Lesson 47

Cuckoo

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    Preet

    it’s difficult to figure out the solfege of a song as it is different to distinguish between the words do re mi fa so. is there a solution for this problem? also, do the notes go higher from do to re to mi to fa to so or from so to fa to mi to re to do?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Solfege is tricky, and can take some practice to get the hang of. It starts with Do as the lowest note of a scale, then goes up as you step up to Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, then Ti. After that, it starts over at Do. I hope that helps.

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    Adrianne

    Can you teach me how to play the Star Wars theme song

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    Maria

    I loved the lesson mr Hoffman and when will the finger puppets come back???

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! The next time the finger puppets will show up is the end of lesson 48.

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    Tyler

    You always put life in your videos and you teach great piano posture and soolfage I appreciate it . Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome. I’m glad you’re enjoying the videos.

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    Tyler

    I love the way you set up the rhythms and make it very fun.

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    Tyler

    Mr. Hoffman I am wondering if you can play mission impossible theme song?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, I can. Would you like us to put it on our list of requested songs for future lessons?

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      Hoffman Academy

      We recently updated the first two units, but haven’t gotten around to re-filming 3 and 4 yet.

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    Tyler

    I love this lesson because of how you make the cords flow

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    Tyler

    Will the videos be updated in unit4?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The unit 4 videos are similar to the unit 3 ones, but starting in unit 5 the videos are higher quality again.

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    Caroline

    When do the puppets come back???

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      Hoffman Academy

      The next time the finger puppets will show up is the end of lesson 48.

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    Caroline

    Mr. Hoffman I am curious if you can teach how to play Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman. Thank you

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Caroline

    Will the videos in unit 4 get better

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      Hoffman Academy

      The quality of the videos gets better at the beginning of unit 5.

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    Brandon

    Why is everything blurry in this unit?

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      Hoffman Academy

      We recently re-filmed the first two units, but we haven’t got around to re-doing unit 3 yet so the quality of the videos in this unit isn’t as good.

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      Hoffman Academy

      No, I didn’t. If you look on the top right corner of the sheet music, it’s a little blurry, but it says “Arranged by Joseph Hoffman” which means I didn’t write the song, but I did put together or “arrange” this version.

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        Joshua

        Oh, that’s what confused me???

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    Landry

    That was a great lesson thankyou for teaching it mr Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Bailey

    I love this song. I love singing it in this cord. Thanks ???

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoy the song.

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    Steve

    Mistake in (i) :
    Lyrics
    Cuckoo, cuckoo, come fly with me,
    Fly over rivers, fly over treetops, NB: Fly above rivers, fly above treetops, (Mistake with lyrics: use “above” not “over”)
    Cuckoo, cuckoo, come fly with me.
    Purpose of Correction to clarify and make Lessons the best they can be!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you for pointing that out! We’ll get that updated as soon as we can.

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    Liesl

    Hi. Enjoying my lessons and learning a lot! I looked for a Hoffman academy app and could not find one. Do you have an app? It would be helpful.โ˜บ๏ธ

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! We don’t currently have a mobile app, and while we do hope to have one eventually, it probably wonโ€™t be in the near future.

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        Joshua

        What are you working on now???

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          Hoffman Academy

          Right now we’re working on finishing unit 10.

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    Neil

    Hi Mr Hoffman. I have noticed that the video lessons in Unit 3 do not match the pdf workbook. Which should I follow?
    By the way your method of teaching is awesome, even for a 40 something year old. Keep up the awesome work.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful! We are currently in the process of creating a new version of our materials for Unit 3. Once this is finished and made available you should be able to re-download the Unit 3 materials in order to have the most updated version, which will match the new video lesson order.

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    Ione

    Why is everything blurry in this lesson

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      Hoffman Academy

      We filmed Unit 3 a while ago, before we had the higher quality cameras and equipment that we are using now. We have been gradually updating our video lessons whenever we can. I hope that you can bear with me through the older video lessons, since they get higher quality as the lessons go on. Happy Playing!

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        Ione

        Don’t worry, just because it’s blurry doesn’t mean I’ll stop playing piano

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    MB

    Hi I love cocoooo especially the first and last line????????????????????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad to hear it!

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    Jane

    look at the glare in the piano there is a person in it at13:38 an employee?

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      Hoffman Academy

      It was our videographer, stepping to the side. Sorry she made it into the shot without our realizing it!

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    Brooke Joppich

    Hi Mr Hoffman. I have loved playing the song cuckoo. It is great to learn a new song on the piano everyday.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying our lessons!

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    Abraham

    Hi Mr. Hoffman, In your printed material, there is a mention of “keeping the beats” for this song. What does that really mean: that we ought to try and play using the metronome at 72, 80, etc?

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      Hoffman Academy

      “Keeping the beat” means that you play the song with your rhythm matching the underlying beat, and that you aren’t stopping or pausing anywhere that isn’t written in the music. It also means that you’re not rushing through any parts faster than others. You can “keep the beat” with or without a metronome, but using a metronome is a great way to practice keeping the beat. I hope that makes sense. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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      Hoffman Academy

      They’ll be back, I promise! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Deborah

        I hope that they are WE MISS PRINCESS

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          Hoffman Academy

          In the meantime, Princess would love to tell you a musical story: Who Will Win? I hope you enjoy it!

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            Kim

            Thanks

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    Savannah

    It sounds like a primary song to me

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      Hoffman Academy

      I hope that’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you think so!

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    young heeter

    I liked the (point here) idea but I have a touchscreen computer!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Oh, dear! Did your playback stop when you touched the video viewing area? I’m sorry about that. At least it’s an easy problem to fix. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    Alyssa

    I like to play cuckoo! Thanks!
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    Hugo

    Thank you for teaching us. I learned cuckoo and hot cross buns.

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    Ashi

    Ok, this is strange.. You say in the video that the song starts on SO but the note is on the line of C which means that we are talking about DO.. Isn’t it?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Good question. There are two different ways to use Solfege: Fixed Do and Movable Do. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C – that sounds like what you have learned. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to use the letters (ABCDEFG) as a fixed system and to use Solfege (Do, Re, Mi, etc) as a movable system that can be transposed into any key we need. To learn more about these two systems of Solfege, check out our article, “What is Solfege?” – Mr. Hoffman

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    Elizabeth

    I had a sore throat doing this lesson but that is the beauty of doing online lessons. If it was a live teacher I would have had to cancel the lesson! Thank you mr hoffman

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    Anthony

    If reading the sheet music without having your commentary, what would indicate that the B note is a B-flat in this song? Thanks, Joseph!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Great question. If you look at each line of music, right before the time signature, you will see a flat on the B line. In that location, it’s not referring to just one note, but to the key signature for the whole song. One flat on the B means that this music is to be played in F major pentascale, so the B will always be flat unless an individual note indicates otherwise.

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    Rollins

    This is now one of my favorite songs to play

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Notes usually “flip” upside-down if they go on or above the middle line (3rd line) of the staff. They mean exactly the same thing whether the stem points up or down. It simply done so the note does not stick too far off the staff. Thanks for the question!

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    Angel

    This lessons are the best I have ever had in my whole entire life thank mr.hoffman! U are so awesome!

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    Ana

    I think that these are the best lessons I’ll ever have! Thank you sooo much for the hard work you’ve put into makeing these videos! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Pavlina

    Hi Mr Hoffman. My dream was to find someday to play piano and with your lessons i am in a very good road. I have learned so many things with you. Thank you very much. I hope someday to meet you. Greetings for Greece.