I love your lessons thank you a lot
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you like them.
I loved this lesson
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂
I love your way of teaching and those finger puppets too..
Thank you! 🙂
Mr Hoffman i love your lessons i almost quit piano but i did didn’t :] yay!!
Thank you! I’m glad you like the lessons, and I’m so happy you decided to stick with the piano! 🙂
Is that fine if I have been doing like two lessons a day. I was just wondering
Yes, that’s all right so long as you make sure you’re ready to move on before you watch the next lesson. This blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson has some ideas to help you figure out what pace to watch the videos at. Good luck and happy playing!
Hey mr Hoffman thank you for the lessons you have been teaching me the lessons it’s a great hobby instead of playing games on electronics. Your an amazing teacher thank you again .
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and having fun learning to play the piano! 🙂
Will all the songs eventually have a sheet music version once the course starts to teach how to play by sight? Thanks 🙂
Yes, almost all the songs–including the very first one–have sheet music to go along with them.
Oh, I meant like a version with the notes on the staff – not sure what the proper vernacular is for that. Thanks 🙂
Oh! I’m sorry, I misunderstood that. Yes, once you learn about the grand staff in the beginning of unit 2, the sheet music will start to look more like standard sheet music.
I lover ur lessons
Thank you! I’m so glad you like them!
When I play with both hands simultaneously my notes sound slightly delayed in time from each other, for example when I play c in one octave with the c in the next simultaneously the first one sounds slightly earlier than the other. Should I correct this now or should I move on? Thanks for this great course, by the way :))
Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons. Getting the timing exactly right while playing with hands together can take a lot of practice. It’s really up to you whether to keep working on “Chocolate” or move on to the next lesson. You should feel confident playing a song before you move forward, but it doesn’t need to be perfect, especially since you can always keep practicing it even while you learn new songs. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Mr. hoffman could tell me how many noises the digital piano makes
Well, different models of digital piano make different noises, so it all depends on what kind of digital piano you have. But I bet you can figure out on your own how many different noises your piano makes, with some experimentation. 🙂
I’m not able to keep my hands on the piano’s key when I play other notes. Do you have a solution ?
My best guess is that you might have some tension in your hand. Your other fingers don’t need to be completely still when you play, but it’s important that they always stay relaxed and curved. There are some exercises you can try to help with that. Step away from the piano for a minute and find a hard surface like a table or your piano bench. 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. These may seem like little things, but it’s a great way to focus on developing correct finger posture and to develop your muscles. I’d also recommend you review our blog post about keeping fingers relaxed at the keyboard. I hope that helps!
I always learn with a digital piano. Is that okay ? Because I have this and a
Yes! It’s best if your digital piano is one with 88 weighted keys, but if that’s not an option you can get started with something smaller and simpler, too.
Hi, Mr. Hoffman. How long until I could play some much harder arrangements, such as Kyle Landry’s or Jarrod Radnich’s? I’ve had a year of piano training prior to your lessons, at the end of which my hardest accomplishment was the first movement of Moonlight Sonata, by Beethoven. Thanks, you’re a good teacher, by the way.
Thank you! The speed of progression and improvement is different from student to student. While there are certainly prodigies out there, the vast majority of students will generally require years of dedicated practice before they can play complex pieces of music or accompany choirs or confidently sight read with hands together. However, if you keep learning and consistently practicing, you can be confident that you’re on the right track, even when you’re still working on the basics. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
i always start playing with too hands. this video is making my hungry
Can i please have those fancy electric guitar sheets Mr. Hoffman.I would love to practise them
Of course! If you would like the accompaniment for “Chocolate” please write to us through our Contact Us page and we will send you the sheet music. Good luck and Happy Playing!
In this video you mention finger power exercises. I don’t recall them being mentioned prior to this. I did find a blog post on your site with links back to some lessons but I’m sure those are not mentioned in the linked to lessons that I’ve already completed.
Where can I find out about those?
Also what’s a good warm up to do prior to playing piano each day?
I apologize for the confusion! The exercises mentioned in this lesson and on the article you found were from older videos that have been removed from our core curriculum. You can still watch them on YouTube, but we found that the hand-over-hand motion was too challenging to be placed so early in our lessons. We replaced them with a greater focus on posture and general technique. For now, to get your fingers warmed up at the beginning of your practice time, I recommend playing up and down the pentascale in each key (or position) you have learned so far. In time, we’ll introduce more scales, broken chords, and arpeggios you can use for a warm-up. I hope that helps!
Cool, that threw me off too. Thanks for clarifying.
Dear. Mr. Hoffman, your lessons are great. I wanted to learn the cool guitar intro you played, so can you please send me the notes or the sheet music. I would be very happy.
Dear Mr. Hoffman I love the puppet shows at the end they’re so funny I really like Princess , scuba , chef , baby and all the animals . Your lessons are so enjoyable
Thank you! Princess, Scuba, Chef, and Baby are all happy you are enjoying the lessons!
i like the puppet show after!
Princess, Scuba, Chef, Baby, and all the animals are so glad you enjoy their puppet shows. 🙂
Castle and father and walked into my car with a small one on a side and walked around to a father to a room room where the sky is the father and I couldn’t find any father and I sat around to room for more space on a car than to me and father and father fath
Waaaaa! My chocolate Mr.hoffman can I have some more chocolate please
Chocolate is not food.
What!? Not food? I thought it was an entire food group!
My 4 year old plays each note detached. She has good posture and she is able to play each finger individually. But her playing is not connected (not quite staccato but also not connected). Is this something I should address now? Or is it better to address it later when she’s older or deeper into the lessons? Does fixing something like this come naturally later?
Thanks for this question. I’m impressed by your attention to detail when it comes to your daughter’s technique! With beginner students, I have found it is usually best to not focus on a legato technique right off the bat. Playing with a slightly detached sound at first is actually preferred, as this can help young students connect with the concept of playing using their entire arm as a coordinated unit, rather than just relying on finger motion only. I would wait a good 6-12 months before attempting to really establish a concept of legato playing. I hope that helps!
When you were playing on the electric piano the electric guitar setting it was awesome????????????????
Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
After seeing the cookie part, I now want cookies.
some of these videos are easy and not so easy. when we play hard songs
I like white chocolate better
I am learning a lot
This is a great way to learn how to play the piano I love the most out of the lessons the hot cross buns and the 5woodpeckers and the frog in the middle.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons!
Your jokes are really good
Thanks! I’m glad they aren’t falling “flat.” 🙂
Can you teach us how to play Kirby’s adventure next
Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll add it to our list of possibilities for the future.
i would like to have the begining portion of the song which you played..
Do you mean you would like the sheet music for the accompaniment to “Chocolate”? If so, please email our team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com and we’ll be happy to send it to you!
I like ice cream!
Mr Hoffman, aren’t the keys as same as the 5 woodpeckers song?
You’re right – this song does use the same hand position and notes as 5 Woodpeckers! I’m impressed that you’re paying such close attention to notice that. The difference is that 5 Woodpeckers starts with groups of repeating notes, with steps up in between. At the end, however, both songs step down the same way: So, Fa, Me, Re, Do. If you add another Do for “Yum” at the end of Chocolate, the two songs would end exactly the same! In later lessons, you’ll learn to play Chocolate in other hand positions and pentascales, and now you know that you’ll be able to play 5 Woodpeckers in other pentascales as well! Keep up the wonderful work, and happy playing!
i like chocolate cake !!??
Mmmmmm, yes, that sounds delicious!
Mr. Hoffman can I have one of those cookies?
I’ll have to talk to Chef about making a new batch sometime. 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I kinda wanna have some cookies,too. Mr,Hoffman, have you talkednto Chef yet ’bout bakin’ a new batch of cookies?
Oh, man! I wrote the comment two times.
I kinda wanna have some cookies,too. Mr,Hoffman, have you talkednto Chef yet ’bout bakin’ a new batch of cookies? Even if Oregon is faraway from Michigan, where I live?
Yeah, cookies do sound really great right now! Well, Chef is helping with our new batch of lessons in Unit 7 right now and we haven’t had much free time, but maybe when they’re all done, we’ll celebrate with cookies. 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
Great class my favorite food is wipcream and cheery????????
Thanks! Whipcream and cherry sounds delicious…but it’s a lot to fit into two notes for the song! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
Could I get the sheet music copy of what Mr. Hoffman is playing in the video, please? It’s the ‘fancy’ chocolate version! As a teacher, I would love to play this for my kids, too 😉
Many thanks! When the kids get to this lesson their eyes bulge in excitement!! It’s inspiring to them to hear what they could make with music someday!! 🙂
It’s on its way via email! 🙂
I love your lessons Mr. Hoffman. I learned to play the piano because of them. Thank You!
Hi Mr. Hoffman my favorite food is tortellinie????I’m so happy for my piano teacher and I Think that it’s the best thing in the whole world when I grow up I want to be an American ninja warrior we watch it all the time what’s your favorite movie mine is American ninja warrior and I want to be in it please write meback back cole
That’s great! My boys love watching American Ninja Warrior, too. My favorite movie? Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I think I don’t have a favorite movie, but I do have a favorite animated series – “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (the animated series made by Nickelodeon, not the live action movie, which I didn’t really like). – Mr. Hoffman
Cooper watched this video again today! This time he said, “mom, it’s really making me want some chocolate cookies!” So we just had to make them! When he saw them he said, “mom, they look just like Mr. Hoffmans!” He had to replay the video and pause just when you held up the cookie! Thanks for inspiring him to love music! Thanks for making learning fun… the way it should always be!!!
Thanks so much for sharing your delicious post-piano activity! Those cookies DO look good. I think I should go find myself one now… 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I’m having trouble vocally sounding out the notes. Perhaps it’s because I’m still learning about all the different notes and their sounds. How important is it as a pianist to vocally sound out the letters flawlessly? I would imagine that is a requirement only for vocal performers.
I look forward to your reply and thank you for the fun lessons!
Hi Pauline, that’s a great question. I believe (and I think any professional musician would agree) that whatever instrument you play, it is extremely valuable to learn to use your own voice as an instrument, too. The reason? Using your voice to match pitches activates the “music area” of your brain and helps train your ear and your ability to discern pitch relationships in ways that no other activity can. It’s not at all about trying to develop a beautiful solo voice, and it’s not about getting it perfect, either. It’s purely about musical development, specifically in the area of ear training, which is one of the most important skills a musician can possess. Even if you don’t feel confident with your singing voice (many people don’t at first), I encourage you to turn off any judgments about how you sound, and just tell yourself that you’re training an important skill. It’s OK to feel like an absolute beginner. Just keep at it, and you’ll see progress, even if slow at first. I believe that it will be worth the effort. Thanks for learning with me. – Mr. Hoffman
keep doing the puppets I really love them I em doing a song on the piano for thanksgiving and one for Christmas yea !!!!!!! : )
Hi mr hoffman, it would be so nice to meet you, and i was wondering are you Mormon?
That is all I wanted to say thank you.
you are a realy good piano player.
Thank you! I’m very happy to be your piano teacher. And yes, I am Mormon (LDS)! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman
I’m also mormon I live in roy Utah.
Hi mr Hoffman can i have the name and sheet music of the song u played for the teacher part… Thanks!
It’s on its way via email. Enjoy!
what happened to la,ti,do?
Great question. To play a full octave scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do) requires a more advanced fingering (with finger “crossing” and “thumb under”) which I like to save for later. It is important to establish a good technique and hand posture from the beginning, so I spend a lot of time with pentascales so students can get comfortable using all 5 fingers in a basic pentascale position before we add new fingering challenges. But don’t, worry, it won’t be long before we start tackling one-octave scales (complete with la, ti) in future lessons! Please stay tuned! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
Hey Mr. Hoffman! Can I have some????????
Oooooooh, a re-mix! COOL!
could you send me a copy of chocolate please ?
Sorry for the delay – it’s on its way! …hey, that rhymed 🙂 Enjoy! – Mr. Hoffman
I love your lessons!
I love your lessons too. thank uxx
Good day Mr Hoffman.
Would it be possible to send me the sheet music the first part of chocolate you played.
I really enjoyed it.
Mr. Hoffman, is the sheet music of this song free? The first part was really awesome.
It’s on its way to you via email. Enjoy! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I’m sitting here trying to learn some notes. I would really love the note sheets of the song in this video too. Is this possible?
Btw – love your lessons.
24 years old, trying to learn music for the first time!
Thanks for your comment – it’s great to hear from our adult students! I’m afraid we don’t have sheet music published for “Chocolate”; however, there is a worksheet based on this song in our set of Complete Materials for Unit 1. Because we have not yet taught to associate specific letters to the lines and spaces on the staff, it is simply an exercise in identifying and drawing alternating line and space notes. Beginning in Unit 2, after we have introduced the grand staff, the materials include sheet music for the new songs I teach. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
Thank you for the comment.
Sounds great! I am learning a lot here. As soon as my student economy has stabilised I will give something back! 😉
i love this song yum chocolate!!did u make this song yourself??
In Units 1-5, the only song that I made up was “5 Woodpeckers”; the rest are all folk songs. – Mr. Hoffman
these lessons are funny!!!
I really liked the teacher part the you played at the beginning, when you first showed us Chocolate, is the sheet music for that available?
It’s on its way to you via email. 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
Thank you for another great lesson Mr. Hoffman. But I have few questions.
What would be the rhythm in this song? Is it in 3/4th time signature like,
Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
Ta (yum) Ta (yum!) Rest
Ta (choco-) Ta (-late) Ta (I)
Ta (have) Ta (some!) Rest
Or does this song have half notes at the end of each line? So maybe if Ta is a quarter note and Ti-Ti are 2 eighth notes and lets say if H represents a half note (I don’t how we represent a half note in rhythm dictation), then we have something like this:
Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
Ta (yum) H (yum!)
Ta (choco-) Ta (-late) Ta (I)
Ta (have) H (some!)
And though it works fine if replace chocolate with pizza or apple, but what about Tea? How would we keep the same rhythm if we replaced chocolate with something like Tea?
These are great questions – I’m so glad you’re thinking about this! Let me start by encouraging you to listen to the song and see if you can feel the “heavy” beat – in music, it’s called the “down beat”. If you listen closely, you should hear that down beat on the first “Yum,” the fifth “Yum,” “Choco,” and “some”. Now listen again and count how long I stay on the note when I sing the fifth “Yum” and also “some”. Did you notice that I held the note for more than one beat? In fact, those two notes are whole notes: we hold them for four counts each. Now, if you count out the number of beats in each measure (each line of the heartbeat mat), you’ll see that there are always one strong beat and three weak beats – four beats per measure. And since we’re going to give each beat a quarter note, that means this song is 4/4 time. The dictation would look like this:
Ta (Yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum) Ta (yum)
Ta (Choco-) Ta (late) Ta (I) Ta (have)
If you don’t want to hold that last “yum” and “some” for four full counts, you can dictate it with a different combination that adds up to four beats; for instance, a half note plus a half rest or a dotted half note with a quarter rest… depending on how much of a rest you need after all that dictation! 🙂
Now, since we take two counts to sing “choco-” “late” or whatever other treat we have, there are two ways you can alter the line to fit something with only one syllable, like Tea. You can either add another one-syllable word to it (like “mint” “tea”) or hold the word for two counts (change it to a half note), like this: Two (Tea) Ta (I) Ta (have) Whole (some).
Keep up the wonderful work! – Mr. Hoffman
Thanks Mr. Hoffman. I’ve been trying to feel the downbeat. I sort of understand what you saying. It feels like there is little more stress on these words. But it’s very subtle. It almost feels like start of a sentence. So in music, a downbeat represent the start of a measure. Right?
But if this is true, then I have even more doubts. I went back to Hot Cross Buns and tried to listen to the downbeats. But there I felt the downbeat on two occasions in the third line, i.e. One a penny, Two a penny. I felt the downbeat on “One” and “Two” but they are in the same measure.
Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest
Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest
Ti-Ti (one a) Ti-Ti (pen-ny) Ti-Ti (two a) Ti-Ti (pen-ny)
Ta (hot) Ta (cross) Ta (buns) Rest
So where am I making a mistake?
Yes, a downbeat is the first beat of a measure. However, the third beat in a measure is generally the second strongest beat, so it’s pretty normal for you to feel a little more emphasis on “two a” as well. You have dictated the song just as I would have. An interesting thing about the mathematics behind music, though, is that you can often dictate rhythms in multiple ways; for instance, you can double the counts in this song and dictate it like this:
Two (hot) Two (cross)
Two (buns) Half Rest
Two (hot) Two (cross)
Two (buns) Half Rest
Ta (one) Ta (a) Ta (pen-) Ta (ny)
Ta (two) Ta (a) Ta (pen-) Ta (ny)
Two (hot) Two (cross)
Two (buns) Half Rest
…which WOULD place a downbeat on the “two” you asked about. Keep up the wonderful work! – Mr. Hoffman
Interesting… so basically we just doubled our tempo speed to have double the count but at the same time we every note (or rest) lasts for double the beat count. I wonder if this change in rhythm dictation would musically sound any different. I guess, now we have a downbeat on “buns” too which wasn’t the case with the previous dictation. So it should sound a little different.
Hi. My son, 8 yo, and I enjoy your lessons and he is really having fun learning this way vs his past traditional teacher/piano class lessons. I think it was a bit of a mistake to stop with the puppets at the end though. I’m hoping they are reintroduced again soon because that was a special treat my son really appreciated every time!….thank you.
They will be back! Check out this video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZESSIDdRThs
I really like your lessons. Me and my 7 year old sister enjoys your jokes.
I don’t understand why the chocolate song started on the D above middle C in your demonstration. As far as i can see you played the piano on C above middle C but you note demonstration started the D after middle C. Now I am just a beginner, although I have been studying the language of music now for a year, in respects to applying my knowledge to instruments. Please correct me if I am wrong.
How very observant! If there were a treble cleff at the beginning of the staff, you would be absolutely right. I’m sorry if that was confusing. I didn’t begin at middle C because, up to that lesson, I had not yet introduced the staff or ledger lines – the intention was simply to illustrate the stepping-up and stepping-down patterns. – Mr. Hoffman
where were the puppets? (my 2 yr. old sister luvs them)
Dear Rachel & Rachel’s sister,
I’m sorry that not all of our videos were visited by the finger puppets. There will be more in future lessons, though, so keep up the good work!
– Mr. Hoffman
Sorry for misspells
Oh Mr. Hoffman I really love these lessons but I don’t have a bench! could you recommend a website to get one from?Oh ant by the way I’m ten
Haydn – Local piano stores and even furniture stores generally sell piano benches, but you can also find them online at sites like Amazon.com. For someone starting at a young age, it will help a lot if you can get an adjustable bench so you can make it the right height for your best piano posture and change it as you grow. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman
Thanks so much Mr. Hoffman
nice yum yum !!!! taste yum!!!
Sorry for what I said your lessons are awesome
Is that Mrs. Hoffman?
Me 5 for the ice cream!
I like cheese a LOT,and when I say a lot,I mean a LOT. We got 20 whole pounds of candy at Halloween but now it is all gone 🙁
I want some chocolate now. 😀
Our family is watching and learning the piano. Thank you so much for taking the time to do these videos. You are so positive and do a great job teaching!
yum yum yum yum yum tuna pasta bake i have some!!!
Hello Mr. Hoffman! I really appreciate everything you have put into these video lessons! I am 26 and enjoy every minute of your tutorials. I love how enthusiastic you are in your teachings. Thank you so much! You are a very generous person! Hopefully one day I will be able to meet you so I can thank you in person and buy you lunch haha.
Why was this song so easy? It was easier than Frog in the Middle!
I made this one an easy one since I mainly teach this song as a way to learn the solfege names for the major pentascale: do-re-mi-fa-so. If this feels too easy, try it hands together with your eyes closed. When you can do that, you are definitely ready to keep moving through the lessons!
Thanks for watching!
Chocolates my favorite! 🙂 by the way love your videos I have a radio piano!
YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM candy i have some MOVIE NIGHT!:)
Candy I have some!( MOVIE NIGHT!) 🙂
This was so easy! CHOCOLATE! HA HA HA!!!!!! THANKS FOR MAKING THE WEBSITE MR.Hoffman!!!! 😉
I’m 22 and I watch every lesson all the way until the end just in case there’s some puppet theater! Great work! Your teaching approach is very effective and positive. Thanks a lot.
Yum yum yum yum yum! Lollipop I have some! 🙂
I came up with this: yum yum yum yum yum! Blueberry Cake I have some! 😉
Love this lesson it’s amazing how I learned this so quickly. 🙂
This is what I came up with, Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum! Chicken I have some!
😀 CHICKEN I LOVE CHICKEN!
hes got a different camera and yum yum yum yum yum candy i have some
I have 35 fine keys and 1 broken one I’m 8 by the way.
i love your lessons i’m 12 by the way=)=)=)=)=)
Yum yum yum yum yum! Cupcakes I have some. Thnx Mr.Hoffman
Love the song chocolate. It makes me hungry for chocolate yum yum 🙂
Hi I love this song it sounds yummy!!!! Can’t wait for the next song!! Yum yum yum yum yum ice cream I have some :)!!!
Mmm… I love ice cream, too!
Me three!, 😀 😀 😀 😉 😉 😉 😉
the second part of the song is going down
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