What is the difference between a piano and a keyboard?
That’s a good question! There are multiple definitions of the words “keyboard” and “piano,” and they are sometimes used interchangeably. A keyboard is either the part of the piano where the keys are, OR an electronic version of the instrument (usually called an electronic keyboard). The word “piano” usually refers to an acoustic piano which is not electronic. But sometimes people will call an electronic keyboard a “piano” too because it’s essentially the same kind of instrument. I hope that makes sense! Good luck and happy playing!
I love your lessons Mr Hoffman. Your the best!!!!!😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thank you! I’m glad you like them.
I love your lessons Mr. Hoffman😍.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them.
Your frogs was so lovely. 🐸
Thank you! I’m glad you liked them.
Do you think you can make a video on ode to joy?
Yes! Ode to Joy is taught in lessons 81 and 83.
you’re a great teacher keep up the great work
Thank you! I’m glad you’re finding the lessons helpful.
Which lesson would I watch to start learning about how to read music?
We start learning about the grand staff in lesson 21, which is the first lesson in Unit 2.
Top marks, Editor.
Those frogs are cool. ☺️👍
Thanks! I’m glad you like them.
Thx For teaching u s
You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us. 🙂
Loving learning piano
These lessons might be designed for kids but they are pretty great for adults like me just starting to learn as well, especially the tips with proper posture & how to hit the note & stuff. Thanks Mr. H, will be sticking through all the lessons until the end when I start learning songs by myself!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us!
Hi Mr. Hoffman! I really enjoy your lessons very much,
Thank you! I’m so glad you like them! 🙂
I want those frogs
Thank you Mr. Hoffman. I’m really enjoying the lessons & the practice. Today I’m not so sanctified because I didn’t know how to do this task (Complete the “C Major Pentascale” Theory Page.) May you anyone help!
Are you having trouble finding the worksheet, or are you not sure how to complete it? You can get the worksheet by going to the start of the practice session. There will be a list of printable materials. Click on the box that says “Open” next to the item on the list that says “C Major Pentascale – Theory” and it will bring up the worksheet so you can download or print it.
If you’re having a hard time completing the worksheet, is there a specific part that you’re struggling with? I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have about it.
I love the frogs!!!
This was very fun to do. Thank you.
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
These videos are amazing!
I love the song💜
Really enjoy the lesson.
grampa frog did a good job
He did great
Really enjoying this. I’m old and thought I had missed my chance to learn piano.
You’re never too old to begin learning piano! So glad to have you learning with us.
I’m in the same boat. It’s not hard to learn.
It is not hard for an older person to learn how to play, but is there limits as to how good they can get?
There’s not one great answer to that question. On the one hand, there is no general “limit” to what you can learn when you are willing to work hard and persevere at something. An adult who is willing to put in the time can certainly excel at learning a new skill like piano. Children’s brains are growing and developing, which helps them learn a great deal, but adults tend to have greater ability to focus and discipline themselves. In my experience, the biggest challenge for adults in learning piano isn’t any limitation in their mind’s or body’s ability to learn, but simply in the available time they have to commit. With greater responsibilities and time commitments, an adult learner will often find it more difficult to put in the work necessary to progress as much as a child would.
Thank you, I thought maybe it was like learning a second language, children learn faster than adults and don’t have an accent.
As long as you have the time and motivation to practice, I’m confident that you will make fantastic progress in your piano skills!
Mr. Hoffman, I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the lessons. I too am older…I am 63, but at age 58 I started lessons from a wonderful lady. I knew absolutely nothing. I committed myself to learning and took lessons on my day off from work. After the third year, she had an operation and had a stroke afterwards. She couldn’t even move her right hand. But she overcame that and even got back to playing piano at church. We began lessons again for about a year and she had to have another operation and unfortunately had yet another stroke. My dear friend and her husband then moved to a retirement home. I lost some of the things I had learned. Your lessons are helping me so much. I have found that simple things like the alphabet tower can be a challenge (doesn’t make any sense). I have found it to be true…use it or lose it. Thank you so much for these lessons.
You’re very welcome! We’re happy to have you learning with us and glad that you’re finding the lessons helpful. Good luck and happy playing!
Thank you so much. You are the best teacher. I have a time only in weekend days and practice 4-5hours in a day at home. I am a little bit shy in singing but i love music, It also makes me relax and i always want to learn piano. And yes i finally find my teacher. I have a little Piano on which i am practicing. Later on i will buy a big one. Thank you.
Thank you! I am so glad you are enjoying the lessons! 🙂
Thank you Mr. Hoffman.
I am really enjoying the lessons. I have learned so much by watching and participating in the lessons. Thank goodness for headphones or I would have driven my family crazy with all the practices. 🙂 You break each lesson down that it is easy to understand. You simply have the talent for teaching and playing. I can’t wait to get to the next lesson. Thank you again.
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you are enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work and happy playing! 🙂
i can rember my piano abc’s but i can’t rember my finger numbers i’m eight
It does take some practice, but you can make the practice fun by turning it into a game! And don’t worry: We’ll work more on finger numbers in future lessons.
you are the best piano teacher ever since i saw your web i haven’t played games at all for this week i only play an hour a day i spend more time in school and on the website
Thank you, Zeph! So glad you are learning with us. 🙂
where do u get the frogs?
Our frogs came from a little local market, but you can find them at many toy or instrument stores, or even on amazon.com.
You are awesome!! Love your piano lessons!
Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us.
HAD FUN LEARNING TO PLAY PANIO
I’m very glad to hear it! 🙂
I love your frogs! Wow!
The frog family is very flattered. 🙂
Frog in the middle is a beautiful song!
I’m so glad you think so!
How much is the most keys you can possibly have on a piano?
There are a few grand pianos out there with more than 88 keys. The largest I’ve heard of (without adding the use of foot pedals) is the Stuart and Sons grand piano with 102 keys – a total of 14 extra notes at both ends of the piano. However, these larger varieties are very, very rare compared to the vast majority of standard 88-key digital, acoustic, and grand pianos. There are a few natural reasons for this: One is that the longer the keyboard, the more likely it is that a pianist will need to slide around on the bench or lean uncomfortably far out to reach the furthest keys. Another reason is that our ears don’t generally distinguish very low or very high tones as well, so lower notes tend to sound muddy while higher ones start to sound shrill. The piano evolved over time to fit our natural ways of playing and listening to music, leading us to the generally accepted 88-key standard.
I am follwoing your lessons from Iran. Just wanted to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation.
Wow, thank you! Hello from the other side of the world! 🙂 Good luck and happy playing.
That’s superb, Arash! I’m incredibly thankful for Hoffman Academy. Mr Hoffman is a darling!
Mr. Hoffman, I like your little frogs, and your big ones .
Thank you for the lessons ,they are so easy to follow .
I appreciate your help and work. 🙂
where could I find adult piano lessons pls reply
I’m afraid we do not have a program specifically geared to adults. However, we do have hundreds of teens and adults using our lessons and still finding great success with our method. I hope you find it helpful!
i used to suck but now im awesome by the way mr hoffman you are the best
I see that you got a better camera and better editing equipment. Good job!
Thanks for noticing! 🙂
Is it okay if I have a 37 white and 25 black key electric piano?
That is just fine!
Thank you so much for this program!!! My son is 4 1/2 and is loving his piano lessons. This lesson is a bit hard for him, because his hand is a bit small, so we are going to continue on to lesson 11 and just revisit this one often. Besides re-watching this lesson over and over and practicing all of the previous songs, and finger power exercises, are there any other super simple songs for little hands that you would recommend him learning?
Thanks so much, again! We are loving this so much that I have been telling everyone about your program! Absolutely outstanding program.
Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that your son is enjoying our lessons. It sounds like your practice time has a lot of variety – that’s great! For new songs, I would recommend you check out the free sheet music available at GMajorMusicTheory.org: they sort the songs by difficulty level, so your son would probably do well with “1stPieces” and Primer level music. I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!
Your episodes got a little neater or techy I am enjoying it even more than last time
Thanks! You are right that we’re trying to incorporate more visual graphics into our lessons to add interest and clarity. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying them!
Tank you for teaching me 🙂 🙂 I will recommend this to my friend’s.
I enjoyed this lesson a lot Mr.Hoffman :] but I have one question where’s daddy frog?
Dear Sir, I follow you from India. You are simply great.
That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for your interest. I’m very happy to be your piano teacher. 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I am a 25 year old who has a learning disability, and always had a difficult time understanding the keys and notes when trying to learn to play the piano. Your lessons are amazing and make it very simple to follow along. I do not own a keyboard or piano, but I practice on a hard surface with the right postures and follow along so well. I hope by the end of this year that I understand better and get the chance to try out on a piano. Thank you so much. Also how many free lessons are there in total? Thank you and have a great day. -Jared
I’m so pleased to hear that you are enjoying yourself and feeling confident with my program! With the launch of Unit 7, we’ll have 140 official lessons; however, several of those lessons have a “Part 1” and “Part 2” and we also have about half a dozen bonus lessons; so in total, there are about 150. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
Dear Joseph Hoffman my name is Cole I have been doing all the challenges I think I really like all the things that you do I have been doing it for a while and I am going on the lesson 11 thank you for being the best teacher ever
What’s the name of the song in the introduction?
It’s called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt.
Can you do a Bonus Lesson on all of me.
It is certainly a fun song to play, but is also a more advanced song that is difficult to simplify. I don’t have any plans for a bonus video on this song in the near future, but I’ll keep it in mind. Thanks for the suggestion! – Mr. Hoffman
I love your lessons so much.
I LOVE HIS LESSONS TOO!!
thank you so much, it helps me a lot.
Is a 63 key key bord good?
That’s fine. 61 keys is the minimum number required to successfully complete all the songs and exercises in our lessons, so you’re set! – Mr. Hoffman
Great lesson! Take a bow yourself, Mr. Hoffman. 🙂
Why thank you! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I love your lessons!!!!!
I’m so glad! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I like your lessons very much and I like your little frogs .
I love the finger puppets at the end of every lesson. i love it!🌹 [it is my birthday in 9 days]
I got up to the second level then I restarted 😢
It is amazing may God bless you hoffman
Thank you! I’m glad my lessons can help you. – Mr. Hoffman
Just wondering, WHY on EARTH is a FROG in the middle of the SEA?!?!?!?
Joseph, could you please answer that question?
Hmmm… I’m not sure about that. Maybe he was a stowaway on a cruise liner, and when they reached an island in the middle of the sea, he jumped off and enjoyed a tropical vacation! What do you think? – Mr. Hoffman
that is possible 🙂
Thank you for everything you did, have done, and will t delivery useful and interesting music lesson. I really love the way to teach Mr. Hoffman.
My 7 years old son , nghia
My 6 year old son is very much enjoying your lessons with the activities you’ve given. He likes you so much he names one of his fish Mr Hoffman!
I also enjoy helping him playing piano but my only concern is that all his other friends taking piano lessons from a local teacher will have a concert once or twice a year. I do hope I can offer my son the opportunity too but we can’t afford it. Do you maybe have a online concert – doesn’t have to be a big one just a short one which is enough to encourage the little ones to feel he’s part of your student group and CAN play the piano a little?
Thank you for your lessons.
I’m so glad you asked! Having an opportunity to perform is essential for developing pianists, so we have created a virtual Recital Hall for our students: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/recital-hall. In addition, I would encourage you to organize occasional Piano Parties for your son, even if they are very simple events. You can learn more about how to do that from these two articles: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/put-on-a-piano-party and http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/music-is-for-sharing. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
Thank you! 🙂
your awesome … thank u
Hi Mr HoffMan. I am grateful to you for your lessons. I started my musical training with Indian Classical Ragas from 4 years of age, and …. I am 40 now 🙂 …. and I keep learning something new every day. I have started learning piano now. Your lessons are great. I love the way you teach and stress on the basics. Thanks a ton.
HI! Been playing flute for 20+yrs now, guitar for 10+yrs, and just acquired a keyboard, and back to basics! Nice job! Feel a bit silly, but learned where all my notes were in just a few lessons! Hope to keep learning, be nice to see a bit of sheet music too though, as I find myself staring at the keyboard, which, as a flute player, I am not used to. Thanks you so much for providing these lessons, and I hope someday to play the piano as well as the flute, maybe better!
your great im terrible I suck I should quit 🙁 how are you so good?
Learning a new skill can be challenging, but I hope you won’t get discouraged. No matter what level you’re starting from, the best way to improve is through regular, diligent practice. I’ve put in many years of practice and hard work, and for me the adventure is worth it! – Mr. Hoffman
these lesson are AMAZING
Hi, I have 29 white keys and 20 black keys – Is this enough and valid for your exercises?
Ashi – A 49-key keyboard will certainly get you started, but fully performing our finger power exercises requires at least 61-key keyboard. I would advise you to begin practicing right away with what you have, but if you are serious about learning piano, it would be a good idea to begin looking into, or saving up for, a better model. We offer great advice on our blog about Choosing a Piano or Keyboard. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman
I’m nine years old and i love your lessons Mr. Hoffman.THANK YOU. I have an 88 key YAMAHA Clavinova digital piano. Is it ok?
Where is the funny part?
Is it bad to mess up? Cause I do alot on this song.
Messing up is very normal when you’re learning new things. It’s actually a great way to learn more about yourself and where you can improve. It often helps to slow your playing way down, practice until you can do it right, and then start to play it a little faster each time until you’re up to speed. Don’t give up! When you use mistakes as opportunities to grow instead of letting them discourage you, you can become even better at what you want to do. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman
Hello! Do you ever mess up when you press the keys because they are so heavy? I use a 61 key piano (keyboard) not weighted keys so when I play a real piano I mess up…any advice?
Thanks for your question! You are not alone in your experience. The only way that I know for you to solve this issue would be to invest in a digital piano with weighted keys. Imagine trying to build strength as a weight lifter, but never adding any weights on the bar. It’s just not going to happen. I think if you begin practicing daily on a keyboard with weighted keys, your fingers will adjust and strengthen within 2-3 months. Here is a model I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094KNIAG/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0094KNIAG&linkCode=as2&tag=hoffacadofmus-20
yeah, I mess up and use 61 keys,too
Wow! Mr. Hoffman – I really like you! You are teaching awesome, your playing is wonderful and I am watching your clips with great relish.
Your a likeable guy and your teaching is excellent. So fun, playful, and easy to understand. You got a real gift brother. I chuckle with joy as I play the songs you teach.
Its fun to listen to your videos! My little sister loves the puppets at the end!
Frog in the middle was hard a little but then it felt so easy
I am learning with them, because just as Bible study, it starts with something so simplistic. For some reason with adults, teaching becomes bland and less colorful. I feel like I’m getting to enjoy something I never had the opportunity for when I was little. My husband and I are thankful.
Agreed! Wonderful lessons. I teach my three boys. We have truly been blessed by God with your lessons! Really, as much as the boys become frustrated, they love it that much more. I have been teaching myself for the past few years so that I could teach them. Not an easy feat. This came with much relief.
Thanks very much ,I love your Lesson
where are the puppets
The puppets only come out in certain lessons: 1-9, 11-12, 35, 40, 57, and in all the Unit 4 lessons (61-80). That’s just because all the other lessons were filmed earlier, before I got the idea to add those at the end. Thanks for watching! -Mr. Hoffman
What is the song you play in the beginning called????
It is called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt.
Marvellous. Don’t have enough words to describe how simple, and useful and doable your piano lessons are. God bless you.
Is Do Mi So a type of chord?
Mr. Hoffman why was this video different?
you are better than every piano teacher i ever had I’ve been practicing for 2 days now and already getting better
Thank you for being a good piano teacher Mr. Hoffman. I am learning with your lessons in Zurich. I am on lesson 10 and love practicing on my new piano.. Aideen, 6 years old :))
Wow best teacher in the whole wide world I am nine and love the piano and I think you should make a class of piano and I will go almost everyday or maybe you could go to people’s houses and teach them if they have a piano. Thank you for teaching me. <3 <3 <3
Hi, Mr. HOFFMAN, I’m 66 years old and I am from Colatina city, Espírito Santo State, Brazil. And I enjoy your lessons very much. I’m learning a lot. Thanks!
Great job Mr.Hoffman. It must be hard work.
Hi Gabe, Filming and editing all the lessons does take time, but I enjoy it. Thanks for watching and learning with me! Best, Mr. Hoffman
Do you travel around the U.S.?
I travel around a little to visit my family, but mostly I teach and live in Portland, Oregon.
Oh!!! I live in Seattle,WA!!!!!
I only have a keyboard with 26 white and 18 black keys so 44 keys. will I need a bigger one later on?
Yes, eventually you’ll want to upgrade to a larger keyboard. I recommend saving up for one with 88 keys (white plus black), and weighted keys is best. You can read more about the kinds of pianos I recommend here:
For now, you should be able to do most of the lessons, but certain Finger Power exercises won’t work on a keyboard your size, like Lessons 12 and 16. Thanks for watching and learning with me!
Thank you for teaching me piano lesson i enjoy it,i am going to lesson 60,then i will be learning to play the guitar.I’m 11 years old. May God be with you.
I Love playing piano I’m on lesson 32. Mom printed the lessons . I enjoy playing with them. Do you teach more then 60 lesson? God Bless you!!
Thank you so much. My daughter loves your lessons.
Hi. We are loving these piano lessons. But where are the puppets for lesson 10? We missed them!
Sorry about no puppets yet in Lesson 10! I just recently got the idea to add the surprise endings, so any lessons filmed prior to Nov 2013 won’t include the puppets. 🙁 I have re-filmed lessons 1-9 and a few others, but have not yet re-filmed all the rest. Going forward, whenever I make a new lesson, or re-film an old lesson, I promise to include them! Thanks for watching!
Thanks, Professor Hoffman!
The shading was different in this one. Not that Im being rude, but also it had less quality and I saw someone in the shiny piano. Sorry if im mean :/
i am new here
my mom set me up on this website and I was not very excited at first ,but now I thank her so much for signing me up and thank u 2 Mr.Hoffman
Do you teach any other instrument?
I love this website so much that I can’t get enough of that I do it every single day thank you for all your help. I even have been able to learnso much that I can teach my little brother.
My daughter Elizabeth loves the puppets in the end.
you teach well
Thank for all the lessons
Thank you Mr Hoffman for teaching me the piano. I enjoy your lessons. I am on lesson 10. Do you know how to play other instruments? I am 6 years old and I live in London.
I wish you a happy new year. Bye bye!
Hello in London! Glad you enjoy the lessons! I mostly stick to piano, but I also play the guitar a very little. Thanks for watching and learning with me!
You are the best piano teacher! Do you live around Gastonia NC?
Thanks! I live in Portland, Oregon. Here it is very rainy, but so beautiful and sunny in the summer.
Your classes are so engaging, even for adults! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the ideas and materials.
thank you for these amazing lessons
You are such a good piano player. Thank you for these lessons.
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