, it’s ok if your feet don’t reach the floor or pedals, but you may be more comfortable putting a box or book on the floor to rest your feet on. I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

  5. hi sir Joseph Hoffman,

    i am from Pakistan, and in few days from your lessons, i started impressing my children and wife! and now they start saying you r composer just after listing twinkle twinkle little star from me on my piano.!

    • That’s great! Making music with your family is a wonderful way to share your talents, even if you’re a beginner. Good luck and happy playing!

  6. Dear Mr Hoffman,
    I just wanted to thank you, as a senior in high-school im suffering from the well know phenomenon of senior-iedis. Because of this i cant sit in class and dread attending, but there is HOPE. For at the end of my day, there is one class i truly enjoy… MY PIANO LESSONS. Thank Mr Hoffman, without your free programs i would never have been able to learn piano (something ive wanted to do for years but could never find the money for), and would have nothing to look forward to…
    p.s just a disclaimer, i really do love school…. just wish it was SHORTER!

    • I can’t tell you how delighted I am to hear that my lessons are going so well for you! I wish you the best of luck learning piano, as well as making it through your senior year. :) – Mr. Hoffman

  7. Have you ever thought of translating your lessons to other languages? The YouTube Auto-Translate feature does not work good enough for your videos.

    I think the materials should not be a big deal to translate, or even the subtitles if you have the scripts of the original ones, but I don’t know either if that would pay off. Anyway, just thinking aloud; if, in a couple of years, when I intend to use your lessons with my daughter, she still has problems to understand English I will translate the content for her as she progresses, I hope :)

    Thanks again for everything, I am really enjoying your lessons.

    • Thank you for the suggestion! We have considered translating our lessons – we have students all over the world and we realize that people generally learn better in their native language. However, since the auto-translate (such as it is) does work for the languages of our largest populations of students, doing our own translation hasn’t made it to the top of our priority list. I apologize that it doesn’t work well for yours. Would you mind telling me which language you want? Or if you want to give other feedback, please fill out our contact form. – Mr. Hoffman

      • I tried the auto-translate for Spanish, and it does not work very well, to be nice to the feature :) Thanks for your answer.

  8. Dear Joseph Hoffman it’s cold again I have two brothers and two sisters how many brothers and sisters do you have I really like what you do I think it is what kids need I think you eat there’s no other person that can you play piano like you I bet there is but you’re not exactly like you because you’re the best teacher in the world I don’t know who else could play piano like you because you’re so good I think that you know how to play the piano where you learn all the songs and I really like them I am on lesson 12 I have been working on the piano because I have one upstairs and one downstairs we are about to wet at our our friends use the one upstairs rehab because we are going to live in the trailer for a year because we are moving I really like the trailer we go camping in it all the time I think it is that it is the best thing but now are going to live in the camper and we’re going to buy some land and we are going to A house on it ????

    • A piano or keyboard with at least 61 keys is required to successfully complete all the songs and exercises in my lessons, but there is plenty to work on without one. If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys, you will find yourself occasionally running out of keys while doing finger power exercises, but just keep working with the notes you have and practice the hand-over-hand movement even when the keys run out. You may want to ask around to find out if a friend or relative – or even a local school, library, or church – has a full-sized piano that you can play on sometimes to practice the complete exercises. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

  9. Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman. I loved your lessons & techniques, which dramatically improving my piano skills. Also, I’m feeling great to be your student.

  10. I am 16 and i think this website is really awesome. Wonderful lessons! I have never played piano, but this is a great way to learn. I will recommend this website to my friends.

    • I’m so glad you’re excited for more videos, David! We have over 120 lessons up so far and we do plan to make more in the future. It will be a little while because we’re working on improving how our website works right now, but I promise that we’ll keep going. Keep up the good work! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Start with your right hand finger 1 on the C closest to the middle of your keyboard, in C major pentascale position, with your left hand an octave lower. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

    • It’s never too late! There are some things that do make it easier for children to learn, but hard work and dedication can pay off no matter how old you are when you begin. You can learn more from an article we’ve posted on our blog: The Best Age to Begin Piano Lessons. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Jean!
      I am sitting here at 24 years old, having just bought a weighted keyboard earlier this week, and diligently going through Mr. Hoffman’s lessons. He said it best: “It’s never too late!” If you want to get good at something, the most important thing is to practice, practice, practice. Keep the end goal in mind, and press on through the good days and the bad days. Sure, you could have started learning at a younger age, but at least you’re seven years younger than me!

      Hope this encourages you to keep learning.

  11. Hi! I’m practicing in the keyboard, is that all right? I mean, lesser force is needed here than the piano. :) Thank you so much for these free vids. You are amazing Mr. Hoffman! I hope you’ll keep being an inspiration.

    • You’re welcome! A keyboard is ok for a beginner so if that’s what you have, go for it! If you decide to seriously pursue piano, though, you will probably want to start saving up for a weighted keyboard or acoustic piano so you can properly develop your finger muscles. You can learn more about choosing a piano or keyboard on our blog: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. If that kind of purchase doesn’t look likely in the near future, you could ask around at local libraries, schools, churches, etc. to see if you can schedule some practice time on a piano or weighted keyboard. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  12. Mr.Hoffman,
    Is there any sheets you can print out to practice these things you are teaching? Or do you have to work on it on the piano?

    • The sheet music, along with activity pages and listening tracks, are available as part of the complete materials we sell in our store. They are, however, optional – If you’d rather just work at the piano with the videos, that is just fine. – Mr. Hoffman

  13. Hi, sometimes I have trouble playing the piano, even though I practice a lot. I have trouble with the finger motions on the piano. If you can email me with instructions I would be glad. Thanks!

    • Ashi – Many of the hand-over-hand exercises will probably be difficult on your mini keyboard. Try practicing the pentascales on your keyboard and then practice the hand-over-hand technique separately, on a table or desk. Also, if a 61-key or 88-key keyboard or piano is out of your family’s budget right now, you could ask a relative or neighbor to let you practice on their piano sometimes, or find a local church or library that would let you use theirs. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  14. Your lessons are great Mr.Hoffman.The C pentascale is very similar to Black Key Smashes.My dad doesn’t want me to take classes with u because he says that there are so many 100% free classes that you don’t have to pay for worksheets, but I love your classes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Hi,You’re so cool! and born to be pianist and great teacher for music,others made us serious and confused, but you made me comfortable and relaxing to learn.
    Thank you so much.

  16. I do not have a lot of time but I always think about your lessons each time I have free time. You make them so easy and attractive to learn. Thank you so much.

  17. Besides the piano which i am now learning through your lessons, i also play clarinet. So at first i thought it was going to be confusing because of the different placements on sheet music. I am not to that lessson yet, but i can already tell that it’ll be super easy! Thanks for making everything so easy to learn.

    • Yes, you are playing on what is called a 61-key keyboard (it is most common to total all keys, black and white), so you will need to start on the very lowest note of your keyboard (C) to do this exercise. Thanks for watching!

  18. You’ve taught me so much and I really appreciate it. At first I didn’t really stick to learning piano. Now that I learn with you everyday I do 4 lessons each day. Thank you best teacher in the whole world!

  19. I bought a keyboard for my grandson last Christmas with the intention of sending him to music lessons. I was unable to find an affordable class so I downloaded your lessons and is learning for myself so I can teach him.mr Hoffman I have browsed other websites,and can truly say you are indeed a born teacher.your presentation and method of teaching is so straightforward that even the slowest learner can follow .
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  20. I feel a little silly posting this but I am a new “student”. My husband bought me a piano for my birthday this week. I’ve wanted to play all my life. Mr. Hoffman, I have children older then you. :) Thank you for these lessons! I am up to Lesson 12 in just one day. Fortunately, I can read music so that helps. I guess you and I will be visiting daily. Will order the materials now that I know that this learning process works for me.

    • Hi Kathy, Thanks for your message. You are not alone as we have many adults using my program. What a wonderful birthday gift! I hope that you have a wonderful time learning to make music on your new instrument. I think live piano music in the home (even if it’s Hot Cross Buns) is simply the best. Thanks for watching and learning with me, and keep me posted about your progress! Best, Joseph Hoffman

  21. My 9 year old is greatly enjoying your lessons! We are a homeschooling family and have been blessed by your lessons. She begged me to leave a comment from her. :)
    “I *love* your piano lessons!! Thanks!!!”

  22. Even without piano or keyboard I’m practicing along with you. Your finger power exercises are awesome! I’m developing steadiness in my fingering. Thanks.

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