Lesson 11

Finding A & B on the Piano

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    Cheryl Stephens

    Beautiful butterfly, burping buffalos, baying beagle, beetle,

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    Monica

    Logan says: Bobcat, bat, blowfish, bumble bee, beluga whale, barnacle, blue jay, black sheep.

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    Mary Lou

    Clay says how about a bullfrog?

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    Cynthia

    Bean burritos are my favorite animals LOL

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    Cynthia

    A bull or a bobcat also a badger a banana 🍌 slug 🐌 and bald eagle πŸ¦…

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, those would work! πŸ™‚

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    Jordan

    Maybe buck? Or bumblebee? Or barn owl? Or barnabas from the movie “trolls”?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Those would work. πŸ™‚

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    Elisabeth

    What is a C major pentascale? I was supposed to complete the C major pentascale theory page in Frog in the Middle lesson but I’m really confused.

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      Hoffman Academy

      A C Major pentascale is the first five notes (do-re-mi-fa-so) of the C Major scale. That would be C-D-E-F-G for C Major. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.

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    Adrianne

    Maybe a bat and a badger and a bull and a bearded dragon and a bald eagle and a Black footed ferret and a boa constrictor And a bunny and a buffalo and a bee.πŸ˜€

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    Al

    Will says, what about a beaver? They could pile up all the sticks in the house πŸ˜„

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      Hoffman Academy

      That would work! πŸ™‚

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    Sara

    How about:a bush shrike,black footed ferret,bettong,bearded dragon,basilisk,bald eagle,badger?!πŸ˜€

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    Sachin

    lovely lessons Mr. Hoffman….the way you explain is really awesome and simple to understand πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful.

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    Sarah

    How about a blowfish? πŸ™‚ then Aunt Annie can have her own fish pond full of blowfish! Lol

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    Virginia

    Beaver, Bunny, Boa constrictor, Buffalo

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    Violette

    I think you should put buffalo on your show.

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    Ann

    Will suggests buffalo,bull and bat.

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    Sarah

    An idea could be a beaver! Or a bunny!

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    Stephanie

    Teddy suggested A pet bunny

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    Arnt

    Good day mr Hoffman, and thank you for these fantastic little lessons. I just had a question about lesson schedules. I know as a 34 year old guy I’m not exactly the target demographic (and yet find a childish glee in the adorable little finger puppet shows after the lessons) and was wondering if I could ask if you had any experience with adults taking on your lesson plan?

    I’m pretty much doing a lesson a day, with the following activities and pause after reaching the next video. Then throughout the day I have a few sessions of playing the repertoire I’ve learned so far and improvising, just getting my fingers and hands used to it all, and the day after I move on to the next video and set of tasks.

    Then occasionally I start wondering if I’m going too fast, or if I’m progressing too slowly (as an adult I’ve got decent finger independence and so on, so unfair advantage there) and if adults should be breezing through the first unit and so on?

    In addition, I’m curious if you have any tips for other piano/keyboard activities for adults getting into playing music late in their life, outside of Hoffman Academy?

    And again, thank you for this service. I am quite impressed with Hoffman Academy and if the quality remains this high through all the units ahead of me, I’ll happily be subscribed for the full year or longer, depending on how far I get during that year.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! As you mentioned, our program is geared toward children, but we also have many adult students successfully learning with us.

      The nice thing about online lessons is that you can set your own pace. It’s all right to move quickly through the lessons, especially in the first few units, if they’re easy for you. From what you’ve said, it seems like you’re moving through the lessons at a good speed, but feel free to check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson, for some more ideas about deciding how quickly to move through the material.

      I’m not sure exactly what kinds of activities you’re looking for, but there are a lot of good piano resources out there. If you want some extra sight reading practice, here is a link to a good website where you can find a lot of free sheet music for beginning pianists.

      I hope that helps answer your questions. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Susan

    Elliott, suggest a Boa Constrictor, Buffalo, Badger, Beaver

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    Emily

    Ohh so that’s what a boa is.
    Thankyou so much

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      Hoffman Academy

      A boa is a kind of large snake, sometimes called a boa constrictor.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Is there something you’re confused about? I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. πŸ™‚

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    Sabrina

    Miley suggests Aunt Annie can have a bear or a bat in the back yard! or a bug collection! or even a bee hive!

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    Colton

    Mr. hoffman would you do a lesson on the pledge of the united states of America

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      Hoffman Academy

      Do you mean a song about the pledge of allegiance? I’ll put it on the list of potential songs for future lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    jack

    badger
    bulldog
    bull
    bat
    black bear
    baboon
    bald eagle
    brown bear
    bee
    bat-fish
    bison
    beaver

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    Debbie

    Hi Mr. Hoffman,
    My pinky is sort of hurting. Am I playing wrong? If so can you help me out with some tips?
    Thanks!

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      Hoffman Academy

      My best guess is that there might be some tension in your hand. When you play, be sure to keep your hands and fingers relaxed. Since your pinky is shorter, it’s all right if it’s not as curved as the other fingers. You might want to review our blog post about keeping fingers relaxed at the keyboard as well. If it continues to be a problem, you could make a video of yourself playing and put it on YouTube or share it on my facebook page, and I’d be happy to try and give you more specific advice. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Romuald

    Hi Mr.Hoffman, my brother and I are from Pakistan, we are learning piano with your videos during our summer holidays. Your lessons are great, we enjoy it so much.

    For the letter “B”, we thought of bull too.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    Paula

    babirusa
    Baboon
    Badger
    Bald eagle
    Bandicoot
    Banteng
    Barbet
    Basilisk
    Bat
    Batfish
    Bear
    Bearded dragon
    Beaver
    Bed bug
    Bee
    Bee-eater
    Beetle
    Beta
    Bettong
    Big eyes
    Bilby
    Bird
    Paradise bird
    Bison
    Bitterling
    Bittern
    Black-footed cat
    Black-footed ferret
    Black devil
    Blue sheep
    Blue whale
    Blue bird
    Boa
    Bobcat
    Bongo
    Booby
    Bower bird
    Broadbill
    Brown bear
    Black bear
    Budgie
    Bulbul
    Bull
    Bullfrog
    Bunny
    Bunting
    Bush dog
    Bush baby
    Bush shrike
    Bustard
    Butterfly
    Buzzard

    These are some animals that start with “B”
    Thank you -Paula

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    Tracey

    i dont think it should be a pet – rather BACK YARD – as opposed to FRONT PORCH

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    Noelle Kahne

    hahaha ilove the muppets πŸ™‚

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    Mami Coluchi

    Mr. Hoffman, you are AWESOME!!! I am trying to learn piano along with my kids, but they are WAY ahead of me! You’re making easy for me to understand so that perhaps one day I will catch up to them.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Aiden

    B is for bunnies,birds,bacteria.

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    Tom

    B is for Bunnies!
    B is for Black Birds!(Alexis wrote this)

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    Haude

    i used my moms account.bear boa badger bird bat beluga bacteria

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        Martin

        Ups! I thought you wrote: “I used to call my mom: bear boa badger bird bat beluga bacteria”

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is also a great way to remember your letters on Piano Street!

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    Sean

    Just say back and front yard for g and f.

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    Breanne

    the pets i have thought of is baboon, bat and boxer

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    Aisya

    A bull could be Aunt Annie’s pet but it must be tamed or else it might mess the garden up!

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    Julia

    Brachiosaurus, Bear, Butterfly, Beaver, Buffalo, Black Panther, Bulldog, Boa Constrictor, Badger, Beast, Bee, Baboon, Box Turtle

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    Caelden

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Baden

    Buffalo is a good pet.
    Baden the Buffalo.

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    home page

    Thanks for offering this sort of awesome post

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson!

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    Alex

    Babirusa.
    Baboon.
    Badger
    Bald Eagle
    Bandicoot
    Banteng.
    Barbet
    Basilisk

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    Lily

    Aunt Annie brought a bear into the house…

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      Hoffman Academy

      Those are fun suggestions!

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    Anna

    A bunny, beaver, blue bird, bear, beagle, or bulldog!

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    Josiah S.

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    We took a break from piano lessons over the summer, so we are reviewing this unit. How about a bald eagle for Aunt Annie? I love the puppets!
    Josiah

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Good luck and happy playing.

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    Gabe

    A boy LoL???? I love these lessons

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    Judah

    Buffalo
    Boa constrictor
    Bulldog
    Bunny Rabbit

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    vidhya

    5-yr-old Jeshurun promptly responded, “Bunny”.
    She likes your lessons and her favorite is, ‘yum, yum yum,yum,yum,chocolate i have some’!!!!!
    Even dada is drawn in now to the lessons!!
    THANKYOU, all the way from South India.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much for sharing! We’re delighted to have your whole family learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Enoch Adeniyi

    A butterfly.Get it a butter-fly.A fly that has butter on it.LOL.

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    Z. R.

    What about a boar? And I love your lessons!

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    Alexi

    I think a pet for Ant Anny could be a Bee, and one for Granny could be a Flamingo.

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    Kari

    Black Panther. Not your typical house cat.????

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    J.T.

    Bullfrog.(do you have any tips on Baldwin pianos?????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not sure what you mean by “tips.” Are you asking for a recommended model or how to care for them or whether they are a reliable brand?

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    Jamarcus

    B for big elephant with humungus ears like dumbo. also he can fly like a kiwi

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      Ayla

      Baboon, bat, bullfrog, baby bear, badger, also basilisk. Mythical pet πŸ™‚

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    Clare

    My name is Joseph. I think B should be for baboon! I like the funny bits at the end of your lessons.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you like them. I like them too. πŸ™‚

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    Kayala

    I love your lessons mr.Hoffman πŸ™‚

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    Neal

    Aunt Annie’s pet could be a beaver!

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    Brooke

    Binturong also known as the Bearcat. Thanks so much for your lessons Mr Hoffman!!!

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    Ethan

    Baracoders a type of shark thanks mr Hoffman for your lessons I love alphabet street!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Oh dear – I’m not sure I would want one of those as a pet!

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    SYDNEY

    brown bear,barbary sheep,bighorn sheep,blue widebeast,bactrian camel,black-backed jackel, bat-eared fox,bobcat,bengal tiger,badger,bearded seal,beluga,blue whale,brazilian three-banded armadillo,bombardier beetle,brush-tailed bettong,buff-tailed bumblebee,butterfly,baboon,greater bilby,bonobo

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    Maddie

    A baby bunny would be great! ????

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      Hoffman Academy

      …especially for Easter! πŸ™‚

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    Malvika

    How about a butterfly or a beaver

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    Andrew

    How about a blob fish? By the way it really is a real fish!????

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    Tom

    Not sure if is already here… Isaac, my son insisted on adding bison to the list. He has been a bit obsessed since our trip to Yellowstone last year.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Whoa, that would make a pretty scary pet! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Andrew

    Another animal that begins with B is badger! πŸ™‚

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    Mandy

    A baby bear! I am an adult beginner but I absolutely love piano street as a way of remembering the keys. The story you have created is so visual which is brilliant for me to learn. Thank you

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    Athena

    How about a blue butterfly ????????

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    Ruchita

    a badger would be nice for aunt Annie

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    Jack

    I think Aunt Annie should have a pet Burrito.

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    anant

    i think ant annie can have a pet beaver

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    Aly

    What about a Blue Dragon. Hey auntie Annie can fly around all the time! lol

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    Ana

    My nickname is annie and Igo by annie but you spell it ani.
    Its like I really do live with my grandma!

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    skylar heeter

    ant anie has a pet bat in her back yard !

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    Traci

    Butterfly, brown bear, bat, and bee.

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      Hoffman Academy

      The easiest way for you to learn about the E major pentascale would be to check out my Lesson 58, where it is introduced. Then I can both explain and show you how to play it. Give that a try, then let me know if you have more specific questions when you’re done. Please remember, however, that I’ve ordered the lessons to introduce basic concepts first so more challenging skills have a good foundation: if you’re working through the lessons from the beginning, jumping ahead two units may be both difficult and frustrating. Be patient with yourself. πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    anya

    my aunt ashley taught me some piano already
    by the way were does the boy live? in the backyard?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I think he lives in a House, just off Piano Street! πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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      Esther

      Oooooooh, Aunt Annie is JEALOUSE of Grandma!!!!!

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      Esther

      Thank you, Joseph Hoffman! Your lessons REALY help a beginner. But could you do some songs like Motzart? (Or, however you spell it.)

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        Hoffman Academy

        The lessons do progress to more difficult songs in further units, and – though we don’t have any Mozart yet – you will eventually see some classical works as well. Keep up the good work! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Sarah

    πŸ™‚ Great lesson, Mr. Hoffman. I really enjoy these piano lessons! I just wish that the keyboard I have was a full piano… The pet idea I had was a big blue boa constructor with black box-shaped spots. Isn’t that funny?

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    Annabelle

    Bald eagle
    Bull
    Buffalo
    Bull frog

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    Joshua

    a bear it could be dangerous but when its tamded then it could be a nice bear.

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    Ronee

    barn owl, bat, bunny, badger, beaver, bears, boars

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    akansha

    bull dog, boa, bird, buffalo, butterfly, bug, bee

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    diana

    bear,bat,bullfrog do u like these?please reply

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    Micah

    Bull frog
    Brontosaurus
    Blue whales
    Bear
    Brachiosaurus

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    Jason

    a bear! a bear could be what auntie annie got! but then the bear got in the house and gobbled gramma and auntie annie oh no! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

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      Hoffman Academy

      You can find the materials for this lesson with our Unit 1 materials in our store.

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    Amanda

    Baby bear, ball python, & bunny are the ones my kids came up with.

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    Sarah

    I came up with,

    bear, bat bass, boa, badger,butterfly!!!!

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    Ashi

    LOL.. WOW!!!
    This lesson is so cute and after you finished naming the notes alphabet the screen looked very very very beautiful.. You are my master!

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    Ashi

    I am not a native speaker but I still hope that you understand my comments..
    The new opening of your lessons appropriate you very much! You are one of the wonderful people I have ever known..

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    J

    Beaver,
    Bug,
    Bear,
    Bee,
    Bunny,
    Baboon,
    Bandicoot,
    Barn owl,
    Bat,
    Beagle,
    Bengal tiger,
    Bearded collie,
    .Bonobo.

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    rachel

    all I can think of is: bunny, bear, my brothers, butterfly and beagle

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    Christine

    Here is what I came up with:
    Bunny
    Badger

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    Isabella

    Mr. Hoffaman,

    these are the words i came up with…
    bad,gag,bed,cab,def,abc,bag, and face

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    ibrahim

    Thanks for the lessons Hoffman!!!!!! It really helps me !!!!! U are a awesome piano teacher!!!!!!!!

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    diana

    thx for video that was grea8 i love piano strreet story

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    john

    Thx for posting these mr Hoffman they have helped me allot

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    Nicholas

    Beaver, bangle, boa constrictor ,bear, beagle ,bumble bee

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    Kitta

    I came up with these bad,and face.

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    shan

    Hi Mr. Hoffman! How can I understand a music sheet? It is so hard to know where key should I play the notes [like – is it on C4 or C5] Please help me :(( ,, and Im so confuse why the other notes *w/out sharp before it — is played with black keys? Help Mr. Hoffman. : ) ,, also thanks for helping us beginners to learn more.

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Hi–learning to read music takes some time. I have several lessons that help get you started with reading notes. Here are some of my lessons that focus on how to read music: Lesson 21, 32, 43, and 46. I hope this helps!

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    i love your lessons

    Beavers, boas and bears. Oh my!

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    Melissa

    See if u guys can sole my mystery word πŸ™‚ g , a, g, lol have fun !!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

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      Kitta

      What’s beaver supposed to mean?

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        sparrow

        It’s what the aunt’s pet can be.

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          Michaela

          Hi, Joseph Hoffman,
          this is Michaela, one of your students, I guess, I have a few animal suggestions for Auntie Annie that start with a B, such as a Butterfly, a Beaver, a Badger, a Bengal tiger, a Brown Bear, and a Black panther, if that counts! Ha! Ha!
          See you in the next lesson,
          have a lovely evening,
          Michaela