Lesson 33, Part 1

Three-Note Chords

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    Sudheer

    Dear Hoffman,

    I think Hand over hand video is removed from Unit 1. I remember watching it when your kickstarter project was going on. In this video you are giving reference to hand over hand chord. Do you think the older video needs to added before this video so that students can learn it before trying hand over hand chord?

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      Hoffman Academy

      This was a difficult choice, but I decided to remove hand-over-hand exercises from my curriculum flow since I found that certain students really struggled with these exercises. Most students were just fine, but some found it frustrating, despite many attempts and much effort. One of my guiding principles with finger power exercises is to make sure they support, not hinder the student. A good Finger Power exercise needs to train practical and specific skills that they will need to succeed at their repertoire. Since there isn’t a strong need at this level to master the hand-over-hand motion (since that skill doesn’t show up in any beginner repertoire), I decided to consolidate Finger Power in Units 1-4 to focus more on pentascales using the exercise “Stepping & Skipping”, which is now introduced sooner. It is VERY useful for students to learn to play this exercise hands together in similar and contrary motion, and in all 24 major and minor pentascales, so my latest version of my method is placing more focus there as far as Finger Power goes. I’m afraid we didn’t find it practical to re-film every single lesson that made mention of a removed lesson, so please just disregard that comment for now and know that we’ll get to those skills later in our more advanced lessons. -Mr. Hoffman

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    Maria

    I’m 58 years old, and I’m using your lessons to learn piano. I like your lessons because you are so explicit when you teach the lessons. Th lessons are helpful, because I’m visual. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us!

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    Naqi

    Is it normal to feel that triad at C-Major Pentascale harder than D-Major?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Some chords might feel more challenging to you than others. I would recommend putting some extra daily practice into playing all of the triad chords you know. The more you play the C Major chord, the more comfortable you will become. Good luck and Happy Playing!

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    Macy Allred

    I made a song it is called the three snowmen ” I used the C major pentiscale.thank you for teaching me how to play the piano I played the piano when I was 4 years old but I had a different teacher I stopped playing the piano when I was 5 years old!

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    Brooke

    Hello Mr Hoffman,
    Thank you Soooo much for teaching me three chords it has been really fun. I am left handed so I have found it really easy! I am really enjoying lessons.????

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    Geetu

    Thank you Mr Hoffman, the triads are really easy!

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    Brian

    I’m loving this course Mr. Hoffman… 3 fingered chords makes it even more exciting!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad! And I agree – 3 fingered chords give even more color and complexity to music. It certainly can make a song more exciting!

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    Ashi

    ..but. but you didn’t teach us the chords for “listen for bells” and for “Mouse in the house”…!!!

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    Christine

    I am NOT going to play 3 note cards ever again they are way too difficult

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      EMMANEUEL

      Don’t you want to get good at it?

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    Christine

    Three note cards are way too hard I’m not relaxing my fingers at all I’m pressing as hard as I can.

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    Christine

    I made a few typing mistakes what I meant to say was that I play better with my right hand then with my left hand but when I play with my left hand not as much pressure goes on the piano keys and when I play with my right

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    Christine

    eft not as much pressure goes down on the piano keys as mywhen I play with my left not as much pressure goes down on the and that’s because I’m right handed

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    Christine

    Hi Mr.hoffman,I was just wondering did you ever grow up playing the piano as a kid if you did who did you learn from

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      Hoffman Academy

      I started learning piano around six years old and I had a few different teachers as I progressed. In high school, my advanced studies in piano were with Alfred Mouledous, principal pianist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Thanks for asking! – Mr. Hoffman

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    katlinkitty505

    i can not do this finger thing hoffman! please find an easier way:(