Lesson 30

Let Us Chase The Squirrel

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      Annabella

      I apologize for this comment. My little sister decided to let you know that she enjoys watching your videos.

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        Hoffman Academy

        ๐Ÿ™‚ No worries. We’re glad she enjoys them.

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    Melanie

    Hi it’s me Jayden. I loved this lesson. That ending was the funniest I’ve seen so far.

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    Silas

    Hi. My sister wants to know whether you will teach the accompaniment for Silver Birch Tree. Will you?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You do learn to add chords to “Silver Birch Tree” in lesson 53, but it’s not the same as the advanced accompaniment I played in lesson 43. We won’t teach that in the lessons, but if she wants the sheet music, she can request it through our Contact Us page and we’ll be happy to send it to her.

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    grant

    REALLY FUNNY ENDING! I have a question for you Josph Hoffman. Are you going to end ALL of your vids with the finger puppets? And do you have kids,whats their name,are they boys or girls,and how old are they?!

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      grant

      oh and sorry for all thoose questions ,its just my daughter is very VERY curious! :))

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the end of the lesson. There won’t be finger puppets in every single video, but they’ll show up most of the time. I do have two boys, ages 10 and 12. I hope that answers your questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Misa

    This was an awesome lesson Mr. Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Robert

    why must improvising be only in the same pentascale? Is there some kind of reason for this?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a good question. Improvising doesn’t really need to be on the same pentascale, but since the accompaniment is in the key of C major, it’s good to play the improvisation in C major as well. While improvisation doesn’t really have rules, working within a few guidelines, such as staying in the same pentascale, will help you develop musically more than if you just improvised with random notes. That’s not to say you absolutely have to stay in the same pentascale. After you’ve tried improvising on the C major pentascale, feel free to try it in other pentascales and pay attention to the difference in the way it sounds. I hope that helps!

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    Morgan

    Where did you get the picture above your piano it seems like my friends mom has one just like it?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not sure. A friend of ours helped with decorating the Academy and that was something that they picked up for us. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Morgan

    I LOVE piano your a great teacher Mr. Hoffman love ya

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy learning the piano.

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    Marrik

    This is a fun song to do. I like how quick and upbeat it is. I realized when playing the other songs I was going too fast and I had to slow down and take my time with them. But this one is slightly quicker than how I played the other songs so I was able to adjust quickly and I enjoy it very much. Thank you very much for all the time and effort that you put into making these videos and setup of the videos and the course. I have been going through steadily and it all is helping a lot. Blessings to you and your staff. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you liked it.

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    Candy

    Hi Mr. Hoffman, in the lesson you said practice and improvise, but I can’t find that audio track in the practice session. There’s only one with voice singing and the other with piano playing slowly. Am I missing something๏ผŸ

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re right. That audio track isn’t in the materials for the practice session, but it is in the complete materials. You can find it by going to your account dashboard (click on the little colored circle in the top right corner, and then click on account) and then clicking on “materials” and then downloading the Unit 2 audio. Inside the Unit 2 Audio folder, there should be two other folders. The track is in the one that says “Unit 2 Practice Album.” I hope that helps! Let me know if you have trouble finding it.

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    olivia

    Mr.hoffman do you have to pay for premium because i really want it

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes. While all the video lessons are free, it does cost money to have a premium account.

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    Seth

    You need a squirrel finger puppet. That would be amazing!

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      Daniel

      I love your lessons! Your the best piano teacher I have had! And I have taken private lessons!

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            Daniel

            Sorry if I am over whelming you. I just LOVE Piano

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            Hoffman Academy

            I’ll put that one on the list too.

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        Hoffman Academy

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

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I will put it on the list of possible songs in the future.

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    Viviane

    I love this song, but I’m not the only one: when I play it, my two cats come and lie down all along the keyboard. :))

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Our family cat isn’t a great music lover, but our bunny adores music. Whenever someone sits down to the piano and starts playing (which, as you can imagine, happens often in our home), bunny hurries over and settles in underneath the piano to enjoy the sound.

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    cj

    I’m not just talking about this particular song, I’m talking about any song, like hot cross buns and listen for bells

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      Hoffman Academy

      Ah, I understand. Well, it depends on which key signature the song is in – in simple terms, that means which note is Do. If a key signature requires one or more sharps to be applied to the whole song (or the section of a song in that key), then the sharps will be on their corresponding note’s line or space at the beginning of the staff, right after the treble and bass clef symbols, but before the time signature numbers. If only particular notes that occur during the song need to be sharp, the sharp symbol will be found just to the left of that note. I hope that makes sense. Good luck and happy playing!

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    cj

    Were do the sharp’s go on the staff?

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      Hoffman Academy

      This song doesn’t have any sharps because it’s in the key of C (C is Do), so I’m not sure what you mean. If you still need help, would you please rephrase your question?

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad to hear it, and very happy to have you learning with us.

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    I think this is awesome

    I like this so much I’m using 2 kindle at a time for it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    samantha

    I’m saving up to buy materials.

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    samantha

    THIS really isn’t any of my business but is your wife’s name Mary.

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    samantha

    I improvised with let us chase the squirrel it sounds really good now i will K.I.T

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      Hoffman Academy

      Congratulations! I look forward to it, T.Y. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    samantha

    HI MR Hoffman I really liked the song let us chase the squirrel,I think your the best teacher ever.Is there any way you could make the puppet shows longer!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you. I’m so glad you like this song and the puppet shows!

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    Obie

    My dad had a joke about this song.
    It was: “Was this song written by a dog?”

    Thanks,

    Obie

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s quite a funny image! I’ve never seen a dog run up and down a tree… ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    Cathryn

    Dear Mr. Hoffman, in lesson 11 you are supposed to write and compose you’re own music, and I already have a song made up. But I cannot write music for it! Please give me some ideas! Love Cathryn

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    mohammed

    Dear Hoffman

    can you please make all meterials free & grand staff also

    re gards
    mohammed Sarfaraz

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    Farah

    Thank you very much for all that you do. I truly appreciate your hard work.