Updated 2.0 launch date: January 17, 2017.
Learn how to play the F Major Pentascale
What is a "flat", B-flat
F, A, and C now make a major chord
Mr. Hoffman's Top Pick for Digital Piano: Casio Privia PX-150
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I’m so glad that you are teaching me :$)
I did not mean to type the :$)
We’re glad to have you learning with us!
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!
Hi mr. Hoffman can you put a song in the recital if it’s a song you did not teach us ?
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!
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.????
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this lesson.
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
If you don’t have a local piano store or dealer, another good option for digital pianos and keyboards is to purchase online. If you take a look at our support article, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Piano Student, you can follow the links to several recommended models available on Amazon.com. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman
Thanks so much!
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 ?
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
My son wants to tell you that he can connect two songs together now!
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
Thanks for responding you made his day.
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?
Likewise, can F-sharp also be labeled G-flat? And D-sharp = E-flat?
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.
Thank you for teaching me.
I think that the B flat was not sounding right on my piano. (:
I’m even starting to sing now – having a great time with your piano lessons!
yay i am already learning how to read and play at the same time ……
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