Lesson 17

Listen for Bells

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    Meghan

    Hi Joseph,
    Thank you for teaching me piano.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! You’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sheila

    you should make lessons for other pianos to! cause i don’t have a YAMAHA i have a Wurlitizer plz add this

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      Hoffman Academy

      In general, it doesn’t matter what kind of piano you have. Learning to play should work about the same for any standard kind of keyboard, including a Wurlitzer. Is there something different about your piano that makes it difficult for you to follow the lessons?

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    Colton

    if your pinkys weak should it hurt

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      If your pinky is hurting, the most likely culprit is tension in your hand. Try starting practice time with a little bit of gentle finger stretching. Open and close your hands several times, then shake them out and let them hang loose. Then, while playing, make a conscious effort to keep each finger in a relaxed, curved shape. Give that a try and see if it helps. There are also some good exercises for developing finger strength. Step away from the piano for a minute and find a hard surface like a table or your piano bench. Rest your fingers on the surface in a relaxed, curved position. Try gently lifting each finger one at a time while keeping your other fingers and wrist relaxed and still. Also, try applying gentle pressure to the surface one finger at a time โ€“ there should be basically no movement in your hand, but youโ€™ll feel your muscles working as each finger presses down. These may seem like little things, but itโ€™s a great way to develop finger strength and correct finger posture. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Fran

    Hello Mr. Hoffman. I love the piano lessons and feel like I’m progressing. However I am frustrated because the lessons get blocked and I can’t get to the next lesson. I don’t know if it’s my iPad or not. Do you have some advice?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the website! If the videos won’t load, you can always try going to our YouTube Channel and watching them there. If that’s not working, it probably means YouTube is blocked in the location or facility you’re trying to access the lessons from. All the videos on the website are actually streamed via YouTube, so if YouTube itself is blocked, they won’t play on our website either.

      If the videos are working on YouTube, but not on the website, feel free to contact us, and we’ll see if we can help. Be sure to include the following information:

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    olivia

    Mr.hoffman I am having trouble because i can’t hardly remember how to play this song because of all the other songs i have that i have to remember and practice for but i am very good and frog in the middle,hot cross buns, and five woddpeckers but this one i can’t memorize what should i do.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Learning a new song can be challenging! Be patient with yourself and don’t get discouraged! It’s wonderful that you can play the older songs so well, and that you want to keep playing them. However, if you’re spending all of your practice time reviewing old songs, that will make it harder to learn new ones. I would suggest continuing to practice the songs you already know, but rotating through them so you don’t play every song every day. That should give you a little more time to practice the new songs you’re learning. You can also review our blog post about How to Learn a New Song for some more tips. I hope that helps!

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        olivia

        thank you Mr.hoffman it really helped and thank you for being my teacher you are awesome

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          Hoffman Academy

          You’re welcome! I’m glad I could help! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    George

    Joseph,
    I am 45 years old and you are teaching me to play my first musical instrument! You are a brilliant teacher, I feel like I am making rapid progress and I am so grateful to you. In the UK I think you would get a knighthood for the way you are have such a positive impact on people’s lives. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re having a good experience learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Noelle Kahne

    before my and my sister were not interested in piano and now we are figting over the keyboard!

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      Marla

      And you told us about it, now we’re learning too.

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    Pooja

    Hello Mr. Hoffman.
    I am new to your online class and wanted to express my gratitude to you for allowing to take the baby steps in fulfilling my childhood dream. I remember doing a pretend play of playing a piano on my window sill,and the bricks on it would be the keys. Back then, we would have the music class in the school, with teacher playing the piano and children singing the songs. I was so fascinated by the instrument that my fingers would start moving on anything that I could imagine as a piano. Right now I have reached your lesson 17 and it seems to be going good for me. Except the fact that I find my left hand a little weak while playing the keys. So I keep practicing more with that hand. Also, when I use both my hands, I tend to use wrong fingers on the left hand,for that song. I don’t seem to be able to coordinate the movements of the fingers while playing with both the hands. Any advise for that? Is there a way I can read the song lyrics because I am listening to “Listen for Bells” for the first time?

    I am hoping that I am able to catch up with the new lessons that I learn, as I am sure that the level of difficulty will keep increasing.

    I hope I am able to continue for long. Thank you again for being my first music guru.

    Regards,
    Pooja

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hello! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the videos, and that you’re so enthusiastic about playing the piano! We are very happy to have you learning with us! Skills like playing with both hands can be difficult, and can take quite a bit of practice and patience to master. If you’re having a hard time playing with hands together, I would recommend spending more time working on each hand separately first. When you do put your hands together, start at a slower pace than usual until you can play it just right and then slowly work back up to normal speed. You can also check out our blog post, How to Play with Both Hands, for some more tips! Keep up the good work! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Greza

    Hello, I am learning much on this great piano lesson. I would like to learn how and when to do an accompaniment in playing piano music. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I am so glad that you are learning a lot with our lessons! I don’t quite understand your question. Can you rephrase it for me?

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        Greza

        I mean, how to do an accompaniment ? Please teach me some tips on when to start playing an accompaniment. I hope you understand me.

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          Hoffman Academy

          Are you asking how to compose an accompaniment on the piano? What a great challenge! I would suggest watching our lessons that focus on improvising, such as Lesson 2 & Lesson 19. Once you get the hang of improvising, in the key of the song you can improvise with your right hand. You can then try singing along with what you have created and accompany yourself with your own creation. This can be a fun way to try out creating accompaniments. I hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jimmy

    What are the music letters for listen for bells Mr.Hoffman

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      The notes that are played in “Listen for Bells” are D, F#, and A. With your right hand, finger no. 1 is on D, finger no. 3 is on F#, and finger no. 5 is on A.

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    Judah

    I really like the song Mr.Hofman.I will practice slot to memorize it.????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad to hear it!

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    Josh

    Can i have the accompaniment for the song and can you give me a link to a cheap but good keyboard with midi ports for about $100-$150 ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The accompaniment sheet music is on its way to you via email. As for a keyboard suggestion: I recommend you check out either the Yamaha PSR series or the Casio CTK series of keyboards. Some have actual midi ports but others simply have midi capabilities using USB file transfer, so you’ll have to check out the specifications on the models you can find in your price range. I hope that helps!

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        Lea

        Hi, I have been greatly enjoying these lessons, may I have the accompaniment sheet music also please?

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          Hoffman Academy

          Yes! to get the accompaniment for “Listen for Bells” please write to us through our Contact Us page and we will email the sheet music to you. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Jonathan poole

    These lessons are absolutely incredible, do you think you could me the original song?????

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not sure what you mean. Could you please rephrase your question?

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    Gabe

    Easy and fun like frog in the middle

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you liked it!

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    Lily

    Mr. Hoffman thanks for helping kids learn piano! I learned very fast. The thing I like most is you can go back and review by just looking at the part where you show just your fingers . It refreshes me by just looking at the first few notes. Also I love the puppets!!!????

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! Regular review is very important, so I’m glad you find that enjoyable.

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    Sarah

    Can I please have the lyrics with each key that needs to be played? (Like Listen = D)

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      Hoffman Academy

      Here are the letter names (and solfege)!
      Listen = D, D (Do, Do)
      for = D (Do)
      bells = A (So)
      in = A (So)
      the = A (So)
      steeple = D, D (Do, Do)
      to = D (Do)
      ring = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = F# (Mi)
      Ding! = D (Do)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = F# (Mi)
      Ding! = D (Do)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = A (So)
      Ding! = D (Do)

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! I’m so glad.

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    Amy

    I was wondering if I could have a copy of the sheet music to accompany Listen for Bells so I could play a duet with my son (the student). I have emailed twice, but for whatever reason I have not received it.
    Thank you!
    Your lessons are great!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I apologize for the delay. It’s on its way to you via email!

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    Maddie

    I hope you have an awesome summer! I โค๏ธ your videos. The puppets make me laugh!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our lessons.

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    Jamarcus

    hello mr hoffman i ruv ur vids. i hope i have the best day possible.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I hope so too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    kylie

    Mr. Hoffman thank you so much I’ve learned so much already in the first unit when do I get to read music and play long songs?

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      Congratulations! It’s great to hear how eager you are to progress. We learn about the grand staff and start learning to read music in earnest in Unit 2, so you’re almost there! It will be a while before we introduce any really long songs – that’s something we work up to over time. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Pragyam

    Mr.Hoffman,
    My father bought my piano 4 years ago. You have taught me the piano like no one in 4 years. Now everyone is impressed and when everyone asks me how I learned it I always say “Go to Mr.Hoffman’s program.

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      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you are learning a lot from my lessons. I’m happy to have you as a student! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    MGM

    Mr. Hoffman, as you know, I’m now on lesson 114, and I improvised and made my own version for the left and right hand.

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      MGM

      On the right hand it’s the same as normal, but on left it has a D4, G4, and A4 chord for listen for , A4 for bells in the,A4and F# chord for steeples to, a I chord for to ring, then the left and right hand are the same until the last ding ding ding, because the left hand plays only A4, then on the last ding, the left hand plays a I chord.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Wow – congratulations! Keep up the great work. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Aaron

    mr hoffman, you are such a great teacher, i wish you all the best, am so greatfull about your teachings and leasons, once more, thanks.

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    Traci

    Mr. Hoffman, would you please in the your reply put down the notes and lyrics of Listen for bells, because I have searched the Internet for them and they are not there, so please put them down in your reply .

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      Hoffman Academy

      The lyrics of Listen for Bells can be found at the top of this page, in the box to the left of the lesson video. For your convenience, however, here they are as well: “Listen for bells in the steeple to ring. Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!” The solfege for this song goes like this: Do do do sol sol sol do do do sol. Sol me do sol me do sol sol sol do. Since we learn it in the D major pentascale position, that means the notes by their letter names are: D D D A A A D D D A. A F# D A F# D A A A D.

      I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

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    anya

    my fingers 4&5 allways want to play the same key

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      A great way to work through challenges like this is to take time for some Finger Power exercises at the beginning of each practice session. It will help develop your muscles and improve your finger independence. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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      Aly

      i know right i always do that and it is hard for me to do finger power exercises because i dont have enough keys on my piano ๐Ÿ™ !

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    saif

    how to know notes is low or high .. please help me ๐Ÿ™

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      Hoffman Academy

      Knowing how low and high notes are is called “Ear Training,” and it’s a skill that usually takes time to develop. You can start by looking for visual cues on the keyboard (low to the left, high to the right) and eventually on the grand staff (treble is the high direction, bass is the low direction). It also helps to memorize the musical alphabet and solfa scale (so when we sing/say the notes’ letters or names, you are aware of which notes are above or below one another). With practice, however, you can train your ear to simply recognize whether notes are going higher or lower, or whether one note is higher or lower than another. Our lessons on Melodic dictation are great practice, starting in Lesson 23. Spend some practice time listening each day and it will come. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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      I would encourage you to try playing each song with both hands, first separately and then in unison, right from the start. However, if you are asking when I start teaching songs with chords or a different part in the left hand, the answer is…you’re almost there! Starting in Lesson 20 we learn about two-note chords and start adding them in the left hand, and in Lesson 34 we start adding three-note chords and other parts. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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    preston

    this song is kinda hard what is the pattern

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      I’m sorry – I don’t quite understand your question. If you want to know how the Solfege goes, here it is:
      Do-Do-Do Sol-Sol-Sol Do-Do-Do Sol
      Sol-Mi-Do Sol-Mi-Do Sol-Sol-Sol Do
      If that doesn’t give you what you need, could you please clarify what you mean by the pattern? Thanks. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Daniel

    Will there be a Unit 7 after Unit 6?

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      We plan to continue making more lessons as long as there is a demand for them! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Gavin

    Thanks for these free lessons my son and I are learning together what an awesome way to learn and bond! Thanks much!

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    Shobhit

    So this is what I think about this piece of music. Please let me know if I’m on the right path.

    Like you suggested in your previous reply to look for the downbeats (Unit 1, Lesson 14 – Chocolate), I think there are down beats on “Lis-“, “Bells”, “Stee-“, etc. So I think this is in 3/4 time signature. So the rhythm should be:

    Ta (lis-) Ta (-ten) Ta (for)
    Ta (bells) Ta (in) Ta (the)
    Ta (stee-) Ta (-ple) Ta (to)
    X (ring)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding) Ta (Ding)
    X (Ding)

    Now one question though. What should be X in the above rhythm dictation? It can’t be a whole note. As it is only 3 quarter beats long. The reason why I say that it isn’t a whole note (4 quarter notes) but only 3 beats long is 2 folds:
    1. I listened and counted the beats while you played in the video.
    2. Maybe, not so important, but it doesn’t fit the 3/4 rhythms so cleanly.
    I could be wrong about this.
    I think it is a dotted half note. Am I correct?

    PS: I asked one more question on your response to the previous query (Unit 1, Lesson 14 – Chocolate). I think you might have missed it. Can you please look at that as well? Thanks!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are doing wonderful work with your rhythm dictation! You’re right about the 3/4 time signature, and that the X would be a dotted half note (which counts three beats: two for the half note plus one for the dot). Great listening! Sorry I missed your earlier comment before – I’ve gone back and responded now. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mr. Hoffman

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    cindy valentin

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    meilu

    I want to download the activity sheets for unit 2

    Can you give me a link?

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