LESSON 14 Chocolate

What you'll learn

How to play Chocolate in the C major pentascale
Learn the first five notes of the solfege scale Do Re Mi Fa So


Yum yum yum yum yum!
Chocolate I have some!

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  1. Castle and father and walked into my car with a small one on a side and walked around to a father to a room room where the sky is the father and I couldn’t find any father and I sat around to room for more space on a car than to me and father and father fath

  2. My 4 year old plays each note detached. She has good posture and she is able to play each finger individually. But her playing is not connected (not quite staccato but also not connected). Is this something I should address now? Or is it better to address it later when she’s older or deeper into the lessons? Does fixing something like this come naturally later?

    • Thanks for this question. I’m impressed by your attention to detail when it comes to your daughter’s technique! With beginner students, I have found it is usually best to not focus on a legato technique right off the bat. Playing with a slightly detached sound at first is actually preferred, as this can help young students connect with the concept of playing using their entire arm as a coordinated unit, rather than just relying on finger motion only. I would wait a good 6-12 months before attempting to really establish a concept of legato playing. I hope that helps!

  3. This is a great way to learn how to play the piano I love the most out of the lessons the hot cross buns and the 5woodpeckers and the frog in the middle.

    • You’re right – this song does use the same hand position and notes as 5 Woodpeckers! I’m impressed that you’re paying such close attention to notice that. The difference is that 5 Woodpeckers starts with groups of repeating notes, with steps up in between. At the end, however, both songs step down the same way: So, Fa, Me, Re, Do. If you add another Do for “Yum” at the end of Chocolate, the two songs would end exactly the same! In later lessons, you’ll learn to play Chocolate in other hand positions and pentascales, and now you know that you’ll be able to play 5 Woodpeckers in other pentascales as well! Keep up the wonderful work, and happy playing!

    • Thanks! Whipcream and cherry sounds delicious…but it’s a lot to fit into two notes for the song! :) – Mr. Hoffman

  4. Could I get the sheet music copy of what Mr. Hoffman is playing in the video, please? It’s the ‘fancy’ chocolate version! As a teacher, I would love to play this for my kids, too ;-)
    Many thanks! When the kids get to this lesson their eyes bulge in excitement!! It’s inspiring to them to hear what they could make with music someday!! :-)

  5. Hi Mr. Hoffman my favorite food is tortellinie????I’m so happy for my piano teacher and I Think that it’s the best thing in the whole world when I grow up I want to be an American ninja warrior we watch it all the time what’s your favorite movie mine is American ninja warrior and I want to be in it please write meback back cole

    • That’s great! My boys love watching American Ninja Warrior, too. My favorite movie? Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I think I don’t have a favorite movie, but I do have a favorite animated series – “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (the animated series made by Nickelodeon, not the live action movie, which I didn’t really like). – Mr. Hoffman

  6. Cooper watched this video again today! This time he said, “mom, it’s really making me want some chocolate cookies!” So we just had to make them! When he saw them he said, “mom, they look just like Mr. Hoffmans!” He had to replay the video and pause just when you held up the cookie! Thanks for inspiring him to love music! Thanks for making learning fun… the way it should always be!!!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your delicious post-piano activity! Those cookies DO look good. I think I should go find myself one now… :) – Mr. Hoffman

  7. I’m having trouble vocally sounding out the notes. Perhaps it’s because I’m still learning about all the different notes and their sounds. How important is it as a pianist to vocally sound out the letters flawlessly? I would imagine that is a requirement only for vocal performers.

    I look forward to your reply and thank you for the fun lessons!

    • Hi Pauline, that’s a great question. I believe (and I think any professional musician would agree) that whatever instrument you play, it is extremely valuable to learn to use your own voice as an instrument, too. The reason? Using your voice to match pitches activates the “music area” of your brain and helps train your ear and your ability to discern pitch relationships in ways that no other activity can. It’s not at all about trying to develop a beautiful solo voice, and it’s not about getting it perfect, either. It’s purely about musical development, specifically in the area of ear training, which is one of the most important skills a musician can possess. Even if you don’t feel confident with your singing voice (many people don’t at first), I encourage you to turn off any judgments about how you sound, and just tell yourself that you’re training an important skill. It’s OK to feel like an absolute beginner. Just keep at it, and you’ll see progress, even if slow at first. I believe that it will be worth the effort. Thanks for learning with me. – Mr. Hoffman

  8. Hi mr hoffman, it would be so nice to meet you, and i was wondering are you Mormon?
    That is all I wanted to say thank you.

    you are a realy good piano player.

    • Great question. To play a full octave scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do) requires a more advanced fingering (with finger “crossing” and “thumb under”) which I like to save for later. It is important to establish a good technique and hand posture from the beginning, so I spend a lot of time with pentascales so students can get comfortable using all 5 fingers in a basic pentascale position before we add new fingering challenges. But don’t, worry, it won’t be long before we start tackling one-octave scales (complete with la, ti) in future lessons! Please stay tuned! :) – Mr. Hoffman

  9. Good day Mr Hoffman.
    Would it be possible to send me the sheet music the first part of chocolate you played.
    I really enjoyed it.

    thank you.


      • I’m sitting here trying to learn some notes. I would really love the note sheets of the song in this video too. Is this possible?

        Btw – love your lessons.

        24 years old, trying to learn music for the first time!

        • Thanks for your comment – it’s great to hear from our adult students! I’m afraid we don’t have sheet music published for “Chocolate”; however, there is a worksheet based on this song in our set of Complete Materials for Unit 1. Because we have not yet taught to associate specific letters to the lines and spaces on the staff, it is simply an exercise in identifying and drawing alternating line and space notes. Beginning in Unit 2, after we have introduced the grand staff, the materials include sheet music for the new songs I teach. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

          • Thank you for the comment.
            Sounds great! I am learning a lot here. As soon as my student economy has stabilised I will give something back! ;)

    • In Units 1-5, the only song that I made up was “5 Woodpeckers”; the rest are all folk songs. – Mr. Hoffman

  10. I really liked the teacher part the you played at the beginning, when you first showed us Chocolate, is the sheet music for that available?

  11. Thank you for another great lesson Mr. Hoffman. But I have few questions.
    What would be the rhythm in this song? Is it in 3/4th time signature like,

    Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
    Ta (yum) Ta (yum!) Rest
    Ta (choco-) Ta (-late) Ta (I)
    Ta (have) Ta (some!) Rest

    Or does this song have half notes at the end of each line? So maybe if Ta is a quarter note and Ti-Ti are 2 eighth notes and lets say if H represents a half note (I don’t how we represent a half note in rhythm dictation), then we have something like this:

    Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
    Ta (yum) H (yum!)
    Ta (choco-) Ta (-late) Ta (I)
    Ta (have) H (some!)

    And though it works fine if replace chocolate with pizza or apple, but what about Tea? How would we keep the same rhythm if we replaced chocolate with something like Tea?

    • These are great questions – I’m so glad you’re thinking about this! Let me start by encouraging you to listen to the song and see if you can feel the “heavy” beat – in music, it’s called the “down beat”. If you listen closely, you should hear that down beat on the first “Yum,” the fifth “Yum,” “Choco,” and “some”. Now listen again and count how long I stay on the note when I sing the fifth “Yum” and also “some”. Did you notice that I held the note for more than one beat? In fact, those two notes are whole notes: we hold them for four counts each. Now, if you count out the number of beats in each measure (each line of the heartbeat mat), you’ll see that there are always one strong beat and three weak beats – four beats per measure. And since we’re going to give each beat a quarter note, that means this song is 4/4 time. The dictation would look like this:

      Ta (Yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
      Whole (yum!)
      Ta (Choco-) Ta (late) Ta (I) Ta (have)
      Whole (some!)

      If you don’t want to hold that last “yum” and “some” for four full counts, you can dictate it with a different combination that adds up to four beats; for instance, a half note plus a half rest or a dotted half note with a quarter rest… depending on how much of a rest you need after all that dictation! :)

      Now, since we take two counts to sing “choco-” “late” or whatever other treat we have, there are two ways you can alter the line to fit something with only one syllable, like Tea. You can either add another one-syllable word to it (like “mint” “tea”) or hold the word for two counts (change it to a half note), like this: Two (Tea) Ta (I) Ta (have) Whole (some).

      Keep up the wonderful work! – Mr. Hoffman

      • Thanks Mr. Hoffman. I’ve been trying to feel the downbeat. I sort of understand what you saying. It feels like there is little more stress on these words. But it’s very subtle. It almost feels like start of a sentence. So in music, a downbeat represent the start of a measure. Right?

        But if this is true, then I have even more doubts. I went back to Hot Cross Buns and tried to listen to the downbeats. But there I felt the downbeat on two occasions in the third line, i.e. One a penny, Two a penny. I felt the downbeat on “One” and “Two” but they are in the same measure.

        Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest
        Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest
        Ti-Ti (one a) Ti-Ti (pen-ny) Ti-Ti (two a) Ti-Ti (pen-ny)
        Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest

        So where am I making a mistake?

        • Yes, a downbeat is the first beat of a measure. However, the third beat in a measure is generally the second strongest beat, so it’s pretty normal for you to feel a little more emphasis on “two a” as well. You have dictated the song just as I would have. An interesting thing about the mathematics behind music, though, is that you can often dictate rhythms in multiple ways; for instance, you can double the counts in this song and dictate it like this:

          Two (hot) Two (cross)
          Two (buns) Half Rest
          Two (hot) Two (cross)
          Two (buns) Half Rest
          Ta (one) Ta (a) Ta (pen-) Ta (ny)
          Ta (two) Ta (a) Ta (pen-) Ta (ny)
          Two (hot) Two (cross)
          Two (buns) Half Rest

          …which WOULD place a downbeat on the “two” you asked about. Keep up the wonderful work! – Mr. Hoffman

          • Interesting… so basically we just doubled our tempo speed to have double the count but at the same time we every note (or rest) lasts for double the beat count. I wonder if this change in rhythm dictation would musically sound any different. I guess, now we have a downbeat on “buns” too which wasn’t the case with the previous dictation. So it should sound a little different.

  12. Hi. My son, 8 yo, and I enjoy your lessons and he is really having fun learning this way vs his past traditional teacher/piano class lessons. I think it was a bit of a mistake to stop with the puppets at the end though. I’m hoping they are reintroduced again soon because that was a special treat my son really appreciated every time!….thank you.

  13. I don’t understand why the chocolate song started on the D above middle C in your demonstration. As far as i can see you played the piano on C above middle C but you note demonstration started the D after middle C. Now I am just a beginner, although I have been studying the language of music now for a year, in respects to applying my knowledge to instruments. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • How very observant! If there were a treble cleff at the beginning of the staff, you would be absolutely right. I’m sorry if that was confusing. I didn’t begin at middle C because, up to that lesson, I had not yet introduced the staff or ledger lines – the intention was simply to illustrate the stepping-up and stepping-down patterns. – Mr. Hoffman

  14. Oh Mr. Hoffman I really love these lessons but I don’t have a bench! could you recommend a website to get one from?Oh ant by the way I’m ten

    • Haydn – Local piano stores and even furniture stores generally sell piano benches, but you can also find them online at sites like Amazon.com. For someone starting at a young age, it will help a lot if you can get an adjustable bench so you can make it the right height for your best piano posture and change it as you grow. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  15. Our family is watching and learning the piano. Thank you so much for taking the time to do these videos. You are so positive and do a great job teaching!

  16. Hello Mr. Hoffman! I really appreciate everything you have put into these video lessons! I am 26 and enjoy every minute of your tutorials. I love how enthusiastic you are in your teachings. Thank you so much! You are a very generous person! Hopefully one day I will be able to meet you so I can thank you in person and buy you lunch haha.

  17. I’m 22 and I watch every lesson all the way until the end just in case there’s some puppet theater! Great work! Your teaching approach is very effective and positive. Thanks a lot.

  18. Hi I love this song it sounds yummy!!!! Can’t wait for the next song!! Yum yum yum yum yum ice cream I have some :)!!!

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