Lesson 21

The Grand Staff

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    Dan

    I join in in every song and word of you say say or sing with me

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    ALice

    Do you no how to play a song called perfect

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      Hoffman Academy

      I don’t, but I’m sure I could learn it, given some time. πŸ™‚

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    Zayan

    Hello, Mr Hoffman, this is my first Lesson!!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Kimie

    Thank you, Mr. Hoffman, for these wonderful lessons! I cannot get over how well done they are. Your teaching is so precise and perfectly paced. I took piano for 13 years and still play, but I am learning things from these lessons I never knew before! My 6 year old has finished Unit 1 and is advancing to Unit 2 now. I am really impressed by the quality of these videos, and the printable unit 1 worksheets were helpful as well. My kids LOVE the funny little clip at the end of the video. You have a talent for this, and I’m glad you are sharing that with so many children! Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! We’re glad you and your children are enjoying the lessons.

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    Jia

    Dear Mr. Hoffman, my 4-year old daughter is absolutely enjoying your lessons. Many thanks for such wonderful curriculum!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re glad she’s enjoying the lessons.

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        Melissa

        thanks for this lesson you teach well
        it should be free for everyone to join

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          Hoffman Academy

          You’re very welcome! And thank you for the suggestion. Anyone can get a basic account and watch all of the lesson videos for free.

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    Shannelle

    Do you know how to play the theme to transformers age of extinction

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      Hoffman Academy

      No, but I can add it to our list of potential songs for future lessons if you’d like.

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    grant

    I love your name , the name Joshph is a really great name! oh and I’m sorry I spelled your name wrong

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    Daniel

    Hey, Mr. Hoffman
    This is not my first piano curriculum, so I am familiar with some music terms. I think I’ve heard of a C Clef. Is there such a thing as that? I don’t remember where I heard of that, though.

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      Yes, there is such a thing as a C clef, although it’s not used as commonly as the G clef or the F clef.

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        mallikarjun

        It is called the Alto clef ( learnt it in strings)

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    Aleeza

    Now I am going to print the grand staff and make the note heads or maybe make it while watching your videos, I also sometimes watch your videos without playing piano because I have a toy piano :D, when I feel board your videos cheers me up, makes me happy and makes me laugh in the endings and for me you are the greatest piano teacher and the greatest piano player I haved seen!!! πŸ˜€

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying the lessons. πŸ™‚ Good luck and happy playing!

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        Dan

        Hi I’m loving the vids thanks for all your help I have now improved my piano lessons at school now thank you so muchπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚:-)

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          Hoffman Academy

          You’re very welcome. Keep up the great work!

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    Joshua

    Hi Mr Hoffman I have tried to get the practice album for unit 1 ,can i still get this practice album if I am in unit 2 if so how do I do it? Thank You

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      Hoffman Academy

      When you move up a unit, it will automatically switch to the new unit’s materials. However, there’s a way to go back. All you need to do is go and do one of the practice sessions from unit 1. Then you’ll be able to access the unit 1 materials again until you go back to working on unit 2. I hope that helps!

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        mallikarjun

        ohh what if we are not preimum members

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          Hoffman Academy

          If you have purchased materials separately instead of becoming a premium member, then you can access all of them at any time.

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    Lukas

    Can you make a “Build our Machine” lesson?

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Zaid

    I’m relatively new to the piano and don’t have a proper piano. I only have a chinese roll-up piano which is fine but can’t do some of the things a normal piano can. Do you think I should get a proper piano or stick with this one? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Having a piano or an electric keyboard will make your experience learning the piano more enjoyable and productive. If it’s not possible for you to get a piano or keyboard, you can definitely start learning on a roll-up piano, but the sooner you can start practicing on an actual piano, the better. If you’d like to learn more about choosing an instrument, check out our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps!

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    Joshua

    Thank you for doing these lessons?????

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome!

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    Joshua

    Hi Mr Hoffman
    I thought it was really interesting what you where saying about the monks starting the grand staff.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it interesting. πŸ™‚

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    Shalini

    Hello Mr Hoffman, I would like to print all the printables for a unit at one go. Can I do that? If yes, please can you direct me to the link? Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! 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 β€œaccount” which will take you to your account dashboard. From there, click on the box that says β€œMaterials” and it will let you download all the materials for the unit you are currently in. You can also generally download the complete printable materials from the first practice session of each unit. I hope that helps!

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    Lukas

    Did you know that In Germany the musical alphabet was A,H,C,D,E,F?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I didn’t know that.

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    Karen

    My daughter has finished Unit 1, but her repertoire songs aren’t “perfetct”. How do I know if she is ready to go to Unit 2? We love Hoffman so far. πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad you’re enjoying the lessons! It’s all right to move on to the next unit before your daughter has completely perfected the unit 1 songs. We’ll review several of them in unit 2, so there will still be opportunities for her to practice them. For some tips about knowing how fast to move through the lessons, check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps!

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    sean

    Cool didn’t know they were ancient letters and thanks for the lesson

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    oliver

    how would you find the middle c on a 61 key piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question! The lowest note on a 61-key keyboard is usually a C, and counting up from the bottom, middle C is the 3rd C. I hope that helps!

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        Guillermo

        Thanks, Mr. Hoffman. Your lessons are great.

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          Hoffman Academy

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

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        mallikarjun

        hey that helps too as I do have a 61 key piano

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        mallikarjun

        I have A 61 key piano too It helps

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    Landry

    I really liked the lesson your are ansuper good teacher thankyou

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

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    Nicolette

    I confess, as an adult student, I still find the end sections pretty cute and funny πŸ™‚ Digging this resource. Thanks for making it. So much easier to understand than trying to learn it from books and I’m sure that by the end of this course, I’ll be able to pick up those music books and play their songs with much more ease.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful. πŸ™‚ Good luck and happy playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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        Sambit

        Sir,
        I’m a teenager, and i’ve just completed unit 1!
        How much more practice would i need before i can start playing Yiruma or Bach?

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          Hoffman Academy

          Congratulations on completing unit 1! The rate of progression is different from student to student so it’s hard to say exactly how long it will be before you can play songs by those composers, but that’s a great goal! There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with patience and diligent practice. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Nolan

    Thank you for the help on schedules for piano! Big help and it helped my brother Landry

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      You’re very welcome. I’m glad I could help!

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    Rodney

    Just a note of thanks for the lessons. I am 51 years old and have played Piano all my life. I mostly play by ear, but can read treble clef music. I am taking your lessons because I want to be able to play both the treble and bass clef parts. I wish this type of lesson would have been available so many years ago when I first learned to play.

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    Anne

    I just wanted to thank you for your lessons and, easy to learn by, teaching style! I decided at the age of 52 that I wanted to learn to play, because it was something I always wanted to do, but thought it was to hard to understand. Although I wished at first, that there could be lessons available that were geared more toward adult students, I soon realized that it is even easier to learn BECAUSE it is simplified for children.
    Thank you for helping me be able to achieve one of my goals!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful, even though they are geared toward children. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Katy

    my forhead is the same same size

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    Katy

    sorry mr Hoffman for saying you have a big forhead

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    Katy

    mr hoffman you have a big forhead

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

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    Sonja

    Hello Mr Hoffman, is there a reason that F and G are the 2 letters on the grand staff instead of some other letters?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not entirely certain why they chose those two notes. However, if you’ll notice, they’re an equal distance from middle C. The G from the treble clef is 4 notes above middle C and the F from the bass clef is four notes below middle C.

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    George

    Which lesson do you teach reading music in?

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      We teach about sight reading a little bit at a time throughout the lessons, but there are some lessons where it’s the main focus. The first lesson specifically about sight reading is lesson 44, which is early on in unit 3.

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    Hazel

    How do I obtain the records for the “Listening Album”?

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      The listening album for Unit 1 is part of the Unit 1 materials, which can be purchased at our online store. You can either choose to purchase materials for each unit individually, or get a premium subscription which will give you access to all of the materials on a monthly or yearly basis. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any further questions!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it. πŸ™‚

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    Akira catt lynn

    Hi I love Hoffman Academy

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      Hi! I’m so happy you’re enjoying Hoffman Academy. πŸ™‚

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    Diana

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman! I play the flute and I never understood the Bass Clef!! Thanks for your videos.

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      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you liked the lesson and that you were able to learn something new!

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    Joshua

    Wow..excellent teaching .Easy to understand and follow.Fantastic efforts to teach all learners.

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      Joshua

      Thank God and thank you for the free lessons.Found this website after a long search. Glad that I found your website.

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        Hoffman Academy

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

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    olivia

    thanks Mr.hoffman this video helps a lot i used to think the note that i now know is the g clef was just a weird fancy looking note that no one used anymore but know i know much more thank you

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you learned something from the video and found it helpful!

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    ginikachi

    thank you so much mr hoffman i really learnt a lot

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you found the video helpful!

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    Jacob

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,

    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your lessons, I am very grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to learn piano. I stumbled upon your website a few days, and ever since I’ve gone through about 5 of your lessons a day. I even made sure to set up a notebook for my music notes. I am learning at a fast and steady pace, I look forward to the future lessons, I’m saving up for an 88 key piano, seeing as I currently play on a 61 key piano that’s seen better days. I hope to be able to play as good as you some day soon, you are a great teacher and pianist.

    Greetings from Texas!

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      Jacob

      P.S.
      How long do you think it would take to get to a decent level of play? For example, playing simple songs heard on the radio and such. Thanks!

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        Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us and I can tell you’re a dedicated and hard-working student! The speed at which you progress in your ability to play the piano depends a lot on your individual circumstances and how much time you can devote to practicing. Don’t get discouraged if you feel you aren’t progressing fast enough. While there are certainly prodigies out there, the vast majority of students will need to spend several months of dedicated practice before they can confidently read music and play simple songs with hands together. However, if you keep up the good work, you can be confident that you’re on the right track, even when you’re still learning the basics. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Claudia

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,

    Thank you so so so so so much for your lessons. I started out with Alison M. Sparrow’s method from Youtube. But I got stuck at lesson 9 from her first book. My muscles aren’t that trained yet. She goes too fast too quick. You give much more theory and really take the time to explain everything. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website. Thanks a bunch.

    One problem: I purchased the materials from Unit 2 last Friday, but unfortunately I can’t access them from my account. I think something went wrong. Could you please e-mail them to me or put it on the account page?

    Please keep up the good work! Greetings from the Netherlands.

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      Hi Claudia! I am so thrilled to hear that you are enjoying our lessons! If you are having any issues with your materials or account, 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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    Elizabeth

    Thank you Mr.Hoffman you a are great

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    Aneena

    You are an awesome teacher…I have to say! I almost gave up on wanting to play the piano until I watched your videos…I finished the whole first unit today and the way you teach is so good that I am so motivated to learn! God bless you and thank you for doing what you are doing πŸ™‚

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      Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful message! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying my lessons and are having fun learning! Keep up the great work and happy playing! πŸ™‚

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    Megan

    Do you know where we could purchase those colored circles you use on the grand staff for this lesson?

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      Yes! The colorful, transparent rounds Mr. Hoffman uses in his lessons are called “Magic Notes” and we purchased them from our friends at MusicMindGames.com. Enjoy!

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    Corey

    Hi Mr. Hoffman. I’ve been using your lessons to help me learn piano. I began my music career by playing saxophone from elementary through high school. As a result, treble clef is firmly planted in my mind, but I am very weak on bass clef. For example, when I see bass F on the bass clef, my mind quickly and automatically thinks of that note as a D, because of my experience with treble clef. Do you have any suggestions for drills or practice techniques I can use to help me learn bass clef better?

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      Learning to read notes on the staff is like learning a brand new language! It takes time and patience for anyone. I suggest taking a step back to work on “re-calibrating” your brain to think about the treble and bass staves in a more unified way. Instead of thinking of them as two separate concepts to master, think of them both as part of one unified system, with Middle C being the “border” or “bridge” between the 2 staves. Please re-watch lesson 21 completely to allow the basic concepts of the grand staff to really sink in. Then, watch lesson 82 on Guide Notes. Each staff has certain “landmark” or “guide notes” that I encourage you to master thoroughly. Those guide notes working from lowest to highest are: ground G, bass C, bass F, middle C, treble G, treble C, then flag F. Whenever you see a note on the staff, rather than trying to figure it out by thinking “hmm, that’s the 3rd line, bass clef…must be D!” Instead think of every note in relation to one of the Guide Notes like this: “Hmm, that note is a step above Bass C, and a step above C is D!”. The strength of the Guide Note system is that it relates each note to a specific note or key on the piano. It’s important to know not just that a note is “D” (there are many Ds on the piano), but to know WHICH D… in the case of this example, bass D. I should note (excuse the pun!) that this approach requires a great working knowledge of the musical alphabet, thinking both forward and backward, and even in skips.

      For drills, you may want to try flashcards or a sight-reading app like the Piano Maestro iPad App. I hope this helps! Please keep me posted about your success with these suggestions.

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        Renaldo

        good day, is there any app for android?

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          Unfortunately, the Piano Maestro app is specifically for the iPad. However, you might be able to find a similar app you could use instead.

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    Thanh Thien Luong

    Thanks, anyway.In the past, I have already played the guitar-both modern and classical music-so I get through your instructions smoothly.I hope I will progress in my study of piano lessons with you.

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    Jack

    Oh, and by the way, what the heck is that little yellow thingy up in the corner of the Grand Staff paper thingy?

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      It’s a little person, watching us learn about the grand staff!

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    Jack

    Hey, Mr Hoffman, I have a question. How did the monk(ey)s wright letters like A, B, and C a long time ago?

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    Nerissa Thomas

    I really enjoy refreshing the basics of piano and music notes with you. You are a great teacher with a great sense of humor. I did play keyboard at younger age. I enjoy the grand piano sound better and taught myself again with an upright Baldwin piano. It was a little out of tune. I been out of practice for awhile since I lost my home and my piano too. :(. I am hoping to get a Yamaha portable keyboard with real piano sound and begin anew again. Thank you so ever so for making me laugh while remembering how much I enjoyed playing piano. God Bless you.

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      Thanks so much for sharing that! I hope you have a wonderful experience refreshing your piano skills, and I’m happy to be your piano teacher! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Araceli

    You are fantastic person! Thank you πŸ™‚

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    mm

    Mr. Hoffman, do you teach any other instruments besides piano? Im just wondering because i really want to learn violin but we havent found any teachers close to where we live.:( But i really like your lessons! I enjoy playing piano!

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      I’m so glad you enjoy my lessons! I’m sorry, but I don’t teach violin. We do hope to someday post lessons for other instruments, but the focus for now is just piano. As you search for a violin teacher, you may want to consider some of the principles in this article we posted about How to Find a Piano Teacher. Although referring to different instruments, the basic concepts apply in both situations. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

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        mm

        Thanks alot! I’ll be sure to read the article. God bless!

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    Ana

    Mr. Hoffman, thank you for everything and I am going to tell you more about me, I am nine years old, and I am mormon, and you are great and I would love to meet you someday!!!

    ????

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    anya

    I love doing this in the middle of the day because i’m home-schooled.

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    Nick T.

    Mr. Hoffman,
    First, thank you so much for what you do. I’m teaching my 11-yr old and 8-yr old to play and they are loving it. Secondly, I always try and sign in with my login but it doesn’t seem to recognize my info. I end up watching as guest but wanted you to know in case there is something wrong with that part of your site.
    Sincerely,
    Nick

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      I’m so glad your family is enjoying my lessons! Thanks so much for letting us know that you’re having trouble with our site – Would you be so kind as to email our technical support team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com and let them know what operating system and browser you are using? We would love to get that working for you. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Dominic

    I managed to play a hymn. Thank you.

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    Sara

    I also think that the bass clef kinda looks like a chat-speak frownie face: ]: I did the best I could to demonstrate my point XD.

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    Sara

    I am super happy, Mr. Hoffman! These lessons are super duper great! The special logo is cool. I was reading some comments and noticed one of the students saying the logo was the treble clef, and I agree! It certainly looks like a treble clef!

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      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my lessons. You are all correct – our logo was designed by Brittany Hoffman with the beautiful swirls of a treble clef in mind. – Mr. Hoffman

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    inese

    Hello,
    today I started to watch your lectures. Your way of teaching is a very interesting and exciting . First of all, sorry for my mistakes in English . Since I have a foreign language and I do not speak it well enough.
    I have some questions that interest me. Why do you start training in 1.lesson with musical names Do, Re, Mi ( as it is in my experience )- then however you go to the alphabet , which generally represents musical piecework harmony – for example ” J.S.Bach Toccata in f moll “, or letters used to denote harmony , playing guitar. I am interested in the question of how children in this case are taught properly intone correctly intervals and at all – sing? Can intone Do – Mi (thirds), as the same music note title is already helping to do it … but how can properly intone C – E, or F – B?
    When taught to sing it is used in classical music notation symbols?
    Previously thank you if you answer me.

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      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 or intervals, 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.

      I hope that helps, and that I’ve understood you correctly. Feel free to follow up here or by emailing Support@hoffmanacademy.com if you have further questions. – Mr. Hoffman

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    andy

    iv been practicing everyday you are a great teacher thank you

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    Daniel

    Mr Hoffman, why don’t you do something like uh, lol I have to go! bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Joshua

    Thanks for the lessons sir. Absolutely amazing stuff!!! now understand to read music in the grand stuff…… wow! I lack words. Thank you thank you thank you….!!

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    diana

    do u think doing about 2 to 3 lessons each day is enough?

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      If you are a beginner, doing 2-3 lessons each day is probably going too fast. I suggest that kids start with 2-3 lessons per week, spending the other practice days on finger power exercises, reviewing old songs, working on activity pages, etc. If you move through the lessons too quickly, you can’t really master the new material; then, if you haven’t mastered the basics, you will probably find it frustrating when the lessons become more challenging. However, if you have a background in music or have taken piano lessons before, you can certainly pick up the pace. Here’s an article we posted that gives more information: When to Move on to the Next Lesson. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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        diana

        its just i did the the whole unit one, then i stopped for like 6 months so we had to over unit
        one so we did about 2 to 3 lessons per day

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          That’s great. When you’re reviewing lessons you’ve already done, it’s ok to go faster. Keep up the good work! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Tracy

    I love the lessons! thank you:)

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      Isaac

      Mr. Hoffman what is the purpose of the two dots after the base clef.

      Isaac

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        The 2 dots are to help you identify the ‘F’ line in the bass staff, and are part of the “evolution” from an old-fashioned way of drawing the letter ‘F’ into the bass clef we have today. To see this evolution demonstrated by the Hoffman Academy finger puppets, watch the end of lesson 21, after the credits (start at 10:56). – Mr. Hoffman

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    moriah

    I noticed that your Hoffman academy symbol is a treble clef! how did you decide to do that?

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      moriah

      by the way, before, I was logged in as Rachel, now I decided to use my real name, Moriah.

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      Thanks for noticing, Moriah! Our logo was designed by my brilliant sister-in-law Brittany Hoffman, who is a freelance graphic and web designer. She thought that the treble clef was such a cool and interesting shape that it would make for a great logo.

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    STEPHEN

    Where are the puppets? I really like them

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      Ashi

      People people people, calm down! I’m sure that Mr. Hoffman is aware of the fact that the puppets don’t appear in all the videos, wait patiently – I am convinced that he is taking care of this..

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      anya

      If you want to buy the puppets they are from IKEA so you could get them.

      p.s. I know some locations : San Fransisco , San Diego and Costa Mesa, all in California

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    lia

    I practice this website every day for my homeschool thank you!

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      Good for you, Lia! Practicing every day can be tough, but it makes a big difference in improving your piano skills. Congratulations and keep up the good work! – Mr. Hoffman

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      rachel

      I’m homeschooled too! my mom gives us (us means me and my 7 siblings) lists of what to do each day, and these lessons are on every list!

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    Andrea

    Mr. Hoffman Thanks a lot! Im learning so much and doing so much better everyday. Also you are helping with my therapy which is amazing :)!! thanks for making me happy again :,)

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    Rose

    Great lessons! I am trying my best at this so that I can help my family by playing some cheerful music! And for the hallidays! Thank you so much that this is free!

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    zaiah

    these lessons get harder and harder but they’re still totally rad!! : )

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    William

    You have an excellent program that teaches the piano slowly and with easy to understand methods. I truly think you are a good teacher and a even greater person for doing this to help people.

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    Isaiah Halaman

    This is a great start for me and my little brother elijah, also with my older sister Shane. We just started the lesson and it’s really helpful and easy to follow. Thank you very much.

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    Haydee

    I never comment on any websites but I feel compelled to write and thank you for an amazing series. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano but whenever I have looked online I have been overwhelmed by all the music jargon. Your lessons are broken down to introduce key concepts in an easy to understand way that is fun at the same time. You really are a fantastic teacher. Thank you for letting this be free!

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    Lucas

    My dad won’t let me touch the screen.

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      Rose

      How about you point to the screen but not touch it. That’s what I do

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    THE_EPIC_GAMER

    YAY I’m on piano unit 2 now! Great lessons!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Congrats on making it to Unit 2! Keep up the great work! -Mr. Hoffman

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          Joseph Hoffman

          The puppets joined our team very recently, and I haven’t had time yet to re-film Lessons 12-60 to add the puppets at the end. But don’t worry, the puppets come back in Unit 4! So, keep moving through the lessons, and you’ll have something to look forward to! πŸ™‚

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    david

    I can only repeat what others are saying: You are a very good teacher of the piano.

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    Holden

    These are excellent lessons that are really helping me learn to play piano, but once I finish the basic lessons, I was wondering; do you provided advanced ones as well? I really do want to commit to this instrument as I’ve always had a passion for music, and piano is the perfect way to translate what I am feeling to music. It would be really great if you do because I want to learn the most I can. Once again, thank you for the top notch lessons!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Glad you are enjoying the lessons! I don’t have any advanced lessons online at this point, but maybe down the road. Once you finish my online lessons, I recommend that you find a great live teacher in your area to help bring you to the next level. Here are some ideas I have about finding a great live teacher: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/how-to-find-a-piano-teacher/

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    GERALDO

    Mr. Hoffman, I’m a 66 year old man and I’m very excited with this marvelous Piano for Kids of yours. And I have a dream. I want to teach poor children piano for free in the future, so I’m studying very hard get my dream come true. I study by myself and I’ve been learning a lot with Piano Kids for free of yours. God bless you!

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      Valeria

      WOW!!! that’s a really great thing you’re doing! GREAT JOB!!

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    Samuel

    Great teacher and great lesson