Lesson 32

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    Sudheer

    Dear Hoffman,

    Hope you are doing great! I am really enjoying lessons. I have three things in my mind which are bothering me.
    1. When I try to improvise, the tune does not seem great. You have told there is no right and wrong in improvisation. I still need some advise. For example, In the video where I played chord (horror theme) and you played D minor,the melody was great.

    2. When i play piano keys, I sometimes press edge of the key instead of middle. Due to this two keys get pressed at once. Usually this happens when I try to play with both hands. Is this normal?

    3. When I do glissandothe way you taught, it pains. I tried to do using only nails. Still it hurts. So i do it normally using fingers in normal way. Is that fine?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!

      Improvising, like many musical skills, takes some time and practice. It’s all right if your improvisations don’t sound great to you at the beginning–the main point of the exercise is to experiment with what the notes sound like and try to come up with lots of your own melodies. As you keep practicing, it should get easier.

      An occasional finger slip is unavoidable, and it can be difficult to play with both hands. If you’re having trouble playing without any mistakes, try playing one hand at a time first, or slowing it down until you’ve got it perfect, before working your way back to normal speed. Also, make sure your fingers are in a relaxed, curved position when you play. If you’re having trouble with hand tension, 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. Give that a try and see if it helps.

      Because your fingers are just the tiniest bit moist and softer than your fingernails, you’ll generally find that there’s more resistance when using your fingers to play a glissando and it’s harder to get a smooth, consistent, bright sound. But if it’s more comfortable using your fingers, it’s ok to do that. Many students are hesitant to use their nails because it feels uncomfortable at first. However, with consistent practice that tends to fade as your nails get used to it.

      I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    junczes

    Will I learn the different chords in piano in next lessons for the next units

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, you will! Toward the end of this Unit, in Lesson 38, we will be learning a new type of chord called the V7 chord. And we will continue to add more as we go along.

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    junczes

    What unit will I exactly learn to read musical notes in the staff ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Within Unit 2 you are already beginning to learn important tools and skills necessary to read the notes on the staff. In this lesson, Mr. Hoffman dictates the notes of the song on the staff for you so you can have a visual. In the lessons to come you will begin playing along with the sheet music and reading the notes as you go!

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    Spencer

    Do you have any lessons for older kids? I’m 14 and these lessons are great, but not exactly at my maturity level.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We do not have different versions of our lessons. While they are geared toward younger beginner students, Mr. Hoffman strives to create content and material that will be educational for all ages. If you have some previous experience, you can feel free to jump around in the lessons until you find the Unit that best fits your skill level.

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    Peyton

    This is funny because I made the same tune when we did Rhythm Composition! Love it!!! 😀 <3

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      Hoffman Academy

      Whoa! That’s great! And now you have lyrics to your composition. 🙂

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    Macy Allred

    My favorite song is frog in the middle thanks for teaching me to play that song.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you love that song! It’s one of my favorites from our early units. Keep up the great work!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, very much! They’re great at helping us teach piano.

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    EMMANEUEL

    My keyboard has about 38 keys in all. Will it work with all your lessons?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You will need to make occasional adjustments on a keyboard that size, particularly with the hand-over-hand finger power exercises, but it should still work as a starting point. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Ana

    I think that song was the hardest and the best.
    You are so AWESOME!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Wow, thanks! Isn’t it a great feeling when something is really hard at first, but through hard work and patience you finally master it? Keep up the great work! – Mr. Hoffman

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    pb

    new words for this song:

    I want to play the piano
    I will practice every day!

    PBA

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      Hoffman Academy

      I love it! Or here’s another one:

      Who’s that playing the piano?
      Who’s that practicing today?
      P B is practicing piano.
      P B is going to be great!

      – Mr. Hoffman 🙂

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    MY NAME IS BOB SO DON'T JUDGE ME

    LOVE LESSONS

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    moriah

    why is everyone so worried about the camera woman!?

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      Ikeoluwa

      Thanks for making these videos

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    moriah

    i luv the puppets! but i doubt i luv them more than my little sister does! : )

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    Christine

    That was like THE first time you got to see the camera woman.What’s up with that?

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    barb

    Joesph, I have been seeing your piano lessons.

    They are AWSOME!

    Thank you for teaching!

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    samantha

    Hey I think you didn’t do this intentially but, you covered up the camera woman taping the whole thing which I thought was really funny.

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    Dante

    You’re a good teacher! But I couldn’t help noticing someone in the reflection in the piano after 4:49.

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    Gina

    I like this lesson very much. I’m glad that you have us use the D Pentascale in our materials at home so that we get used to playing different scales with our fingers. Thank you for everything that you do. I haven’t played piano in a really long time, and this is a great way for me to refresh and get stronger with my basics.

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    Luke

    Hey whats up everyone those puppets are cute. 🙂

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    Florence

    Hello Hoffman,why would you use other languges?

    Eloise

    SQUAQUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Santhiya

    Hello sir! Your classes are wonderful. I have a doubt when we play C major which finger to be used for A B and C

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      Joseph Hoffman

      When you are playing in the C Major pentascale, you will use your 5 fingers to cover C, D, E, F, and G. You will not have any finger on A or B. Later on, when you progress to harder songs, we will move our hands around on the piano more, but for now our songs just cover the range of 5 notes at a time.