LESSON 47 Cuckoo

What you'll learn

How to play right hand for Cuckoo


Cuckoo, cuckoo, come fly with me,
Fly over rivers, fly over treetops,
Cuckoo, cuckoo, come fly with me.

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  1. Hi Mr. Hoffman, In your printed material, there is a mention of “keeping the beats” for this song. What does that really mean: that we ought to try and play using the metronome at 72, 80, etc?

    • “Keeping the beat” means that you play the song with your rhythm matching the underlying beat, and that you aren’t stopping or pausing anywhere that isn’t written in the music. It also means that you’re not rushing through any parts faster than others. You can “keep the beat” with or without a metronome, but using a metronome is a great way to practice keeping the beat. I hope that makes sense. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

    • Oh, dear! Did your playback stop when you touched the video viewing area? I’m sorry about that. At least it’s an easy problem to fix. :) – Mr. Hoffman

  2. Ok, this is strange.. You say in the video that the song starts on SO but the note is on the line of C which means that we are talking about DO.. Isn’t it?

    • Good question. There are two different ways to use Solfege: Fixed Do and Movable Do. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C – that sounds like what you have learned. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to use the letters (ABCDEFG) as a fixed system and to use Solfege (Do, Re, Mi, etc) as a movable system that can be transposed into any key we need. To learn more about these two systems of Solfege, check out our article, “What is Solfege?” – Mr. Hoffman

  3. I had a sore throat doing this lesson but that is the beauty of doing online lessons. If it was a live teacher I would have had to cancel the lesson! Thank you mr hoffman

  4. If reading the sheet music without having your commentary, what would indicate that the B note is a B-flat in this song? Thanks, Joseph!

    • Great question. If you look at each line of music, right before the time signature, you will see a flat on the B line. In that location, it’s not referring to just one note, but to the key signature for the whole song. One flat on the B means that this music is to be played in F major pentascale, so the B will always be flat unless an individual note indicates otherwise.

  5. I think that these are the best lessons I’ll ever have! Thank you sooo much for the hard work you’ve put into makeing these videos! :-)

  6. Hi Mr Hoffman. My dream was to find someday to play piano and with your lessons i am in a very good road. I have learned so many things with you. Thank you very much. I hope someday to meet you. Greetings for Greece.

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