Lesson 2

Improvisation with Hot Cross Buns

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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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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        Hoffman Academy

        If you are having issues viewing this lesson, please use our Contact Us page to submit your issue and our support team will be happy to help troubleshoot the issue.

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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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        Hoffman Academy

        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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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          Hoffman Academy

          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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      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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      Hoffman Academy

      Registering for our website is simple! Just visit hoffmanacademy.com/registration and submit the form for a free account. All 140+ lessons on our site are available to watch, and you can work through them at your own pace. Good luck and happy playing!