LESSON 29 D Major: Finger Power & Improvisation

What you'll learn

Hand over hand pentascales, arpeggios and chords in D major
Tips for improvising your own song in D major

Casio Privia

Mr. Hoffman's Top Pick for Digital Piano: Casio Privia PX-150

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33 Responses

  1. Every time I try finger power and move my hands they get in the wrong positions then I have no time to move them probably.
    So for example:
    When I was doing this instead of my right hand moving to D and A
    It moved to c and g
    Then I have no time to move them probably.
    Will practice help?
    I’ve been practicing a lot and it seems impossible!

        • I’m sorry you are getting frustrated, but don’t give up! Finger power exercises can be very challenging in the beginning. But practice does help, even it doesn’t seem like it. Practice the finger power exercises every day and you will see improvement, but if you are getting too frustrated take a day off and give yourself a break. Sometimes when you come back to something you can see the progress you have made. Hope this helps! Good luck and Happy

    • I’m sorry you’re feeling frustrated. Can you be a little more specific about what you are struggling with? Also, you may want to check out our blog post about “What to Do if You Get Stuck.” We’d love to help!

    • Mars from The Planets by Holst is awesome! That’s a favorite of mine, too. I actually have too many composers and pieces that I like to pick one favorite! It really depends on my mood. I love Bach’s 6 Cello Suites, Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil (Vespers), Shastakovich’s Symphonies, John Williams (I love all the Star Wars sound tracks–John Williams actually borrowed many ideas from Holst’s Mars for his Star Wars music!)… the list could go on! There is too much good music to enjoy in one life time!

  2. Hi Mr.Hoffman,guess what I asked my mom if musical police really exist and she said yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!Plus I improvised a really cool song.Changing the subject,I have a piano called Yamaha Clavinova CLP-120 but I don’t know if it has weighted keys or not.I used my grandmothers acoustic piano for a while but when I came back to my piano the keys felt reeeeeeeaaaaaallllyy weird!Please help me Mr.Hoffman.

    P.S Great lesson!!!
    P.P.S One of the best!!!!!!!!

    • I believe the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-120 has “graded hammer action” keys, which is a version of weighted or semi-weighted keys. It’s actually really great that you’re getting the chance to practice on different pianos – even similar types of piano often feel slightly different, so it’s good for your brain and fingers to practice applying what you have learned on multiple keyboards. Just be patient and keep up your great work and the weirdness will fade. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  3. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman for taking the time to make these videos. I am amazed by your teaching techniques and appreciate the time and effort you put into the videos. I’ve been practicing everyday. Your are the absolute BEST!

  4. hi Hoffman. my sis is taking a nap, so she can’t talk to you right now,. Can I make a complaint? If you said yes continue on reading this.
    Why do u have to buy piano stuff like for 19$ on tis site? plain guiltiness!

      • I agree. and, if your sister is the one doing these lessons, you should not be saying mean things using her name. the stuff may be expensive, but it’s worth it. =(

    • Just like any website, you’re welcome to buy things that are for sale on the site, or not. It’s your choice. I offer all my video lessons for free, but I do sell my learning materials so I can afford to continue running this site and adding more lessons.

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