Lesson 5, Part 1

Piano Posture & D Journey

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    Sophia

    hello im Sophia and like I said in the last comment that I have 61 keys,How can I fix that problem?

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s OK to have a keyboard with only 61 keys. Your keyboard might start and end with different notes than an 88-key keyboard, but you’ll still be able to use the same methods to find where each note is. I hope that helps!

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    Mei

    Hi,Mr. Hoffman what is the difference between a keyboard and a piano?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is an excellent 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!

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    Cristina

    Always happy to sit at the piano with a lesson from Hoffman

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    Asher

    Mr. Hoffman, you were talking about using the weight of your arm to play the piano. My piano is electronic and pressing the keys is much easier on it than a regular grand piano. Is there a specific amount of your arm weight you are supposed to press the keys with or is that up to me?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question. The reason we emphasize using arm weight is to help students get into a habit of using the motion and weight of their arms to press down on the keys instead of just pushing with their fingers. So if it doesn’t take as much force to press down the keys on your electric keyboard, then you don’t need to use as much arm weight–just make sure that you maintain good piano posture whenever you practice. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Heather

    My son jackson is at unit 5 and he wants to learn the super Mario theme song can you teach him

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      Hoffman Academy

      I will definitely put it on our list of potential future songs. Thank you for the suggestion!

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    Dennis

    Thank you for posting all you do

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      Francine

      πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜€πŸ˜Š

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    sam

    Hoffman do you do any other instruments

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      Hoffman Academy

      We do hope to someday post lessons for other instruments, but first we want to get our piano curriculum up to intermediate and advanced levels, so it may be a while.

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        Jacob

        Hi Mr. Hoffman! I just saw this comment and wanted to ask in the future you could do violin? My sister really would like lessons for violin. I am more into piano while she would like to get into violin. Thought I should ask! Thanks!

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          Hoffman Academy

          Thanks so much for the suggestion! We don’t know for sure which instruments we’re going to teach in the future, or which one we’ll make lessons for next, but we will definitely keep your request in mind!

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            Hemley Family

            mabe gittar or ukalaly?

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            Hoffman Academy

            Guitar is definitely high on our list of future instruments we’d like to make lessons for.

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    shreerajan

    how can i get printables and audio from this unit?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The materials for units 1-8 are available for purchase in our store. You can chose to purchase the materials for the units individually, or you can get a premium subscription, which will provide you with access to the materials for all of the units on a monthly basis.

      To download materials you have already purchased, log in to your account, click on “Materials”, then click on “access them here”. Find your order and click on “View” and it should provide links to download the materials.

      If you are already a premium member there are multiple ways to access your materials. If you go to your account dashboard and click on “Materials” it will let you download the printable and audio files for the unit you are currently working on. You can also go to the practice session after any lesson and download the materials needed for that specific practice session. I hope that helps! If you have any trouble, feel free to comment again or contact us!

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    Jaydon Ruble

    When did you start playing the piano Mr. Hoffman?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old.

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        Daisy

        no wonder your an expert πŸ™‚

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        Katlyn Teathersfield

        If you were playing since you were 6 how old are you now

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          Hoffman Academy

          I’m as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth. πŸ™‚

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    Abril

    in lesson 5, you mentioned about tall back when you are sitting, but when you are standing, is it the same posture?

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      Hoffman Academy

      A tall back with relaxed shoulders is a great part of posture whether you’re standing or sitting, but if you’re talking about standing while playing a keyboard you’ll probably find it more difficult to stand tall while reaching down to the keys. It’s important to remember that good piano posture is all about keeping your body healthy and comfortable while you play, so if your circumstances require a slightly different position, it’s ok. If you tell me a little more about your set-up, I’d be happy to answer more specifically.

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    Shara Balogh

    Thanks, i will check before i play…promise:)