LESSON 19 Part 1 Listen for Bells

What you'll learn

Learn how to play the song "Listen for Bells" in the D
Major Pentascale


Listen for bells in the steeple to ring
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

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  1. Can i have the accompaniment for the song and can you give me a link to a cheap but good keyboard with midi ports for about $100-$150 ?

    • The accompaniment sheet music is on its way to you via email. As for a keyboard suggestion: I recommend you check out either the Yamaha PSR series or the Casio CTK series of keyboards. Some have actual midi ports but others simply have midi capabilities using USB file transfer, so you’ll have to check out the specifications on the models you can find in your price range. I hope that helps!

  2. Mr. Hoffman thanks for helping kids learn piano! I learned very fast. The thing I like most is you can go back and review by just looking at the part where you show just your fingers . It refreshes me by just looking at the first few notes. Also I love the puppets!!!????

    • Here are the letter names (and solfege)!
      Listen = D, D (Do, Do)
      for = D (Do)
      bells = A (So)
      in = A (So)
      the = A (So)
      steeple = D, D (Do, Do)
      to = D (Do)
      ring = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = F# (Mi)
      Ding! = D (Do)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = F# (Mi)
      Ding! = D (Do)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = D (Do)

  3. I was wondering if I could have a copy of the sheet music to accompany Listen for Bells so I could play a duet with my son (the student). I have emailed twice, but for whatever reason I have not received it.
    Thank you!
    Your lessons are great!!

  4. Mr. Hoffman thank you so much I’ve learned so much already in the first unit when do I get to read music and play long songs?

    • Congratulations! It’s great to hear how eager you are to progress. We learn about the grand staff and start learning to read music in earnest in Unit 2, so you’re almost there! It will be a while before we introduce any really long songs – that’s something we work up to over time. Good luck and happy playing!

  5. Mr.Hoffman,
    My father bought my piano 4 years ago. You have taught me the piano like no one in 4 years. Now everyone is impressed and when everyone asks me how I learned it I always say “Go to Mr.Hoffman’s program.

    • That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you are learning a lot from my lessons. I’m happy to have you as a student! :) – Mr. Hoffman

    • On the right hand it’s the same as normal, but on left it has a D4, G4, and A4 chord for listen for , A4 for bells in the,A4and F# chord for steeples to, a I chord for to ring, then the left and right hand are the same until the last ding ding ding, because the left hand plays only A4, then on the last ding, the left hand plays a I chord.

  6. mr hoffman, you are such a great teacher, i wish you all the best, am so greatfull about your teachings and leasons, once more, thanks.

  7. Mr. Hoffman, would you please in the your reply put down the notes and lyrics of Listen for bells, because I have searched the Internet for them and they are not there, so please put them down in your reply .

    • The lyrics of Listen for Bells can be found at the top of this page, in the box to the left of the lesson video. For your convenience, however, here they are as well: “Listen for bells in the steeple to ring. Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!” The solfege for this song goes like this: Do do do sol sol sol do do do sol. Sol me do sol me do sol sol sol do. Since we learn it in the D major pentascale position, that means the notes by their letter names are: D D D A A A D D D A. A F# D A F# D A A A D.

      I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

    • A great way to work through challenges like this is to take time for some Finger Power exercises at the beginning of each practice session. It will help develop your muscles and improve your finger independence. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Knowing how low and high notes are is called “Ear Training,” and it’s a skill that usually takes time to develop. You can start by looking for visual cues on the keyboard (low to the left, high to the right) and eventually on the grand staff (treble is the high direction, bass is the low direction). It also helps to memorize the musical alphabet and solfa scale (so when we sing/say the notes’ letters or names, you are aware of which notes are above or below one another). With practice, however, you can train your ear to simply recognize whether notes are going higher or lower, or whether one note is higher or lower than another. Our lessons on Melodic dictation are great practice, starting in Lesson 23. Spend some practice time listening each day and it will come. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I would encourage you to try playing each song with both hands, first separately and then in unison, right from the start. However, if you are asking when I start teaching songs with chords or a different part in the left hand, the answer is…you’re almost there! Starting in Lesson 20 we learn about two-note chords and start adding them in the left hand, and in Lesson 34 we start adding three-note chords and other parts. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I’m sorry – I don’t quite understand your question. If you want to know how the Solfege goes, here it is:
      Do-Do-Do Sol-Sol-Sol Do-Do-Do Sol
      Sol-Mi-Do Sol-Mi-Do Sol-Sol-Sol Do
      If that doesn’t give you what you need, could you please clarify what you mean by the pattern? Thanks. – Mr. Hoffman

  8. Thanks for these free lessons my son and I are learning together what an awesome way to learn and bond! Thanks much!

  9. So this is what I think about this piece of music. Please let me know if I’m on the right path.

    Like you suggested in your previous reply to look for the downbeats (Unit 1, Lesson 14 – Chocolate), I think there are down beats on “Lis-“, “Bells”, “Stee-“, etc. So I think this is in 3/4 time signature. So the rhythm should be:

    Ta (lis-) Ta (-ten) Ta (for)
    Ta (bells) Ta (in) Ta (the)
    Ta (stee-) Ta (-ple) Ta (to)
    X (ring)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    X (Ding)

    Now one question though. What should be X in the above rhythm dictation? It can’t be a whole note. As it is only 3 quarter beats long. The reason why I say that it isn’t a whole note (4 quarter notes) but only 3 beats long is 2 folds:
    1. I listened and counted the beats while you played in the video.
    2. Maybe, not so important, but it doesn’t fit the 3/4 rhythms so cleanly.
    I could be wrong about this.
    I think it is a dotted half note. Am I correct?

    PS: I asked one more question on your response to the previous query (Unit 1, Lesson 14 – Chocolate). I think you might have missed it. Can you please look at that as well? Thanks!

    • You are doing wonderful work with your rhythm dictation! You’re right about the 3/4 time signature, and that the X would be a dotted half note (which counts three beats: two for the half note plus one for the dot). Great listening! Sorry I missed your earlier comment before – I’ve gone back and responded now. :) – Mr. Hoffman

  10. i <3 ur lessons! i enjoy them so much! i love all ur songs and everything! thank you for creating this academy! with-out it, i dont know what id do! i <3 all ur songs and all the funny parts at the end! ~cindy

  11. Your progression and spiraling of lessons make learning music fun. Now everything is falling into place. I feel like the child of long ago who wanted to learn music. Thanks a million.

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