LESSON 50 Cuckoo: Left Hand

What you'll learn

Learn the left hand notes for Cuckoo
Review B-flat in the F pentascale

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17 Responses

  1. I think your method works brilliantly and I have come this far very easily, enjoying every step along the way. However, in this lesson I am confused about the B-Flat. How do we know that the flat sign at the beginning is meant for B? Am I missing something?

    Best Regards,

    • I’m so glad that you are enjoying learning with the video lessons! We know that the flat sign is meant for B because it is on the B line in the bass clef. Wherever the flats or sharps are placed on the staff at the beginning of the music identify which notes will be flat or sharp throughout the piece of music you are playing. I would recommend reviewing “Lesson 21 – The Grand Staff” and “Lesson 49 – Bass Clef Notes: FGABC” to help you identify the notes that are associated with which lines of the staff. From there you should be able to identify which notes the sharps or flats are associated with.

      I hope this helps. Happy Playing!

    • I did have a cold when we filmed a few of those lessons, but there’s also a difference in sound because we were using lower quality equipment at the time. We’re working to upgrade some of those lessons, though. Thanks for your concern. :)

    • I’m sorry to hear that. Could you tell me what in particular was confusion? You can comment here or send an email to Support@Hoffman Academy.com. We’re happy to help!

  2. Sir,

    I always use to write the music with your lessons, and then practice, and i noticed that after writing the music on sheet then practice not only help in remembering but remembered for long time as well.

    • That is fantastic! Our brains tend to thrive on multi-sensory learning – that means you learn or practice the same thing in several different ways. When you add the reading and writing of creating your own sheet music to the watching and listening of the video lessons and the physical activity of practicing at the piano, you give your mind more ways to learn and more opportunities to grow. I’m impressed by your initiative and am glad that you are recognizing the fruits of your efforts. Great work!

    • That’s a great question. It has to do with the fact that solfège can be used in very different ways. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C. It sounds like this is how you were first taught. 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). Some kind of fixed system is essential to provide structure and certainty. D is always a D on the piano or on any instrument. However, a movable system is best for helping students easily hear and recognize the function of each note in a scale and relationships between each note in a melody, no matter what key the music is in. So, I try to give my students the best of both worlds by actively using letter names as a fixed system and solfège as a movable system. You can learn more about solfège and how I use it in the Hoffman Method here: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

      • Awesome answer! Thanks for sharing your precious time. I have always been self-taught and had very rough to none music theory background playing guitar by ear. But now I got my piano and want to be become good at music. Thank you Mr. Hoffman I will follow your advise.

  3. Very amazing! I thought it would just be chords, but with actual tunes, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to try this in front of my whole family, next week! they’re gonna be so amazed! Thanks Hoffman for all you’ve done,

    Sincerely, O’shea
    & Jojo

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