Lesson 51

Cuckoo: Hands Together

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    iwilta

    I really had to push myself to get this one! But loved it! At first I thought I would write the letters on top of the notes. Bad idea for me as I was reading the letters and not looking at the notes, and since I am having a hard time learning the notes on site that was making it harder! So instead I just wrote a 5 above the first note to remind myself that is were I would be starting. Not sure why but made a big difference! Thank you so much for these low cost lessons! I have always wanted to learn to play and when I happened to find a keyboard in a house I bought I said “well here we go!” and found your lessons. LOVE IT! And hope to be able to stick with you to the end! Ranch life is long days but I have found a few minutes to play each day. Thank you again!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying the lessons and that your practice is paying off. Keep it up and happy playing!

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    Thuy Vi

    Hi teacher, I make it after 1 day pratising, I am so happy!!! Thank you very much….<3

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      Hoffman Academy

      Good job! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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    Katherine

    Hi Mr. Hoffman!
    I am so excited! I finally mastered Cukoo hands together, I am so happy! Could you show me how to make a video so I can show you, PLEASE?

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    Abraham

    Hi Hoffman, As a practice partner for my 6 year old daughter, I’m finding it harder now as lessons progress to check if my daughter’s playing the correct notes with hands together (since she’s the one practising daily, not me 🙂 ) though I kind-of know she’s doing it right (by listening to the notes she’s playing and general flow). Could you share some advice on how to tackle this for lessons ahead? Thanks.

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      Hoffman Academy

      First of all, congratulations on making it this far in the lessons! There will definitely be a natural progression which I see all the time where a parent is less able to help with notes and rhythms as a student gets more and more advanced in her or his skills. In a way, this is a very good thing. We want kids to grow in their feeling of independence and ability to correct their own mistakes without the help of a parent or teacher. I would suggest that you continue to be involved with your daughter’s practice, but allow her to play an increasingly significant role in being the judge of whether it was correct or not. You can simply ask, “How did that go?” or “Did you hear anything that needed fixing?”. Learning to self-evaluate and self-correct is such an important part of learning to be a musician. Over the years, you will gradually shift from being a practice partner to being an enthusiastic cheerleader. I hope this helps!

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    Brooke Joppich

    Hi Mr Hoffman,
    I love playing cuckoo hands together. I am even more excited about cuckoo hands together part two.

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    Robin

    I love this song, but find it much harder than lots of other ones that you teach us in later lessons, because my hands have to do different things.

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      Hoffman Academy

      This is definitely a challenging song. In the last several months, we have started teaching it a little later in our curriculum with our live students because so many find it to difficult at this point. If you’re having trouble, it’s ok to move on for a few lessons and come back to it a little later. I hope that helps!

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    MM

    Wow this has been the hardest lesson for me so far! But i finally am getting some of it. I saw your christmas video you did. The one where you played I saw Three Ships. I love listening to it! What im wondering is do you know where i could get free sheet music for that song? I would love to be able to play that song! Thanks so much!

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    Roger

    I have to say I really thought this would be the most difficult lesson my 7-year old son would have to face. But he was playing the first two measures on his own with both hands before I even started the video. I think the key has been our practice, which unfortunately isn’t always regular. This last week though we’ve been having 10 minutes of practice in the morning before school and 10 minutes of practice in the evening before bed. At each practice I’d have him play the right hand a couple of times and then the left hand a few times until he could get through it. One thing he was having trouble with was getting from measure 4 to measure 5 without a pause so we isolated those 2 measures, and 6 because it flowed into it and he enjoyed playing it. After practicing those measures a few times I’d have him play the whole piece and it would flow much better. I know playing measures 3 and 4 with both hands would have been challenging for him without watching the video. The way Mr. Hoffman starts by tapping hands to the rhythm and then also the isolation of the beats 2 and 3 of the third measure and the 1st beat of the 4th measure was genius. I love this site and I’m so proud of son with how well he’s doing with Piano.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much for sharing your process! I’m delighted to hear how well your son is progressing and am impressed with your dedication to quality, focused practice. Please tell your son that I’m very happy to be his piano teacher and commend him for his diligence! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Lewis

    Took me several tries. but I found it much easier by breaking it down and writting down on paper the notes you played, learnt it pretty well like this. Not that you already don’t break things down enough being the excellent teacher you are, I just have my own ways 😛

    Right Hand: C–A—–l–C–A–l–b–A–G–l–F
    Left Hand:–F—–C–l–F–C–l–G–C–b–l–A–F

    b = B minor

    Much easier personally to get your 2 hands working together first.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! Learning with traditional methods is important, so you can “speak the same language” as your teachers and peers, but it’s also a very valuable skill to be able to analyze the information given and “translate” it into a representation that works for you. I’m very impressed by your dedication.

      I just want to suggest a small correction: rather than “b = B minor”, please think of it as “b = B flat”. The b in the music is referring specifically to the black key one half step below B, which is B flat. On the other hand, “B minor” refers to a pentascale position or key signature, and implies other things beyond that one note. I hope that makes sense. Keep up the great work! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Rebecca

    I worked so hard that i got it in one day

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      Hoffman Academy

      Congratulations! Hard work is a great way to improve and master your skills. – Mr. Hoffman

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    ruchita

    It is very hard to do cuckoo with both hands but I will practice it.

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    behrooz behnam

    mr ;huffman:just start it couple days ago i never had any class,s or instructor in my life what ever i know i learned myself and i ve been playing piano and keyboard since i was 11 years old i am 54 now,mr huffman i can read notes know all the chords i love playing my piano and keyboard and you are my first instructor pls advise me i use to live in united states for 38 years but right now i am in iran taking care of my mother but i would definitely come back so pls advise thank you very much with regards.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for commenting – it is always wonderful to hear from adult students like you! I’m impressed that you’ve accomplished so much, having been entirely self taught, and I hope you find great success with my lessons. As to your question – I would be happy to help, but I don’t quite know what you would like me to advise you on. Would you please clarify? – Mr. Hoffman

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    carla

    thank you Mr. Hoffman for teaching me these lessons,they are so great!

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    jonathan

    When playing a piece of music, should I be looking at the notes or at my hands? Thank you, Mr. Hoffman.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Good question, Jonathan. The answer to that depends on what you’re playing. Sight-reading is an important skill to develop, so it’s important to spend some of your practice time focused only on the sheet music of new songs. However, when doing finger power exercises and when polishing a song you already know, it’s a good idea to look at your hands while you work out the fingering and arm movements. You can read more detail on this topic in our Support article, “Can I look at My Hands?” Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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        carla

        So, Mr. Hoffman, should I practice the lessons every day?

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          Hoffman Academy

          I do recommend practicing every day. Doing so develops your muscles, trains your habits, and makes music a priority in your life. Even on days when you are travelling or schedules get mixed up, you can still sing or listen to the songs, tap out rhythms in your lap or on a desk, and teach others what you are learning about music. As often as you can, however, actually sit down at the piano to practice each day. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Daniel

    I really like this lesson, Mr. Hoffman. But it is REALLY hard. I practiced it 31 times so far. Thank you for the lesson.

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    Kathy

    To say that I am frustrated would be an understatement. I will keep practicing until I get it.