LESSON 26 Mouse in the House

What you'll learn

New term: Glissando
How to play Mouse in the House
Review DO, MI, SO


Mouse mousey, in the housey
Hurry, hurry do!
Or the kitty in the housey
Will be chasing you.

Casio Privia

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  1. that mouse is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! and after that i wanted to sleep for ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  2. Hi,

    I have what might be a naive question. How did you decide to put the ‘SO’ in G? Is it because we know in advance that we need three notes, ‘SO’, ‘MI’, ‘DO’ and to fit it into the C Major Pentascale you needed to start at G and step down?


    • That’s a great question! The cool thing about music is that you can transpose any song to any key. You just decide which note ‘DO’ is on, and that is the “key” of the song. For Mouse in the House, I simply decided to put this song in the key of C. If DO is on C, then SO has to be on G, because DO to SO is always the distance of 5 notes (in music this is called a “5th”), by definition. But, if I had decided to play Mouse in the House in the key of D, then DO would be on D, and SO would be A. Does this make sense? Thanks for watching and learning with me!

      • Hi Mr Hoffman. Thank you for your teaching. It is really nice. And I have a question. Why when you don’t dropping down your wrist when you are playing the melody part but you need to dropping down your wrist when you are playing a chord?

        • That’s a good question. You do actually use your wrist when playing the melody part; however, since melody notes tend to be quicker and closer together, it’s harder to drop down with each note individually. Instead, you use your wrist more smoothly over phrases. I hope that makes sense – if you still have questions, feel free to contact us. Good luck and happy playing!

  3. hey mr hoffman, I’m a 24 years old Paraguayan with his midi keyboard trying to be a DJ, I want tho thank you for all this effort making people able to play piano, your job is awesome, keep bringing a smile to all those people who truly wants to learn music in the world

  4. Woo-Hoo! Well that was fun and easy and stuff but I didn’t time really good on the glihsohndoe er, glissando but that’s OK.

  5. hi mister Hoffman I am having trouble remembering what notes to play when I am supposed to pause the video. What do I do?

    • That’s ok! There are a couple things you can do: The easiest thing is to just back up the video a little bit and re-watch the part where I give instructions about what to play during the pause. It’s just fine if it takes a few times to remember it and get it right. Another thing you can do is to back up to the beginning and listen to the whole song together a few extra times (or, if you have purchased the Complete Materials, listen to the MP3 files for the song). Becoming more familiar with the song as a whole can make it easier to remember the separate bits you’re learning.

      Lastly, learning by rote (listening and copying) is a great skill to develop, but it’s harder for some people than others – it may take some extra practice. In the meantime, you can try incorporating another learning method that’s easier for you. If you learn well from reading and writing, try watching the whole lesson again and take notes on the solfege or letter names of the song, so when you go back and practice the song in separate pieces, you have your notes to refer to. Or if you learn best by explaining things back to someone, it may help to copy my instructions out loud after each sentence, and then repeat it out loud as you do it yourself. Learning how you learn best can help you in all areas of life!

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

    • Here are the letter names for this song:
      Mouse, Mousy in the house-y, hurry, hurry do.

      And then that repeats for the second line. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

  6. I like that song. For some reason I think I have heard that song before. Do you have kids?
    At church, I hear the piano leaders play very pretty songs!

    • I’m glad you like it. It’s an old folk song that also has a game that goes along with it – maybe you’ve played it. Kids stand or sit in a circle and a mouse walks around until “Run!” at which point a designated kitty chases the mouse around the circle and tries to catch them. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdmQH2UyABk. And, yes, I do have kids – two boys. – Mr. Hoffman

    • The rock accompaniment I used is a feature on my digital piano, but I’m sorry that doesn’t come with all keyboards. Your digital piano may have other fun accompaniments or settings, so take some time to play around with it. Also, if you purchase our Complete Materials you will find fun and sometimes rock or jazzy accompaniments specifically for the songs we learn in our lessons! I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  7. Mr. Hoffman
    Your lessons are amazing. So clear to understand and repeat. I am very new to the music world of learning and with the help of your lessons I am able play songs on piano (the ones you teach of course).

    I bought privia 150. What is the piano mode you are playing here? Like 60spiano, electric or classic……..
    I would like to se the same setting on my piano.

    Thanks a lot for teaching and sharing yor knowledge

    • I am playing on a Casio Privia PX-330 in this video, and I have the tone set to “FM E. Piano”. I hope that helps! Thanks for watching and learning with me! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I think he best way to improve your improvisation – both melody and rhythm – is simply practice. Be sure to incorporate a little bit of improvisation as part of your daily piano practice and don’t be afraid to try new things. You can also practice rhythm improvisation just about any time you have to wait or sit for a while: clap or tap on your leg or the table and try to hear a steady beat in your head while you try new rhythms with it. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I’m glad to hear that you are interested in our materials! Considering the cost of regular lessons and materials and our cost of production, I do believe that our prices are quite low. I’m sorry we can’t make them free for everyone, like the lesson videos are – the money we make helps keep us in business so we can provide affordable piano education to everyone! If you have any further questions about prices, feel free to contact our support staff at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com. – Mr. Hoffman

  8. Hi Mr. Hoffman,
    we are holding a recital and I have students performing Mouse in the House, Rain Come Wet Me, Who’s That?, and Let Us Chase the Squirrel. Are these all folk songs, or did you compose some of them? Many many thanks!

    • All but one (so far) are traditional folk songs that I collected. The only piece composed by me in Lessons 1-100 is “5 Woodpeckers”. Good luck with the recital! – Mr. Hoffman

  9. Thank you Mr.Hoffman for the advice.At first it was difficult to relax my fingers but I finally got the hang of it. Sorry for when I said that you’re most likely not going to read my comment,sometimes I just don’t think before I say something.

  10. I have trouble with the fingering on the piano like you instructed I lift my hand pimply using gravity to push force on the piano keys ,but end up having to press down with the force of my fingers.never seen that I am having trouble with is that when I lift my hand,I can’t find the position where my fingers are supposed to be to play the song,and my fingers press the keys that I do not mean to play,so then on the keys that is not necessary to play I let my fingers fly up but you said when you are playing the piano your fingers should not fly up but if I do not let my fingers fly up they end up Jamming into the other kids that I did not mean to play,please reply?why do I even bother asking you to reply you’re probably not going to reply and it probably looks too long for you to read

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble with fingering. The important thing to remember about “not letting your fingers fly up” is that your fingers should be relaxed and curved, rather than stiff and straight. When they are too stiff, they often “fly up” – that is, sticking straight out – as soon as they release the note. If your fingers are relaxed, they will rest on the keys lightly even when they’re not pressing down on one. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

  11. Well done and congratulations Mr. Joseph. You have done a really good job and pretty professional. Kids love your methods. It’s the best part of the day when we sit down to watch the video lessons. Both daughters 8 and 6 are in lesson 30 and they are showing enough interest. Thank you

    • Good question. I actually filmed Lessons 1-60 before ever getting the idea to have the surprise endings with the finger puppets. After filming lessons 1-60 I bought an HD video camera and decided to re-film the first 10 lessons. At that time, I had the idea for the puppets, so I included them at the end of lessons 1-10. I also have the puppets in lessons 61-80, and they will continue to appear in any lesson that I film going forward. Sorry that lessons 11-60 won’t include the puppet endings until I have the chance to re-film all of them which will be a big project! Thanks for watching!

  12. Hi Mr. Hoffman. My name is Amiyah and I’m 7 years old. I’ve been taking your lessons and really enjoy them. You are the best teacher and you are funny and nice.

  13. i just did not get the d pentacle can i do the c pentacle in staid i also think the c pentacle sounds better. try i Mr Hoffman. :D

  14. Hello Mr. Hoffman,
    Many thanks for putting those lessons on line and allowing us to use them as guest. Really appreciated!
    Is the “Or the kitty in the housey” part different from “Mouse mousie in the housey”?
    I’m asking because when showing the finger practice and playing the song, you have one extra “sol” at the beginning like this: sol, sol, mi, do, sol, sol, mi, do; or am I mistaking.
    Thank you,

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