Lesson 14

D Major Pentascale

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome, and I’m glad you love piano! πŸ™‚

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    DonnaDee

    Just washed my hands; can’t do a thing with them… thank you for my lesson

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it!

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    Zohaib

    First of all I am an adult learner but I absolutely love the pace of your lessons! Thank you so much God bless you! I am practicing frog in the middle on the D Major Pentascale, when I play the G note, it is hard for me to control the finger resting on top of the F sharp and sometimes I end up playing both notes. Similarly when I play with my left hand, sometimes I end up playing the E note together with the F sharp. Any ideas on how to practice preventing this ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      My best guess is that you might have some tension in your hand. Try starting practice time with a little bit of gentle finger stretching. Open and close your hands several times, then shake them out and let them hang loose. Then, while playing, make a conscious effort to keep each finger in a relaxed, curved shape. You can also try this exercise: Step away from the piano for a minute and find a hard surface like a table or your piano bench. Rest your fingers on the surface in a relaxed, curved position, then gently lift each finger one at a time while keeping your other fingers and wrist relaxed and still. Also, try applying gentle pressure to the surface one finger at a time – there should be basically no movement in your hand, but you’ll feel your muscles working as each finger presses down. These may seem like little things, but it’s a great way to focus on developing correct finger posture and to develop your muscles. I’d also recommend you review our blog post about keeping fingers relaxed at the keyboard. I hope that helps!

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    Emily

    Mrs Do, is the only boy in the family

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    Emily

    Names of the family
    Mrs Do
    Rechel
    Mila
    Faith
    Sophei

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    Colton

    I mean like the songs like let it go

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      Hoffman Academy

      The bonus lessons don’t really have an order to them. You can try them whenever you want to.

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    Colton

    at what time should you start doing extra lessons

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not entirely sure what you mean by extra lessons. Do you mean watching multiple lessons at once, or taking lessons from a local piano teacher, or something else? Let me know and I’ll be happy to answer your question!

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    Mami Coluchi

    Mr. Hoffman, you are an AMAZING piano teacher!! My 2 year old sees his older brother and sister taking your lessons and now he wants to play! Thanks so much for teaching our whole family!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad you and your family are enjoying the lessons!

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    Lauren

    Hi Mr. Hoffman! I am enjoying your lessons so much . I have a small question. Whenever I play things like chocolate I play them correctly, but my fingers( besides the one I am using to play with) keep coming up off of the keys. Is that a problem? If so what can I do to fix it?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Your other fingers don’t need to be completely still when you play, but it’s important that they always stay relaxed and curved. When they don’t, the culprit is usually tension. Try stepping away from the piano for a minute and find a hard surface like a table or your piano bench. Rest your fingers on the surface in a relaxed, curved position. Try gently lifting each finger one at a time while keeping your other fingers and wrist relaxed and still. Also, try applying gentle pressure to the surface one finger at a time – there should be basically no movement in your hand, but you’ll feel your muscles working as each finger presses down. These may seem like little things, but it’s a great way to focus on developing correct finger posture and to develop your muscles. I’d also recommend you review our blog post about Keeping Fingers Relaxed at the Keyboard. I hope that helps!

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    Tracey

    At 56 I am coming on leaps and bounds – you are simply a brilliant teacher!! I play drums but am brand new to piano, and eventhough I am trying out some Adele, I am not missing 1 lesson as I am starting to understand. Its day 4 and I feel an exciting year coming up xxx

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Noelle Kahne

    in the lesson with aunt annie you had animal names with a b in need so baboon

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    Wes

    This is my favourite lesson so far! I had heard scales explained so many times before, never did it make sense until now. Thank you!

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    olivia

    I love these lessons so much thank you Mr.hoffman

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    Andrew

    Thank you for these lessons, with these videos I actually look forward for the next one and the next with how friendly and easy to understand they are

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    Uttkarsh

    Sir I am form India I enjoy your lessons.I like about this online lessons are that you can learn for free and your method rocks. I am 13. I am very grateful to you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you for the kind words of encouragement! I am thrilled to have you learning with me and that you are enjoying the lessons. πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work and Happy Playing!

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    Kaylan

    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

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      Hoffman Academy

      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. πŸ™‚

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    Sara Beth

    I heard your birthday is tomorrow !!!! Happy birthday to you! My birthday is tomorrow too!!!!!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s fantastic! Happy birthday!

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    Gabriella

    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!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s fantastic! I love your new version and I hope Cuddles enjoys it, too. πŸ™‚

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        Gabriella

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

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          Hoffman Academy

          I’m so glad! Daily practice is very important to successfully learning piano. Great work!

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    Ann

    this is the first coment I have ever tipte.

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    Christy

    My real name is REAGHAN.Christy is my mom.

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    Blake

    Happy June 1rst Mr.Hoffman . πŸ˜€

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! And Happy Wednesday to you! πŸ™‚

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    Daniel

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    Rebecca

    Mr. Hoffman your a great piano teacher ????

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    Jack

    I think you should put “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego movie in your bonus lessons.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is definitely a fun song! I’ll consider that for the future. – Mr. Hoffman

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        Carter

        your songs are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Ana

    Mr. Hoffman, can you meet me some day I am a big fan and can I tell you my address?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I love meeting my online students in person! However, please do not share your address with me on this website. A better idea would be to have a parent or guardian contact our Hoffman Academy in Portland with those kinds of questions. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Ana

    Will we learn the song that you play at the beginning and the end?

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      Hoffman Academy

      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

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    Georgia Wink

    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

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      Hoffman Academy

      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

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    anya

    its so nice to have lessons that i can do 3-6 a day

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      Hoffman Academy

      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

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    diana

    I want the complete materials for unit 2. Can you give me a link for them?

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    William Hibert

    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!!!!

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    Sandra

    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.

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    krystal

    i love the begining MR.Hoffman can you do it for the lessons

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      Hoffman Academy

      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

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    Sydney

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    rachel

    my real name is moriah. when I started these lessons, my mom just typed in her name.

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    Cora

    i love your lessons mr. Hoffman!!

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    Tara

    I think that Mi and Fa could be Mom and Dad.

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    Subhadra

    When are we going to learn harder songs

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      Joseph 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!

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      shoshana

      EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN TOTALLY RELATE!

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    Daniel

    I never learned something like this .Is their going to be puppets in the whole Unit 5?

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Yes, Unit 5 will feature the puppets. πŸ™‚

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        rachel

        are there any puppets until then?

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    Kylie

    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!

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    Jess

    i love this lesson joseph hoffman my real naem is willam

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    Jess

    i love this lesson joseph hoffmen

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    Lucas

    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 :).

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    Ana Beatson

    Mr.Hoffman do you know someone called Joe Bunker

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      Joseph Hoffman

      I admit the name rings a bell, but I can’t remember how I know him.

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    Lucas

    I loved the song chocolate!Yum yum yum yum yum, banana I have some!

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    Ana

    I really like this lessons they are easy, fun, and they are helping me a lot! Thank you soooo much Joseph Hoffman!

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    Lianna

    Your not doing finger puppets:-( great lesson though!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      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. πŸ™ 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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    Deborah

    Wow! What a revelation as to how chords fit together! Thank you!

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      Jessica

      Mr.Hoffman

      I do These lessons on my computer and I sit on a chair and its really hard to play

      Do you have any suggestions πŸ™‚

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        Hoffman Academy

        Can you tell me a little more about what makes it difficult to play? For example, is it because your computer screen is too far from the piano, or is it because your chair isn’t a good height for the level of your keyboard?

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          Jessica

          well Its because my keyboard is to close to my computer and my chair isn’t higher than my computer :p

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            JESSICA

            MY NAME IS JESSICA TOO!!!