Lesson 49

Bass Clef Notes: FGABC

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    Preet

    why are the notes in bass clef in the upper lines instead of lower lines?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question. The entire bass clef staff is lower than the entire treble clef staff, and they don’t overlap at all. So even the highest line on the bass clef is lower than the lowest line on the treble clef. You’ll definitely be using notes on the lower half of the bass clef eventually, but in this lesson, we just talk about the top half of the bass clef. I hope that helps!

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    Zeik

    when will the puppets appear again?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The next time you see the puppets will be lesson 53.

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    Adrianne

    Can you teach the Super Mario Bros theme song ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add it to our list of requested future songs.

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    Spencer

    The correct note will “magically turn golden” so, this man is a magician?

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    grant

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      I might have had a cold while we were filming this video. Of course, the quality of the videos in unit 3 is a little lower, so sometimes the sound isn’t quite right anyway.

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    Ethan

    Where’s the funny videos at the end?!?!?!?!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Even finger puppets need a break sometimes. Don’t worry, they’ll be back in later lessons. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Mikah

      I agree scuba Steve must be on vacation XD

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome!

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    Aiden

    Mr Hoffman! I already learned f minor with my mom so I did it in the practice session and I look forward to you teaching that too though

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! Keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Miranda

    Any tips for making sight reading come more naturally? I have to count from a line I know (middle c, or the f line on the bass clef – or g line on the treble clef). Tips like the bottom line being the Ground line really help, but I feel like this could take a while to master! When will I be able to play a tune without going ?G… ok thatโ€™s 2 lines up from G… so thatโ€™s a skip and another skip together … so a B, c D – itโ€™s D?… this tune could take a while to play!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Sight reading is one of the skills that takes a while to develop. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come completely naturally at first. The best way to improve is to practice a little every day. For some more tips and resources, check out our blog post, Seven Steps to Super Sight Reading. I hope that helps!

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      Hoffman Academy

      The unit 3 videos were actually made with lower-quality equipment, so the sound for some of them isn’t as good which is why it sometimes sounds like I was sick in the unit 3 lessons.

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    Mandy

    Mr. Hoffman I have a question about the practice session for this lesson. It says to play stepping and skipping in CDG and F major and minor but I havenโ€™t learned F minor.??โ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      Hoffman Academy

      Sorry about the confusion! The instructions weren’t as clear as they could have been. You’re supposed to practice “Stepping and Skipping” in C major, D major, F major, G major, and G minor. I hope that helps!

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    Alice

    I really liked the puppet show in the last lesson Mr Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Yuhui

    How did you get the notes golden?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Magic! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Actually, it’s just a clever video-editing trick.

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        Justin

        He changed it golden. We did not see it

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    sara

    Joseph, what is a sharp or flat on the staffs?

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      That’s a really great question! The sharps and flats on the staffs are indicated by symbols. The flat symbol looks like a lowercase b, and the sharp symbol looks like a little tic-tac-toe board. To make a note sharp or flat on the staff, you just put the symbol next to the note. So for example, an F sharp would be an F note with a sharp symbol next to it, and an A flat would be an A note with a flat symbol next to it. Does that make sense?

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    Katherine

    Hy Mr. Hoffman,
    My brothers and I like to watch your puppet shows and I really like the “Chocolate” puppet show.
    We wish you did puppet shows in Unit 3.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you enjoy our puppets! I apologize that some lessons are missing funny endings – we’re working to fix that. In the meantime, you’ll be happy to know that once you get to Unit 4, all the videos will have special endings from there on!

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        Katherine

        I am glad to hear that!????

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    Alisa

    so fun to play with the speed of the video

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      Hoffman Academy

      I agree! I sound a little sleepy when you slow the video down, but it gets a little crazy when you speed it way up! I hope that our normal speed is the best pace for learning, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Savannah

    This is so easy for me. I know how to play all sorts of song and lyricists to
    the songs I learned from you and some. I learned some by myself like Mary had
    a little lamb and all that stuff.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! I’m glad you’re taking time to review, even if it feels easy right now. Mastering the basics is a great way to strengthen your musical foundation, and better prepares you for more challenging lessons in the future. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Sylvester

    Hello Mr. Hoffman,

    I just finished this lesson and enjoyed the note guessing games! I got them all correct.

    Thanks!
    Sylvester D’Silva

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    Isabella

    Hello Mr. Hoffman,
    my daughter Isabella (11years) is very interested in your lessons. So I did a fast look to all if your lessons and I saw, that the first lesson I can see in HD quality an then only in max. 480 points.??????
    Thank you for an answer!

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      Hoffman Academy

      When we first started making video lessons six years ago, they were very low-quality recordings using a tiny hand-held flip camera. Over the years, we have gradually upgraded our earliest lessons to match the HD quality of the lessons from Unit 4 onward. However, we’re not quite done upgrading, so there are several lessons left in the lower quality. I apologize for that, but encourage you to persevere – our later units are all HD quality with lots of fun puppet endings. I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Bailey

        Thanks for this answer. I was wondering the same thing.?

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      Bailey

      I was wondering the same thing. ?

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    Matthew

    I just learned how to play Martin Garrix Animals on the piano!

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    tori

    I hurt my arm so I cant play with my left

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Sorry to hear that! For now, just practice with your right hand, and when your left is feeling better, you can get caught up! I hope your arm gets better soon. Happy playing! Mr. Hoffman