LESSON 36 Part 1 Dinah

What you'll learn

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


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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  1. 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.
    Thanks for your answer, Mr Hoffman.

    • 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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 :)

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

    • 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?

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