Why is everything blurry in this lesson
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!
Don’t worry, just because it’s blurry doesn’t mean I’ll stop playing piano
I love this song 🙂
Hi I love cocoooo especially the first and last line????????????????????
I’m glad to hear it!
look at the glare in the piano there is a person in it at13:38 an employee?
It was our videographer, stepping to the side. Sorry she made it into the shot without our realizing it!
Hi Mr Hoffman. I have loved playing the song cuckoo. It is great to learn a new song on the piano everyday.
I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying our lessons!
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?
“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!
No finger puppets ????????????
They’ll be back, I promise! 🙂
I hope that they are WE MISS PRINCESS
In the meantime, Princess would love to tell you a musical story: Who Will Win? I hope you enjoy it!
It is oooooo it is
It sounds like a primary song to me
I hope that’s a good thing. 🙂
This is a fun lesson
I’m so glad you think so!
I liked the (point here) idea but I have a touchscreen computer!!!
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. 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
I like to play cuckoo! Thanks!
I like ur lessons mr hoffman
Thank you for teaching us. I learned cuckoo and hot cross buns.
When will there be Puppets.
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?
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
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
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!
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.
This is now one of my favorite songs to play
Why are some notes upside down?
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!
This lessons are the best I have ever had in my whole entire life thank mr.hoffman! U are so awesome!
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! 🙂
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.
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