LESSON 38 The Wild Horses

What you'll learn

Learn to play The Wild Horses
New pentascale: D minor
Review repeating, stepping and skipping on the staff


This is the dance of the wild and running horses,
This is the dance of the wild and running horses,
Stamp on the ground now, tramp on the ground now,
This is the dance of the wild and running horses.

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39 Responses

  1. The first time I watched this lesson I did not get it, but when my mom made me watch it again I finely got it. You are a pretty good teacher. My mom is also a music teacher. Your lesson’s are pretty simple and I kind of like that.

    • I’m glad you were able to figure it out! Moms really are quite smart. :) I’m glad to hear that your mom is a music teacher and that she is using our lessons to help teach you. That’s a wonderful combination! Good luck and happy playing.

    • I don’t quite understand what you mean. If you’re having trouble, would you please rephrase your question? I’m happy to help!

    • Yes! …mostly. In Unit 1, you will find beginning notation for our songs that focus on the intervals or solfege of the notes. Starting in Unit 2, after we introduce the grand staff, you will find traditional staffed sheet music for our songs. I hope that helps!

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! This song is a tricky one, and takes many students some extra practice to master. In addition to reviewing the lesson video, you may want to read and follow along with this article: How to Learn a New Song

      It may take time, but it’s worth the effort to get it right! On the other hand, if your struggles are becoming discouraging it’s ok to take a break. You can come back to this lesson later if you need to, or move forward to new lessons, as long as you continue to make this song part of your practice routine.

      I hope that helps! Feel free to contact us if you still have questions. Good luck and happy playing!

  2. Question from a 6th grader: How do you convert the C major pentascale or the G major pentascale into a C minor pentascale or G minor pentascale?

    • Great question! We’ll be going over the C minor and G minor pentascales in Lesson 39, but there is an underlying pattern that you can always use to figure out how to transpose a key from major to minor on your own: A minor key begins on the same note as its parallel major key, so you start with your hands in the major pentascale position. Then, you lower the third note, Mi, a half step. For instance, if you want to play Chocolate in a minor key, place your fingers in the C Major pentascale position (C D E F G), then lower the third note by a half step (C D E-flat F G) to C Minor position. Now, if you play Chocolate in that position, it will sound a little mysterious. Choosing between major and minor keys is one more tool composers can use to shape and flavor their music to tell the story or paint the picture they want to share.

      It may be helpful to review Lesson 18 on Transposing. Remember the pattern created by our little “family” of notes? In a major pentascale, Mi and Fa were so close that they wanted to share a room (a half-step apart), while everyone else had a room to their own (whole steps apart). In a minor pentascale, however, Mi and Fa are split up with a whole step and the half step is between Re and Mi. So, anytime you want to use a minor pentascale, be sure you are following this pattern: Do (whole step) Re (half step) Mi (whole step) Fa (whole step) So.

      I hope that helps! Feel free to comment again or use our contact form if you have further questions. Good luck and happy playing!

  3. We love learning to play piano with you, Mr. Hoffman!

    We are having trouble viewing this lesson #38. During the beginning section, the audio is not in sync with the video.

    Thank you for all your work!

    • Thanks for your feedback! I’m afraid we haven’t been able to replicate the problem you describe. Have you had the same issue with any other lesson video, or when watching this video on YouTube? If it continues to happen, would you please send an email to our support team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com with more information, including what browser and operating system you are using? I hope we can help!

    • I’m so sorry you had trouble viewing this lesson properly! We’ve been unable to replicate your problem – it seems to work just fine on our end. Have you experienced this issue with any other lesson videos?It would also help us to know what browser and operating system you are using. Feel free to reply here or email us directly at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com.

  4. Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    I loved the way you played the advanced version of Wild Running Horses. May I have a copy please?

    Your dedicated student,

  5. Thank you Mr.Hoffman for all the lessons the spend hard work on! I’m trying to work on practice these songs every day.

    • That’s wonderful! The best way to make significant progress is with consistent, daily practice. Keep up the great work!

  6. Dear Mr. Horrman:
    I am not a child, but I love your lessons.
    I am a 56 years old lady. I would love to learn to play the piano.
    I bought all the lesson and I am practicing.

    • That’s wonderful! We love hearing from our adult students. Good luck and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

    • That’s wonderful! I hope you’re enjoying learning this song then. In Unit 7, you’ll learn to play another song about horses as well! – Mr. Hoffman

  7. Me and my sister both take your lessons. We LOVE them!!! But when my sister saw this lesson she flipped! She LOVE, LOVE, LOVES horses!!!???? thank you for teaching us!

    • You are very welcome! I’m delighted to know that you both love my lessons and that you enjoy learning the songs I’ve chosen. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Almost all of the songs I’ve used so far have been traditional folk songs from a variety of cultures. I’m glad you enjoy it! – Mr. Hoffman

  8. This song is much easier than “Dinah”..
    I have a question, Mr. Hoffman: will you be teaching us how to play songs with full chords? And, will you teach us to play songs not only by reading a staff but also only by chords?

    • The answer to both of your questions is Yes! However, it will be a couple more units before those techniques come up. – Mr. Hoffman

    • Dear Brogan – Thanks! We didn’t actually start adding the funny endings until we were filming Unit 4. At that time, we were also re-filming some of the Unit 1 lessons for higher quality, so we added some new endings to those as well. So, if you’re patient and diligent, you’ll start seeing them again pretty soon. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  9. Mr. Hoffman I can play many different songs now after just completing this unit!! I have been able to play Ode to Joy, Moonlight Sonata, Canon in D,etc. (I really like classical.music :) Thank you so much for these lessons otherwise I never would be able to have played ANYTHING on the piano which is my biggest musical passion.
    Also I was wondering if you like The Piano Guys or Yiruma?

    • Congratulations on mastering some wonderful songs! I really like Classical music, too – most of my favorite songs are Classical. I enjoy lots of other artists as well, including those you asked about. In fact, the opening song of my videos, “All of Me,” is by Jon Schmidt, one of the founding members of the Piano Guys!

  10. We have gone a “season” without Hoffman Academy but so happy to be starting with you again in Aug. or Sept. AND THANK YOU – for the ability to revisit the year 2 music since we will be able to review a bit and get them back into the Hoffman way :-) . Susan Nordin

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