LESSON 18 D Major Pentascale


What you'll learn

How to transpose to the D Major Pentascale
Half step and whole step


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  1. Only started this course today (my digital piano came this morning [Yamaha P45]).

    I’m sure I’m rushing through and not taking long enough with each part but it feels nice and simple so far, wrote out all the songs so I don’t forget them (thanks for showing how) and I’ll try to go over them all as you suggest daily.

    I hate how black smash sounds though X_X rest are pleasant, that one is offensive.

    (if i keep this up for a couple weeks I’ll definitely be buying your materials)

    You’re an amazing teacher.

    Thanks =3

    • Thanks for your feedback! It sounds like you are an older student, so it’s ok to breeze through the first unit or two, especially if you already have some experience in music or piano. I would recommend you check out an article we’ve posted to help you gauge When to Move On to the Next Lesson.

      You’re right: Black Key Smashes, as well as Engine, Engine, are not particularly lovely pieces. However, they are each used to teach a physical piano technique that we wanted to introduce early on. Daily review is great, but as you add new songs to your repertoire it’s fine to let earlier songs you don’t care for drop out of your regular routine. Just be sure that the concepts are mastered first. :)

  2. Hi.
    I am learning really quickly and me and my mum really enjoy your lessons
    My favorite toy is a dog called Cuddles she want to learn piano too
    so instead of Frog In The Middle I changed it to Dog In The Middle
    the lyrics are:
    Dog in the middle
    Dog in the park
    Dog in the middle
    Bark,bark,bark!

      • Thankyou. i love your lessons so much. i do them with my mum almost everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) :) :) :) :) :).

  3. ❤???????????????????????????? your???????? lessons ☺????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • The song at the beginning and the end of each lesson is “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt. While we did receive permission to use it in our videos, copyright restrictions and the level of difficulty currently prevent me from making a lesson on it. However, you can buy an audio track of the entire song, purchase the sheet music, and see the whole song performed by Jon at ThePianoGuys.com. – Mr. Hoffman

  4. Hi Mr Hoffman,
    My 7 year old Miss Georgia has been enjoying your lessons for about two months now, she is up to lesson 19. This is all self directed (besides us purchasing the keyboard and finding your wonderful site). Georgia usually sits in front of the keyboard and does 1,2 and sometimes three lessons. She goes over the last lesson she did and then another one to two lessons. In between she will do some play around practice. I hope this is the right way but it seems to be working for her.

    She is now asking for “pages” to read music from to practice. We live in Australia. I am unsure what we should be ordering and how many lessons ahead. Can you please advise, Thanks Jo

    • Wow! Miss Georgia’s enthusiasm and dedication is impressive! I also love that she is reviewing previous lessons along with watching new ones. My general recommendation for beginners is to complete 2-3 new lessons per week with the remaining daily practice time used in finger power exercises, reviewing lessons and songs, working with our Complete Materials, and improvisation/composition. However, every child is different, so if she is having success with her plan, that’s great! Our first Unit of materials is full of fun worksheets and information, but since we don’t introduce the grand staff until Lesson 21, it doesn’t include traditional sheet music. Since she’s almost done with Unit 1 and is specifically looking forward to reading music, I would recommend purchasing the materials from Unit 2 onward. I hope that helps! Good luck to you both. – Mr. Hoffman

    • I generally recommend 2-3 new lessons per week for beginning students, but if you are ready for more challenge it’s ok to move through them faster. One important thing to remember, though, is that it takes more to master a concept than just understanding it the first time I explain it. When a student pushes forward without developing their muscles, mastering songs, and practicing good technique, they will often hit a “plateau,” where they get stuck and feel frustrated. You might want to check out an article we’ve posted about When to Move on to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

  5. I’m 55 and starting lessons last year. You simply approach is so good. Provides a good foundation to learn music and play the piano. Thanks for doing what you do!!!!

  6. I take piano lessons but when I get stuck on something I go to you and some how I get it .i am at lesson 18 and really like them too they sure do help me .thank you so much .i am 53yrs old and this was something I always wanted to do .one thing off my bucket list lol.

    • If you are referring to the song I play in each lesson’s opening, it’s called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt and I love it, too! Since it’s copyrighted material, however, I’m afraid I won’t be doing a lesson on it. You can find the sheet music at http://www.ThePianoGuys.com. – Mr. Hoffman

    • The lessons gradually increase in difficulty as you go through each one. If you are finding the lessons too easy, you can try moving through them more quickly. But be careful moving too quickly, sometimes it’s good to take your time to build skills that will be important as you get to more advanced materials. Thanks for watching, and happy playing!

  7. These lessons are fantastic! I’ve always wanted to get into piano and your lessons make it fun, easy, and totally doable with any schedule!

  8. I have an idea, what about on lesson 18 you can make it like this at the end: “Mi” is on”F”
    and “Fa” is on “G” and then “Mi” says, “I’m not happy!”. I hope you like it :).

    • Sorry about no puppets yet in these last few lessons! I just recently got the idea to add the surprise endings, so any lessons filmed prior to Nov 2013 won’t include the puppets. :( I have re-filmed lessons 1-9 and a few others, but have not yet re-filmed all the rest. Going forward, whenever I make a new lesson, or re-film an old lesson, I promise to include them! Thanks for watching!

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