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# LESSON 36 Part 1Dinah

## What you'll learn

How to play Dinah in G Major
Sixteenth notes, tiki tiki
Review stepping, skipping, repeating notes

## Lyrics

No one in the house but Dinah, Dinah
No one in the house but me I know.
No one in the house but Dinah, Dinah,
Playin' on the old banjo.

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### 44 Responses

1. Viviane says:

I am trying to learn at a time solfeggio and piano with your lessons, Mr Hoffman, I am thus a newbie in both. Further more English is not my native language, and i do my best to be clear.
I confess that I am a bit confused when I observe, in this lesson, that the position on the big staff of DO/C has moved. In the first videos, C was on the ledger line (see Unit 2, Lesson 21) and I had started to memorize the whole whole staff with this layout.
In this video (unit 2, lesson 35), where we have to play in SOL/G key), DO/C has suddenly took the place of previous SOL/G on the staff.
My question is : does the DO/C (and consequently all the other notes ) change position on the staff each time we play in another key? Is it movable each time? If so, how to know it, read and memorize all these changes? It gets complex and confusing.

Your English just fine! I apologize that the different Solfege methods are causing confusion. It sounds like you are familiar with what is called “Fixed Do” Solfege, where each syllable in the Solfege scale represents an exact tone, corresponding to one note per octave on the piano; that is, Do is always C, Re is always D, etc. However, our method uses a system called “Movable Do,” in which Do always represents the root/tonic of the key signature, which means that in the Key of C, Do is C, but in the key of F, Do is F. This makes it simpler to transpose melodies into different keys, because the Solfege (the reference system between the notes and intervals) stays the same even when the notes in the new key are different. We have posted an article that goes into more depth on this topic, which I recommend you check out: What is Solfege? I hope that helps!

2. Noah says:

I love your piano leesons they taught me almost everything I know about being a pianist

I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons!

3. yoan kalthoff says:

thanks for the lesson I’ve never learned so much piano or any instrument so easily

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

4. cj says:

Hello, I’m cj, I really like your lessons, keep up the good work. :)<3

Thanks very much! We’re happy to have you learning with us.

5. Mark says:

I don’t know how to do anything with this I can’t get it right

I’m so sorry to hear you’re having trouble with this song! Can you tell me a little more about what you’re struggling with? I’d love to help!

6. Jack says:

Learned the whole thing halfway through. Improvised mostly.

7. Sathya says:

Mr. Hoffman, IMO I believe it would be a good idea, if the “I” in the second line “No one in the house but I know” was replaced by B instead of the original A”, just feel it sounds a little better. :-).. so the second verse is GGGGG B A B G “

That certainly gives it a fun little lilt at the end! Great job improvising. I’m glad you’re confident enough with this song to try new things.

8. Mike says:

Thank you for teaching us piano posture earlier in the program. I have been practicing the “float the wrist” technique and had no troubles in tension when playing this song! I look forward to part B

Great work! Good luck in Part B.

9. Lily says:

Mr. Hoffman, I love your lessons! I am 13yrs and a family friend got me into the lesson, it’s quite easy for me because I play the violin! Thank you

I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons! Good luck and happy playing – both the piano and violin!

10. David says:

I love this

11. you and your lessons are awsome. By the way, awsome sauce!

Wow – thanks!

12. ryan says:

i love your website!i love your videos so much.i watched them since i was 4.

13. hung says:

I noticed that this is the old intro from lesson 1

14. Josiah says:

Where can u find sheet music for songs

Sheet music for most of the songs I teach in my lessons can be found with the Complete Lesson Materials that accompany each unit. If you are looking for additional songs to challenge yourself or practice sight reading, you can find free sheet music organized by experience level at http://www.gmajormusictheory.org. – Mr. Hoffman

15. vicki says:

Do i have to pay to print out few notes from the site?

Could you explain what you mean by “a few notes”? Are you looking for sheet music to a song or rhythm dictation note cards?

16. isn’t do supposed to be on C

Great question, Christine. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to teach using both a fixed system (ABCDEFG) and a movable system (Do, Re, Mi, etc). You can learn more from our blog post, “What is Solfege?

17. How did you create this website, and how do you buy the materials do they get delivered to you?And
you did you create the materials, like the CD ‘S.

18. i love the song dinna.

19. i love your lessons.i am 8 allmost 9 and my mom lerns from you to.

20. Rebecca R. says:

This song is really fun, I think it is my favorite!

21. alexvien says:

I was worry my kids might be bored learning from a computer. My kids loved the lessons and think Mr. Hoffman is so funny! Thank you so much!

22. My favorite song so far is Dinah I like how it is smooth to play like the others but this ones a little more nice

23. Jenene says:

My 7 year old son is working through these lessons. He is currently up to number 37. I am very pleased with how the lessons are structured and they are just the right length for him. Love the flexibility of being able to do them when he is ready to move on. Some weeks he will do 4 lessons and some weeks just 1.
Thank you for providing such a quality product free of charge.

• You are welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying the lessons!

• There is no way we can’t enjoy the lessons they are awesome!

24. lola says:

I am so thrilled with Joseph Hoffmans piano lessons. I am 67 years old & always wanted to play the piano. Thank you for online lessons. I encourage getting the materials also.

• Amanda says:

I’m 29 and also always wanted to learn but could not afford lessons as a child. I now have an electronic piano (real-key weight) that I saved up to buy. I’m so thankful for these lessons, that they are free, and so much fun! Even though they are directed towards children I don’t feel like they are dumbed down. Thank you very much Mr. Hoffman for allowing our childhood dreams to come true!