LESSON 4 Finding C, D & E on the Piano

What you'll learn

How to identify the keys C, D and E on the piano

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71 Responses

  1. Dear Mr. Hoffman… (I’m 44 and feel like I am school again! ha ha). This is awesome and I have learned a lot. After 44 years of putting everyone’s needs before mine, I have suddenly decided to start having some fun with my life. I’ve always been passionate about music and have been wanting to learn for many years now but been too busy. I’ve ordered my keyboard and it should be here next week. As the member of a band (I’m the photographer!), I feel it’s time to learn an instrument and join in the fun. I’m really having a blast! Thanks for your time and effort.

    • You’re welcome! I’m delighted to hear about your new musical adventure. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments along the way. Good luck and happy playing!

  2. Hello there
    I live in the Turks and Turkey, I want to study because I love the piano , I went to school for it but it must be my bad luck did not appreciate a very bad teacher düştüm.öyle that I worked so hard , I force my homework would give 1 assignment would give me 3 homework götürürdüm.b I resolve myself two days work was giving to solving a week and I would take him , but did not care as though man with me … I’m sorry I do not do guilt , but in my country, education unfortunately so, you can help me I would love it respectfully

    • It’s wonderful that you have a love of piano and a desire to study it! If you need any particular help, feel free to email our team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Good luck and happy playing!

    • Great question! There’s no special reason – in fact, though it’s hard to tell, all three letters are different colors. All the C’s are red, the D’s are orange, and the E’s are blue. Thanks for asking! – Mr. Hoffman

    • My lessons are generally between 5-15 minutes long, but I’m afraid we don’t have a list of video lengths; I apologize for the inconvenience. – Mr. Hoffman

  3. Thank you so much for the time you took to make these videos and making it available for free! I also home school my children and they love the fun lessons. I always wanted to learn to play the piano properly…and now l can do this with them. You are a great teacher and we are forever grateful that you are willing to share your expertise with us. May God bless you. Best wishes from Cape Town, South Africa

  4. I’m a homeschool mom, and I have always wanted to learn to play piano! I LOVE this site! My 9 year old has always been really amazing when playing on the pianos at church, but I could never afford to get him lessons. This site and a free keyboard later and he’s on his way! And so am I! it’s so exciting!
    Thanks you so much for this–it’s awesome! I could already read music from my days in choir and band as a kid, but I had no idea how to find middle C or even get started. What a wonderful site you have created here! Thank you! Thank you!

    • You are very welcome! I’m so glad to hear that this has been a blessing to your family. Best of luck to you and your son! – Mr. Hoffman

    • While our site is geared to kids, we have heard from hundreds of adults around the world who have found great success with our program. Though our lessons start out at a very basic level (on the expectation that our students are complete beginners), you have the ability to progress at your own pace and even skip ahead if you already have some piano experience. The songs we use are mostly traditional folk songs from a variety of cultures; the simplest are fun and even silly, but as we move forward I think you will find many of them interesting and even beautiful. I hope you will give our program a try.

      • I’m learning along side my kids. I don’t mind the child-centered approach one bit. Love the video lessons, and thank you for keeping them free for ALL to learn!!

  5. Mr.Hoffman,

    Lesson 4 seems to be very important it helps to identify a strong point on the piano and dictates the strength of the melody. CDE are my initials…. thanks for the lesson!!! luv NYC!!!

  6. Wow i love that story. how did you come up with it? And thanks for simplifying where c d and e were on the piano.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! That story has evolved over my many years of teaching live piano lessons, with help and suggestions from some of my students. If you think of other animals or people that you want to live on your piano street, that’s great! – Mr. Hoffman

  7. Mr. Hoffman thanks so much for these lessons they really help out I have already taught my five year old brother hot cross buns, and hoping my mom will print out the materiel’s for him when he is my age I really enjoy them Mr. Hoffman thank you very much

  8. Thank you so much for making these lessons available. I have four children who are learning with you, and my husband and I are also doing the lessons! You’re a great teacher.

  9. This is a really great place to start learning the piano. I actually don’t have a piano so I use a keyboard which is almost the same. Thank you!

  10. Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman. May god bless you. You are an excellent teacher and the storytelling makes it so easy for myself as well as our two children to retain the information. Thank you so much for offering your expertise for free for families that can’t afford piano lessons.

  11. hi thank u for making these videos and will having a keyboard change anything and is there a type of age u should be learning the piano????? thanks ~~~ madeline

  12. You are the first video lesson I watched when I started learning today! I taught my 6 years son how to play Hot cross bun! So easy and cool. Thanks alot!

  13. That Dog story was really cool mr. hoffman…… No matter whatever is d subject but the way of teaching should be exactly like this……Your lessons r the combination of learning fun and entertainmnt…Nice job sir.. :-)

  14. Thanks professor Hoffman. This lessons are GREAT!
    I’m 40 years old engineer that came from Cuba about 14 month ago. Learning piano is my new goal. Thanks so much!

  15. We are using these lessons for our fine arts in our homeschooling. We are loving these quick and easily understandable lessons. Your explanation using piano street to learn the location of the notes gets the point across in a super cute way. We really feel like we are getting it.

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