Lesson 4

Finding C, D, & E on the Piano

Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

• Hazel

thanks so much! very helpful and a fun way to learn

You’re very welcome! We’re glad you enjoyed the lesson.

• Nora

This has helped me SOOOO much!!!thank you!!

You’re very welcome!

• Nora

I love the way you tell the story so I can remember where to find the keysππ

• Nora

I love the piano street approach! I NOW KNOW HOW TO FIND KEYS EASILY!!!!!!YAAAAY!!ππππβ€

I’m glad you’re finding it helpful, and enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work!

• boody

your really a great teacher i wasn’t sure in the beginning but now i will stick with you for along time π thank you mr hoffman

Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us.

• Berley

How do you keep practicing everyday? Juggling homework and other activities with the piano? I would love to have any tips!

• Hannah

I homeschool, so I get up at 6:30 and practice before everyone gets up. It works that way, and I also don’t have to worry about my brothers and dog bothering me. π

You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us.

Ha-ha!!! I loved your little piano street story!!! I enjoyed having another good laugh from you, Mr. Hoffman. π

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

• Kelly

Est-ce disponible en franΓ§ais?

The lessons aren’t available in French, but you can change the settings on the YouTube videos so that it adds French subtitles. I hope that helps!

• Pixel

I don’t think this works with my keyboard, I have all of my keys labeled. My keyboard consists of 45 keys so I thought that might be why.

• Pixel

I just recounted and it is actually 44 keys.

Because your keyboard has 45 keys, the lowest note and the highest note will be different from what they are on a standard, 88-key keyboard. However, you should still be able to find D by looking for groups of two black keys.

• Harshita

thank you so much. all of this helps a lot and you are really creative

Thank you! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

• Mollie

I have tried memorizing where the musical alphabets location was and never got it. You have made it so much more easy to learn. Thanks!

• mallikarjun

I am new so what are we doi g

Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us! For now, just feel free to go through the lessons at whatever pace works best for you. Let us know if you have any questions along the way. π

• Herc

Great content! ….Would you recommend this program to a 24 year old who is trying to learn piano? Also by the end of this program what level would I be?

Thank you! While our program is geared mostly toward children, we’ve had many adults successfully learn from it as well. Right now, our lessons only go through the equivalent of about two years of piano lessons (you would be in the middle of level 2 by the end of what we have so far) but we’ll continue to add new units as time goes on. I hope that helps.

• zamin

Also, I am starting on the keyboard temporarily, however, it only has 66 keys on it, so where would my piano alphabet start and end at? Will this make it more difficult for me to follow along with the lessons?

It’s perfectly fine to start out on a smaller keyboard. You can play any of the songs we teach so far in the lessons on keyboards with at least 61 keys. Keyboards with 61 keys start and end on C, and keyboards with 76 keys start on E and end on G. I haven’t come across a 66-key keyboard before–it’s not one of the standard sizes. Try counting your keys again, making sure to include the black notes. If there really are 66 keys on your keyboard, you can always just look for D in between a group of two black notes and count up or down from there to find out what notes your keyboard starts and ends on. I hope that helps!

• zamin

Okay I will recount it again..thanks for your response

• zamin

I was wondering could I start playing some songs on your website such as, let it go, on the piano before doing these Unit 1 lessons?Or is it necessary to go through these lesson before you go on to songs?

Yes! You should do the units in order, but you can try any of the popular music whenever you like.

• Anaya

Hi! I’m 13 and learning the piano has been my dream for a long time. Loving these lessons, thank you so much!

Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing! π

• Lily

Iβm 13 and I love this! When I started and learned Hot Cross Buns I thought βthis will be easyβ but sometimes to get the full experience you have to start at the beginning!

Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons, even though they start out pretty easy. π

• divine

this is awesome I mean I know I am only 13 years old but this is awesome. I love it when I get the questions right it makes me feel smart.

Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and happy that you’re enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work! π

Right now, the points are just for your own motivation and sense of accomplishment. However, we have some future features planned that will use the points, such as unlocking new profile customization. If you have ideas for fun ways we could use the points, weβd love to hear them!

• Nancy Hannen

Thank you . That was fun. I leaned to play long ago the old fashioned way. i love improvising. Thank you.

You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson, and we’re happy to have you learning with us.

• Lukas

I loved this lesson! It was so helpful!

Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

• Hannah

Thank you so much for this lesson! I have struggled to find/name keys on my keyboard.
This helped so much! π

You’re very welcome! I’m glad it helped.

• Belinda

Your videos helped me learn the song Moana in less than a hour I had no experience before. Thanks ?

• Cody

I always thought that it would be hard to learn how to figure out how to know what note is what but with your story it helps a lot.

• Jaysen

This is the best Mr.Hoffman its really showing me something about the piano and know I always play it!!!??

Thank you! I’m so glad you’re learning new things about the piano!

• Mina

You are a great teacher Mr.Hoffman????????Thanks for your good method.

• Anne

I love having you as a piano teacher! All of my family can play the piano, but I cannot.

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

• Vera

Like it a lot! I am 30 years old and I am from Beijing, China!

Thank you! We’re happy to have you learning with us!

• Charles

you can change the speed of the video right on this website do you know your own website?

• nana

this website is more likely to teach kids. but there is no harm for adults or teenagers to watch. So, to make children understand.. they need to be a little bit slow. Good luck learning!

• Sophia

hi, my name is Sophia sorry to interrupt but my piano only has 61 keys. Santa Clause gave this piano because I always longed for one. Still, you are the best piano teacher ever

Hi Sophia! Thank you for the compliment! It’s perfectly all right if your keyboard only has 61 keys. Having a keyboard with 88 weighted keys to practice on is preferable because it helps you develop finger strength and because some more advanced pieces use a wider range of notes. However, itβs fine to start on a smaller keyboard, and with 61 keys youβll still be able to play all of the songs taught in the lessons so far.

• Sophia

• stoka

i’m on level 9 of alphabetical letters game and I won and it doesn’t let me past level 9

and I also didn’t get anything wrong

Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

• Ravikumar.R

it was very useful to me, Sir.?

• joshua

Mr.hoffman uh i am just asking but are you married?

• Sheri

My son taught himself to play a Twenty one Pilots song on a toddler piano. We bought him a keyboard for his 9th birthday and are using your academy to teach him the basics. He comes home each day and does one lesson.
Thank you for this opportunity to teach him. He wants to say hello.

Hello! We’re so glad to have you learning with us and I hope you continue to enjoy the lessons! Good luck and happy playing!

• Harper

I just found these lessons today and I feel like I’m going through the lessons to quickly how can I tell if I’m going to fast??

The speed at which you move through the material is up to you. If the first few units are very easy for you, it’s fine to move quickly through them, but you’re right that you should be careful not to go too quickly. This blog post, When to Move on to the Next Lesson, should help you figure out what pace to go at. Good luck and happy playing!

• Arafat Hossen Priyo

Best Teacher Always <3 Lots of love Mr Hoffman <3

• Harsha

Hello Sir, Can I Play in a 42 key Keyboard

Yes, using a keyboard with 42 keys is just fine! If you’re using a keyboard with less than 61 keys, you may need to make a few adjustments to some of the songs and exercises used in the lessons, but other than that it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

• Gauri

The best piano classes ever. Enjoyed every single class I’ve seen so far. Thank you very much π

We’re glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and we are happy to have you learning with us!

• Jaydon Ruble

I have been playing violin and viola for 5 years and have taken 1 year in piano, i find all of this extremely simple and i would like to move on, is there a certain unit or lesson you think would be safe for someone like me to move on too since I already know all of the basics?

If you feel like Unit 1 isn’t challenging enough, you can start with Unit 2 It’s good to start as early in the program as you can to learn any music theory skills that might be new to you, but feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. If the lessons move too slowly, you can adjust the speed so they play faster. This blog post explains how to do that: YouTube Settings for Optimizing your Video Lessons

• Jay

Just received a keyboard from a friend. At 39 I appreciate how basic and easy to follow your lessons have been. Thank you

• Nathan

I’ve played guitar for a while now and decided I wanted to learn the piano. All of the early lessons are pretty simple for me and I want to move on but I also want things to really sink in. Im using some other resources, Books and other websites. How should I gauge when its time to move on to another lesson?

That’s a great question, especially for someone like you with a music theory foundation! We would expect a beginning student to cover 2-3 new lessons per week, but if you’re going for review you will probably be able to move through them much more quickly. Reviewing our early lessons is a great idea, but you may want to speed up the video playback so you don’t have to spend as much time on familiar concepts. I also realize that, since you sound like an older student, some of our early repertoire pieces will not be as interesting to you. If so, I recommend you visit GMajorMusicTheory, where you can find free sheet music for a wide variety of songs, sorted by level of difficulty. When reviewing Units 1-2, look for music at a Prep A level; Units 3-4 correspond to Prep B, Units 5-6 to Level 1A, and Units 7-8 to Level 1B.

Back to your specific question, here are two blog posts I hope you will find helpful:
When to Move on to the Next Lesson
Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy

I hope that helps! Feel free to let us know if you have further questions along the way. Good luck and happy playing!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you! Happy New Year! π

• AYA

Dear sir:
i really like your piano lessons, they are great just like you. i want to thank you for your great effort.
i have a question, what is the relation between those letters (A,B,C … G) with the musical alphabet like (DO, RE, ME …) ? are they the same or what ?
i ‘d like to thank you again π

Thanks! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons. You’ve asked a great question. The letters A, B, C, etc. represent exact notes on the piano and sound tones. The Solfege Do, Re, Mi, etc. represent the relationships between the notes. They refer to different letters based on the key signature you are playing in. For instance, if your song is in the key of F, Do will be F. We’ve posted an article that goes into this subject in much more depth here: What is Solfege? I hope that helps!

• Peter

Mr.Hoffman, these are amazing. Your lessons are quite impressive. Is `4 an okay age to start piano?

I generally aim to start students around 5 1/2 years old, but I’ve found that certain developmental milestones are more important than age. Consider these questions: Can the child comfortably rest their hand on five adjacent white keys? Can the child play keys with each individual finger of both hands (rather than “pecking” with multiple fingers bunched together or always using one same finger)? Is the child interested and excited to learn piano? If these indicators are present, a 4-year-old would probably do great starting lessons! If they are not, even an older child might have trouble. Here are two blog posts that you may find useful:

I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing.

• hairong

I know animals that start with c and d and e. This is the c list. Caecilian
Camel
Capybara
Caracal
Caracara
Cardinal
Cardinalfish
Caribou.
This is the d list.Dog, raccoon Nyctereutes procyonoides
Dolphin, bottle-nose Tursiops truncatus
Dolphin, common Delphinus delphis
striped Dolphin .This is the e list.

Eagle owl (unidentified)

Bubo sp.

Elephant, asian Elephas maximus bengalensis
Emerald green tree boa

Eagle owl (unidentified)

Bubo sp.

Elephant, asian Elephas maximus bengalensis
Emerald green tree boa

By!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

• Joanna Grier

I used to take lessons with this guy who talked too fast, but your lessons have nothing wrong in them!

• Ryan

Dear Mr. Hoffman… (I’m 44 and feel like I am school again! ha ha). This is awesome and I have learned a lot. After 44 years of putting everyone’s needs before mine, I have suddenly decided to start having some fun with my life. I’ve always been passionate about music and have been wanting to learn for many years now but been too busy. I’ve ordered my keyboard and it should be here next week. As the member of a band (I’m the photographer!), I feel it’s time to learn an instrument and join in the fun. I’m really having a blast! Thanks for your time and effort.

You’re welcome! I’m delighted to hear about your new musical adventure. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments along the way. Good luck and happy playing!

• Gwen

I love Hoffman academy it’s fun , funny and not to hard i like

That’s great! Thanks for sharing.

• cellchook

Hello there
I live in the Turks and Turkey, I want to study because I love the piano , I went to school for it but it must be my bad luck did not appreciate a very bad teacher dΓΌΕtΓΌm.ΓΆyle that I worked so hard , I force my homework would give 1 assignment would give me 3 homework gΓΆtΓΌrΓΌrdΓΌm.b I resolve myself two days work was giving to solving a week and I would take him , but did not care as though man with me … I’m sorry I do not do guilt , but in my country, education unfortunately so, you can help me I would love it respectfully

It’s wonderful that you have a love of piano and a desire to study it! If you need any particular help, feel free to email our team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Good luck and happy playing!

• Praveen

Is there a reason why a different color was used for E compared to C, and D?

Great question! There’s no special reason – in fact, though it’s hard to tell, all three letters are different colors. All the C’s are red, the D’s are orange, and the E’s are blue. Thanks for asking! – Mr. Hoffman

• Laurie

I haven’t had time to search you website yet but is there a list with the video lengths for each lesson?

My lessons are generally between 5-15 minutes long, but I’m afraid we don’t have a list of video lengths; I apologize for the inconvenience. – Mr. Hoffman

• Tania

Thank you so much for the time you took to make these videos and making it available for free! I also home school my children and they love the fun lessons. I always wanted to learn to play the piano properly…and now l can do this with them. You are a great teacher and we are forever grateful that you are willing to share your expertise with us. May God bless you. Best wishes from Cape Town, South Africa

Thank you so much for sharing your family’s experience! I’m delighted to be your piano teacher. π – Mr. Hoffman

• catherine

I’m a pensioner and am going to learn alongside my great grandchild. Thank you for the opportunity.

• Liz

I’m a homeschool mom, and I have always wanted to learn to play piano! I LOVE this site! My 9 year old has always been really amazing when playing on the pianos at church, but I could never afford to get him lessons. This site and a free keyboard later and he’s on his way! And so am I! it’s so exciting!
Thanks you so much for this–it’s awesome! I could already read music from my days in choir and band as a kid, but I had no idea how to find middle C or even get started. What a wonderful site you have created here! Thank you! Thank you!

You are very welcome! I’m so glad to hear that this has been a blessing to your family. Best of luck to you and your son! – Mr. Hoffman

• Michel

do you have lessons for adults?…these lessons seem to be for children only

While our site is geared to kids, we have heard from hundreds of adults around the world who have found great success with our program. Though our lessons start out at a very basic level (on the expectation that our students are complete beginners), you have the ability to progress at your own pace and even skip ahead if you already have some piano experience. The songs we use are mostly traditional folk songs from a variety of cultures; the simplest are fun and even silly, but as we move forward I think you will find many of them interesting and even beautiful. I hope you will give our program a try.

• kelly

I’m learning along side my kids. I don’t mind the child-centered approach one bit. Love the video lessons, and thank you for keeping them free for ALL to learn!!

• Camille

Mr.Hoffman,

Lesson 4 seems to be very important it helps to identify a strong point on the piano and dictates the strength of the melody. CDE are my initials…. thanks for the lesson!!! luv NYC!!!

• Rizwan

Innumerable ‘thanks’ to Mr Hoffman…..

You are very welcome! I’m glad you are finding my lessons helpful. – Mr. Hoffman

• Alejandro

Thanks so much for this lesson!! All I knew before watching your videos is that low notes were on the left side.

• Isabella Anastasia

Tanks so much Mr. Hoffman, me and my sister are having so much fun learning th piano!

• Leilani

Wow i love that story. how did you come up with it? And thanks for simplifying where c d and e were on the piano.

I’m glad you enjoyed it! That story has evolved over my many years of teaching live piano lessons, with help and suggestions from some of my students. If you think of other animals or people that you want to live on your piano street, that’s great! – Mr. Hoffman

• Reah

Thank you Mr Hoffman! These are really enjoyable lessons

• Bencheniah

My grandson and I are looking forward to many more quality instructional videos.
Thanks!

• April

I love how your instructions are so simple and easy for children to learn. Thank you so much.

• Haydn

These lessons are as good as gold

• Haydn

Mr. Hoffman thanks so much for these lessons they really help out I have already taught my five year old brother hot cross buns, and hoping my mom will print out the materiel’s for him when he is my age I really enjoy them Mr. Hoffman thank you very much

• Joseph Hoffman

You are welcome! That’s awesome that you are teaching your brother, too! Your friend, Mr. Hoffman

• Elaine

Mr. Hoffman! Thank you! You are so easy to understand. I hope it only gets easier!

• roxanne rivers

I am trying to play music with my friends. will these lessons eventually teach how to read sheet music?

• Maraiah

you are amazing, sir. this is really creative.

• antonio

I’m 21 years old and I love these lessons! They are so helpful and they are funny!

• lee matthew

Hello mr Hoffman you don’t know me but I’m your new piano student

• Debbie Medari

Thank you so much for making these lessons available. I have four children who are learning with you, and my husband and I are also doing the lessons! You’re a great teacher.

thanks for making my live so much easier! god bless!! π

• Sarah

This is a really great place to start learning the piano. I actually don’t have a piano so I use a keyboard which is almost the same. Thank you!

• Natasha

Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman. May god bless you. You are an excellent teacher and the storytelling makes it so easy for myself as well as our two children to retain the information. Thank you so much for offering your expertise for free for families that can’t afford piano lessons.

• Aisha

It’s a good way to teach, because kids can understand it real easy. Thanks Mr.Hoffman

hi thank u for making these videos and will having a keyboard change anything and is there a type of age u should be learning the piano????? thanks ~~~ madeline

• Scotty

This is so fun! I can’t wait until the other part of Alphabet Street.

• Cyn Su

You are the first video lesson I watched when I started learning today! I taught my 6 years son how to play Hot cross bun! So easy and cool. Thanks alot!

• meilu

i have a key board will this change any things about piano

• roselani

i have a 76 key piano , does this change where my D key is at ?

• Joseph Hoffman

Whatever size keyboard you have, D will always be in between the group of 2 black keys. Thanks for watching!

• anahita

mr. hoffman i wanted to tell you that i printed out worksheets not downloded by the way im seven

• Vikas

That Dog story was really cool mr. hoffman…… No matter whatever is d subject but the way of teaching should be exactly like this……Your lessons r the combination of learning fun and entertainmnt…Nice job sir.. π

• Caysen

I am just beginning learning how to play the piano, and these easy to understand lessons are great! I have learned quite a bit!

• Abel

Thanks professor Hoffman. This lessons are GREAT!
I’m 40 years old engineer that came from Cuba about 14 month ago. Learning piano is my new goal. Thanks so much!

• Zoe

Is it ok to have a 70 key keyboard?

• Stephanie

We are using these lessons for our fine arts in our homeschooling. We are loving these quick and easily understandable lessons. Your explanation using piano street to learn the location of the notes gets the point across in a super cute way. We really feel like we are getting it.

• safaa

it`s nice and my children like it.

• arianna

who ever created this thanks. you made my dream to learn how to play piano come.