LESSON 46 F Major Pentascale

What you'll learn

Learn how to play the F Major Pentascale
What is a "flat", B-flat
F, A, and C now make a major chord

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25 Responses

  1. Hey Mr. Hoffman, first off thank you so much for these lessons and helping me finally realize I can play more instruments other then just the drums. Learning the beats to these songs is easy for me because I’ve been playing drums for a long time now, and the beat of the song is usually the first thing I hear and I count alongside it. Secondly I have a question, if I’m writing my own song, do I need to add chords to the piano or can I just play melody? Like do piano melodies always need chords with them? Thanks!!

    • That’s great! I love how understanding one instrument can give you a boost in learning another instrument. When you are writing your own song, you can do just about anything you want! If you’ve created a melody line you love and like it without chords, great! If you like your melody line accompanied by just a drum rhythm, go for it! If you have a melody and want to add more instruments (for instance, to play it with a band), then you will probably need to figure out some chords or accompaniment to go with it, which could be played on piano or guitar or some other instrument. I hope that helps!

    • That’s a great question! Yes, anyone using the Hoffman Academy lessons can submit any song to the Recital Hall (including one you have written!), regardless of where you learned it. I look forward to seeing yours!

  2. Thanks so much Mr Hoffman for teaching me the F major scale it’s great to be able to play some of the songs I’ve learnt in the F major Pentascale.????

  3. Do you have any ideas where i could get a good but not to expensive keyboard? Mine is not a very good one. If i play more than 2 note chords it sounds choppy and disgusting!:( Thanks

  4. Dear hoffman,

    Is it always recommended to play the chords in the left hand ? Is it because the chords sounds better with the bass on the left part of piano ?

    Thank you.

    • I would say it is most common to play chords in the left hand and melody in the right hand; however, you can find many great examples of the opposite, with chords in the right hand and melody in the left. Both can sound great – it really is just a matter of taste. Sometimes for a “Super Challenge” I ask a student to try having the hands trade jobs (ie, playing the chords in the right hand with the melody in the left). Try it out and let me know how you like the sound! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Wow, that’s great! When you compose a song from pieces of existing songs or string them together, that’s called a “medley” (which is different from “melody” – the recognizable tune of a song). Congratulations. :) – Mr. Hoffman

  5. Hi Mr. Hoffman,

    Your teaching methods are excellent and truly motivating for children as well as adults. I haven’t found more comprehensive and thorough online piano lessons on the internet than yours. Thank you very much for all the effort you’ve put in creating the curriculum and relevant materials.

    I had a question regarding B-flat. Since the black key you labeled “B-flat” is also immediately after A, can it also be called “A-sharp”, like in the case of F and F-sharp?

    Best Regards,

      • Yes – I’m glad you noticed that! The accidentals (sharps and flats) can be referred to in different ways, relative to the key signature and notation.

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