Lesson 10

Frog in the Middle

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  • Hilda

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman.
    I am really enjoying the lessons. I have learned so much by watching and participating in the lessons. Thank goodness for headphones or I would have driven my family crazy with all the practices. πŸ™‚ You break each lesson down that it is easy to understand. You simply have the talent for teaching and playing. I can’t wait to get to the next lesson. Thank you again.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you are enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work and happy playing! πŸ™‚

  • zeph

    i can rember my piano abc’s but i can’t rember my finger numbers i’m eight

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      Hoffman Academy

      It does take some practice, but you can make the practice fun by turning it into a game! And don’t worry: We’ll work more on finger numbers in future lessons.

  • zeph

    you are the best piano teacher ever since i saw your web i haven’t played games at all for this week i only play an hour a day i spend more time in school and on the website

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you, Zeph! So glad you are learning with us. πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen

    where do u get the frogs?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Our frogs came from a little local market, but you can find them at many toy or instrument stores, or even on amazon.com.

  • Ambuj

    You are awesome!! Love your piano lessons!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

  • nellie

    HAD FUN LEARNING TO PLAY PANIO

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m very glad to hear it! πŸ™‚

  • Betsy

    I love your frogs! Wow!

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      Hoffman Academy

      The frog family is very flattered. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Frog in the middle is a beautiful song!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you think so!

  • Olga

    How much is the most keys you can possibly have on a piano?

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      Hoffman Academy

      There are a few grand pianos out there with more than 88 keys. The largest I’ve heard of (without adding the use of foot pedals) is the Stuart and Sons grand piano with 102 keys – a total of 14 extra notes at both ends of the piano. However, these larger varieties are very, very rare compared to the vast majority of standard 88-key digital, acoustic, and grand pianos. There are a few natural reasons for this: One is that the longer the keyboard, the more likely it is that a pianist will need to slide around on the bench or lean uncomfortably far out to reach the furthest keys. Another reason is that our ears don’t generally distinguish very low or very high tones as well, so lower notes tend to sound muddy while higher ones start to sound shrill. The piano evolved over time to fit our natural ways of playing and listening to music, leading us to the generally accepted 88-key standard.

  • Arash

    I am follwoing your lessons from Iran. Just wanted to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation.
    -Arash

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      Hoffman Academy

      Wow, thank you! Hello from the other side of the world! πŸ™‚ Good luck and happy playing.

    • Abigail

      That’s superb, Arash! I’m incredibly thankful for Hoffman Academy. Mr Hoffman is a darling!

  • Jessica

    Mr. Hoffman, I like your little frogs, and your big ones .

    Thank you for the lessons ,they are so easy to follow .

    I appreciate your help and work. πŸ™‚

  • jacob

    where could I find adult piano lessons pls reply

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m afraid we do not have a program specifically geared to adults. However, we do have hundreds of teens and adults using our lessons and still finding great success with our method. I hope you find it helpful!

  • sonic123

    i used to suck but now im awesome by the way mr hoffman you are the best

  • Steven

    I see that you got a better camera and better editing equipment. Good job!

    -Steven Dominguez

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for noticing! πŸ™‚

  • Steven

    Is it okay if I have a 37 white and 25 black key electric piano?
    (62 total)

    -Steven Dominguez

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is just fine!

  • Monica Sakellaridis

    Thank you so much for this program!!! My son is 4 1/2 and is loving his piano lessons. This lesson is a bit hard for him, because his hand is a bit small, so we are going to continue on to lesson 11 and just revisit this one often. Besides re-watching this lesson over and over and practicing all of the previous songs, and finger power exercises, are there any other super simple songs for little hands that you would recommend him learning?

    Thanks so much, again! We are loving this so much that I have been telling everyone about your program! Absolutely outstanding program.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that your son is enjoying our lessons. It sounds like your practice time has a lot of variety – that’s great! For new songs, I would recommend you check out the free sheet music available at GMajorMusicTheory.org: they sort the songs by difficulty level, so your son would probably do well with “1stPieces” and Primer level music. I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

  • Abdulaziz

    Your episodes got a little neater or techy I am enjoying it even more than last time

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! You are right that we’re trying to incorporate more visual graphics into our lessons to add interest and clarity. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying them!

  • summer Simmons

    Tank you for teaching me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I will recommend this to my friend’s.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome!

  • Rebekah

    I enjoyed this lesson a lot Mr.Hoffman :] but I have one question where’s daddy frog?

  • Arup

    Dear Sir, I follow you from India. You are simply great.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for your interest. I’m very happy to be your piano teacher. πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

  • Jared

    I am a 25 year old who has a learning disability, and always had a difficult time understanding the keys and notes when trying to learn to play the piano. Your lessons are amazing and make it very simple to follow along. I do not own a keyboard or piano, but I practice on a hard surface with the right postures and follow along so well. I hope by the end of this year that I understand better and get the chance to try out on a piano. Thank you so much. Also how many free lessons are there in total? Thank you and have a great day. -Jared

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so pleased to hear that you are enjoying yourself and feeling confident with my program! With the launch of Unit 7, we’ll have 140 official lessons; however, several of those lessons have a “Part 1” and “Part 2” and we also have about half a dozen bonus lessons; so in total, there are about 150. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  • Maggie

    Dear Joseph Hoffman my name is Cole I have been doing all the challenges I think I really like all the things that you do I have been doing it for a while and I am going on the lesson 11 thank you for being the best teacher ever

  • Sebastian

    What’s the name of the song in the introduction?

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt.

      • blake

        Can you do a Bonus Lesson on all of me.

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          Hoffman Academy

          It is certainly a fun song to play, but is also a more advanced song that is difficult to simplify. I don’t have any plans for a bonus video on this song in the near future, but I’ll keep it in mind. Thanks for the suggestion! – Mr. Hoffman

  • blake

    I love your lessons so much.

    • Donny

      I LOVE HIS LESSONS TOO!!

  • Tahrour

    thank you so much, it helps me a lot.

  • Mark

    Is a 63 key key bord good?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s fine. 61 keys is the minimum number required to successfully complete all the songs and exercises in our lessons, so you’re set! – Mr. Hoffman

  • Sarah

    Great lesson! Take a bow yourself, Mr. Hoffman. πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      Why thank you! πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

  • Liam

    I love your lessons!!!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad! πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

  • Ronith

    I like your lessons very much and I like your little frogs .

  • Noemi

    I love the finger puppets at the end of every lesson. i love it!🌹 [it is my birthday in 9 days]

  • Ayla

    I got up to the second level then I restarted 😒

  • ABEL

    It is amazing may God bless you hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad my lessons can help you. – Mr. Hoffman

  • David Ellis

    Awesome!!!

    • Esther

      Just wondering, WHY on EARTH is a FROG in the middle of the SEA?!?!?!?
      Joseph, could you please answer that question?
      I’M CURRIOUS!

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        Hoffman Academy

        Hmmm… I’m not sure about that. Maybe he was a stowaway on a cruise liner, and when they reached an island in the middle of the sea, he jumped off and enjoyed a tropical vacation! What do you think? – Mr. Hoffman

        • anya

          that is possible πŸ™‚

  • Nghia

    Thank you for everything you did, have done, and will t delivery useful and interesting music lesson. I really love the way to teach Mr. Hoffman.
    My 7 years old son , nghia

  • Changhoon

    Mr. Hoffman,

    My 6 year old son is very much enjoying your lessons with the activities you’ve given. He likes you so much he names one of his fish Mr Hoffman!

    I also enjoy helping him playing piano but my only concern is that all his other friends taking piano lessons from a local teacher will have a concert once or twice a year. I do hope I can offer my son the opportunity too but we can’t afford it. Do you maybe have a online concert – doesn’t have to be a big one just a short one which is enough to encourage the little ones to feel he’s part of your student group and CAN play the piano a little?

    Thank you for your lessons.

  • saif

    your awesome … thank u

  • Deb

    Hi Mr HoffMan. I am grateful to you for your lessons. I started my musical training with Indian Classical Ragas from 4 years of age, and …. I am 40 now πŸ™‚ …. and I keep learning something new every day. I have started learning piano now. Your lessons are great. I love the way you teach and stress on the basics. Thanks a ton.

  • Tanya

    HI! Been playing flute for 20+yrs now, guitar for 10+yrs, and just acquired a keyboard, and back to basics! Nice job! Feel a bit silly, but learned where all my notes were in just a few lessons! Hope to keep learning, be nice to see a bit of sheet music too though, as I find myself staring at the keyboard, which, as a flute player, I am not used to. Thanks you so much for providing these lessons, and I hope someday to play the piano as well as the flute, maybe better!

  • Alisha

    your great im terrible I suck I should quit πŸ™ how are you so good?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Learning a new skill can be challenging, but I hope you won’t get discouraged. No matter what level you’re starting from, the best way to improve is through regular, diligent practice. I’ve put in many years of practice and hard work, and for me the adventure is worth it! – Mr. Hoffman

  • Jessica

    these lesson are AMAZING

  • Ashi

    Hi, I have 29 white keys and 20 black keys – Is this enough and valid for your exercises?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Ashi – A 49-key keyboard will certainly get you started, but fully performing our finger power exercises requires at least 61-key keyboard. I would advise you to begin practicing right away with what you have, but if you are serious about learning piano, it would be a good idea to begin looking into, or saving up for, a better model. We offer great advice on our blog about Choosing a Piano or Keyboard. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  • Sydney

    I’m nine years old and i love your lessons Mr. Hoffman.THANK YOU. I have an 88 key YAMAHA Clavinova digital piano. Is it ok?

  • Haylee Valle

    Where is the funny part?

  • JOSANGEL

    Is it bad to mess up? Cause I do alot on this song.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Messing up is very normal when you’re learning new things. It’s actually a great way to learn more about yourself and where you can improve. It often helps to slow your playing way down, practice until you can do it right, and then start to play it a little faster each time until you’re up to speed. Don’t give up! When you use mistakes as opportunities to grow instead of letting them discourage you, you can become even better at what you want to do. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  • Gabi

    Hello! Do you ever mess up when you press the keys because they are so heavy? I use a 61 key piano (keyboard) not weighted keys so when I play a real piano I mess up…any advice?

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Hi Gabi,

      Thanks for your question! You are not alone in your experience. The only way that I know for you to solve this issue would be to invest in a digital piano with weighted keys. Imagine trying to build strength as a weight lifter, but never adding any weights on the bar. It’s just not going to happen. I think if you begin practicing daily on a keyboard with weighted keys, your fingers will adjust and strengthen within 2-3 months. Here is a model I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094KNIAG/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0094KNIAG&linkCode=as2&tag=hoffacadofmus-20
      Happy playing!
      Mr. Hoffman

      • Gabi

        Thank you!!!

    • JOSANGEL

      yeah, I mess up and use 61 keys,too

  • Ashi

    Wow! Mr. Hoffman – I really like you! You are teaching awesome, your playing is wonderful and I am watching your clips with great relish.

  • William

    Your a likeable guy and your teaching is excellent. So fun, playful, and easy to understand. You got a real gift brother. I chuckle with joy as I play the songs you teach.

  • Isabella

    Its fun to listen to your videos! My little sister loves the puppets at the end!

  • juzhum

    Frog in the middle was hard a little but then it felt so easy

  • Alison

    I am learning with them, because just as Bible study, it starts with something so simplistic. For some reason with adults, teaching becomes bland and less colorful. I feel like I’m getting to enjoy something I never had the opportunity for when I was little. My husband and I are thankful.

  • Alison

    Agreed! Wonderful lessons. I teach my three boys. We have truly been blessed by God with your lessons! Really, as much as the boys become frustrated, they love it that much more. I have been teaching myself for the past few years so that I could teach them. Not an easy feat. This came with much relief.

  • faff

    Thanks very much ,I love your Lesson

  • Sky Johnson

    where are the puppets

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      Joseph Hoffman

      The puppets only come out in certain lessons: 1-9, 11-12, 35, 40, 57, and in all the Unit 4 lessons (61-80). That’s just because all the other lessons were filmed earlier, before I got the idea to add those at the end. Thanks for watching! -Mr. Hoffman

  • madison

    What is the song you play in the beginning called????

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      Joseph Hoffman

      It is called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt.

  • vic

    Marvellous. Don’t have enough words to describe how simple, and useful and doable your piano lessons are. God bless you.

  • Jarrod

    Is Do Mi So a type of chord?

  • Jarrod

    Mr. Hoffman why was this video different?

  • Landon

    you are better than every piano teacher i ever had I’ve been practicing for 2 days now and already getting better

  • Marlene

    Thank you for being a good piano teacher Mr. Hoffman. I am learning with your lessons in Zurich. I am on lesson 10 and love practicing on my new piano.. Aideen, 6 years old :))

  • Lizbeth Bonilla

    Wow best teacher in the whole wide world I am nine and love the piano and I think you should make a class of piano and I will go almost everyday or maybe you could go to people’s houses and teach them if they have a piano. Thank you for teaching me. <3 <3 <3

  • Connor

    From connor

  • GERALDO

    Hi, Mr. HOFFMAN, I’m 66 years old and I am from Colatina city, EspΓ­rito Santo State, Brazil. And I enjoy your lessons very much. I’m learning a lot. Thanks!

  • Gabe

    Great job Mr.Hoffman. It must be hard work.

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Hi Gabe, Filming and editing all the lessons does take time, but I enjoy it. Thanks for watching and learning with me! Best, Mr. Hoffman

      • Gabe

        Do you travel around the U.S.?

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          Joseph Hoffman

          I travel around a little to visit my family, but mostly I teach and live in Portland, Oregon.

          • Vanessa

            Oh!!! I live in Seattle,WA!!!!!

  • Valeria

    I only have a keyboard with 26 white and 18 black keys so 44 keys. will I need a bigger one later on?

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Yes, eventually you’ll want to upgrade to a larger keyboard. I recommend saving up for one with 88 keys (white plus black), and weighted keys is best. You can read more about the kinds of pianos I recommend here:
      https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/choosing-a-piano-or-keyboard-for-the-beginning-student/
      For now, you should be able to do most of the lessons, but certain Finger Power exercises won’t work on a keyboard your size, like Lessons 12 and 16. Thanks for watching and learning with me!

  • Jobin

    THANKS SIR

  • Aaron

    Thank you for teaching me piano lesson i enjoy it,i am going to lesson 60,then i will be learning to play the guitar.I’m 11 years old. May God be with you.

  • Emma N Hostetler

    I Love playing piano I’m on lesson 32. Mom printed the lessons . I enjoy playing with them. Do you teach more then 60 lesson? God Bless you!!

  • Marina-Lilly

    Thank you so much. My daughter loves your lessons.

  • Choclettie

    Hi. We are loving these piano lessons. But where are the puppets for lesson 10? We missed them!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Sorry about no puppets yet in Lesson 10! I just recently got the idea to add the surprise endings, so any lessons filmed prior to Nov 2013 won’t include the puppets. πŸ™ I have re-filmed lessons 1-9 and a few others, but have not yet re-filmed all the rest. Going forward, whenever I make a new lesson, or re-film an old lesson, I promise to include them! Thanks for watching!

  • Abel

    Thanks, Professor Hoffman!

  • Briana

    The shading was different in this one. Not that Im being rude, but also it had less quality and I saw someone in the shiny piano. Sorry if im mean :/

  • david

    i am new here

  • Paxton

    my mom set me up on this website and I was not very excited at first ,but now I thank her so much for signing me up and thank u 2 Mr.Hoffman

  • Florence

    Mr Hoffman

    Do you teach any other instrument?

  • Ellie

    I love this website so much that I can’t get enough of that I do it every single day thank you for all your help. I even have been able to learnso much that I can teach my little brother.

  • Cathy Van Dyke

    My daughter Elizabeth loves the puppets in the end.

  • Angela

    you teach well

  • Ryan

    Thank for all the lessons

  • Kirikou

    Thank you Mr Hoffman for teaching me the piano. I enjoy your lessons. I am on lesson 10. Do you know how to play other instruments? I am 6 years old and I live in London.
    I wish you a happy new year. Bye bye!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Hello in London! Glad you enjoy the lessons! I mostly stick to piano, but I also play the guitar a very little. Thanks for watching and learning with me!

      • Gabe

        You are the best piano teacher! Do you live around Gastonia NC?

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          Joseph Hoffman

          Thanks! I live in Portland, Oregon. Here it is very rainy, but so beautiful and sunny in the summer.

  • Agnes

    Your classes are so engaging, even for adults! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing the ideas and materials.

  • MIchelle

    thank you for these amazing lessons

  • Noah

    You are such a good piano player. Thank you for these lessons.