Lesson 6

# C Boogie

I noticed in your video, you’re not holding the note for four whole beats. Is that how you’re supposed to play it??? :I

You’re right–I wasn’t holding the note for the entire duration of the four beats. If you held the notes for four whole beats, then you wouldn’t have time to lift your finger and play the note again, so you need to let go just a little before the four beats are through. The most important thing in this case isn’t exactly how long you hold the note, but how long you wait to play the note again. I hope that makes sense!

• Masha

These video lessons are more effective than my actual ones

I am finding the lessons very helpful as well. :0

• Abby

I Love your videos Keep up The Good Work ☺

Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

• Lohnay

I only see you holding the notes for three beats and not 4 beats sometimes only 2 beats. I don’t see this as counting to 4.

You’re right–I wasn’t holding the note for the entire duration of the four beats. The more important thing in this case isn’t exactly how long you hold the note, but how long you wait to play the note again. I hope that makes sense!

• Merel

I’ve wanted to learn how to play the piano for years now, and your videos finally make it possible. Thank you! =) I can’t wait to learn more!

We’re glad to have you learning with us! 🙂

• Sophia

your videos are very educative, and they help me learn piano

• divine

i am a beginner and i want to play ‘he’s a pirate’ from pirates of the Caribbean but i don’t know how.teach me your ways of the great piano.

Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add it to our list of potential future songs.

• divine

i dont have a piano i use my computer to play and its not working out for me. what exatly should i do?

• grant

To be honest , I LOVE the song!

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

• Ela

Hey Mr. Hoffman, can you add to your tutorial on how far I’ll go prep so there is a verse, please. Thanks, it is just a suggestion.

Hi! Thank you for the suggestion! We would love to make a tutorial of the full song, but unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, we can only share and teach part of it.

Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them.

• Billy

Hi Mr Hoffman Iam 70 will these lessons be suitable for me? Iam a beginner, have you many ‘mature’ students? BILLY GEBBIE

While our videos are geared toward children, we’ve had many adults successfully use our method as well, and it’s never too late to learn something new! Good luck and happy playing!

• Charles

just a personal question do you make money on this?

We don’t make money from the videos, but the materials and Premium membership do cost money.

• Libes

Hoffman, Can we learn the Fallout 4 Theme Song???? I would really like that!!!!!!

Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add it to our list of potential songs for future lessons.

• Libes

I have another question…
I have played piano for quite a while and I can sight read, I can play a few songs using chords, and I know all of the notes… I was wondering if I could skip ahead because I already know this stuff. My question is where should I skip to?… Thank you!

If you’ve already had some experience, you can feel free to skip ahead. Because of differences in teaching method, some things may not be taught in the same order as you were taught, so it’s hard to say exactly where to start. I’d recommend looking through our lesson index page, starting with unit 2, and watching the lessons that are on topics you are less familiar with. You can also read our blog post, Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy for some more ideas about where to start. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

• Kishan

i dont have a piano but i have a 25 keys midi keyboard is that okay i just want to learn how to play piano and learn how to compose songs so i can become a music producer

Yes! While an 88-key keyboard is best, it’s perfectly all right to learn on a smaller one. You may need to modify a few of the songs that are taught in the lessons, because not all of them will fit onto a keyboard with less than 61 keys. Other than that, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

• Irene

I’ve been practicing the Imperial March today WITH chords. I made some colorful sticker on the keyboard up high: A B C D E F G. Is that a good idea?

If putting stickers on the keys helps you memorize where they are, then yes that’s good. 🙂 Keep up the great work!

• Selena

Hello 🙂 I was just wondering, am I going to learn to read notes in the later units? Thank you

Hi! Yes, you’ll start learning how to sightread in the beginning of unit 2.

• Jo Ann Simmons

Great way to teach octaves. Very cleaver !

Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

• Cyndy

It could be that the song also thinks that you are boring : )

No, unfortunately, we don’t have a llama puppet. That’s a great idea, though. I’ll have to keep an eye out for one.

• Shara Balogh

umm… mr hoffman…. i have a very important question to ask. u know that foot pedal thing on the right bottom side of the piano… (it makes the notes longer) I like to practise with with that down but when i dont have it down my playing sounds a bit like i am playing all stacato. is it alright for me to pracrise with that down or should i get myself (somehow) to play without it??? It really annoys me thats why i decided to ask. Thank u soo much for the great piano lessons…. i just finished unit 1!!!!! so happy and proud of myself!!! it is really fun to play cords!!! thanks again and again!!!! Shara

That’s correct! The foot pedal on the right, which is called the damper pedal, makes the notes longer and creates a nice resonant sound when you play. So long as you’re tall enough that your feet can comfortably reach the pedals, it’s perfectly all right to use them. One thing to watch out for is that when you hold down the damper pedal when too many notes are being played at once, the sound can get muddy. Most pianists will lift their foot from the pedal to clear the sound every few notes before pressing down on it again. This blog post, What Are Piano Pedals For?,will give you more tips about how to use the pedals properly.

• Shara Balogh

Thanks so much! i was getting a bit worried there

• Shara Balogh

i searched up all of me by…. and i showed it to my mum and…. she was over the top!! i luv it soo much!

• Shara Balogh

Thank u so much but there is a little problem… this doesnt let me download or use any of the audio unless i become a premium member….could u please help us with that because i would really like to use the audio to practise…
Thanks so much!
Piano is great!
Shara

Hi Shara! I’m so glad you are enjoying the lessons! Our video lessons are free and then we offer audio and printable materials in addition to the videos with our premium membership or by purchase in our Store. So, in order to use the audio files or printable materials you will need to either upgrade to premium or purchase them through the Store in your account. I hope this helps clarify. Happy Playing!

• Shara Balogh

Thank u so much Mr Hoffman. I love playing on the piano.. i think i have finnally found MY instrument!!! Shara