Lesson 50

Cuckoo: Left Hand

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    Kurt

    the left hand is soooo HARD!!!!! 0o|

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      Hoffman Academy

      This one is definitely tricky, but with some practice, I’m confident that you can master it!

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    James

    I was really confused until I released it was 3/4 time 🤔

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    Maria

    Also after we do the practice sessions I forget the song. Any suggestions?

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s ok to do the practice sessions more than once before you move on to the next lesson, and it’s also all right to play older songs as part of your practice time. If you play the song through once or twice every day for a few weeks, it should eventually stick in your memory. I hope that helps!

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    Maria

    I really like you lessons😜🤩

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    Tyler

    Very challenging lesson. Very great lesson

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    Caroline

    I tried doing both parts. I am not even tell you how bad it sounded, but let me tell you this, banging pans sound better????????????

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      Hoffman Academy

      Don’t worry–putting hands together for the first time sometimes ends up sounding like a traffic accident, but with practice I’m confident that you can master the song. Keep up the great work!

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    Aiden

    Mr Hoffman I always wonder this: Scuba and princess said they will be there at lesson 48-60. When will the finger puppets come?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The next time the finger puppets will show up is the end of lesson 53.

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    Birat

    Mr. Hoffman, your method is really a great. I am learning & enjoying too. Yet, I covered till lesson 50. What I am wondering to know is, how you determine Solfege for starting beat in the grand staff ? Such as in Lesson 50, how you recognize the starting beat F is Solfege Do ? I am confused with, some you say Do for the beat of second bottom line (lesson 38) and some time second top line (lesson 50). Would you please kindly clear the clues of these shortly. Hope you got my point.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question! It depends on what key you’re playing in. Do is always the first note of the scale, the “home base” note, for whatever key you’re playing in. So, for example, in the key of C major (if you’re playing in the C major pentascale), Do means C, Re means D, Mi means E, and so forth. However, when you’re playing in the key of D major, you start higher because the home base note is D. D is Do, E is Re, F# is Mi, and so forth. To read more about Solfège, check out our blog post, What is Solfege? I hope that helps!

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      Birat

      Thanks Mr. Hoffman. Last time you asked to send video of Din-an & Wild Horses. I did so (youtube of BP Timsina) send fb message. However, you have not give comment yet !

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    DonnaDee

    Oh, oh, I thought I was going to be teacher’s pet teaching myself chords to go with Cockoo. Nose, meet grind stone. Great lesson. Thank you

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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    Liza

    I found this lesson really hard even when i replay what shall i do?
    Celine

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      Hoffman Academy

      This song can definitely be challenging, especially since the left hand is more complicated than you’ve seen in the past. Make sure you can play both hands separately before you try putting them together. For some tips about playing with hands together, check out our blog post, How to Play with Both Hands. I hope that helps!

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    Carson

    MR.hoffman in later units do you have a lesson for your theme song all of me?

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      Hoffman Academy

      We don’t currently have one, but I can put it on the list of potential songs for future lessons. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’ll put that on the list too!

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    Luis

    can you make the song of geometry dash finger dash?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’ll put it on the list of potential future songs. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Luis

    Why aren’t you making any more puppet shows???P.S I❤️Piano. ??

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      Hoffman Academy

      Don’t worry, the finger puppets will be back later. They’re just taking a break for a few lessons.

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    Fatma

    I think your method works brilliantly and I have come this far very easily, enjoying every step along the way. However, in this lesson I am confused about the B-Flat. How do we know that the flat sign at the beginning is meant for B? Am I missing something?

    Best Regards,
    Fatma

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad that you are enjoying learning with the video lessons! We know that the flat sign is meant for B because it is on the B line in the bass clef. Wherever the flats or sharps are placed on the staff at the beginning of the music identify which notes will be flat or sharp throughout the piece of music you are playing. I would recommend reviewing “Lesson 21 – The Grand Staff” and “Lesson 49 – Bass Clef Notes: FGABC” to help you identify the notes that are associated with which lines of the staff. From there you should be able to identify which notes the sharps or flats are associated with.

      I hope this helps. Happy Playing!

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        Fatma

        Of course! Thank you very much. I love you.

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          Valentine Fernandes

          I love you too….

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        Michael

        I have a question about the Flats. I realize flat sign at the beginning is meant for B/Flat but is there any dedicated place there placed at on the ledger line? Noticed the flat was place on the lower b line and there was no notes to play on that line. Assuming there is no particular place there inserted?

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          Hoffman Academy

          That’s a good question! The flat at the beginning is what’s called the “key signature” and the sharps and flats in a key signature are always in the same place. For example, in every key with a B-flat, the flat symbol will be on that particular line, even if you don’t ever play that note. That makes it easier to recognize the different key signatures, which you’ll learn more about in later lessons. I hope that helps!

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    Katherine

    Mr. Hoffman,
    Do you have a cold in Unit 3? If so, I am sorry about that.????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I did have a cold when we filmed a few of those lessons, but there’s also a difference in sound because we were using lower quality equipment at the time. We’re working to upgrade some of those lessons, though. Thanks for your concern. 🙂

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry to hear that. Could you tell me what in particular was confusion? You can comment here or send an email to Support@Hoffman Academy.com. We’re happy to help!

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    Danish saleem

    Sir,

    I always use to write the music with your lessons, and then practice, and i noticed that after writing the music on sheet then practice not only help in remembering but remembered for long time as well.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is fantastic! Our brains tend to thrive on multi-sensory learning – that means you learn or practice the same thing in several different ways. When you add the reading and writing of creating your own sheet music to the watching and listening of the video lessons and the physical activity of practicing at the piano, you give your mind more ways to learn and more opportunities to grow. I’m impressed by your initiative and am glad that you are recognizing the fruits of your efforts. Great work!

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    Rafael

    It confuses me that we name F as Do (C) and so on, is that for teaching purposes or is it common among music?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question. It has to do with the fact that solfège can be used in very different ways. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C. It sounds like this is how you were first taught. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to teach using both a fixed system (ABCDEFG) and a movable system (Do, Re, Mi, etc). Some kind of fixed system is essential to provide structure and certainty. D is always a D on the piano or on any instrument. However, a movable system is best for helping students easily hear and recognize the function of each note in a scale and relationships between each note in a melody, no matter what key the music is in. So, I try to give my students the best of both worlds by actively using letter names as a fixed system and solfège as a movable system. You can learn more about solfège and how I use it in the Hoffman Method here: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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        Rafael

        Awesome answer! Thanks for sharing your precious time. I have always been self-taught and had very rough to none music theory background playing guitar by ear. But now I got my piano and want to be become good at music. Thank you Mr. Hoffman I will follow your advise.

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          Hoffman Academy

          I’m glad I could help. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Ashi

    Wow, can’t be waiting to the next lesson!!!!!
    It sounds so exciting,, WOWOWOW!!

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    O'Shea

    Very amazing! I thought it would just be chords, but with actual tunes, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to try this in front of my whole family, next week! they’re gonna be so amazed! Thanks Hoffman for all you’ve done,

    Sincerely, O’shea
    & Jojo