Lesson 34

G Major & Minor Pentascales

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    Morgan

    Dear Mr. Hoffman when i play stepping and skipping my ring finger always is off the keys and is up to the sky is there a way to prevent this thanks… plz reply🤗

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    miguel

    Mr Hoffman what is the difference between pentascales and scales?

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      That’s a great question. A pentascale is the first five notes of a scale. For example, the C Major pentascale is C-D-E-F-G, while the C Major scale is C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. I hope that helps!

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    Katy

    Mr. hoffman can u make a tutirial on all of me if you do i can show my brother how to.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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        Morgan

        Ya I would love to learn all of me it’s a great song!

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    Bailey

    Loved this improvisation so much. Thank you 🙏. I love how you have taught us songs before teaching how to read notes. I love this method.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

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        Morgan

        I love the lessons but…I’ll never be good at piano…😢😰😢

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          Hoffman Academy

          Learning any new skill can be frustrating sometimes, and it’s not always easy to see how much progress you’re making. But don’t get discouraged–I’m confident that with patience and dedicated practice, there’s no limit to what you can learn and accomplish. 🙂

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    Viola

    I am really surprised by how much I enjoyed this improvisation, I didn’t think I would be any good at making up music!

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    Shruthy

    It is a very interesting video as I am learning something new like G major & G minor. Thanks a lot hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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      Hoffman Academy

      Do you mean the part I’m playing while you’re improvising? It’s not any song in particular–I was improvising too. 🙂

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        Janae

        Well you did such a good job 👏👍😍improvising I can never make a good improvisation

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          Hoffman Academy

          Thank you very much. Improvisation, like many musical skills, takes some time and practice. It’s perfectly fine if your improvisations don’t sound as good as you’d like them to the first time. The most important thing is just to have fun experimenting with the way different patterns of notes sound. I’m confident that with time and practice, you’ll start to feel more comfortable improvising. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Eraldo

    i had such a great time improvising with you, i feel like i’m getting better so fast at this, thanks for the lessons!