LESSON 43 Silver Birch Tree

What you'll learn

4/4 time signature
Review finger numbers
Play Silver Birch Tree while looking at the notes on the Grand Staff


Silver birch alone in the meadow,
Standing all alone in the meadow,
Soon a shepherd boy comes walking,
With his sheep and goats he's walking.

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61 Responses

  1. Hello Mr. Hoffman
    I have two years of learning the piano, right now I’m learning songs from 42 Famous Classics arrangements for easy piano by Allan Small. How would I know where to start in with your method. Thank you!

    • That’s a great question! We would expect the average beginner to take 18-24 months to complete our current complement of 160+ lessons, so you may already be a little ahead of us. However, our method includes several topics right from the beginning (e.g., solfege, ear training, improvisation, etc.) that other programs don’t cover until later on, so if you work through our lessons as a review you may still find yourself learning plenty of new things! I recommend you check out our blog post “Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy” for more specifics on how our units compare to other methods’ level systems. I hope that helps!

  2. Mr. Hoffman,

    Thank you for taking the time to make the videos. Did I miss where we learned how to identify what key signature the song is in by looking at sheet music?

    • You are very welcome! I am so glad to have you learning with us.

      In short, you did not miss a specific lesson where we identify key signatures. This is because the Hoffman Method is a carefully sequenced, step-by-step progression, where students learn all the intricacies of written music, including clefs, time signature, rhythmic notation, pitch notation, key signature, dynamics, articulations, and how to apply them, in such a way that over time, the students will be able to sit down, open up any piece of music, and start jamming! We don’t spend a lesson strictly focusing on key signatures to keep in alignment with the Hoffman Method.

      If you are interested in focusing more on these topics, Musictheory.net is a great online resource for music learners. It provides a series of short lessons that go over both basic and advanced principles of music theory.

      Hope this helps and Happy Playing!

    • Using the new features does cost money (because they took a lot of time and money to build!), but the video lessons will continue to be free for anyone to watch. I hope you think that’s awesome. :)

        • We’re remaking a few of the videos but they will be very much like our current lessons, just higher quality. I’m glad I’m still your teacher, too!

  3. My daughter wants to request more silly endings to the videos. She is missing the silly parts from the other lessons. . . They are awesome!

  4. From the first day I went to your website, I listen to your song
    samples and silver birch tree was my favourite! I always wanted to learn how to play it afterthat!

    • Yes, as the lessons progress we’ll incorporate more chords and more challenging pieces. I hope you’re up for the challenge!

    • I’m impressed that you are paying attention to the feeling of the music. It feels sad because it’s in a minor key – the key of D Minor, to be precise. Playing in a minor key tends to give music a sad, ominous, or even spooky sound. You can try this yourself by playing a song you know well in a major key but always 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.

  5. Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    I loved the way you played the advanced version of Silver Birch Tree. May I have a copy please?

    Your dedicated student,


  6. This was a great lesson Mr. Hoffman it was a little tricky for me to remember this but I got it on my like 20th try thanks again Mr. Hoffman

    • I don’t have a lesson for it, as our Units aren’t that advanced yet, but I do have the sheet music. Would you like a copy? – Mr. Hoffman

    • I’m afraid I don’t quite understand your question. Could you give me a little more information? I’m happy to help. – Mr. Hoffman

  7. Mr. Hoffman,
    I have a request. Will you please put a lesson on here for “Jesus Loves Me?” I hope to one day play at my Church. I have the sheet music for “Jesus Loves Me” but the problem is I am not good at playing the Bass Clef and the Treble Clef with both hands. It would help immensely if you put a “Jesus Loves Me” lesson on here. I like the way you teach, thank you, Mr. Hoffman.
    your pupil

    • I would also like for him to teach us to play this song, but because there are so many non-Christian people that through fits whenever the word Jesus is said that he most likely will avoid that song. You should try to look it up on youtube .

  8. in lesson 11 we made up songs and mine is super hard to write music for. I already tried to write music but it didn’t work out. please help me!

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