Lesson 5, Part 2

Piano Posture & D Journey

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    Breanna

    Mr. Hoffman I have a problem. Whenever I play my pinkie and ring finger stick up. I keep putting them down, but that feels wierd and uncomfortable.
    I will,also,like to say that you have encouraged me to practice and now,i can play the intro to Für Elise. Thank you so much. Oh and tell princess I said hi.

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      Hoffman Academy

      It sounds like you’ve got a little unwanted tension in your hands. To help with that, 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. Don’t worry if it takes a while to get the hang of it–just be patient with yourself and keep working at it. 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!

      Congratulations on learning the intro to Für Elise! Princess says hi back. 🙂

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    Olivia

    Hi, Mr Hoffman. I have a question: in the previous video, you suggested a footstool or old books for a student who’s a little short. I’m 5’2″ and I have a friend who is 5’3″; I think I remember that she told me her teacher suggested wearing high heels to play piano because she’s short. So I’ve been wearing a pair of clogs with 2″ heels and it seems to correct my posture well. Is that a viable option, or is there a reason not to do that? Thanks!

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      Hoffman Academy

      🙂 That seems fine to me.

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    Van

    Man you are the best, thank you for these lessons!!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

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    Adrianna

    Is there any way you can talk to the other people who are using Hoffman Academy and not just you, Mr. Hoffman?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Anyone can see the comments you leave on the website and respond to them if they want to, but there isn’t currently anything in place that allows you to message them directly.

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    Adrianna

    Hi, this is Adrianna. Thanks for the help and everything you do!!! I love Hoffman Academy and I love you too. 😀 PS, I love the cool accompaniment too.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the lessons so far.

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    Evert

    Hi Mr Hofmann, do you always start the firs note with your second finger?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! For this song, you’ll always use your pointer finger. For different songs, though, you’ll start with different fingers.

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    Denisse

    Hi this is Denisse
    I wanted to thank you for all this lessons, i want you to know that i’ m having a lot of fun with this lessons, they’re really fun, and help me a lot,
    right now i’m writing this in my computer, and i’m using the gravity of my arms to type, i can feel it, it’s awesome, thank you so much.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Denisse! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful. Isn’t gravity great? 🙂 Keep up the amazing work.

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    Anisha

    Hi this is Anisha
    I really love your lessons Mr.Hoffman & after watching your videos on piano posture, I learnt a lot!
    Thanks Mr.Hoffman😊

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

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    Rafael

    Thank you so much for the videos you’ve made… I learned so much and had so much fun… I’m only 14.. I’m from Philippines

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful. Happy playing!

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      Adrianna

      I know someone from the Phillippines. Her name is Elma Caldic. But I’m from Virginia though. My name is Adrianna.

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    Ryan

    hi this is Oakley, Ryans daughter.i love your lessons I learned so much and I’m only seven

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Oakley! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and that you’re enjoying the lessons. Good luck and happy playing! 🙂

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    Rebekah

    Thank you for the lessons on posture I realized my piano seat is not ideal. Any ideas where I can get a good one.

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s good to look for a rectangular bench that’s adjustable and comfortable but not too soft. A specific model that we would recommend is the Casio CB7 bench. I hope that helps!

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    Sophia

    thank you very much, thanks to you i’ve learned the d’s on my piano!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Keep up the amazing work. 🙂

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    Mjellma

    Can u learn piano even if u don’t have one,because I only have a synth.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, it’s perfectly fine to start learning on an electric keyboard. While it’s best to have an piano, or a keyboard with 88 weighted keys, it’s also all right to start out with a smaller keyboard.

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        Modhupa

        I have an electric keyboard too!

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    Sam

    Yo where is my easter egg ending?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Even finger puppets need a vacation sometime. Don’t worry, they’ll be back soon. 🙂

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    Reynelle

    Hello Mr Hoffman, thank you soon much for your lessons. I enjoy watching your videos and I have learnt a lot of things I didn’t know.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re finding the lessons helpful and learning new things!

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    Jia

    Wonderful lessons and charming instructor, my daughter has been practicing everyday for two weeks. The practice and games are also a lot of fun. Thank you so much!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re glad you’re enjoying Hoffman Academy. 🙂

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    Abdelilah

    Hi sir Hoffman I like every video you posted and I love your way to explain and I would like to thank you sir and I appreciate that . I have only one question is every lessons you did free or we need to pay for next levels!? ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us. To answer your question, the video lessons are free. If you pay to upgrade to a premium account for a monthly or yearly fee, you gain access to sheet music, practice sessions, games, and other supplementary materials, but anyone can watch any of the videos for free.

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    Rico

    don’t practise until you can get it right practise until you cant get it wrong.
    thank you for the great lessons 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! And that’s a good way to think about it. Keep up the great work!

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    Brandee

    Is there a way to see what’s been accomplished or already complete for the lessons? I find we have to just remember on our own (which is dangerous)!

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      Hoffman Academy

      There isn’t currently a way to do that, but thank you for the suggestion! We’ll consider adding that feature in the future.

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    Darya

    I really enjoy your teaching! It is understandable and I hope to become very good at playing the piano! Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Brianna

    Hello Mr. Hoffman, thanks for the amazing lessons. Although I am quite wondering a couple of things. First of all how many lessons should I do to not “overload”? I want to learn, I have no rush but I’d like to be skilled soon! Also how long would it take to learn th Epifania skillfully if I did that quantity of lessons every day, all 7 days and practiced those lessons skills’ after I watch the video for 30 minutes?

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      Brianna

      Learn the piano skillfully not Epifania!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful! The rate at which you should be watching them will depend on your individual circumstances. When you feel like you’ve mastered the material in one lesson, it’s fine to move on to the next one. Check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson for some more ideas about deciding how quickly to move through the lessons. The rate of improvement will be different from student to student, but if you practice diligently, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish! I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    DonnaDee

    Working on my 64th birthday. Thank you for making my desire to play fun and easy. ~ Donna Day, Servant of God

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

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    Karen

    My son, Ryan, would like you to know he loves learning the piano and he is “the master of it”.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! I’m so glad he’s enjoying the piano and that he’s feeling confident in his mastery of the instrument. 🙂

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        Jennifer

        i love this this is Bret’s message

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          Hoffman Academy

          Thanks! I’m glad you like it!

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            Cassie

            I’ve your piano lessons

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    Pudens

    what is the name of the song?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Are you talking about the song that we’re learning in this lesson, or the song that you hear at the beginning and end of the video? The name of the song that you’re learning is “D Journey” and the song that I’m playing at the beginning of the video is “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt. Does that answer your question, or were you talking about a different song?

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    Arnel

    Great , really great , so appreciate his method

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    Matt

    I played piano years ago I picked up up and started your course

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! We’re so glad to have you learning with us!

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    Paula

    Is it ok to have a 49-key keyboard?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, using a keyboard with 49 keys is just fine! If you’re using a keyboard with less than 61 keys, you may need to make a few adjustments to some of the songs and exercises used in the lessons, but other than that it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

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    Eimantas Misiunas

    How should I practice “D Journey” with a 61-key keyboard? I don’t have 4 D’s for my right hand…

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a good question! For this song, you don’t necessarily need to start on the same D that I start on in the video. I would suggest starting on a lower D, which should give you enough space to play the whole song. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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      Paula

      Yeah there was no surprise.?Maybe it’s only on some of them.

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    Shara Balogh

    No surprise at the end…:(

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    Mark

    I agree with Kimberly that it would be nice to have a practice session for this video.

    While the materials and the audio are available, and maybe not finding them was the issue there, it’s great to have that few steps worth of instructions to follow. For example, read the instructions on the D Journey Music Sheet, play this 5x. Having had a look through the materials I see that for each lesson that there is a second video there is no “practice session” so maybe there’s a good reason as to why there aren’t those for multi-part video lessons.

    While that might seem fairly basic to where its not been included already, I for one feel lost when it comes to what to practice and this would help alleviate this for me. It would also give the sense of “this is what you need to do to practice this” to my 5 year old, without me having to impose that on them.

    Thanks.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We were not sure if there needed to be more than one practice session for multi-part lessons, but it sounds like it would be very helpful for students to have the second practice session. We will definitely take this into account for future improvements to our program. Thank you so much for your valuable feedback!

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    Kimberly

    It would be really useful to have a practice session for this video. Possibly with the track for playing D Journey, so that we don’t have to search through the video and then rewind to practice again.

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you have a premium membership, on the “Materials” page in your Account you have access to download all of the Audio tracks for the Unit you are working on, which includes listening and practice tracks. If it helps, you can download all of the audio tracks at once so you can access them at any point outside of a lesson or practice session.