Lesson 1

First Song

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    Hanford Brace

    Can a 79 year old learn to play.

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      Yes! You’re never too old to learn to play the piano. While our program is geared mainly toward children, we’ve had many adults successfully use it as well.

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    Arianna Toan

    Could you please teach us how to play This is me and A million dreams from the greatest showman?

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      We have plans to make a “This is Me” tutorial sometime in the near future. I’ll put “A Million Dreams” on our list of requested songs. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    TongTong

    I started piano 1year ago my sis came to unit1 and I realized no engine engine!

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    Carol

    I am very impressed with how far your site has come. I signed my granddaughter up back in 2013 to learn the basics of playing the piano it was a wonderful experience for her. Now I’m back to brush up on my skills.

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

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    Lynn

    You have a great way of teaching the lessons🐴 we are so blessed by you Mr hoffman🙂

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

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    Annette

    Mr. Hoffman you’re a phenomenal piano teacher. You are very easy to understand and patient. Thanks for making what seemed impossible… more than possible!! Greetings from Australia 🙂

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      Hi! Thank you so much. We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons!

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    jae

    great, i got hot cross buns down very fast!

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      That’s great! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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    Floortje

    This is super! I’m very excited to learn piano. It is my dream. Im so thankful!

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      Thank you! We’re happy to have you learning with us and hope you enjoy the lessons. 🙂

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    xin

    you are awsome,i hope can start to learn the piano in the next few weeks. i am bothered by my Phd paper

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      Thank you! We’d be very glad to have you learning with us. Good luck with your Phd paper!

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    Rebekah

    You are very funny. You make me laugh with your finger puppets! How do you make them?

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      Thank you! We actually bought the puppets at IKEA. However, you can find some cutouts on our Music Learning Resources page that you can use to make your own.

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    Johnathan

    Hi, This is awesome. just one question i am struggling with getting to Unit 1 lesson 2. I am paying my premium membership monthly and cannot seem to get to the next activity. what am i doing wrong? Thanks

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      At the bottom right corner of the video there should be something that says “Next Activity.” If you click on that, it should take you to the practice session for lesson 1. Then you can either complete the practice session, or click on “Skip Practice Session.” If that’s not working you can also get to lesson 2 by clicking at the top of the page where it says “Lessons” then clicking on “View Unit 1.” From there, you can get to any lesson or practice session in unit 1. I hope that helps! If clicking on “Next Activity” isn’t working for you, feel free to contact us through our support page and we’ll see if we can figure out what the problem is.

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    samrand

    tank u M.r Hoffman… for being like angle for me:))

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      You’re very welcome. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Maha

    I’m so excited to start learning piano!! thank you very much, that was an excellent lesson!

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

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    mohammed

    What a FANTASTIC WAY of teaching !! Thank you alot

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      Thank you! We’re so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Johnathan

    My son is loving this. Thank you

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      You’re very welcome! We’re glad he’s enjoying it.

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    Saif

    R u knowing hindi please tell in hindi

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      Unfortunately, I don’t know Hindi, but feel free to ask any questions you have and we’ll do our best to help.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad you liked it. 🙂

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    Emma

    This is genious. Congratulations on your work.
    May I ask if it’s possible to get all your materials with the premium membership and teach multiple students as a teacher?

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      Thank you! You can certainly use our curriculum and our videos as a teacher. The materials are licensed to be used only by a student with a premium membership, so in order to use the materials, each of your students would need their own premium account.

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    Meya

    can I play games without using the premium

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      Unfortunately, the games are only available with a premium membership.

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    Cheyenne

    I never thought I could play my piano until now

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    Irene

    Thank you so much ! Love your teaching ~Mr.Hoffman

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

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    Gianluca

    Dear Mr Hoffman, can I also follow your premium course being 41 years old or it’s mostly designed for kids? Thanks and congratulations

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      Hi! The materials that come with a premium subscription are designed for children, but we’ve had many adults successfully use our program as well. The best way to find out is to try it. If you sign up for a premium account and realize that the materials aren’t helping you, you can cancel within the first 30 days for a full refund. I hope that helps!

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    Aadarsh

    the lesson is very lovely. Thanks Mr.Hoffman.

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    sujaya

    Thank you Mr.Hoffman, your method of teaching has made me more interested in Piano, grateful for making it available for free as well😃

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

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      Loretta

      I really enjoy your way of teaching .I have been looking to teach myself to play but really was not consistent .I hope I will be able to continue this time to the end of the lessons .Thank you .

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

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    maxwell

    hot cross buns I already know that songs but I’m a gonna move on

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    K

    Yay! I can’t wait to relearn how to play. This is so so so simple and beautifully explained. Thank you!

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      We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons!

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      You’re very welcome!

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    leila

    This lesson is wonderful, I have a question I can not practice every day only two days a week, if I spent longer hours in practice will make up for it?

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      It’s good to practice as frequently as possible, but it’s all right to miss a day or two, especially if you practice more on the other days.

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    Edward

    I’ve been looking for lessons like these for a long time. this is great i love it.

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      Thank you! We’re so glad you enjoyed it.

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    Prince

    Thanks so much for the practice exercise

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful.

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    ida

    i just loved the first lesson i am so excited
    i just wanna ask………..do you issue certificates when we are done with all our lessons?

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      Thanks! We’re so glad you enjoyed the lesson. In the complete printable materials for most of the units, the last page is an achievement award for completing the unit, but we’re still not finished making all of the lessons, so we don’t have one for the end of the program yet.

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    Najm

    I’ve been searching for a while for a free website like this one, and frankly, I’m quite excited as I have been dreaming of being able to play a certain, rather complicated and advanced song for a long time, and well, now that I finally have a piano keyboard, all that stands between me and learning it is practice! thanks for making these lessons free for everyone.

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      You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons. Happy playing!

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    anthony

    well my first time and i thought is was great!!!!

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      That’s wonderful! We’re glad you were able to learn the song. Keep up the great work. 🙂

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    Michael Alcin

    I really like how you go step by step to play the
    Song

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    Ethan

    Thank you for doing this! I don’t see usually free programs like this and it is very helpful!

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      You’re very welcome! We’re so glad the lesson was helpful. 🙂

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    Windsor

    I just found out about your website, and I am enjoying it already. I just watched the first lesson on unit 1. It’s kind of late, I’ll practice tomorrow God’s willing. Thank you very much. I give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re a great teacher.

    Windsor

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      Thank you so much! We hope you continue to enjoy the lessons.

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    Ethan

    can you teach us your theme song?

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

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    Raphael

    I have A Question…………. in your videos,well you know your intro right? So i just wanna ask is………….. What song was that?

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      That song is called “All of Me” and it was written by Jon Schmidt.

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    Rebekah

    Thank you the lesson was simple and easy to follow

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad it was helpful.

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    Meryam

    Thank you so much 🙂 i”m from Azerbaijan you helped me so much

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and that you’re finding the lessons helpful! Keep up the great work. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Katie Hollinsworth

    thank you this so helpful for me

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful.

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    Clarita

    This 1st lesson was easier than i expected

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    Judy

    I’m learning at age 47. I’m hopeful and encouraged. Thank you.

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      That’s great! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!

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    Mia

    The song was incrediblely easy,thank you for teaching piano

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you were able to learn the song. 🙂

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    Yun

    This seems to be interesting to my boy, wish it will help him to learn,thanks a lot

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      You’re very welcome! I hope he continues to enjoy the lessons.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad it was helpful.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Elizabeth

    The first song was extremely easy!

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    zamin

    So this is the second time I am trying to learn the piano…Am I pretty old about 16…would these help me learn the piano quickly? Secondly, how many times a week should I practice or go through this lesson.Lastly, are all these lessons free or do have to pay a premium to access them all

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      You can watch all of the video lessons for free. A Premium account gives you access to supplemental materials such as listening tracks, sheet music, worksheets, online games, etc. I would recommend practicing the piano every day, but you can move through the lessons at whatever pace works best for you. Some lessons might take you less than a day to master, while others will take longer. If you’d like some hints about how to know when it’s time to move forward, check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.

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    katelyn

    the first lesson is hard to play the song

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      It can definitely be tricky but, with a little practice, I’m confident you can master it!

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    Sharon

    Wonderful my 5 year old son loves this.

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      Thank you! I’m glad he enjoyed the lesson.

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    Jaze

    I’ve been into piano since I was 4th grade, Im 8th grade nowbut Ive never really fully learned how to play the piano. My teachers really sucked.. it was a waste of 14 dollars every meet up. They never told me about anything called a Solfage. Ive been paying them for up to 2 years but I still don’t know how to play Fur Elise. I practiced so hard but I finally stopped. Im going to learn from you from now on. There is actual explanation on why and how you do a certain thing. I am so grateful for this.

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      We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!

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    Christine

    Mr Hoffman, I just saw this clip, and I would like to ask you, in this Hot Cross Bun song, the notes are majorly played at “do – re – mi”. I knew that usually the do = c and re = d and mi = e. Why in this song, the Do = F#, and Re = G#, and the Mi = A#? I have not yet opened my piano and have not yet tried whether I can do this song, on those notes ( C- D – E). Thank you so much!! I hope my question is not so silly. 😀

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      Yes! The song will work with C, D, and E, just as well as it will work with F#, G#, and A#. Many people are used to a system of solfège where C is always Do. However, we use a movable solfège instead of a fixed solfège. That means that Do is always the first note of the scale, the “home base” note, no matter what key you’re playing in. In the key of C major, Do means C, Re means D, Mi means E, and so forth. However, when you’re playing in the key of D major, you start higher because the home base note is D. D is Do, E is Re, F# is Mi, and so forth. The letter names always go with the same specific pitches. The solfège names, on the other hand, are associated with specific relationships between pitches. For example, the distance between Do and Re is always the same, no matter what key you’re playing in. It sounds a little confusing, but it actually makes transposing songs very easy. Once you know the solfège for a melody, you can set any note as Do and reproduce the same melody in whatever key you want. To read more about Solfège, you can look at this article on our blog: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege/ I hope that helps!

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    matias

    thank you mr.Hoffman and I love how you do the lessons of piano I see your videos always

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoy the videos.

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    matias

    hello I have a question i don’t know if is a good age to learn play the piano with 13 years old

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      Thirteen is a perfectly good age to start learning the piano!

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    Samuel

    I love this site and the best part is it’s free!

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    Corban

    is this going to be easy even for a 5 yr old?

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      5-6 years old is usually a good time for children to start learning the piano, but it depends on the individual child. If you’d like some tips on knowing when a child is ready to start piano lessons, check out our blog post: What is the Best Age to Begin Piano Lessons? I hope that helps!

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      Samuel

      It would be because 5 or 6 year should start learning at a early age.

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    Lulu

    I started using this website a few years ago but then stopped playing for a really long time. I am so happy that I am starting again. I can not wait to get better and play the songs I love to my heart’s content! Thank you so much for making these videos. You are one of the reasons that I can learn more about my favorite thing in the world, music.

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      Thank you so much! We’re glad to have you learning with us again, and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Lindokuhle

    What an awesome lesson,though I couldn’t see😁 the jazz chords but yah thanks Mr Hoffmann I’ve got all the mi re do in my brain already…..😁 just kidding, but most of it ,thank you sir I just hope and look forth to further improvement

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      Thank you so much! We’re happy to have you learning with us and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Napoleon Mila

    My daughter and me are very excited! thanks for giving us this opportunity…

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      You’re welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you enjoy the lessons!

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    Richard

    Hello. Thank you making this video! I am very happy on my first lesson..HOT cross buns!!! I really appreciate how you present the video in an entertaining way. Love it! I always want to learn how to play piano or keyboard and I think this is the right channel for me. And I am 37!

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

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    Susan

    Mr. Hoffman,
    What are the points earned after completing each unit used for?

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      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, we’d love to hear them!

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    Nawattakorn Pannil

    Thank you made me happy

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      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    nicolei

    Thank you!!! This inspires me to strive harder to learn piano. Who knows maybe one day I can also be a good pianist someday <3 More power!!!

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      You’re very welcome! There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with time and dedicated practice.

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    Judith

    nice and easy to understand. But my keyboard has 36 key keyboard

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      Thank you! It’s OK to start on a smaller keyboard. You might need to modify a few of the songs that we teach so that they fit on your keyboard, but you can definitely still learn.

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    julian

    can i connect this to a keyboard midi ?

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      Hi! I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking. What are you wanting to connect to a keyboard midi?

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    Anvitha

    Hi! Loved your first lesson. I don’t have a keyboard like you. I’ve got a small one… what should I do?

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      It’s perfectly all right to start on a smaller keyboard. If your keyboard has at least 61 keys, then you should be able to play all of the songs that we teach in the lessons without any trouble. If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys, you may need to modify a few of the songs, but it should still be all right. Let us know if you have any problems or questions and we’ll be happy to help.

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    Bekah

    It’s so exciting to see my (just turned) five-year-old play his first song! Looking forward to the whole program!

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      We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you and your son continue to enjoy the lessons! 🙂

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      You’re very welcome! I’m glad the lesson was helpful.

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    Vishnu

    Hi.., I started learning on PSR – I455 , thanks for guiding me

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

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    Gabriel

    Hello! I love your lessons and just had a question. I am playing on a 49 key keyboard and you are playing on a 88 key piano. Will I still be able to learn?

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      It’s perfectly all right to learn on a smaller keyboard, especially if you’re just starting out. Since your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys you will need to modify a few of the songs taught in these lessons, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.

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    Omid

    Hi. I’ve played piano for two years. and I finished some books like BEYER, CZERNY, BACH, and also some classical music pieces like rondo alla turca. I want to continue it with free online lessons. Could you please help me? thank you so much

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      If you’ve had some previous piano experience, it’s ok to 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. You might also want to look through the lessons in unit 1 to see if there are any topics you are unfamiliar with or would like to review. I hope that helps!

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        Omid

        Hi Dear instructor. Thank you so much for your reply. my name is Omid and I’m 13 years old . I’ve a question . Is It possible to send to you a short video that I played ? In this way you can guide me better and tell me what should I do. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to write to me.

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          Hi Omid! If you’d like, you can post a video on our Facebook page or on YouTube. Make sure to let us know if you do so we can go check it out! 🙂

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    Joseph

    Hi i bought my Yamaha Psr E453 two days ago am i on the right page please?

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      Hi! Congratulations on getting an instrument. 🙂 Yes, this is the first lesson. We hope you enjoy learning your first song, and feel free to ask us any questions you might have along the way. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Teagan

    Great! But the only thing is that up I play viola and flute so I basically know all this stuff is there any lesson that I can skip to? Oh and by the way, I have very little experience but I have a very good musical ear! Thanks! Keep it up!

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      Thank you! There are some things taught early on that are specific to the piano, so even with a solid knowledge of music theory, it’s good to start near the beginning. However, you can feel free to skip around and move quickly through the first few units. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page and watch the lessons in the first unit that have topics you may not be fully familiar with. Then if you want, you can start in unit 2. You can still move quickly through the lessons after that if they aren’t challenging enough. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Annabelle

    this was really helpful 🙂

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      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Mackenzie

    I’m excited to learn how to play piano! An elderly man that I’ve known since I was small has always wanted me to learn. I’ve since then grown some interest.

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      Well, we’re glad to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing. 🙂

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    Diana

    Daniel is so excited to play his first song!

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      That’s great! We’re happy to have him learning with us!

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    Janet

    Im excited to learn how to play a piano with two hands

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      That’s great! You’ll start adding chords to the songs you learn by the end of unit 1. 🙂

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    fung

    love that you incorporate solfege right away from the start!

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    Daniela

    This is awesome, I decided to learn how to play the piano and I found you and you teach so nicely and so friendly , I really enjoyed this lesson, thanks.

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      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!

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    Hank

    I’m recommending your site to all of my friends and family! I appreciate how you make no assumptions as to musical background but begin with the basics. Your instructions are detailed and simple. You make the journey of learning exciting! Thanks Mr. Hoffman!

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      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful!

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    PatrickD

    Dear Mr Hoffman, what is the difference between a piano and a keyboard? Is it that the keys are easier to press?

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      That’s definitely part of it. The main structural difference between a piano and an electric keyboard is that an acoustic piano uses actual strings that vibrate to make noise when you play a note, and an electric piano just simulates that noise electronically. However, the biggest practical difference is that for most electric keyboards the keys don’t have the same weight which which makes them easier to press, and you don’t have as much control over dynamics, which is how loud or soft you play each note.

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    Ela

    Hello, I’m learning without the help of a teacher, are these lessons suitable for me?

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      Yes! The video lessons are designed to teach beginning piano. So long as you’re willing to put in the effort to practice and move through the curriculum on your own, you should be able to learn using them.

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    Queenie

    You’re a GREAT Teacher! I’m letting my 2 girls get started with you tonight. (Ages 4 and 1). I’m looking forward to learning along with them. Thanks for this!!!

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      You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons.

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    Alaina

    I am not able to play the video on my phone. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Michael

    Wonderful! My kids and I really enjoyed this and are so happy to have found this academy!

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

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    Romila

    Really good in the way Joseph teaches us the parts of the piano!

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      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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      All of the video lessons are free, and can be watched here, or on our YouTube Channel. The sheet music and other materials are available with a premium account, or can be purchased at our online store.

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    Kumar Sukumar

    What a simple way to start? Great Teacher

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      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Moses

    I love this very much and am just elated to be part of this.

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

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    Keith

    Excited to start the lessons. Great teacher!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    haya

    I always want to play with piano thankyou Hoffmanacademy for making it truth am so happy

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad to have you learning with us, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the lesson!

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    Brooke

    Omg I absolutely loved this lesson it was so helpful before I found this website I was totally clueless about playing the piano but I always wanted to learn I’m so exited to watch the next lesson thank you so much

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome, and we’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    Nooruldeen

    Hi hoofman academy . My name is nooruldeen and im from Iraq . Im so happy that I found your website . Finally I got a way to impress my girlfriend . Thank you very much

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you enjoy the lessons. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      There are a few ways to navigate the lessons. You can click up at the top of the page where it says “Lessons” then click where it says “View Unit 1” then click on whatever lesson in unit 1 you’d like to watch. The other option is to click in the bottom right corner of the video where it says “Next Activity.” That will take you to the practice session for the lesson you just watched. To get to the next video from there, just click where it says “Skip Practice Session.” I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Robert

    I’ve already watched Hot Cross Buns. Am I your oldest student?? I took 6 months of lessons in 1954. Now I have Parkinson’s and I’m ready to try again.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We have students from a very wide age range, but it’s possible that you’re the oldest. In any case, we’re happy to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!

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    Kapau

    Since I don’t have a piano, is there a keyboard for about $50 that you would recommend for someone like me who wants to become a master?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Some good, inexpensive models of keyboard are the Casio CTK series and the Yamaha PSR series, which range from about $80 to $250. If you’d like some more information about choosing an instrument, check out our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    nour

    hey are all of these lessons free?

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      Hoffman Academy

      All of the video lessons are free. If you upgrade to a premium account for a monthly fee, you gain access to sheet music, practice sessions, games, and other supplementary materials, but anyone can watch the videos for free.

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    Gloria

    Just found ur youtube channel and now I’m here, so excited to learn how to play piano, I’m an absolute beginner, thank you for ur videos, looking forward to learn from you. Love the way u
    teach 👍 👍

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson. Good luck and happy playing!

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    PatrickD

    Thanks for the lessons! I struggled at piano for so long; then I found Hoffman academy, so great to learn with you! And again, thank you very much

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found the lesson helpful.

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    DL Lieberman

    Mr. Hoffman, you make playing the piano fun and possible for anyone who takes the time to follow your lessons. Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Michelle

    Hi I thank you so much I think I saw you at the convention center!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! You’re very welcome, and we’re glad to have you learning with us! 🙂

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    Damilola

    Hello Mr. Hoffman, i’ve been trying to learn piano for so long now and i couldn’t find any good websites to use until i found this website. I listened to you play Hot Cross Buns and i already know how to play it so good. I am going to take your advice and i am going to practice everday no matter how tired and no matter how busy. Thank you for making good piano learning videos.

    P.S
    I’m new here

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      Hoffman Academy

      Welcome! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m glad you enjoyed the first lesson! Keep up the great work, and let us know if you have any questions along the way.

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    sibi

    wowwww!!!!!amazing!!!love to learn with u!!!became your biggest fan!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Salman

    hello mr. hoffman when i watch your video for learning piano. im beggest fan of you thanqq so much for making piano learning videos

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    mILLY

    This is the only one piano learning program that could made me move head

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! We’re so glad she enjoyed the lesson.

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    Goldwyn Sudhakar

    Surely will practice daily. Superb simple training.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Hannah

    Awesome lesson! In what Unit will we learn to read sheet music?
    Thanks,
    Hannah

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! You start learning about the grand staff in the beginning of unit 2.

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      Diamond

      I am very happy to have started my piano lessons with you. My first lesson was very fun I will continue my classes.

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        Hoffman Academy

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

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    Sheri

    I’m so glad I saw you today in tv. I played piano many years ago as a child and actually was quite good. I stopped playing for years due to several things happening in my life but have always missed playing. I still have my piano from my childhood and I’m looking forward to playing again! I think your program will be perfect for this 61 year old retired nurse!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue to find the lessons helpful. Good luck and happy playing!

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    jose

    Hello everyone. I’m from Brazil. I’m learning here. I hope to learn more. Thank you for the opportunity. I could teach some music by Roberto Carlos How great my love for you! thank you so much Mr. Hoffman !

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hello, and thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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          Hoffman Academy

          Hi! I’m doing great. How are you?

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    Ayush

    Hello , I don’t any piano right now but I’d love to learn so can you help me out what should buy and do?

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    Catherine

    I loved this video and i did both of my hands! -Jackie, age 10

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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    Bocifus

    Mr.Hoffman I Watched your Moana level 3 video and When I played the piano I did amazing because you make the piano easy. So could you do a Bethoven piano lesson please.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful. And thank you for the suggestion. I’ll add it to our list of potential future lessons.

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    nitin

    Hello Sir, first I want to wish u a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 and God may provide success and happiness all through your life and today I took a resolution that I will learn piano and I found you and watched your tutorial and you are awesome, you have trained me in the first lesson so easily and friendly I didn’t notice that I have learned a lot from it.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! Happy new year to you too! 🙂 We’re so glad to have you learning with us and we hope you continue to find the lessons helpful. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Boris Tayong

    Gosh… i love it…
    Its even better than flowkey

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Jasmine

    Hello Mr, Hoffman, i’m still new here but i’m already liking this! unfortunately i forced to sell my piano, now i’m learning piano online (with my keyboard). Do you have any advice ? or is it okay to make a video piano on keyboards? . thank you so much Mr. Hoffman ! 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s perfectly all right to learn on an electronic keyboard instead of an acoustic piano, especially if you’re just starting out. If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys you will need to modify a few of the songs taught in these lessons, but even then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not entirely sure I understand your question. Which key are you talking about?

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    Malak Soudi

    This was a nice lesson but I already tried hot cross buns with both hands it was fine I already have experience on the piano and I can use both hands (kind of) so what lesson do you recommend me?

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you’ve had some previous piano experience and feel like you already know the unit 1 material, it’s ok to 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. You might also want to look through the lessons in unit 1 to see if there are any topics you are unfamiliar with or would like to review.

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    Mia

    I have a 54 key keyboard. Can I still do the lessons?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Absolutely! 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, but it’s all right to start on a smaller keyboard if necessary. With a 54-key keyboard, you may have to modify some of the pieces taught in the lessons, but other than that, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    Iraj

    I have practiced lesson 1 trying to go the next activity but nothing happens!

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the website! Let us know if you’re still having trouble with it, and we’ll see if we can figure out what’s wrong. For now, here’s a link to Lesson 2. In the future, if you’re having trouble getting to a lesson, you can also use our lesson index page to navigate. I hope that helps!

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      May

      Hi, Mr.Hoffman , Christmas night my grandson help me to paid the lessons fee and I start enjoy learning with you
      In 2013 was the first-time I meet u in the internet that time I don,t have a key board to practice recently my daughter bought me one .I think I am the oldest student of you.
      My English is not well so I know I learn vert slow but I will try my best and remember you said :PRACTICE EVERY DAY

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        Hoffman Academy

        Hi! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and we hope you enjoy the lessons and find them helpful. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Sergio

    Lol I purchased this package almost a year ago. Finally got around to starting, I AM so excited. I forgot how awesome your energy is =D

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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      kenwda

      LOL that is wired, i’m looking at the 4th song

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        kenwda

        nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Ricardo

    I am so happy I came across the Hoffman Academy. You make learning the piano fun and engaging. I have been searching for online piano lessons and came across many that were not helpful to me. Many were confusing to me. Here, I love how the lessons are simple to understand while at the same time doing, “on the job training” ;). I want to thank Mr. Hoffman and his team for everything you all do in teaching all ages how to play the piano. May God continue to bless his family and team abundantly.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! We’re so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful, and we’re happy to have you learning with us.

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    alok

    I always want a good teacher who can help me in piano nd finally I meat u sir thank you sir..for your good work

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked the lesson.

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    Abraham

    This is amazing and good i think I need a better piano

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    Diane

    I taught myself how to play the piano as a kid (I’m now 35 – and only very basic abilities). A few years ago I read an article about how learning how to play music before the age of 7 or 8 has amazing benefits to brain development, so I bought a high-end keyboard for my kids to learn to play, though we never started lessons. I recently heard about your online program and I’m so glad I did!! I just set up a free account for all of us (4 of my kids ages 4-9, my husband and myself). 🙂 We all went through lesson 1 today and my kids loved it!! I am SO excited to make this a regular part of our day! My kids seem excited too. 🙂 Hopefully they stick with it so we can sign up for premium accounts – the trailers for the games look fantastic! (My husband won’t let me sign up until we know for sure that this will be a regular thing. lol.) Thank you for putting together such great content and making them so easily available.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the lesson, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!

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    Jeremiah

    That was class I am excited that I am joining this academy today

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    Iza Lenore

    This is amazing! Not only did I learn from music, but I learned something about its history as well! Good job!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Ron

    The unit 1 book did not print correctly for me. Lots of little boxes, overlapping letters, and letters missing.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the unit 1 book. Some systems open a preview window when you download a file. If you try to print from the PDF preview it can cause problems. Make sure you download the PDF, open the file, and print it from your PDF reader software (Adobe, Foxit, etc.). If that doesn’t help, please email our support team through our Contact Us page and include what browser, operating system, and PDF reader you’re using in your question.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Dipti

    Very interesting!
    Thank you for the lesson!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Brylee

    You should do keyboard lessons

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    Sharon

    Hi, the printables won’t download for me. Is there another way to get them? Thanks.

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      Sharon

      Hi, Nevermind….the error was on my end. My kids LOVED their first lesson! This is so fun! Thank you!

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        Hoffman Academy

        Thank you! I’m glad they enjoyed the lesson, and that you were able to get the printables to work.

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    Sam

    Was so awesome I learned a lot from it

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked the video.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Jaliyah

    do you also have singing lessons

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      Hoffman Academy

      We don’t currently offer online voice lessons. While we do hope to someday post lessons for other instruments, first we want to get our piano curriculum up to intermediate and advanced levels.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    yanying

    Dear Teacher Hoffman, thank you for creating such a wonderful website. I am a parent of a four-year-old. I have no music background but recently started learning piano together with my kid. She endrolled Yamaha Junior Music course. Hot cross buns is the first song she learned to play on the white keys. As I want to show her your video lesson to suppliment her in class Yamaha lessons, I am sure she would have this same question in mind after watching- why do you play do re mi on the three black keys rather than the white keys for this song? Any specific reason that you start teaching black keys instead of white keys? Will you share more on this? Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      The answer is simply that it is much easier for the beginner student to find a group of 3 black keys than it is to find C-D-E. I want their first song to be as easy and simple as possible, so they can have an early success. Also, in the Hoffman Method we use “movable do”, meaning that DO can transpose to any key. To learn more about solfege and why we use movable DO, read here. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Briana

    Love love love! Excited to restart my piano journey with Hoffman academy.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you liked it, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Emily

    I’m 35 years old and I can tell I am going to love this! It really is for all ages. I am so excited!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Jesus Torres

    I have just finished my first lesson and I’m really excited about this, piano is my favorite instrument BY FAR, nut never really had the initiative to learn it, but now I’m more hyped than ever before!! IN LOVE WITH THESE LESSONS and it’s just the first one! will practice for sure. (sorry if a had any mistakes, my english is not 100% perfect) greetings from Venezuela! 😀

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons and we’re happy to have you learning with us!

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    Shammah

    Great beginning, this first lesson makes me want to follow all the rest of the lessons to the very end

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Prissy

    Oh I hope that you’ll be a good teacher for me. Thanks for the lesson

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome, and we’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    sherry

    sorry,why i cant watch the video?it shows the page can not be opened,do i have to use with vpn?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the website! If the videos won’t load, you can always try going to our YouTube Channel and watching them there. If that’s not working, it probably means YouTube is blocked in the location or facility you’re trying to access the lessons from. All the videos on the website are actually streamed via YouTube, so if YouTube itself is blocked, they won’t play on our website either.

      If the videos are working on YouTube, but not on the website, feel free to contact us, and we’ll see if we can help. Be sure to include the following information:

      -A description of your problem (e.g., the video viewing area stays black or the lesson pages won’t load)
      -What operating system and device you are using
      -What internet browser you are using
      -Your current location, both country and establishment (e.g., at home, at school, in a library, etc.)

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    Andrea

    Is it okay to practice with a keyboard? which keyboard do you recommend? Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, practicing on a keyboard is just fine! There are many good keyboards, and picking the one that’s best for you will depend on your individual needs and situation. To get started, I’d suggest you review our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps!

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    Elise

    you really are such a good teacher. I do not speak English very well because I live in Belgium and thus speak Dutch and still learn English, but I understand you too! really amazing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful. 🙂

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    Eve

    This is a great addition to our kids’ homeschool music lessons. We are so grateful for this.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re glad you’re finding the lessons helpful, and we’re happy to have you learning with us. 🙂

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    garret

    what if you know things like key names,finger position,etc so that you don’t have to learn them all over again if so pleas tell me

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you’ve had some previous piano experience and feel like you already know the unit 1 material, it’s ok to 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.

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    Tonya

    Ive been wanting to learn for piano for most of my life,I have even had you on my tablet for a couple of years now. Today you came to my head b/c well I do want to learn,but I don’t b/c I really don’t have the confidence that I can. I came here today and watched your first lesson (which I have done before a few years ago) and I cried b/c you really gave me the confidence that I really can learn and do it great. Thank you so much I am going to practice and see how it goes I’m really excited that I can learn to play the piano. Thank you so much.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you liked it!

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    Carla

    I have always wanted to learn the piano or keyboard but was busy raising kids and now that they are grown and have their own lives I began searching for a good teacher but for a few years searched and finally gave up for awhile…then one night I began searching you tube for beginner songs and lessons and thats when I came across Joseph and let me tell you I feel confident and excited to play and literally everyday for a week now I have been non stop practicing in the evening. You make it so easy to follow and understand I truly feel like I am going to succeed in all aspects of playing the piano/keyboard. So I just wanted to say thank you for ending my search for a good instructor because you are awesome.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! We’re happy to have you learning with us and I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons so far. Good luck and happy playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Either one of those keyboards should be fine for a beginner. Both Yamaha and Casio are highly trusted, consistent brands, and it’s really up to you to decide which you like the sound, look, and feel of best! Good luck and happy playing!

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        Joshef

        Thanks for your helpful response so, how is Casio AP420? May i take this ….

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          Hoffman Academy

          I haven’t had personal experience with that model, but it looks as if it should be fine.

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    Gabriel

    lesson number 8
    this class is great

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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    supriyanto

    Your tutorial very helpful for me… I am too late learning piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you found the lesson helpful, and its never too late to learn something new! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Abdallah

    I’m trying to be a Music producer, so i guess knowing how to use a Piano is really helpful. Thank you very much

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Priscilla

    I’m learning how to play the Cello and while doing that I figure why not play the piano too. Your tutorials are very helpful! I’ve had my piano sitting in my room forever, and you changed the way I look at it every time I walk in my room.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Marrik

    This lesson was great to experience. It made me feel like a kid again. I think a good way to learn something new is to feel like a kid when doing it because it will leave that much more of an impression on you. I have also been wanting to learn the piano since I was a child so this is a good start for me.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    edward

    thank you for the lessons it was helpful

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked the lesson.

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    McKenzie

    I am so glad I found your program (through a homeschooling facebook group). It is absolutely amazing that you offer this for free. We are so grateful. Thank you so much!!! My 4 year old has been begging to start lessons and I only played by ear before so I’m excited to do the lessons right along with him! I wasn’t going to start him in lessons until 5 but he has been asking and I happen to find your site. I love that the lessons are short and perfect for his age and attention span. Thank you again! He is so proud of himself for learning his first song. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re finding the lessons helpful and we’re so happy to have your son learning with us!

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    Josiah

    I have been watching your videos on You tube, there great!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you like them.

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    Roselaine Lamarre

    I have signed up about 2 months ago. I have difficulties opening the lessons. How does the program works. Where do I go to use the printables and the audio. I can only view the very first lesson. Please help. Thanks

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! There are two ways to move between lessons: 1) At the bottom right corner of the video, there should be something that says “Next Activity.” If you click on that, it should take you to the practice session for lesson 1, and then once you’ve completed that, it will ask if you want to move on to lesson 2 (or you can skip the practice session by clicking the box that says “skip practice session.”) 2) Scroll up to the top of the page and click on where it says “Lessons” then scroll down and click “view unit 1.” From there you can just click on any lesson or practice session in unit 1.

      There are three general ways to access the materials: 1) On the bottom left corner of most of the videos, there are boxes that say “Printables” and/or “Audio.” If you click on them, it will allow you to download the materials for that lesson. 2) In the beginning of each practice session, there is a list of materials used in the practice session, and next to each one there’s a box that says “open” which will allow you to download each file. 3) Scroll up to the top of the page and look for the circular icon in the top right corner. It should be a colored circle with a letter or an animal in it. Click on that circle, then go down and click on “account” which will take you to your account dashboard. From there, click on the box that says “Materials” and it will let you download all the materials for the unit you are currently in.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you’re still having trouble!

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    Tiffany

    Hello, I have signed two of my children up for the Premium. I have tried looking for an explination on the points and have not been able to find it. Can you please explain the points that they earn? Is there something they can “cash” the points in for, like a new game to play or something? Thanks!

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      Hi! Right now, the points are just for the students’ 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 or your children have ideas for fun ways we could use the points, we’d love to hear them!

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    Michelle

    I don’t have any experience with the piano can I still be a better player??

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      Are you asking whether you can improve to become better than you currently are? If so, then yes! Every pianist starts out with no experience, and then has to learn and practice in order to improve. You can certainly improve your piano skills, even if you don’t start out with any experience at all. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      To get the sheet music for “Hot Cross Buns” just click on the little box in the bottom left corner of the video that says “Printables” and it should let you download the sheet music. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Miguel

    Hi Mr. Hoffman…
    I am so happy to be back and continuing with my piano classes with you and your amazing system, and could realizing my all my life dream to learn to play piano like you…or close.
    Thanks for the oportunity …
    And I have a question: Why in the lesson 1 you use the 5th black key as Do Mayor insted of the tipycal white key Do Mayor ??

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      Hi! That’s a good question. In my method of teaching, we use a movable solfège system which means that “Do” changes depending on what key you’re playing in. So if you’re playing in the key of C major, then “Do” will be “C” but in this case, we’re playing in the key of F# major, so “Do” is on “F#” which is the black key we start the song on. If you’d like to learn more about solfège, you can read our blog post What is solfège?. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Houston

    Just starting piano today! i know a LOT about music theory (like, at this point i’m far past knowing all the notes and the quintessential major/minor scales) from playing guitar, bass and other instruments for years. where do you recommend someone who has theory knowledge but no technical ability start on your course? thanks!

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      Hi! We’re happy to have you learning with us! There are some things taught early on that are specific to the piano, so even with a solid knowledge of music theory, it’s good to start near the beginning. However, you can feel free to skip around and move quickly through the first few units. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page and watch the lessons in the first unit or two that have topics like “piano posture,” “finger numbers,” or other techniques you may not be fully familiar with. Then I’d recommend starting in either unit 2 or 3. You can still move quickly through the lessons after that if they aren’t challenging enough. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    T'Nisha

    Wondering as my children are starting out. Do you suggest the do lesson one for a week, then lesson two for a week and so on? Or do they just move lessons each day?
    I reall Anjou the way you teach them thanks for this awesome website.

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

      The nice thing about online lessons is that you can go at whatever pace works best for your children. If they’re finding the material in the first few units fairly easy, it’s all right to do a lesson every day or every few days. For most beginning children, 2-3 lessons a week seems to work best. If you’re not sure what pace to go at, our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson, has some ideas about how to tell when your children are ready to move forward. I hope that helps!

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    Katelyn

    I need to learn piano little by little. I need to know what are chords, which keys are A,B,C,D,E,F, AND G. And how to play with both hands.

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      Those are great things to look forward to learning! In lesson 3 we teach about the musical alphabet, and then in lessons 4, 7, and 11, you’ll learn how to recognize which letter goes with which key on the piano. By the end of unit 1, you’ll learn how to play chords, and you’ll also start playing with both hands together.

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    Mama

    I am enjoying piano with your lessons! You are very charismatic Mr. Hoffman! I will let you know if your charms work on my 10-year-old son.

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      Thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying the lessons and I hope your son likes them too!

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    John

    Joseph Hoffman has a rare knack of seeing things from the students perspective. Lesson 1 assumes no prior knowledge, even explaining that the things you press are called keys. It feels simple and fun, yet so much is packed into this one lesson. Full marks for the website, too, which is delightfully easy to use.

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      Thank you! We are so glad you’re finding the lessons and the website helpful!

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    Prakriti

    I KNOW ALL THE PIANO CHORDS AND I JUST NEED TO PRACTICE.

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    Kimberly

    Evelyn will practice every day and she likes the video. Thank you!

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      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad she enjoyed the video and is committed to practicing. 🙂

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    Kimberly

    Kayla loves it. She wants to practice every day!

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      That’s great! I’m so happy that she liked the lesson and is finding enjoyment in practicing the piano!

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    Cherron

    omg that skit at the end was so funny -calvin

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      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

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    Koral

    My brother finally likes playing the piano. I❤️🎹

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks. 🙂 I’m glad you’re liking the lessons.

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    Tript

    My little brother is still playing it on his piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. 🙂

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    Hobbs

    Well, this looks like a pretty fun way to relearn the piano, should I skip any lessons since I already know the basics?

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      If you have had some previous experience, you can feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page to see if there is anything in the early units you’d like to review, and then find a starting point that works for you. You can also read our blog post about Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Jim

    Scratch that question. Found how to do it.

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    Jim

    In the first lesson, he mentions using. a practice video. Where do you find it?

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    fatemeh

    hi Mr.hoffman. i’m so happy that you are my first piano teacher and i’m so thankful. thank you very much ☺️❤️ i hope one day i could be a great pianist like you and a good student for you.

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      You’re very welcome! We’re so glad to have you learning with us and I’m happy to be your teacher! There is no limit to what you can learn when you are willing to work hard and persevere at something. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Aubrey

    Hey Mr. Hoffman,did you get that good at playing just by practicing or were just born that way

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      I definitely had to practice a little. 🙂

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    Katie

    Hi, I just want to tell you how excited I am to re-learn the piano with you! I recently was gifted a 1932 Wurlitzer baby grand piano in excellent condition, and I used to be classically trained but only know my chords now. I’ve only watched part of your first lesson, but will be breaking out the iPad and playing along on my piano. Thanks for this awesome resource!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! We’re so glad you’re finding the lesson helpful! Good luck and happy playing!

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        Marcelo Esteban

        Is the backing track used for the video found on the Listening Album or Practice Album? How do I get both of those?

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          You can get the listening track for Lesson 1, which is free, by clicking on the box that says “Audio” at the bottom left corner of the video. If you want the complete materials for unit 1 or any of the other units, you can purchase them at our online store or get a premium subscription which will give you access to all of the materials, practice sessions, and games on a monthly basis. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Christie

    Very good stuff. Can I use a keyboard to learn?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, you can use a digital keyboard to learn to play the piano. It’s best to use a keyboard with 88 weighted keys, but if that’s not possible, it’s also ok to start on a smaller one.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you’ve watched Lesson 1 and feel ready to move on, you could go to Lesson 2. Or you can watch Lesson 1 again and then practice playing “Hot Cross Buns” on your own before moving on. I hope that helps! Let me know if there’s anything specific you’re confused about and I’d be happy to answer your questions!

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    jeffrey

    does age count to learn piano

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      That’s a good question. Children younger than five years old might have some trouble with it because their hands aren’t quite big and strong enough to play the keys correctly, but other than that, people of any age can successfully learn to play the piano.

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    Mybel

    Q: Do I have to cut my nails to play the piano properly

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      When you play the piano, you use the tips of your fingers, so long nails can get in the way. You’ll find it much easier and more comfortable to play with good hand posture if your fingernails are clipped reasonably short. I hope that helps!

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        Mybel

        Thank you for your prompt reply, I really appreciate it 😊

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    Kathy

    Hi, Mr. Hoffman Where do I find the Listening Album you refer to in the intro to the Unit? Thanks!

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      You can get the materials for lesson one, which are free, by clicking on the boxes that say “Printables” and “Audio” in the bottom left corner of the video. If you would like the complete materials for unit 1, you can purchase them at our store or get a premium subscription which will allow you access to the materials for all of the units, as well as practice sessions and games, on a monthly basis. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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      As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth. 🙂

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    Jamal

    How do I get the back track for hot cross buns do I need to be a premium subscriber. Im on disability and I can’t afford $130 to be premium subscriber I’m very sorry.

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      The materials for the first lesson including the sheet music and backing track are free. There should be a box at the bottom left corner of the video that says “Printables” and another one that says “Audio”. If you click on them, it will let you open the materials for “Hot Cross Buns”. I hope that helps!

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    Hannah

    I didn’t know that singing can improve your piano playing! Thank you so much!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    ayra

    hi mr. Hoffman I just started my parents are going to buy me a piano. which piano do you suggest for the lessons beginner

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      From the review, it looks like it’s a good quality electronic keyboard. Some of the most important things to keep in mind are whether it has a full 88 keys, and whether they’re weighted to make it feel like a real piano. This specific keyboard has both of those things, so I would say it’s a good choice.

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    Krishna

    Please try out some bollywood song like (ae dil hai mushkil) it is going to be awesome teacher.

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      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll put it on the list of potential songs for future lessons.

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    peter

    hi,mr. hoffman.do you offer a pinao sheets that you played.

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      Yes! The sheet music for the first lesson is free. There should be a box at the bottom of the video that says “Printables” and if you click on it, it will let you open the sheet music for “Hot Cross Buns”. If you want the materials for the whole unit, or for other units, they are available for purchase in our store and are also available to premium members. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Charity

    I am having trouble pulling up the lessons again. I was able to this morning but now I can’t. Any suggestions.

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      We’re so sorry you’re having trouble pulling up the videos! I would suggest trying again in a little while and if you’re still having problems, contact us and we’ll try to help you further.

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    Caroline

    This was fun. I am trying to improve my voice so singing was a great idea.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you liked it!

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    ginikachi

    I have been able to learn a lot through your class mr. hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you found the lesson helpful!

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    Amaya

    My family do not have enough money for a piano but I really really want to play piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s ok if you don’t have an actual piano when you start learning to play. If you have a computer or a tablet, you can find a keyboard app to use instead, many of which are free. Just be sure to practice good piano posture so that it will be easier to transition to a real keyboard when that becomes possible for you. I hope that helps!

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    Savannah

    Amazing!!!!!! Go Sir!!!!!!! Your are an amazing teacher!!!!!! Hoffman Academy is the best piano related thing I’ve come across!!!!!!

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    jamiracle

    prophet denis cramer to;d me to stick to piano

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    Samsun

    I am 23 years always wanted to learn piano. I don’t have one even, so I downloaded a keyboard app and I have really enjoyed playing Hot Cross buns. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Patricia

    I would like to learn to play walk around in heaven

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you for the suggestion! I will put it on the list of potential future songs for lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Hema

    You are a wonderful teacher Sir ..!!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    reetu

    Great lesson! I bought a piano around 2 months ago and was thinking of returning back but finally found something easy to learn. Thanks! looking forward to learn more.

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      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the video, and that you want to continue learning the piano. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Kaung Htet Zaw

    Thank you so much Mr.Hoffman. I thought I can’t learn piano in my life cause I don’t have time to go to piano class and also I can’t afford tuition fess for piano class. All my hopes to learn piano are coming back because of you.

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      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad to be able to help you on your musical journey! Good luck and happy playing!

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    nazia

    Hello, Im 24 years old and I am from India.I couldn’t find anyone to teach me from the scratch and now I am totally in love with the videos.Thank you so much for this.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Diamond

    I signed in for premium but they don’t let me😭

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry you’re having difficulty signing up for premium. If you give me some more details about where you’re having trouble, I will try to help you. You can either comment again, or get in touch with us through our Contact Us page for more assistance.

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    YAN

    Hey, Mr.Hoffman,what is HT short for? Your book says”play RH,LH,or HT?

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      Great question! HT stands for “hands together” meaning you play with both hands at the same time.

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    Angella Turnage

    I truly enjoyed my first piano lesson! I don’t have a piano yet but I’m buying one soon. I will practice everyday as you suggested. I always wanted to learn, and I never knew anyone offered classes online. My son and daughter will learn as well. I can’t afford to pay for all of us so I appreciate you providing this opportunity! Thank you so much for offering your knowledge to others!!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the video, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Tumin

    Ay this lesson awesome, I tried it and it is really easy for beginners like me. Just Mr. Hoffman I connot afford a piano neither a keyboard right now, could I use simulators?

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’ve had people start using our lessons with nothing but a keyboard app, and that’s just fine! Better to start now with what you’ve got and save up so as soon as it’s feasible you can start using an actual keyboard. When you eventually are able to afford a keyboard, this article offers some useful information about purchasing one: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student.

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    Aya

    owww this is amazing i didn’t expected to be like this actually i dont have a piano yet i couldn’t buy one because it’s so expensive for me and i think i would never… but i really enjoyed your lesson thank you very much you maid me so so so happy

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video!

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    Hiba

    Hey, Mr.Hoffman I have two questions:
    1.Will it affect me too much having a 61 key piano/keyboard?
    2.Will affect me too much if I have non-weighted keys?
    Thank you!

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      Neither of those things will stop you from being able to learn the piano. 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, it’s fine to start on a smaller keyboard.

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    ZABE

    this is so cool. I just want Mr. Hoffman to know that I am so thankful to you, all the way from the Philippines. I dont have money to pay for piano lessons. all we can afford is keyboard paid thru installments. me and my mom was starting to regret and plan to sell it but then one day i saw this lesson and started to play my keyboard again. i tried to read pdf’s before but this vids are the most awesome and easy to understand. not boring at all like those video piano lessons in some sites that if they’re not talking they will have a lot of talk that sometimes have nothing to do with the lesson. BOTTOMLINE: Mr. Hoffman, thank you for igniting the fire again. i want to play the keyboard again because of you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! Good Luck and Happy Playing!

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    Pang

    I Hope This Will help my daughter learn piano more easer.

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    Pang

    Why I couldnot open the “tweet”?

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    Phil

    I used to be able to play one of Brahms’ Waltzes pretty well. It’s been so many decades, I’ve actually forgotten some of my sight-reading skills. Time to start over! This looks like a friendly way to begin.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    Andrea

    This will make learning piano a lot easier! ^^

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    Yamini

    Really enjoyed learning with my kids !

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    Joshua

    Hi Mr Hoffman…is your teaching structure as per depicted in the lessons unit 1 … 2 and so on.i m really keen to expose my kids age 7 yrs to piano…thks.

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      Hello! Yes, the teaching style is fairly consistent throughout the units, though the material gets more advanced as you progress through later units. Is that what you were asking?

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    KcAnn

    I am going to enjoy this, the comments are all positive and this feels like it’s going to take me where I wanna go

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    Judith

    I am so happy to come across Hoffman Academy website. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find a piano teacher that my daughter would feel comfortable with and save me money. Living in the city, the price for piano lessons seemed ridiculous but you are a great blessing to us. Thank you so much.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! We’re so glad to have your daughter learning with us!

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    Mary

    Great start!! I’m going to enjoy this!!

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    Melissa

    I am 33 years old, and I have a 6 year old son (a 4 and 1 year old, too!). Today was both of our very first piano lesson!! 😀

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    Lindsey

    The whole family watched and enjoyed. I am so glad to find this since we just moved away from our piano teacher. Thank you!

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

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    akongnui

    This was totally amazing.
    I think i will be a great pianist someday.

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    Krishna

    Vow…liked it..i just enrolled for one month…i would like to know what are the lessons which will be covered in one month…or is it according to our grasping capacity to finish how many ever lessons…

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      Hoffman Academy

      You can move through the lessons at whatever rate you feel comfortable, and even skip around if you want.

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    Fran

    Thank you for my very first piano lesson! I can already tell that Hoffman Academy will provide an enjoyable learning experience. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the lesson, and we’re so glad to have you learning with us!

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    CHI

    It’s a very interesting lesson. I like it.

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    Karam

    Thanks for great first lesson <3

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    Heather

    I played hot cross buns on the recorder

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    TokaAllah

    Thank you , i enjoyed that lesson
    my language is arabic but i could undrsand that lesson..
    thanks

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    Joseph

    Great first video! Really sets the tone for a great journey. Thanks!

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    Sheri

    Thanks for the lesson! which was your favorite video to record?

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      You’re welcome! My favorite video to record was the new Alphabet Towers Lesson, which is lesson 3.

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    Jaydon Ruble

    I sang Hot Dog Buns the whole time

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    Lauren Mechelle

    I can’t click to the next activity. 😞

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble! If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please use our Contact Us page and our support team will be able to help you with your issue. Happy Playing!

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        Cameron

        Or maybe he means that he is too excited to click on it!

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    Ali

    Amazing! I’m watching it from Iran, A friend recommended your website. I wanted to say your repuatation is global and I just realized you absoloutly deserve it.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I am so glad to have you learning with us.

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    Kaitlyn

    Mr. Hoffman, I would like to request the songs “Pollyanna” (MOTHER soundtrack) and “Smiles and Tears” (EarthBound soundtrack) Thanks!

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      Thanks for the requests! I will put them down on a list for possible songs in the future. Happy Playing!

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    Dorothy

    Thank you so much Mr. HOFFMAN. I ENJOYED the first lesson, and looking forward fpr more!!!

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    Jimmy

    Mr.Hoffman
    Do you work with anybody if you do.Also I have lots of questions I hope you can ansewr
    them?I’m sorry if I spell things wrong. Sorry. Also can put up a video on YouTube how to play the star splanged banner and Oklahoma Also Your grand old flag.On May 2017 25 I played your songs for my prebiles and my connser and a teacher they ask for next year they will want me to play the star splaneged banner,Oklahoma and Your grand old flag Hoover Honet song if you do plz make a video how to play it too Please Also you have very very very good.You have very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good finger strength

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      Wow, thank you so much! And those are wonderful suggestions for songs to have tutorials on. I will add them to our list for possible songs in the future. In the meantime, you can find some simple sheet music for these songs at your local music store or at musicnotes.com and work on your music reading skills on your own! Happy Playing!

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    Vamsi

    MAN!! YOU ARE AWESOME. FINALLY SOME GREAT PIANO LESSONS. I TRIED MANY OTHER TUTORIALS, BUT YOU ARE EXCEPTIONAL

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    PianoGuy

    I am a beginner, self-learning from Faber Adult Piano Adventures. Played Hot Cross Bun earlier, it was boring. Enjoyed playing following your way. Hope I can learn more from your lessons, Thank you 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you are an adult learner with some previous experience, you might want to use our lesson index page to see which skills and knowledge are most useful to focus on and watch some lessons in that particular unit. If they are still too easy for you try moving up a unit. You can also feel free to jump around and watch the lessons that are useful for you until you find the Unit you feel fits the best for your skill and experience level.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I live in Portland, Oregon. Where do you live?

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        Jimmy

        Wow”that’s really far away from Eind,Oklahoma

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    willam

    i always wanted to learn to play piano i am 80 years old

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      John

      did you get a reply? i am mid 70s and am interested in learning piano. however, if you did not receiveve a reply then hoffman does not want us oldies. John

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        Hoffman Academy

        You are never too old to learn piano. So glad to have you both learning with us!

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    Angela

    This is so fun..I am thirty years old and just learning the piano. Glad I found a place willing to teach me and it doesn’t cost a fortune!

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      Hoffman Academy

      So glad to have you learning with us!

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    Katherine Olga Bawono

    Can we have the piano accompaniment for the mentor too?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, we do have the sheet music for Mr. Hoffman’s accompaniment for Hot Cross Buns. I sent it to you directly in an email. In the future, if you have any questions or requests for accompaniment music, please write to us through our Contact Us page and we will be able to help you directly. Good luck and Happy Playing!

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    Aalaa

    Thank you Mr Hoffman for this interesting lesson. I’m not very good in English – I am Arabic. I wish you could upload your dialog (in words) so I can translate it later. Thanks a lot.

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      Hoffman Academy

      If it helps, you can turn on the Closed Captioning on the video lessons and choose Arabic for the subtitle language. To do this, click on the Closed Captioning (cc) to turn them on. Then click on Settings to choose Auto-translate and select Arabic as your language. This might help having a translation in real-time while watching the lesson. Happy Playing!

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    mascatubo

    EL curso parece de muy buena calidad, lamentablemente parece que no les interesa ganar cuota con los españoles, buscaré otros maestros que me enseñen en mi idioma. Gracias.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I am sorry that we cannot offer our lessons in languages other than English. However, if it helps you can choose to view the lessons with subtitles in Spanish, as well as many other languages. Simply click on settings at the bottom of the video and select subtitles. You can then select “Auto-translate”, which will allow you to select another language for the subtitles to translate to. I hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!

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    chiemezie john O.A

    Thank you so much for creating this oppurtunity………..i can not wait to get myself a piano so i can start practicing immediately…i learnt alot in the first lesson, its awesome.
    Thanks and GOD bless you………..

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    Meghan

    Thank you for making these lessons free so that anyone can access them! I got a keyboard for my birthday and I am so excited to learn! I just finished watching the first lesson, and I’m going to try to continue practicing every day! I can already play the trumpet and ukulele, so I’m excited to learn a new instrument 🙂

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    King Win

    Hi! I had watched the first lesson and I think it was awesome! But there is a problem. because I am now staying at hostel of school and I did not have piano or keyboard with me. Any suggestions for application on laptop or smartphone to me as my piano or keyboard?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I am so glad that you are enjoying the lessons! Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of experience with piano Apps. I have used “Piano Infinity”, which is a piano app for a smartphone that allows you to go up and down the piano keys, but it only allows you to play roughly one octave at a time. It could still be better than nothing, though!

      Another option that you might want to look into is a mini-keyboard, which could still be portable and light-weight. However, I would recommend you only purchase a mini keyboard if you can find a way to try it out in person first. A big box electronics store may be your best bet, but a piano dealer may stock some as well.

      And, while regular practice at the piano is essential, there are still other things you can do to practice and stay sharp while you are traveling: you can listen to music and sing along, watch a music video, watch the lessons (we have several lessons that don’t require a piano), or just practice the songs in your head while moving your fingers.

      I hope this helps! Good Luck and Happy Playing!

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    gustavo

    may neime is sebastian
    Ian from brazil
    as liçoes tem PDF

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, there are PDF files of sheet music and activity pages to go along with the lessons. If you want to test out the materials for Lesson 1 for free, please sign up for a basic (free) account and use the download links below the Lesson 1 video viewing area.

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    Brenda

    🙂 🙁 😉 🙂 🙂 i <3 these lessons thank you Mr.Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you are enjoying them!

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    Diane

    HI,

    I’m not seeing the link for downloading the free materials for lesson one in the welcome email you sent. Does it come in a separate email? I may be just missing it.

    Thank you for sharing such an affordable way to learn piano. I am hoping to personally benefit from your lessons along with my children. I like that your lessons are simple, but not childish.

    God bless you,
    Diane

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hello Diane,

      Thank you so much! We are thrilled that both you and your children are enjoying the lessons.

      The first Welcome email you receive after signing up for the Newsletter includes a link to the Welcome Gift Page where you place a request for the free materials for Lesson 1. If you are unable to locate the link please feel free to contact us through our Contact Page and we will be happy to help resolve the issue.

      Happy Playing!

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    EMMANUEL O.P.

    Do you think you can type out your lessons for those (including me) that have YouTube blocked on their computer

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    EMMANUEL O.P.

    Hello Mr. Hoffman. I was just wondering whether you can use anything else apart from YouTube for your videos, because my parents have YouTube blocked on my computer, so I cannot watch your videos either! I am looking forward to watching them though.

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      Hoffman Academy

      If your parents want to allow you to watch Hoffman Academy videos while still controlling YouTube content, they might want to try the YouTube Kids App, which provides safer, family-friendly content from YouTube. Hoffman Academy video lessons will run on this app, as will many other educational and children’s entertainment videos. Of course no filter or internet screening service is 100% perfect, so we do encourage supervision for children while they use the internet.
      If this is not an option, there is the possibility for off-line viewing. As long as it is for personal, non-commercial use, you are welcome to download our lesson videos to make it easier to view them offline. We do not at this time have a system on our site to facilitate downloading them. You can find tutorials online to walk you through the process. One we can recommend is here: How Do I Download a YouTube Video?
      Hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!

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    JanElle Hoffman

    Hello!
    My son has been taking lessons this past year but we are moving. Is there an option for a non-beginner at Hoffman Academy? (Great name, BTW 🙂 )

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hello JanElle! (Excellent last name! 🙂 ) So glad you are interested in Hoffman Academy and yes there are definitely options for non-beginner students.

      In general, our Units 1-4 cover what could be considered “Primer” or “Preparatory” material, while Units 5-8 cover what is typically considered Level 1 skills. We would generally expect an absolute beginner to spend 18-24 months completing the lessons up through Unit 8. Unit 9 will begin early Level 2 content.

      Comparing methods can be a bit tricky, since concepts are often introduced in a different order and emphasized in different ways. For instance, many methods jump right into defining and explaining musical notation and symbols, while ours is an ear-first method, which encourages listening, singing, and learning by demonstration before connecting your knowledge to the written music notation of the staff. If your child began with an eye-first method, typical of most piano methods, they will benefit from working through earlier units and reviewing lessons on ear training topics like melodic dictation, rhythm dictation, and solfège.

      We recommend you check out our lesson index pages, by unit, where you can find a summary of what is taught in each lesson. If a student has less than one year of experience, it’s a good idea to start right at the beginning. Students with a year or more of piano experience who don’t mind some review should start as early as possible, but feel free to breeze through the lessons on familiar concepts, or even jump around if needed. Because reviewing familiar topics from a different teacher or perspective is a great way to strengthen your musical foundation, it is better to start earlier in the program than later.

      I hope this helps and feel free to ask if you need help. We are excited for your son to join us in his musical journey! Happy Playing!

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    Lio &zhazhja

    Is there a particular name for the Pentascale ale we play hot cross buns in??????

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, there is. Hot Cross Buns is in the F-sharp Major (or G-flat Major: they’re enharmonic scales, meaning they use the same keys but use different names for the keys). We’ll talk more about that in Lesson 109.

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    sergey

    thanks for teaching me this lessen!!!

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    Ewan

    Mr.Hoffman,
    I really like your lessons. I am on lesson 61.
    Also, I watched your Imperial march bonus lesson, and I figured out how to play the rest of the song by ear. After the last note you played in the video, I figured out it was e c c e dsharp d dsharp d dsharp c dsharp d d dsharp d dsharp c dsharp c g e c g e c e. Sincerely, Ewan.

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      Hoffman Academy

      What a great exercise! That’s really close. I’m not sure if it was just a typo or not quite transcribed correctly, but there are a few notes off. I’d love for you to try again and let me know what you discover. If you need some help figuring it out, let me know.

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    chenjian

    Hi Hoffman, I am a very beginner, watched your leasson 1 on other website, I love it, so I came here, but the videos on your site dont show, maybe my computer’s problem or do I have to access to Youtube site? if so, that is a big pitty, because Youtube is blocked in China.
    so can I watch your lesson video in other ways?

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      chenjian

      OK, Mr. Hoffman, I just found it is the Youtube-blocked reason in your FAQ.
      Any method for your students from China?

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        Hoffman Academy

        Hi Chenjian,
        Yes, if you are in China then Youtube is blocked and that is why the videos aren’t showing up for you. I’m so sorry about this limitation, but we don’t have a great solution for this at the moment. If you or someone you know is able to access YouTube outside the country, they are welcome to download the videos for offline viewing. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! If you aren’t able to download the videos, please check back in the future because we plan to eventually produce DVDs of our lessons and also develop our own video streaming process that will side-step the YouTube firewall.
        Good luck in your musical ventures and happy playing!

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        Stephan

        Hey there chen,

        I am well aware of your limitations in China. A great solution if the one provided by Mr. Hoffman doesn’t work for you, try looking up a VPN service. This will circumvent your restrictions put on you by your government and you will be able to enjoy the Internet free as it is inteded 🙂

        All the best to you!

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    Ashanti

    Thank you so much Mr. Hoffmann for sharing your amazing talent with the world. Could you please tell me what notes you play to harmonize the song ♫Hot cross buns ♫?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying the lessons! Are you wondering what I am playing with my left hand? I actually improvised that part of the song, so I don’t have it notated anywhere to provide. We do have the sheet music for the jazzy accompaniment. Let me know if that is something you are interested in. Good luck and Happy Playing!

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    Nevatha

    Hi Mr Hoffman
    I am Nevatha, I started learning piano locally in Dubai for past 6 months and I have been watching your video as well, I love it.
    It is very nice and informative, thank you for giving us a lot of information, tips and tricks.

    Thank you & Regards
    your dear student
    Nevatha

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Nevatha! You are very welcome. That is wonderful to hear and I am so glad to have you learning with us! Keep up with good work and happy playing!

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    Brenda

    ABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFG The musical alphabet

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    Amanda

    Hi, I’m 15 and looking into music education as a major, so I need to learn the piano. I already play the clarinet and have been taking music theory for two years. I know piano basics and can work my way through sheet music, but it takes me a while on the bass clef and playing different rhythms with both hands. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on where to start.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! I’d actually recommend that you start earlier than you would think (around Unit 2 or 3), but speed up the video so you can get a light review on the concepts you already know from your previous music lessons, plus see how they apply to the piano. As the lessons become more challenging, you can return the videos to regular speed. If you want to practice with additional repertoire pieces, you can find free sheet music organized by level at GMajorMusicTheory.org. Our Units 1-4 correspond to most preparatory or primer content, while our Units 5-8 cover what is generally considered “Level 1” or late beginner material. You may also want to check out our blog post, “Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy.” I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Lily Carlisle

    When I get to be as good as my mom in playing piano, my cousin will be jealous and I’ll introduce your program to her!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our program! I’m sure your cousin will be happy to have a piano mentor when she’s ready to start learning piano. Good luck and happy playing!

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      Brenda

      Who likes jealousy i dont i hate it

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    Kaylee

    Mr. Hoffman, I only have internet when I am in town, Is there a way I can watch the lessons offline and it still be free?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Absolutely! As long as it is for personal, non-commercial use, you are welcome to download our lesson videos to make it easier to view them offline. However, we do not at this time have a system on our site to facilitate downloading them. You can find tutorials online to walk you through the process. One we can recommend is here: How Do I Download a YouTube Video?

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    Pradyumna Hegde

    I liked your teaching very much.But as iam beginner is there any basic teachings video.
    I thank you sir.

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      Hoffman Academy

      These videos are about as basic as you can get. If the pace still seems a little much for you, try adjusting your video settings to slow down the speed a little bit, and remember that you can re-watch lessons as often as you need to for mastery. Feel free to comment if you have other questions along the way!

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    Ashlee

    My kids are so excited about this. Thank you so much for making this available!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! We’re glad to have your family learning with us.

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    Oak

    Thank you very much mr Hoffman.
    So glad you cold share you gift with the world????

    Best regards oak

    Send my regards to your family

    • Hoffman Academy logo
      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks so much – we all appreciate your support and encouragement!

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    Isabel Grange

    Hi ????????????????????????????

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    Pran

    Hello mr. Hoffman. My son likes your classes very much. He is 8. Should he start with a piano or a keyboard?

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you have access to a decent acoustic piano that’s in tune, that’s usually my recommendation for beginning pianists. If you can’t find or afford an acoustic in good repair, look for a good quality digital piano with 88 weighted keys to best promote your son’s budding skills. We’ve posted a whole article of recommendations and comparisons that you may want to check out: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Arnold

    Hey I signed up to newsletter but no free lesson!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry to hear that! You might want to check your email spam/junk folder to see if your welcome email might have been misfiled. If you don’t find it there, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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    Christian

    Hello Mr. Hoffman my name is Christian I just logged in to Hoffman academy, and I found it really amazing. I have always been passionate about the piano and find it really soothing. Do you have any pointers for me?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Well, yes…I have over a hundred lessons full of pointers! 🙂 Are you an beginner, or are you an intermediate+ pianist watching our lessons to review? Do you have any specific questions? Without knowing more about what pointers you are looking for, my best advice is simply to practice at least a little every day and keep your learning and practice time well-rounded as much as possible (that is, not only learning new songs, but also exercising your fingers, learning theory, and improvising/composing your own music). Good luck and happy playing!

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        Christian

        Alright, thank you. Oh I’m a beginner pianist.

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          Hoffman Academy

          That’s great! I hope you find our lessons helpful. 🙂

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            Brenda

            i do very much thank you Mr.Hoffman

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    natania kurian

    i really can’t do piano very well

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      Hoffman Academy

      Not to worry, Natania! Most people can’t do something very well when they first start trying. Like so many valuable things in life, piano takes some time and practice. You don’t have to have a “talent” or “gift” for it; you simply need to be willing to work for it. If you need any help along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂

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    Sally

    Loved the first lesson!!! Will continue.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad to hear it! Let us know if you have any questions along the way – we’re happy to help!

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    Angie

    Hi, I am looking forward to taking more lessons. That was fun.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad! We’re very happy to have you learning with us.

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    Andrés

    I love you Mr. Hoffman!!!! It was so nice!!! I am from Argentina, I bought a keyboard a few months ago but I couldn’t pay piano classes now with your help I can learn and I am so happy, thank you so much!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! We’re very happy to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Adam

    I’m 7 years old and I love your lessons, Thank you for posting it on line.
    I’m looking to start taking more lessons.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! We’re very happy to have you learning with us.

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    Gianni

    I love piano, I want to learn everything about piano in one lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you love it! I wish I could teach everything about piano in one lesson but, like so many worthwhile things in life, it really does take time. Stick with it, and I’m confident that you will get better and better every day. Good luck and happy playing!

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    riley

    hey, I am riley and I love to play piano it is very fun! My brother just turned 8 on 10/16/16 and I played happy birthday for him thank you so much! do you think you can add the pokemon song? ; )

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Thanks for your feedback – I’ll add your suggestion to our list of requested songs for future lessons.

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    Trina

    I have signed up for an account & newsletter. When should I expect to receive the Bonus Materials for Lesson 1?
    Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for checking with us! After signing up, you should receive a welcome email within 24 hours that includes a link to download your free gift. If you haven’t received it, you may want to check your spam folder in case your email software misfiled it. If you still can’t find it, please contact our support team and we’ll be happy to help!

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    Sandra

    Hi Mr. Hoffman. On your YouTube channel you mentioned that there were worksheet activities at this website to help the children learn. Can you please direct me to that area?
    Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Absolutely! You can purchase our downloadable materials from our online store at https://www.HoffmanAcademy.com/Store …however, if you just want to try out the materials for one lesson for free, Basic (free) and Premium members alike may download the printable and audio materials for Lesson 1 using the links below the video viewing area. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Emmanuel

    I just love your videos. From disordered notes to sweet notes you have made a big difference. Next please teach more videos!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you are enjoying our videos. We’ll continue to make more!

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    Joseph Mathew

    My daughter Joann age 6 has started learning Piano and she has complete almost 6 months of training. I am confused what is the basis is it the chords named with ABCDEGG or is it numerals 123….

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      Hoffman Academy

      Your confusion is understandable, because different methods often use different ways to describe the notes and their relationships. The Hoffman Method, along with the majority of American-based methods, uses letter names to designate the keys on the piano and their specific tones. Our method also uses Solfege (Do, Re, Mi, Fa So…), but as a movable framework that describes the relationships between notes rather than specific keys. I hope that makes sense! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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    Adrian

    I am Adrian, a 13 y. o. boy re-learning to play the piano online. I thank you for your effort in producing these videos. Have a good day! 🙂 🙂

    P.S. Asking ahead, do you ever teach “Heart and Soul” in these classes??

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so lad you’re enjoying our lessons. At this time, we don’t have a lesson planned to teach “Heart and Soul,” but I’ll put it on our list of suggestions for future lessons. Thanks for the feedback!

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    Hemant

    I am a father of two daughters who wants to learn. But they are not 13. What do you suggest. My younger one took first lesson and loved it…. she is playing and singing Hot Cross Buns.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not quite sure I understand your question. Are you concerned that your daughters might be too old or too young to begin learning piano? If so, not to worry! I generally recommend students start around 5-8 years of age, but it’s never too late to start. I recommend you check out this article we’ve posted in the Support section of our website: What is the Best Age to Begin Piano Lessons? I hope that helps! If it didn’t answer your question, please feel free to reply here in the comments or via our contact form.

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    Pravin H

    Hi., I really want to appreciate your involvement.
    Am from India. And recently I joined on your online class. I don’t known how to expose in words. But., simply thanks a lot.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Jack

    Hi. This is jacks sister Evelyn but we use the same computer for your lessons, mr Hoffman. I have a question. DO U HAVE AH PET BOX NAMED OOCH. (I’m even weirder than my brother)

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      Hoffman Academy

      Wow – that is an unusual question! We don’t have any pet boxes named Ooch or named anything else. I hope you both continue to enjoy learning piano with us!

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        Pravin H

        You’er doing a great job Man …. !!
        Awesome..!!

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      Brenda

      hahaahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha ha ha ha… … ha …ha

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    Jasmine

    billy goat,baboon,bee and beaver

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      Hoffman Academy

      Good point. I’ll let Chef know. 🙂

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    susan kenney

    Hey Joseph. Bravo! Send me your email address. The one I have must be wrong. Susan

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      Joseph Hoffman

      I will reach out on email–nice to hear from you, Susan!

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        Brenda

        i have a keyboard with 88 keys total would that work for your lessons?

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    Sam's Mom

    Starting these lessons for a child with Autism (who learns, but at a slower pace). Is there a way to slow the weekly newsletter when we occasionally need to slow our pace or temporarily put lessons on hold?
    Thank you for this option! I learned about it through BYU magazine after prayerfully considering for some time how I should approach music lessons for a child with special needs.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad to hear that you are interested in our lessons. You are welcome to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to our newsletter at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the last email you received from us and choosing “update preferences” or “unsubscribe.” You may also take the lessons at any pace you choose: If you need to stop for a while or back up and repeat previous lessons, it’s no problem at all. You can even slow down the actual speed of the video lessons, using YouTube’s video settings. Have I understood and answered your question completely? If not, or if you have other questions in the future, please feel free to contact us directly at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com. We’d love to hear how it goes for your family!

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    Dave Hardin

    I am 65 years old and just learning to play piano, so far this program starting with the basics is very good and informative.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! And good luck in your piano endeavors. 🙂

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    Jhona

    This is just so amazing. Thankful to know this website but I just have problems with my intellectual. Im a slow learner. This is simple for some people but for me this is hard. How can I get through with the next lesson which is harder than this if I have some trouble learning just a simple lesson.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for your interest in our website and piano lessons! Learning a new instrument is usually a challenge and can feel quite daunting, but if you take it slowly and work diligently, I’m confident that you can make progress. If you have any particular questions along the way, feel free to leave comments or contact us and we’ll do our best to help you!

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    tina

    can you do beginners lessons for 8 years cause it could really help for my friends brothers to learn

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you are asking if an 8-year-old can use our beginner lessons, the answer is absolutely! Our lessons are geared to elementary school aged children, so it should be a great curriculum for your friend’s brothers.

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    Eshan

    I love your lessons and sister wanted to play the piano too and she is really young and really exited too.

    THANK YOU MR HOFFMAN!!!! 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re so glad your family is enjoying our lessons. 🙂

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    Po Tim King

    I am a pianist myself as well, but I don’t really know how to teach my 5 yeas old. Thanks for providing this service for us. We just used this video to learn this song together. My 5-year-old was excited to watch the clip. I love how this appoarch different than the traditional one. Now, my 5-year-old is ready to learn more.
    Thanks again,
    Po Tim

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! We’re very happy to have your family learning with us.

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    Christy

    I taught my music class Hot Cross Buns

    • Hoffman Academy logo
      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Teaching someone else is a great way to review and solidify something you yourself have learned. Happy playing!

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    Savannah

    This is to simple for me.????

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you have some background in piano or music, you may want to skip forward a unit or two to find lessons better suited to your level. You can also check out our lesson index pages to see what is taught in each lesson: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/lessons/piano-unit-1/ I hope that helps!

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    Yongping

    Good evening. I am living in Japan. I just got a digital piano as a gift tonight. And my friend recommended your website to me. I am so excited at learning to play piano with the help of you. I just watched the first lesson you give. It makes the beginner feel accomplished from the first step. Thank you so much.

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      Hoffman Academy

      What a wonderful gift! We’re delighted to have you learning with us. Good luck!

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    Tania

    Thank you so much for the incredible site and your willingness to teach. I have 3 kids (ages 11, 9, and 7) that will be starting your online lessons soon! I’m so excited to have found your site, with 3 I was starting to wonder how we would ever afford lessons and its so nice for them to be able to do them at home. Is there a good and affordable electric piano with weighted keys that you might recommend?

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    Ali

    Hi Mr. Hoffman, I just watched your first lesson and I really enjoyed it too. I got really excited when you played The Harry Potter Theme on the High Notes side. I’m looking forward to leaning all your Lessons. Also, I wanted to know that if I’m away from home or at some place where I can’t bring my Piano with me then would I be able to learn your lessons using a mobile piano? And if Yes, then can you suggest me any app for it?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you found us! It’s great that you want to keep practicing even when you are away from the piano. You can use a mobile piano, but what app you choose depends a lot on your device and operating system so I don’t have any specific recommendations. While regular practice at the piano is essential, there are other things you can do to stay sharp: on the days you are away from the piano you can listen to music and sing along, watch a music video, watch a lesson (we have several lessons that don’t require a piano), or just practice the songs in your head while moving your fingers. You can also challenge yourself with questions about the musical alphabet, solfege, and notes in the pentascales. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing.

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        Ali

        That’s very helpful… And Thank You for allowing us all to learn to play Piano for free.

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          Hoffman Academy

          You are welcome! I’m so glad you found it helpful.

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    Azriel

    Thank you so much for this website. I’m a really nontraditional learner, plus paid lessons are basically out of the question right now, so this is perfect. Just one question: I was only able to get a 61-key digital keyboard. Is that okay for a beginner?

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      Absolutely! With that size keyboard, you should be able to complete all the songs and exercises in our beginning lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Alison

    Can you see the lessons on an iPad mini? I can’t see anything for some reason.

    Thank you for offering free lessons.

    We’ve tried guest & we’ve now set up an account.
    After creating account & it says hi & our name in the top rt hand corner, I click on 1st lesson & it says it looks like you haven’t signed in & it gives me 3 options: log in, new user or guest.

    Thanks for your help.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so sorry you’re having trouble logging in to our site. This may be because we have recently updated our login process but your browser is “remembering” our site the old way and getting confused. When you try to log in, if you are seeing a pop-up window (rather than being taken to a new page with a login form), then your browser has not downloaded the latest version of our website and must have a hard refresh done or have its cache and cookies cleared. If you prefer not to do this, you may log in using a different browser instead.

      Here are a few more things you can try: One is to use “Private Browsing” (in Safari or Firefox) or “Incognito Mode” (in Chrome), which will simulate the hard refresh I mentioned. Lastly, if you have been using the drop-down lesson menu on our site to go to your chosen lesson, trying using the unit index pages instead; but if you’ve been using the unit index pages, try using the drop-down menu. I know that last suggestion is odd, but the basic idea is to get to the lessons in a different way than you’ve been doing in the past.

      I hope that helps! If not, please send an email to Support@HoffmanAcademy.com so we can troubleshoot with you directly. It would help to include your browser and operating system, as well as your username (but NOT your password, please). Good luck and happy playing!

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    Breanna

    I appreciate your free service. My daughter just turned almost a month ago and she has already learned so much in just 3 weeks!

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      Breanna

      She just turned 4.. sorry typo.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! We’re delighted to have you and your daughter learning with us.

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    julius

    Thank you for this wonderfull service

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Damion

    Hey, this is super awesome. Especially the joke at the end about the one lonely black key. I loved that, haha!
    Thank you for this lesson and I am excited to get started.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it and Chef is glad you appreciated his random act of kindness at the end. 🙂

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    Crayk

    ):
    Iam so sad, i love your lesons, but i missed the sale.
    is there any way i can get the sale now!

    Your #1 student
    Pacy

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry you missed the sale. There will be other events in the future: if you sign up for a basic (free) or premium account, you’ll be notified of future sales and promotions. I hope that helps!

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        Callum

        Hi I’ve just signed up and I love playing the piano. I sat by a keyboard when I was 7 and after 15 minuets I tourt myself how to play twinkle twinkle little star. To this day I can play some of fur elise .fre qages .
        The intro to all of me 7 years let it go and ode to joy and some others

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    Carmel Kim

    Good day to you, Mr. Hoffman! I am born into a middle class family, and we don’t have a piano that has 88 keys or less. We only have a keyboard that has 55 keys. Do you think that is enough? I am doubting that I could learn the piano with a keyboard. Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      A smaller keyboard, while not ideal, is certainly fine for a beginner to start with. You can make a great deal of progress, especially in your theory and ear training, without a high quality instrument. However, an acoustic piano or full-sized, weighted-key digital piano will prepare your muscle tone, strength, and agility more effectively than an unweighted keyboard, so it would be a good idea to look around for the opportunity to occasionally practice on one at a local library, church, school, or friend or relative’s home. For more information you can check out our support article, “Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Pianist.” I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. H

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    Daniel

    I work as a music teacher in India. What do you think. These lessons can help kids learn better?? Can I get in touch with you through email if possible with you planning to make the kids learn better…??

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for checking with us! Our support team has sent you an email to see how we can help. – Mr. Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! All the video lessons are available to watch for free.

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    Ben

    Is there a later lesson where we learn the left hand?????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m afraid there isn’t. I promise that you’ll learn lots more songs in future lessons, and we’ll start to include left hand parts in Unit 2. I’m glad you’re eager for more to learn! – Mr. Hoffman

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      Dave

      Thank You Mr. Hoffman, I have never played piano and just can’t get enough of your lessons I’m 65 and you are great!

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        Hoffman Academy

        We’re happy to have you learning with us!

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    Nana

    Hello All, with the fast way of like that we are living, it’s hard to find time for activities. My daughter is 7 years old, she loves piano but does not know how to read “piano notes” will this website help her understand piano notes.
    do all songs have video tutorials. I was thinking of starting with set 1-20 lessons, does all the songs in this set has video tutorial, if it is only piano sheets and no tutorial video it will not help her at all. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! In fact, my lessons teach not only how to read and dictate notes, but also to really understand the language of music. The video lessons are the primary base of instruction and all the songs we use are covered in the videos. Please note that Unit 1 (Lessons 1-20) are meant as an introduction to the absolute beginner, so the concepts note letters, rhythm, and staffs are introduced gradually. You won’t find fully-staffed sheet music in our downloadable materials until Unit 2. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

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        Nana

        Appreciate your prompt respond. my daughter is still in stage zero. We know nothing about piano or reading music sheets, we enjoy listening to piano music.
        Accomplishments will give her the push she needs to continue learning and this is why i want to start with video tutorials. My Question is: which set do u recommend to start with at this moment? thank you for your time.

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          I hope I’m understanding your question correctly – You’d like to know which Unit of Hoffman Academy video lessons to begin with your daughter? With no piano experience at all, I would recommend starting right from the beginning: Unit 1, Lesson 1. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I’m very happy to be your daughter’s piano teacher! – Mr. Hoffman

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            Nana

            Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

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    Nasreena

    THIS WEBSITE HELPS ME TO PLAY PIANO EASILY. THANKS A LOT..

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    Sarah

    Can someone please help me, i dont understand what to play with my left hand.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Sorry for the confusion, Sarah! For the first lesson I just focused on teaching how to play the song with one hand. What I played in the left hand was to help the student begin to recognize the melody even when other accompaniment is going on, but you are not expected to learn that part. As the lessons progress, we will begin to work with both hands and eventually put hands together (starting near the end of Unit 1). We spread out the process because playing hands-together takes a level of coordination we wouldn’t necessarily expect from a brand new beginning student. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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        Frederique

        Thank you Mr.Hoffman i was wandering that too.

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    Nalia

    and I made some mistakes since I was rushing ????

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    Nalia

    Mr. Hoffman

    Thank you for these lessons, I really grateful to you. I gave up my guitar lesson because my father couldn’t buy me a guitar. My older sister has a piano at home so I started playing some pieces from my guitar. If was fun but I didn’t enjoy it much because I missed playing my guitar. Once I came here to at least try piano I was so glad that is was fun and easy, thank you so much. Even though my school laptop that I have doesn’t let me see you videos so let me thank you once more. Thank you

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    Amina

    Thanks Mr. Hoffman for your videos I am new to piano but learned already so much! After surfing around the internet I found that you explained the best and take your time through each step
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Lauren

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman. I used to do piano but then it got expensive and boring so I just quit. Even still, your lessons look really promising. I’ve only just done the first and it’s left me craving for more. With your lessons and enough practice I’m bound to make the worship team at my church! Thanks again, Mr. Hoffman!

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    Richard Maxell

    Mr. Hoffman. I am a 70 year old new piano student. I have taught myself a few chords on a guitar at age 60 and know enough to strum and sing so gospel songs at church. I have also written a few gospel songs. My purpose in learning the piano is to accompany myself in singing. I do not read music everything is done by ear. I have a new Yamaha yoga-235 keyboard for Christmas. Will your lessons help me to learn to accompany myself? I can set down and pick out the melody of songs I know. My keyboard will transpose in my singing key. My guess is I am expecting to much too soon. Thank for your comments.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for commenting – I love hearing from our adult students! The short answer is, Yes, my lessons can help you learn to accompany yourself, but since you don’t say how quickly you expect it to help, I’m not sure if you expect too much too soon. 🙂 The full answer is this: My lessons are intended to give anyone–including a complete beginner–a thorough musical education focused on piano. We will certainly work on ear training so you can improve your ability to play by ear, but we also work on sight reading, dictation, posture, improvisation, and much more. These other topics may seem to hinder your ear training, but they will in fact contribute to your general musicianship. If that works for you, great! If, however, you’re looking for something that focuses exclusively on ear training, my lessons will probably feel too slow for you. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Alexis

    Hi Mr. Hoffman, I’m from Panama, and I feel so happy that people like you can learn music for free. But I have a question, I know how to play guitar and I learn a little bit of music, why do you call Mi Re Do if the keys are A# G# F# ? Thanks!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question! The answer lies in the fact that there are two different ways to use Solfege: “Fixed Do” and “Moveable Do”. In some countries, a Fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to teach using both a fixed system (ABCDEFG) and a movable system (Do, Re, Mi, etc). Some kind of fixed system is essential to provide structure and certainty. D is always a D on the piano or on any instrument. However, a movable system is best for helping students easily hear and recognize the function of each note in a scale and relationships between each note in a melody, no matter what key the music is in. So, I try to give my students the best of both worlds by actively using letter names as a fixed system and solfège as a movable system. You can learn more about Solfege here: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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    jay jay

    how do you get the free worksheets

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      Hoffman Academy

      The free material for Lesson 1 is available to those who sign up for our free piano parent newsletter as a welcome gift. After signing up, you should receive an email with a link to download the welcome gift. Clicking the link in your confirmation email will return you to our website, where you may order and download your free materials. You will need to click “Download” and proceed as if it were a regular transaction, but you will not be charged for it. If you have any trouble with this process, feel free to contact us. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Michael LaRue

    I just purchased a Yamaha PRS 275 electronic keyboard with 61 keys. Can I take your piano course using this keyboard or will I be limited?

    Thanks
    Michael

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      Hoffman Academy

      61 is the minimum number of keys necessary to successfully complete all the songs and exercises I’ve presented in our current units, so you’re good! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Lianna

    Mr.Hoffman I have an electric keyboard/piano but the lower/deep keys don’t work. Would you have any idea why? Thank for taking time to make these videos. I have done these before but then got out of habit and stopped doing them now Im trying to do them daily again.
    from Lianna

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m afraid I’m not sure. My first suggestion would be to check the owner’s manual: For instance, I’ve seen on some keyboards an “accompaniment” setting that assigns the low notes to the task of controlling the chords for the auto-accompaniments, but they may not play if this setting is on. My next question is whether there may have been a water spill? That can fry the keys–I know first hand! 🙁 I hope you figure it out! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Nerlin

    Hey mr. hoffman i love your lessons. am in lesson 1 bt i dont know how to play with my left hand. is there any help in that? thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      A little more challenge in the left hand is perfectly normal, and we’ll certainly work on it throughout the lessons. If you want some extra focus right away, I would recommend that you take extra time whenever I say “your turn” or give practice instructions to try playing the same thing in both hands, separately at first and then – if you’re feeling confident – in unison (playing the same thing together at the same time). I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

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        Nerlin

        how do i know when am ready for the next lesson or number 2 lesson? thank you.

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          Hoffman Academy

          That’s a great question! The simplest answer is, when the student (and parent or teacher if the student is a child) feel that it’s time to move on. It’s important to find a balance between repetition and challenge: both are important for improvement, but too much repetition can become boring while too much challenge can become frustrating…and boredom and frustration are both bad for motivation! If you want more direction, check out our blog, where we have an article about When to Move On to the Next Lesson. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    linda

    thank you for this opportunity to learn to play the piano,love it ,thank you again

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    VEDA

    thank you mr Hoffman, I will practice your lessons.
    thank you

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    Cheenu

    The Casio Privia PX-150 you recommend is not available on amazon.com
    Do you recommend the successor PX-160 ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I haven’t personally tried out the PX-160 yet, but I’ve played on many Privia models over the years, and I have no reason to doubt its quality. Privia is a solid, trusted brand, so you’re probably in very good shape with the PX-160. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

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        Hilton

        Hi mr Hoffman I want to learn piano and i have one at home its a keyboard but it only has 61 keys its a yamaha ypt 200 and it doesnt have key sensitivity but i dont have enough money or space to buy a good piano, will it be good enough for me to use to learn piano on your website? I also dont have the sustain pedal. Hope to hear a yes! Bye!

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          Hoffman Academy

          61 is the minimum number of keys necessary to successfully work through all the songs and exercises we use in my lessons so if your budget is tight, that’s just fine for a beginning keyboard. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Jessie

    Mr. Hoffman,
    THANK YOU so much for creating this site! My two oldest children are so excited to be able to start lessons now. We are not able to afford traditional piano lessons. But, because of you my children will have the same opportunity to learn without the financial burden. You have no idea how much I appreciate this! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I am so pleased my lessons are a benefit to your family. Good luck to you in your piano endeavors! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Hunter

    Hey Mr. Hoffman,
    I was wondering if you’d ever make it possible to play the website on a mobile device such as a iPad, for some reason mine won’t load the videos or even show them, as I’d find it much easier rather than having my laptop nearby.. Thanks so much for creating this amazing site for inspiring pianists though! 🙂

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      Hunter

      Never mind, Mr. Hoffman I’ve figured it out. 🙂

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        Hoffman Academy

        Ah, great! I’m glad. – Mr. Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hmmm… The videos are supposed to work on an iPad in the browser (though we know that iOS Mobile Safari has download and file management limitations, so you can’t download purchased Complete Materials that way). Would you please send an email to our technical support team, Support@HoffmanAcademy.com, and let them know about your problem? Please include your device and operating system information, as well as what browser you are using.

      Another thing you can try in the meantime is to view our videos via YouTube on your iPad: http://www.youtube.com/PianoLessonsForKids. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Erica Nickich

    Hi Mr. Hoffman,

    I have always wanted to take piano lessons. My question is I don’t know how to read music. Is this something that is included in your lessons? Do you have to know how to read music to play the piano?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you found our program! You do not need to know how to read music to begin – I’ll teach you how to do it over the course of the lessons. We include it because any serious pianist – even those who have strong aural skills (the ability to play by ear) – will be limited in the long run if they never learn to read, write, and dictate music. I look forward to hearing about your progress! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Amisha

    Your vedios are wonderful I liked it I am from India I liked to play piano but could not find any help but from your vedios it is now easy to play thank you

    Regards,
    Amisha

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you are learning to play piano with us! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Rupesh

    Mr. Hoffman,

    First of all thank you so much for putting all this content. I must tell you are the best teacher one can have. I am from India, I started looking for the resources online for my daughter who is 4 years old. I am so glad that I found this one. Looking at the content and efforts put in and people loving it, I feel like meeting you in person someday and thanking you.

    Thanks again. God bless you!

    Regards,
    Rupesh

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! It’s a delight to hear from students all over the world and I’m happy to be part of your daughter’s music education. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Hugo

    Hi Hoffman,
    You lessons are good, my son Hugo has already learned suzuki piano with a private tutor, he watched lesson 1 and lesson 47 cuckoo, felt really enjoyed.
    The drawbacks of suzuki method does not teach him how to read notes. so I think to watch your video for learning music theory and sight reading.
    Can we buy the PDF files only for the each unit ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad Hugo has enjoyed our lessons! The .pdf files are available for purchase in our Store either one unit at a time (sets of 20 lessons), or as a discounted bundle of all six of our current units (120 lessons). If you have additional sales questions, feel free to email our customer support: Support@HoffmanAcademy.com

      Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Naftalie Goraseb

    I am a Namibian national and was struggling to find someone. When that someone was available I was shy to tell him to teach me. Now I can do it in the privacy of my house. The first lesson seem so easy to understand and look forward to learning from you. . You seem to be a great teacher. I am a teacher too and know when I see a good one. Thanx!

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    Matthew

    When a child first begins piano lessons there’s often an initial period of excitement where everything is fun and new. Your child wants to practice because they’re eager to be able to play the piano. But then there comes a time when the novelty wears off and the very long and slow road of music learning stretches out before them.

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    britney

    Mr.hoffman its been a dream of mine to play piano i just don’t know where to start and where to learn everything from and who to learn it from i hope you can help me.

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      Anya

      Mr. hoffman is a great teacher its a great lesson set you learn how to read music and play multiple songs im ten and on lesson eleven and know the piano abc’s, read music, and play hot cross buns frog in the middle engine #9 its awesome hes my first piano teacher

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      Hoffman Academy

      Right now there are over 120 official lessons plus a few bonus lessons. Don’t worry – we’ll keep making more! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman

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    Armstrong

    love it…thanks…………

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    Mariah

    As a beginner what type of keyboard do you recommend?

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    Paulette Meeks

    Mr. Hoffman
    I am so excited to have found your site. I am 75 years old, probably your oldest new student. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano and I finally invested in a baby gran electric keyboard and love practing on it. I did your first lesson and loved it. I am hoping to learn to really play and to teach little ones in a nearby day care to play if they choose to. I love your approach and know I will learn so much. Thank you for offering these classes. I was going to just teach myself until I found you. You are one of my new blessings. Thanks so much.