Lesson 19

Improvisation with Listen for Bells

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    Nolan

    Hey mister Hoffman that blog that you sent was helpful but it did not say a lot about schedules

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re right, the article didn’t talk much about schedules. We don’t really have a recommended schedule for students to follow, since each student should feel free to learn at their own pace. However, in general, 2-3 lessons per week seems to be about right for most students.

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    Cameron

    What are the points that I get from doing the practice session for?

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      Right now, the points are just for your own motivation and sense of accomplishment. However, we have some future features planned that will use the points, such as unlocking new profile customization. If you have ideas for fun ways we could use the points, we’d love to hear them!

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    Colton

    could you do a lesson about how to play hello

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      Thanks for the suggestion! Do you mean the song “Hello” by Adele? There are multiple songs with that title, so I can’t tell which specific song you’re requesting.

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    Colton

    how many times should you do the practice session

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      That’s a good question. There’s not really a set number of times that we expect students to do the practice sessions, so it’s really up to you. For some of the more challenging lessons, you might want to do the practice sessions several times before you move on to the next lesson. For the lessons that come more easily to you, you might just want to do the practice session once or twice. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Tumin

    Mr. Hoffman, ow can someone i.e me improvise without having those mp3?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The mp3 file is the same accompaniment as the one I’m playing in the video, so you could just have that part of the video playing in the background and listen to it while you practice. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Noelle Kahne

    mister hoffman are you a mormon ?

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    Nikolas

    Thank you so much for these videos Mr. Hoffman, you’re helping a lifetime dream of mine finally come true!

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    Kelly

    hi i love the way you teach piano
    thank you from kelly

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    Amy

    Mr. Hoffman what happened to your piano in the monkey or as I can say what does the monkey do that to the big piano

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    Kezia

    sr Hoffman best teacher ever I’m Kezia by the way I live in Philippines I enjoy learning piano with you!!!☺️☺️☺️☺️ oh Merry Christmas thank you for teaching me how to learn piano ☺️☺️your the best

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome, Kezia! I’m so thrilled to hear that you are enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work! Merry Christmas and Happy Playing! πŸ™‚

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    Sarah

    Is the puppet a dog or a monkey??

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s monkey. You’ll see him again…

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          Hoffman Academy

          Monkey is such a monkey – you never know what he’s going to do or when he’s going to show up! πŸ™‚

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    Sarah

    You are a great piano teacher mr.Hoffman!???? I am 7 years old my birthday is May 6 when is your birthday? I love love love your music and lessons!????????????????

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      Hoffman Academy

      My birthday was exactly one month ago! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Macy Allred

    Where do you live? I live in Louisiana and I love your lessons!!!!!i use to live in Utah and Arizona

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      Hoffman Academy

      I live in Portland, Oregon, but I used to live in Utah and Arizona, and Texas too! I’m glad you’re enjoying our lessons.

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    Sharry

    Sir with great respect wishes for u .im live in delhi ,india and as traditional culture i would like to touch or bow ur feet ,in india we give respect to our teachers and elders in this way .my grandmother and grandfather live in virginia ,i’ll be very happy to meet u one day.now sir coming to the lessons it’s been a great experience but sir im not able to improvise ding dong as i see you playing different keys with ur both hands when improvising ,sir u also add chords when playing the final piece in lesson 19 part 2. i got the improvising part in hot cross buns but here im not able to do so as i see u don’t play exactly same as with single hand in din dong compared playing with both hands .plz do help sir with courtesy.thanks for being my teacher.i’ll be waiting to hear from u sir.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m very pleased to hear that you are enjoying our lessons! I’m not sure I completely understand your question, but it sounds like you may be trying to play my accompaniment part. I don’t expect you to play the accompaniment–your job is to just play the regular melody of Listen for Bells (Lesson 19 part 1), and then improvise using any notes of the D major arpeggio: D, F-sharp, and A. I hope this helps!

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    Megan

    Could I get the sheet music for the accompaniment? Thought it would be fun to play it duet-style with my son. πŸ™‚

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      Absolutely! It’s on its way via email. Enjoy!

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    Nan

    Can you give me the notes for the song that you play at the beginning of each video????

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    sophia

    do you know how to play “on the bridge of Avignon?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m afraid I don’t. Sorry! – Mr. Hoffman

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    JOANN

    I realize your online piano lessons are free which I am very thankful for but do you have any materials that can be downloaded that are free?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks very much for your interest! We have a few pieces of sheet music you can download for free (Jingle Bells, S’Vivon, and In the Hall of the Mountain King), and we offer the materials for Lesson 1 as a free gift to those who subscribe to our newsletter. I’m afraid those are the only free materials we offer. As a business with a team of employees, we do need a source of income so we can keep our lessons free. I hope you understand. Thanks for your interest!

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      As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth. πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    Jack

    Wow! After doing this lesson, I learned how to play twinkle twinkle little star all by myself! (No help at all!)

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s on its way via email! πŸ™‚

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      Thelissa

      Hello my daughter is really happy to be with you guys she is amazing she can do things like a boss she is so good she figured out A and B on the keyboard before you thought it to her online.

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    Bradyn

    I was also looking for the accompaniment for “Listen for Bells.” Can we purchase it separate from the Units or get it through email (wessummergraham@gmail.com)? Thanks so much for your excellent work.

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s on its way via email. Enjoy!

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    Khiyali

    I like this lesson! I was kind of scared that I would mess up or miss the 3 clicks, but I didn’t and it was a lot of fun.

    Thank you for making these videos!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this improvisation exercise. – Mr. Hoffman

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    naruto

    I want to ask you a question
    Can I learn piano’s notes without practicing and playing piano?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, if I understand your question correctly. You can memorize the notes visually so that if you look at a keyboard (or a picture/video of one), you can identify the letter name of each note…though I’m not sure this would be valuable to you if you don’t actually intend on playing a piano. If you’re talking about learning the notes on the staff, then that’s a yes as well: that will benefit you when singing or playing other instruments. I hope that helps. If I didn’t answer what you wanted to know, you can reply again here or send an email to Support@HoffmanAcademy.com – Mr. Hoffman

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    Daniel

    In the last episode of the Hoffman Acadmey will the lesson be All of me ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The songs I use in my lessons are all either folk songs in the public domain or are songs I have written. “All of Me” was written by Jon Schmidt and, while I have permission to use it in our lesson videos, I am not at liberty to teach it. Sorry. πŸ™ – Mr. Hoffman

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    Adam Chue

    Mr. Hoffman, thank you very much for your prompt response and great advice. I am definitely making progress with what you have taught me. And also thank you for the music score which I received.
    Adam Chue

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    Adam Chue

    Hi Mr. Hoffman, I am learning to play the keyboard and happened to come across your lessons. I am trying very hard to overcome the difficulty of playing a song with the accompaniment. Hence, would you advise how I can overcome this? Would you be kind enough to send me this sheet music? My email add: adamchue@yahoo.co.uk Thank you

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      Hoffman Academy

      The sheet music is on its way to you via email. As for your question – There are several things that make it difficult to play along with the accompaniment. If you can isolate where you are having trouble, it may help you progress more quickly. For instance, if you struggle to keep pace with the accompaniment, try keeping pace with a metronome instead, starting at a much slower speed and working your way up to a normal tempo. When you can keep up perfectly at regular speed, try it with the accompaniment again. If your difficulty is being distracted by the sound of the other notes while you’re trying to play yours, spend some extra time listening to the accompaniment without playing along. Try humming the melody (your piano part) along with the accompaniment and listen to how they sound together. When you try playing along again, turn the volume down a bit so you’re mostly hearing your own notes. I hope these ideas help. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    diana

    the song sounds beautiful with the chords!will we learn any other songs with the chords?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! There are lots more songs coming up with chords, and if you want to learn a little more about adding chords to any song, check out our recent blog post: How to Choose Chords. – Mr. Hoffman

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    SANALI K.

    If you don’t mind me asking Mr. Hoffman , could you please send me the sheet music for the accompaniment because I would love to learn it!
    If you do send it to me my email is derpyrules.05@gmail.com I would be very happy. Thanks Mr. Hoffman in advance.

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    Akhil Sebastian

    Why are you not teaching how to play the notes you’re playing with the left hand? πŸ™

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      Hoffman Academy

      The accompaniment I wrote to go along with “Listen for Bells” is more challenging than a student in Unit 1 is ready to learn yet. I’ve found that giving beginning students parts to learn that are too far beyond their skill level tends to be discouraging, even if they really like the music. If you are already more advanced at the piano but are watching the videos just as a review, let me know and I can send you the sheet music for you to try. – Mr. Hoffman

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          It’s on its way! πŸ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    Genesis

    I love your song when did you start playing?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I started lessons when I was six years old. Besides a short break as a teenager, I took piano lessons all the way up through high school, and went on to study music in college. Thanks for asking! – Mr. Hoffman