No puppet show???
Don’t worry! The finger puppets are just taking a break. They’ll be back in later lessons.
I am having a small problem. I am a big guy and I have been following your program since lesson 1. I am 53 years old and have very large and unwieldy fingers. I am having problems with my finger placement for three chords it seems my ring finger just will not stay up. My pointer number 2 on left hand and 2 on right hand is fine but number 4 on left hand and number 4 on right hand is causing me fits as it will not stay up, on either hand. Is there a finger exercise that I can do to strengthen this finger or a tip to assist me in proper finger position. I am following all of the rules , Back straight, Arms loosely to sides and then have them at a 90 deg angle to the keyboard, fingers curled, and bouncing from the wrist. But both Ring fingers will not cooperate. Thank you for the great lessons. Love the finger puppets, they make me laugh….
Hi! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons. Here is a finger exercise that helps with finger strength and independence: Find a hard surface like your piano lid, a table, etc. Rest your fingers on the surface in a relaxed, curved position, then gently lift each finger one at a time while keeping your other fingers and wrist relaxed and still. Also, try applying gentle pressure to the surface one finger at a time – there should be basically no movement in your hand, but you’ll feel your muscles working as each finger presses down. It’s a little thing, but if you do it every day it will really help your fingers learn to move on their own and strengthen your muscles and control. I hope that helps!
Hi Mr. Hoffman, both myself and my five year old son have been taking your lessons and absolutely love them!
My son is doing the premium package and while I was helping him on this song I noticed a typo on the sheet music for the wild horses. On the arrows which point to where the chords need to be played the first line has it pointing over the second syllable of “hor – ses” instead of the first syllable. In the video you clearly explain it shouldn’t be this way, and the rest of the sheet music is correct. I thought you would like to know. Thank you again for this wonderful program!
You’re right! Thank you so much for pointing that out–we’ll work on getting that corrected as soon as we can.
I love this song!😀
It’s one of my favorites too! 🙂
Mr Hoffman,In this song,and other songs which need both hands to play the melody,I get trouble as one of my hands go out of sync. As in,my fingers go from similar motion to contrary motion. When I am supposed to play with right-thumb and left-pinky,I miss it and play with both pinkies or both thumbs. This does not happen when I play individually or when I play chords with the left and melody with right.Any suggestions to fix it.
Putting hands together is definitely a challenge, and can take a lot of practice. Try breaking it up into smaller pieces, just practicing and perfecting a few measures at a time before you try to play the whole song. Also, start practicing at a much slower tempo, and then work your way little by little up to normal speed. It might take some extra practice but I’m confident you can get it! You can also check out our blog post, How to Play with Both Hands, for some additional tips. Good luck and happy playing!
I was having the same problem 🧐
I really like the wild horses with the chords MR.hoffman
Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.
Today I completed Unit-2 and I am really happy. I played Dinah with chords without any mistakes and have recorded video of it. I am not able to find recital hall link on this website.
The materials, alphabet tower, mystery melody game are really good. I am enjoying learning Piano with Hoffman Academy.
That’s wonderful! Right now, the recital hall isn’t working. We hope to get it up and running again in the future, but in the meantime, you can post a video on our Facebook page or on YouTube. Make sure to let us know so we can go check it out! 🙂 Keep up the great work!
is it working yet?
Unfortunately, it’s not.
Hello Mr. Hoffman!
I was going through the knowledge bit of Unit 2 and I think I missed the lesson in which you spoke about the blues scale. Can you help me with the lesson number? Other than that I’m ready to move to the next unit… Thank you!!!
We’re sorry it took so long to respond! It looks like the list of terms is incorrect for Unit 2, so don’t worry about the blues scale. Thank you so much for pointing that out to us!
Dear Mr Hoffman,
My son is 5 and made it this far into your lessons. We have really enjoyed learning piano with your videos!
He has trouble playing the left hand on line 3. When he wants to play with his pinkie, the whole hand tilts, his thumb and forefinger tend to shoot up and leave the keys.
Is there something we can do to correct this?
Putting hands together is definitely a challenge. A few things that can help are mastering each hand separately first, listening to the listening and piano solo tracks for that song to create a clear “recording” in your mind of how the two parts should sound together, and playing along with the practice track with each hand separately until you can do that perfectly. Then when you put hands together start very slow and work small sections at a time. There are also a few things you can do to help your son develop more pinkie finger independence. Have him practice resting his fingers in pentascale position on a table or any flat surface and moving his pinkie up and down without moving the other fingers. You can also have him try it on the piano, just playing the note gently with his pinkie and practicing keeping the rest of his hand in a relaxed position. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Hi Mr.Hoffman thank you very mush for the lovely lessons and efforts really you helped me a lot to start again practicing piano …. where can i find the answers of the review challenges in the materials please?
I am so glad you are enjoying the lessons! For Units 1 & 2, there is an answer guide at the back of your complete materials to use to check your work. We are working on updating the rest of our Units with an answer guide in the materials, so look for that in the future! Happy Playing!
Thank you very mush for your fast reply… that’s right..now I’ve known why i didn’t find them … that’s because it was my first time to join the website after i enrolled to the premium membership and i missed to download the complete material (PDF) of unit 2 , I’ve downloaded the audio file only and I’ve moved now to unit 3. is there is any way to send me my missed file (Unit 2 PDF) ? thank you very mush for your
Yes, our system is designed to make the materials available for whichever Unit the student is currently working on, which is probably why you are no longer seeing Unit 2 on your Materials page. For help accessing your materials for Unit 2, please submit a request through our Contact Us page and our support team will be able to assist you further. Good luck and Happy Playing!
Thank you very much!
Hi Mr Hoffman. I love this song, both music and lyrics. I perceive sounds that remind me of Irish melodies. In Celtic music we find very similar sounds. Sometimes also accents and rhythm of medieval music. Am I right ? Is the composer somebody famous ? I found nothing on Internet. In any case it is very stimulating and not too difficult to play.
I also like the intro you wrote, I guess. We hear the horses running and stamping. It is probably a little too advanced to learn at this stage but I’d like it !
Congratulations to your sister for the nice drawing.
How come there was no puppets .me and my six brothers and sisters are the puppets on vacation ? I’m not a big fan of piano but you go nice and slow and I like that.I am moving on to unit three so good bye to this one
Even puppets need vacation sometimes! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy the pacing of the videos. It sounds like you are doing great if you are moving on to Unit 3! Keep up the good work and happy playing!
Mr Hoffman I got it right really fast.
That’s fantastic! Sounds like you’re ready to move forward to the next unit!
When playing chords, should the focus be mainly on maintaining the correct rhythm on the Left Hand, or on ensuring that the chord is played at the right time in sync with the melody on the Right Hand, OR should the focus be on both maintaining rhythm on the left hand as well as being in sync with the melody on the Right Hand?
I meant-is it more important to ensure we count the beats while playing chords with the left hand OR is it more important that we are in sync with the melody that the right hand plays, even if it means the beats are not maintained.
Ideally, keeping chords in time with the beat with your left hand and keeping the melody in rhythm with your right hand should go…well, hand in hand! If you find that you’re having trouble putting your hands together with a consistent beat, I would recommend spending more time working on each hand separately first. Try singing or speaking rhythm words (ta, ti, two, etc.) or use a metronome to practice staying in rhythm, using just one hand at a time. When you do put your hands together, start at a slower pace than usual until you can play it just right; then play it again a bit faster, then again faster until you’re up to the normal speed. I hope that helps! If you find you still have trouble with this, feel free to contact us for a more detailed answer!
oups! My vids link dose not show so I’m gonna make a new one
That’s very good!
Hi mr Hoffman! Here is a vid of me playing willed horses! Hope that you enjoy!
mr. hoffman here is me playing wild horses with cordes :
I’m afraid your video is listed as “Private,” so I can’t watch it. If you update the settings to make it Public or Unlisted, we’ll be able to check it out.
But it is a little bit more herder for my siblings.
It’s normal for different students to find different aspects of piano challenging. Some people have a strong sense of rhythm while others may be especially good at playing by ear, etc. Our lessons increase in difficulty overall, but it’s not unusual for you to find some lessons easier than others. I hope you and your siblings will all persevere though the tough stuff and make great progress in time. Good luck and happy playing!
I learned the music and I am playing it altogether now. It sounds great and I love it.
Great work! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.
WHAT!?!?! There were no finger puppets!?
When will they come back Mr. Hoffman? My little brother and I love them!
There are a few lessons that are missing finger puppet endings (mostly in unit 3), but don’t worry – they will be back soon! Keep moving forward and you’ll find them. – Mr. Hoffman
I was thinking the same thing! Except my sister and I love them!
Thank you so much for your lessons here
You are very welcome! I’m glad you are enjoying them. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
What happened to the puppets Mr. Hoffman. My sisters loved them. 🙁
They’ll be back soon! Once you make it to Unit 4, you’ll see lots more of them. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
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This one is kinda hardish
Mr. Hoffman, you teach wonderfully. I came up with a introduction for myself on “The Wild Horses” This lesson is quite hard but I am learning well from you, keep up the good work.
I’d love to hear your introduction, Miriam! If you can, I hope you’ll record a performance of it and share it on our facebook page. – Mr. Hoffman
Mr. Hoffman, all my life I was looking a system to learn playing piano, and that was imposible, until the day I fund your academy, and for first time I can think become my dream in a reality.
I am thankfull with you, your academy and your staff for your practic, teoric and efficient system. Thanks again.
my new favorite song to play!
Mr Hoffman. I’ve learned a lot from you. I went to my teacher that I just signed up for and she was amazed! Is there any way you could put a lesson on frozen music? I’m going to have that next.
what happened to this lesson?
This lesson will be released by Friday, June 6. Sorry for the delay, and thanks for watching!
yayayayayay a new leason i cant wait
Mr Hoffman Sir Can you do a whole lesson on? “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt
I want to play it at my schools talent show.
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