Lesson 18

Half Notes

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    Ali

    You took my musical understanding of the piano and how to play to a new level. I am keeping up or I will die trying. Thank you! Your lessons are fruitful and so rich. I enjoy studying under you and it is an honor, sir!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons!

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    Adrianna

    Cute half note story Mr. Hoffman. Love you and your piano tutorials. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜œ

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    Cecelia

    Thank you so much for the lesson! It was so easy! When do you teach about eighth rests?
    Thanks again

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the lesson. I’m not sure exactly when we teach about eighth rests, because there isn’t a specific lesson about them, but I’m fairly sure you’ll learn about them by the end of unit 2. I hope that helps!

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    daryn

    i love what im learning sometimes i wish i was able to remember alot of the songs but your teaching has helped

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful. It’s all right if you forget a few of the earlier songs, but if you write down a list of the songs you know and practice each one just once every day, it should be easier to remember them. I hope that helps!

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    Jedidiah

    Great lesson! Practicing and learning as hard as I can!!! Thank you! ??

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you. Keep up the great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    grant

    What’s the difference between a piano and a keyboard? ._.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a good question. Are you asking about the definitions of the words, or about the structural and musical difference?

      There are multiple definitions of the words โ€œkeyboardโ€ and โ€œpiano,โ€ and they are sometimes used interchangeably. A keyboard is either the part of the piano where the keys are, OR an electronic version of the instrument (usually called an electronic keyboard). The word โ€œpianoโ€ usually refers to an acoustic piano which is not electronic. But sometimes people will call an electronic keyboard a โ€œpianoโ€ too because they are similar instruments.

      On the other hand, there are definitely differences between acoustic pianos and electronic keyboards. The main structural difference between a piano and an electric keyboard is that an acoustic piano uses actual strings that vibrate to make noise when you play a note, and an electric piano just simulates that noise.

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      grant

      Oh ,and do you have kids , are they girls or boys ,and when did you start playing the piano? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Hoffman Academy

        I have two boys. And I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bethany

    Hello Mr Hoffman, do you play other instruments besides the piano? Do you play the songs recorded in the practice session? Also, do you have kids?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! I just sing and play the piano. I’ve picked up a few other instruments for fun at times, but piano has always been my consuming favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, I do have two kids.

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    grant

    I love your lessons so much! Your the best piano teacher ever! thank u for the lessons me and my child are finding them really helpful

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! We’re glad to have you learning with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aleeza

    And I created my own heartbeat mat and the notes with a little bit of my parents help but I am really the one who made it all!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ :O

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Keep up the amazing work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aleeza

    I also enjoy the endings a lot!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m glad you like them.

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    Dakota

    its nine year old koat and thanks for the little end bts beacuse they so funny!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoy the endings.

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    Tina

    Thank you for all the great lessons! I’m an adult learner and enjoying everyone of them. Is it important to practice with the accompaniment music or can you just practice with piano only?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a good question! You don’t need to practice with the accompaniment tracks. They help flesh out the sound of the song to make your experience more enjoyable, and they also help keep you playing at a steady tempo, but they’re not really necessary.

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    Rebecca

    Thank you for the great lessons!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

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    Negin

    It’s gonna wonderful you know i had to pay too much money for classes and know i can real piano easily by your great lessons thanks,?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and glad you’re finding the lessons helpful.

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    RACHEL

    The lessons about rhythm are especially helpful for me. I walk in my room and every step is Ta and then I say your Too and Ti-ti and it is so playful and connected to the body, like your pink hearts… Thank you very much for your inventive way of teaching.

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Landry

    This lesson was super helpful . Thank you so much for teaching it

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Nolan

    Do you know my brother Landry? If you do dope but not thatโ€™s fine.
    Thanks for the lesson the blog page was super helpful, thanks a lot.!

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    olivia

    i love this lesson thank you so much Mr.Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Lori

    Hello Mr. Hoffman, my grand-daughter wants me to tell you that she really likes your lessons and she loves the funny things you put at the end. She wrote her own song and she is trying to memorize it. Thank you for the lessons.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hello! I’m so glad your granddaughter is enjoying the lessons, and it’s wonderful that she’s composing her own music! Tell her to keep up the good work!

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    Kaylee

    I just wanted to say that I really appreciate what you do for many students including me. My grandparents could not afford for me to take lessons and I thought all hope was lost but when I found you I was so excited. Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman! Also, I took choir in school last year so I got a head start on solfege. ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and it’s wonderful that you already have some experience with solfege. Keep up the good work!

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    Amy

    Mr. Hoffman I want to compose a song that has three beats in one heart. What should I do?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Since one heart represents one beat, are you looking for a way to have three notes in one beat? One way you can do that is by having one eighth note and two sixteenth notes within one heart. This type of notes are first introduced in Lesson 75: Debka Hora. I hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!

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        Christina

        Couldn’t Amy use a triplet? They are very popular in hip-hop these days.

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          Hoffman Academy

          Yes, that would also work.