Lesson 33, Part 1

Three-Note Chords

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    Robert

    does the melody have to be in the same pentascale as the chord? If so why?

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      Hoffman Academy

      No, the melody doesn’t have to be in the same pentascale as the chord. You will commonly use the same chord as the pentascale you’re in, because it tends to sound good, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way.

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    Yadira

    My 6 years old is having a hard time, we are going to skip it and do the finger excersices for now. πŸ™πŸ¦πŸ‘ my son pick the emojis

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s perfectly fine!

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    Ezra

    how hard does the program get and will you keep adding units?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Currently our curriculum only goes through level 2 content, which is about 2-3 years worth of piano lessons, but we plan to keep adding units until we get up to advanced levels. Our current estimate for how many units we’ll have is around 30-40.

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    grant

    Its hard to play three note chords because my 4th finger wants to play too!

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      Hoffman Academy

      It can be pretty tricky but I’m confident that with some practice, you’ll get the hang of it. πŸ™‚

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    Mary

    Hey Mr. Hoffmen I have a lot of trouble with three note cords. For a example if I try to play a 3 note cord, my forth finger seems to play as well πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

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      Hoffman Academy

      It can take a while to get used to playing triads. There are a few exercises that may help.

      First, make sure you play Stepping and Skipping regularly and repeatedly in different hand positions on the piano. Play an additional triad chord at the end of the exercise, as well. That should help you develop the skills to play three-note chords.

      There’s also a finger exercise that helps with finger strength and independence: Find a hard surface like your piano lid, a table, etc. 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. It’s a little thing, but if you do it every day it will really help your fingers learn to move on their own and strengthen your muscles and control. I hope that helps!

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    Paul

    That T. rex is so funny🀣🀣

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Mom

    I love the trex at the end! Thanks for making these fun so my 9 yr old can’t wait to practice with you everyday!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re glad you’re enjoying the videos.

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    Nolan

    Hey mr Hoffman just to let you know my brother Landry is doing this to and we have had a super fun time learning piano. Thank you 😊

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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        Leah

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          Leah

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    Nolan

    Ya I just started back up a little while ago so it feels good to be back

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      Hoffman Academy

      Well, we’re glad to have you learning with us again. πŸ™‚

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    miguel

    Mr Hoffman I was taught that if there are 2 notes you are playing, those are intervals, not chords but if there are 3 notes, this a chord.?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Any time you play certain configurations of multiple notes, it can be called a chord. When you play just two notes, it can be called an interval, or a chord. I hope that helps!

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    DonnaDee

    I’m just back from a two-week vacation in Jamaica. Boy have I missed my piano. Now catch up

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    Marcus

    I have a lot of trouble with three note chords and triads, do you know any exercises that can help?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Absolutely! There is an exercise you have learned (or will learn) in Unit 2 called Stepping and Skipping. Doing that exercise regularly and repeatedly in different hand positions on the piano will be most effective. Play an additional triad chord at the end of the exercise, as well.

      Or, if you are struggling with any specific chord formation, play the chord one note at a time, and then play all three notes together. Begin with the weakest finger! Repeat the exercise until it feels comfortable! I hope that helps!

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    Landry

    Thankyou mr Hoffman for teaching this lesson it was a really good lesson fun learning about triads

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Jameson P Danda

    Mr Hoffman is there a difference between a piano player and a keyboardist…And when i learn to play the piano is it possible to transit to keyboard if there are different to the way we play the piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a good question. Keyboards are made to mimic the piano, but there are some differences. For example, acoustic pianos enable more complex dynamics than most digital keyboards. The style of music pianists and keyboardists generally play is also different, but for the most part, the skills and techniques you need to play these instruments are the same. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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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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      Hoffman Academy

      How fun! We would love to see you perform your composition. You can upload a video to our facebook page or put it up on YouTube and send us a link!

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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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      grant

      and u did not teach us chords for Let us Chase the Squirrl!

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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:(