Lesson 2

Improvisation with Hot Cross Buns

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    Morgan

    hey.If i can play hot cross bun with using 6 keys at the same time and master the lessons in 15 minutes should i try more of advance level.

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      If you feel like Unit 1 isn’t challenging enough, you can start with Unit 2 It’s good to start as early in the program as you can to learn any music theory skills that might be new to you, but feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. If the lessons move too slowly, you can adjust the speed so they play faster. This blog post explains how to do that: YouTube Settings for Optimizing your Video Lessons.

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    Mitra

    Hello, could you please tell me where I can find the backing track?

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      Hi! For this lesson, there should be a little box on the bottom left corner of the video that says “Audio” If you click on it, it should let you download the backing track used in the lesson. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Sonja

    mr Hoffman, can we learn how to play the accompaniment please

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      While I won’t specifically teach the accompaniment for “Hot Cross Buns,” we do have the sheet music if you’re interested in learning it on your own. If you would like us to send it to you, you can request it through our Contact Us page, and we’ll be happy to email you a copy! Good luck and happy playing!

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      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Kaes

    Hello there, I’ve been studying for the past few months and have invested in the C-D-E system rather than the Do-Re-Mi nomenclature…any tips to help smooth out working on both?
    Thanks

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! If you want to learn more about solfege (Do-Re-Mi) and the musical alphabet (C-D-E) and why it’s useful to understand both systems, I’d suggest checking out our blog post: What is Solfege?. To help with using solfege in connection with the musical alphabet, just remember that solfege is a movable system, and that “Do” is the first note in the major scale of whatever key you’re playing in. So for example, if you’re playing in the key of C, the note “C” would be “Do” and if you’re playing in the key of F#, then “F#” would be “Do.” I hope that helps! Let me know if you’re still having trouble, or if you have any other questions. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Yadira

    My son was so exited to do the SUPER CHALLENGE, both hands eyes closed! he had fun playing the games as well.

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      That’s great! I’m so glad he’s enjoying the lessons and games, and it sounds like he’s making some awesome progress! 🙂

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        Marcelo Esteban

        I just played with the accompaniment track but I did something unique:
        1) The first time I heard the four clicks I played as usual
        2) The second time I played the main melody yet again, but embelishing it
        3) I played the original melody one last time

        I think embelishing a melody is something you did not yet cover, but I wanted to try it ith this one

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    joshua

    mr.hoffman are you married? just asking

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    arnel

    I can play hot cross bun on the white keys

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      Marcelo Esteban

      I can too, it’s E-D-C,E-D-C, C-C-C-C-D-D-D-D, E-D-C

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    Kristen

    I have a question. How can you pitch your voice with the keyboard? I take singing lessons but I still find it hard to sing the exact sound of the key without sounding breathy.

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      It can be hard to sing accurately and play the piano at the same time because your brain has to focus on both playing and singing. As you continue to practice each song, it should slowly become easier to sing while you play. I hope that helps!

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    Ravi

    can be improvise off the black keys for hot cross buns?

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      I would suggest just using the three black keys when you improvise for this song. However, you’re free to improvise any way you want, so if you’d really like to, you can try using some other notes too. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Sijing

    Hello,Mr.Hoffman, I have question that where can I download the backing track?

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      Hoffman Academy

      If you go to Lesson 1, there should be a box at the bottom left corner of the video that says “Audio”. Click on that box and it will let you download the backing track for “Hot Cross Buns”. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing.

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    Michael

    I only have a 61 Key Keyboard. It is a Yamaha PSR – 18. I bought it in a pawn shop. I want to know if it is a good piano to learn with before I bump my game up.

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      As long as it’s in good working condition, it should be fine. Having a keyboard with 88 weighted keys to practice on is preferable because it helps you develop finger strength and because some more advanced pieces use a wider range of notes. However, it’s fine to start on a smaller keyboard, and with 61 keys you’ll still be able to play all of the songs taught in the lessons so far.

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    Augustine

    Good job sir. Nice lesson. I Just a new PIANO today..

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    Kylie

    Thank you so much I love your videos and they help me a lot.

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      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you like the videos.

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    Kara

    My parents will not do the money order is there a way that i can still learn i’ve been trying to learn for 2 years

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      Because all of our video lessons are completely free, many people choose to learn just using the videos. If you’re dedicated and practice regularly, you can use Hoffman Academy to improve your piano skills, with or without the materials that premium members have access to.

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        LaNell

        I don’t think that’s it
        Lessons 1 and 3 play fine
        Video does not load for lesson 2

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          If you still can’t get the video to load, try watching Lesson 2 on YouTube, and then coming back to the website for Lesson 3. We’re sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.

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    ethan

    Hello sir Hoffman! I have a question. Am I learning about chords or notes?

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      That’s a great question! In this lesson, we’re just playing the melody, which is made up of individual notes. Chords are specific combinations of notes played at the same time. By the end of unit 1, you’ll start learning how to add chords to the songs you’re playing.

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    Evelyn Marfa

    Hi, I’m new to HA and we are excited to learn more. I want to know where to get the backing track? The link to sign up for the Newsletter is not working. TIA.

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      Hi! You can get the materials for Lesson 1, which are free, by clicking on the boxes that say “Printables” and “Audio” in the bottom left corner of the video. If you would like the complete materials for unit 1, you can purchase them at our store or get a premium subscription which will allow you access to the materials for all of the units, as well as practice sessions and games, on a monthly basis. I hope that helps! In regard to the newsletter, if you’re still having trouble, let us know through our contact us page and we will be happy to help you!

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    Heather

    Thank you so much for your academy, which is helping me teach my son how to play the piano! Though I have played since I was 5, and did competitions, I don’t feel like I know how to “teach” him. He’s going to be a sophomore in high school and finally decided he was interested in learning to play. When he asked me I was super excited! I had been asking him since he was young. Thanks again!

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      You’re welcome! We’re so glad to have your son learning with us!

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    A'Anna

    thank you because of your first lesson i’m staying with the academy and I can’t wait for more fun

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      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the first lesson and that you want to continue learning with us!

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    Ashley

    These lessons are great! Way better than all my piano teachers I have had! What’s the best way to practice when you go out of town and don’t have access to a piano?🤔

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      I’m glad you like the lessons, and we’re so happy to have you learning with us! Even if you go on vacation and don’t have access to a keyboard of any kind, you can still practice by listening to and singing the songs you’re learning. This blog post, Summer Time Practice Tips, also has some ideas for keeping up with piano practice during summer vacation. I hope that helps!

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    Ronan

    26 year old guy from Galway, Ireland here.
    Loving these lessons 😀

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    Ayub

    Actually I can play now in a very short time

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    Ayub

    I am able to pay with actual nods but not able to improvise like same song with different nods but I am like to much thanks

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    Tracey

    LOVING THIS XXX
    AND I’M 56!!!

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      shervon

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    Madelyn

    Im enjoyig yhis alot thank you

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      You’re very welcome!

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    Tijn

    Thanks alot for your piano lessons. I have been learning a little, but never found a good video/lesson for a good price or for my skill level. I love your positivity and exitement to learn us to play the piano. Excuses for my bad English!
    Keep it up!
    -Tijn

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

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    Alex

    Will we later learn to read music sheets and notes and learn to play by reading?

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      Yes! As you continue to progress through the lessons, you will learn how to sight read music.

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    Sheri

    I’m so excited for lesson3😄

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    John Moghissi

    Hot Cross Buns taste pretty good, but maybe we could use Hot Cross Tortillas instead. Just a thought.

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    Patricia Joyce

    Your lessons are great! I’m a thirteen year-old and I am only a beginner at piano. I am unavailable on Saturdays but my schedule is free for the rest of the week, how many hours per day, and how many days a week, would you recommend me to practice? Thanks!

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      Hi Patricia! I am so glad that you are enjoying the lessons! Everyone watches the lessons at a different pace, so it depends on what is right for you. Most students watch 2-3 lessons per week in the beginning. And I would recommend practicing 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes a day in the beginning. The further you get in the program and the more advanced you are, the more you will want to practice each day. You can also read more details in our When to Move onto the Next Lesson article, written by Mr. Hoffman.

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    Patricia Joyce

    Hello Mr. Hoffman! My name’s Patricia and I live in the Philippines. I have been looking for piano lessons just like these, easy to understand, free, and awesome! Thank you so much for these great video tutorials!

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      Are you still having an issue viewing lesson 2? I would try refreshing your page and see if that helps.

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      Ruby

      Mine isn’t either and I have refreshed a lot

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      Tijn

      Hi Chris, I noticed that Mr. Hoffman’s video’s are also available on YouTube, so you can try seaching it there.
      Good luck!

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    Nhica

    Hi mr. Hoffman pano po matuto ng piano

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      Patricia Joyce

      Ate, hindi yata siya nakakaintindi ng tagalog haha.

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        It’s true that I don not understand Tagalog. But I am thrilled to have you learning with me! Welcome to Hoffman Academy!

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    Cynthia

    Hello we love your lessons! I just purchased Unit 1 for my son but can not locate the Improvisation with Hot Cross Buns mp3 track? Thanks so much 🙂

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      The backing track for improvising with “Hot Cross Buns” is the first mp3 on the Practice CD (01-Hot-Cross-Buns). There are also “Hot Cross Buns” Tracks on the Listening CD, but those are mostly used for ear training. Hope this helps! If you are still having trouble locating it contact us and we will be happy to send it to you. Good luck and happy playing!

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    edwin Mamo

    Hi.mr hoffman .it sounds perfect that i found you.im new in usa .i was student in tehran conservatoary in iran.im really looking for piano classes for refresh myself then keep going into the music.my main question is that ,can i meet you if its possible??

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      Our physical academy is located in Portland, Oregon. If you’re ever visiting out here, we’d love to have you stop by and say hello!

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    Nafly

    I like hot cross buns,it’s good

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you enjoyed learning it!

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    Kylle

    This is a really fun learning site. I like it and so does my family.

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      I’m so glad to hear that! Music is a wonderful thing to share with your family.

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    Pablo

    Hi. But can I use other notes then just Mi, Re and Do?

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      Yes! All of the black keys will sound good with this accompaniment, which gives you two more notes to play with.

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    Mark

    I need help I was at unit 2 but I was having trouble

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      I’m sorry to hear that! I’m impressed, however, that you’re apparently taking time for some review – that’s a great thing to do when you’re having trouble moving forward in the lessons. Was there a particular question or issue you needed help with? I’m happy to oblige!

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    Lacinda

    Just started these lessons with my 11, 9, and 6 year olds. They are excellent!

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      Thank you so much! I’m very glad to hear that you and your kids are enjoying our lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Caleb

    I am doing another piano corse and so I am doing two piano corses

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      Wow, that’s commitment! 🙂

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    Seema

    Hi! I watched the vids but I couldn’t find the material and i bought it at the store. Where can u find it after buying it?

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      That’s a great question. After placing an order, you should have received a confirmation email with download links (and, since it’s an automated response, you may want to check your spam/junk folder in case it was misfiled). Even without the email, however, you can always access your files by logging in to our website and clicking the blue “Account” button in the upper right corner. Check under “Recent Orders” and click on “View.” Feel free to contact us if you have any trouble. Good luck and happy playing!

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    tiffany

    These lessons are really great. Trying to do them with my 4 year old. Its hard to hold his attention but he hangs in there to see the finger puppets at the end (BRILLIANT!). Thank you for offering these!

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      You are very welcome! I’m glad you and your son are enjoying our lessons.

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    Tammy

    Thank you for this wonderful resource! My 9-year-old is enjoying his lessons immensely!

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      I’m so glad! We’d love to hear about her progress down the road. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Ryan

    THIS IS THE BEST PIANO LESSONS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 ITS NOT :(.

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      I’m glad you enjoyed most of it! Did you have a question or concern we could help with?

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    Ellie Cain

    Where are the worksheets you said were available on your video?

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    Paul

    I bought the family version of the software, but it did not have the backing track for Hot Cross Buns for the improvisation lesson. Was it supposed to have that?

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      The backing track for Lesson 1 Part 2 is the same jazzy accompaniment used in Lesson 1 part 1. Sorry for the confusion!

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    Eva

    Hi, I have registered but cannot find the backing track to Lesson 1 Pt. 2. Can you please direct me to it. TY.

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      After registering for our newsletter, you should have received a confirmation email that includes a link to order your free materials for Unit 1. If you didn’t receive that, it would be a good idea to check your spam/junk folder to be sure the email wasn’t misfiled. In any case, please send us an email with the browser and operating system you are using so we can help you access your free gift. Good luck and happy playing!

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        David

        I’ve registered but haven’t received the gift. Please send to
        butler dk3@msn.com
        Thanks, it looks like an excellent approach to especially help young ones get started.

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          Thanks for notifying us! We’ve responded in detail via email.

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    Hanna

    Hi i was wondering what unit do you learn to read music .

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      Staff notation is introduced near the end of Unit 1 and the grand staff is introduced at the beginning of Unit 2; however, learning to read music is a process that we teach and build on gradually over our first several units of lessons. I hope that helps!

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    Z. R.

    Is registering free or do you have to pay?

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      Registering for an account on our site and receiving our newsletter is entirely free, and so is watching our video lessons and recital hall. Enjoy!

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    Patty

    is there an option to mail cd’s instead of downloading mp3’s? I’m finding it hard to login to the site with my free account from my phone- it keeps saying login or register & in the top right it shows I am logged in. It doesn’t give me the option to listen to the free ” jazz hot cross buns ” from my phone or the computer.

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      I’m afraid we haven’t produced hard copies of our PDF or MP3 materials and so are unable to ship CDs. I also apologize that you’re having a hard time logging in to our site – we would love to help you get that working, and to help you receive your free materials for Lesson 1! Please send an email to Support@HoffmanAcademy.com with the following information:

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      We look forward to helping you!

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    Eleanore

    I enjoyed watching Mr.Hoffman teach the basic. I am playing piano at church but I am lazy to read notes now so I play mostly chords that is why I want to start learning again. I would like to register for all the music lessons. . Please let me know how to register. Thank you

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