Lesson 24

Melodic Dictation: Frog in the Middle

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    Ariana

    I love this lesson Mr.Hoffman๐Ÿ˜€

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    Bennie

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT Mr.Hoffman I have learned so much from you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons.

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    Kristin

    Hi Mr. Hoffman! My name is Pax.I am 10 years old. I love frog in the middle! do you think you could put”moves like jagger” for one of your songs?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Pax! We’re so glad you’re enjoying the lessons, and that you like “Frog in the middle.” Unfortunately, some of the lyrics in “Moves like Jagger” are not appropriate for our curriculum. Because children make up a large portion of our audience, we choose to teach only music that could be considered family friendly and appropriate for all ages. If you have other favorites that fit this standard, please let us know and weโ€™ll be happy to add them to our list of requested songs for lessons!๏ปฟ

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    grant

    Frog in the mid dle frog in the sea frog in the mid dle cant catch me! Did I sing that right Mr.Hoffman? ???

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! Those are the correct lyrics for the song, although “middle” is one word. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mikah

    <3 your lessons,thank you so much for teaching all of us students. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! It might take some practice before good piano posture becomes natural, but I’m confident that you can master it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Darya

    Hi Mr. Hoffman.
    I had a question. Every time I log into my account it says that I am on Unit 2 Lesson 1 “The Grand Staff” but I have already completed that and am now on lesson 5 of unit 2. It there any way you can go into my account and mark lessons 1 – 4 of Unit 2 complete? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! There are a couple of reasons this might be happening. If you weren’t logged in to your student profile, if you didn’t watch the video all the way through, or if you went back and watched the first video again while you were still logged in, the system will still say you’re on lesson 1. However, you should be able to reset your current progress point. Check the upper right corner of the screen to be sure your avatar indicates you’re logged in to the right student profile, then watch the lesson you know you’re ready for, all the way through. Once you finish, your “current progress” should reset to that new point. Let us know if that doesn’t work, or if you have any further trouble.

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    Yadira

    The way my son does the practice session is one day RH the other day LH and also both hands, after practicing some of the songs he does his own interpretation of the song by changing the notes but following the same bit, it sounds good to me.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That sounds like a good practicing technique! Tell him to keep up the great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    lallasro

    Hi there!
    My name is Alex and I`m trying to teach my 6 years old girl Miruna the piano using your method. We start on 1/1/2018 and now, after 31 days we are at lesson 24. She practice almost everyday and I wonder if i`m not going to fast? I feel she can do it ( she made mouse in the house with chords at second try). She play every new song easy in solfege, harder is with lyrics, english not being our mother tongue, she enjoy every lesson but I don`t want push her to much… I`m thinking to not give her to much info in a short time making her to want quit. do you think I should take it slower or I can keep this rhythm?
    At the end i`l let Miruna write you something. Thank you very much and sorry for the writhing errors ๐Ÿ™‚
    hello! my name is Miruna! I like the lessons but I don’t like the rhythming train. level 4 it’s so hard.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! It’s all right to move through the lessons quickly, especially at the very beginning. As you go along, the lessons will get more challenging, and you’ll want to spend a little more time on each one, but it’s good to let your daughter progress at her own rate. For some more ideas about determining the speed you should move through the lessons, check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps!

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    Misa

    Thank you for teaching me!!!(kasey)โ˜บ??

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

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    Morgan

    Wow I are a great teacher I love Hoffman academy ??

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    olivia

    Mr.hoffman do you think that someday i will be able to play like you? Like in your intro song when you first start the lesson i really wanna learn a tough song so i can be and fell like a pro at piano. P.S. i love how you play you are awesome how long have you been playing?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’ve been playing for more than 30 years now. I believe that with patience, diligence, and dedication, there’s no limit to how far you can go with the piano. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are patient with yourself, and keep practicing, I’m confident that over time, you’ll be able to learn more challenging songs! Good luck and happy playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it!

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    max

    can u create a video of how to play the
    space harrier theme????????

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I will add it to the list of potential future songs! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Andrew

    Can u create a video to play shape of you song

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the feedback. Even though that’s a very popular song, I’m afraid that some of the lyrics are not appropriate for our curriculum. Because a large portion of our audience are children, we choose to teach only music that could be considered family friendly and appropriate for all ages. If you have other favorites that fit this standard, please let us know and we’ll be happy to add them to our list of requested songs for lessons!

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        Sambit

        Sir,
        How about ‘Maybe” by Yiruma?
        I love his music!

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          Hoffman Academy

          I’ll put that on our list of potential songs for future lessons. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Audrey

    My mom is wanting me to learn how to read music.
    This is a great start.

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      Hoffman Academy

      We’re glad to have you learning with us!

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    alex

    does anyone here play jumpstart.com? It is really fun.

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    Jack

    SERIOUSLY. what is that tiny yellow thing in the corner there on the staff. Picture of drum?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very observant. ๐Ÿ™‚ The grand staff I’m using in this and other videos was published by MusicMindGames.com and they put that little face there to add interest and enjoyment for the students. I hope you like seeing it peek over the line at you as you play! – Mr. Hoffman

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    haedyn

    the funny video in the endof lessen 23 was so funny i don’t remember the rest of the funny videos i hav too catch up on piano

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      Steven

      None of his videos are humorous to me.

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    Tashu

    Why are there 2 sets of bar lines? There is a sign on 1 and c shaped signal on the below one. I probably missed a lesson. Thanks Mr. Hoffman!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m not sure I understand your question – are you referring to the treble cleff and bass cleff symbols at the beginning of the grand staff? – Mr. Hoffman

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    Jessica

    mr Hoffman I LOVE these lessons and I LOVE the puppet Shows

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    sajkfhlasjfhkajfhsa

    i love your music lessons my kids enjoy it.

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    Haydn

    I’m learning “Joy To The World” on my keyboard Mr. Hoffman!
    And also me and my family are planing a trip to Portland could I come meet you?

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m very impressed, Haydn! It’s great that you’re starting now on “Joy to the World” to give you plenty of time to perfect it before the holidays. We welcome visitors to our Hoffman Academy in Portland. If your parents check out our studio’s website at http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/portland, they can find the address and contact information. It would be a good idea for them to call first to find a good time to stop by. – Mr. Hoffman

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    sarah

    Mr hoffman, what happened to the finger puppets. It was very funn PLEASE BRING BACK. Thanks

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      Anoymous

      They are going to come at unit 4

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      Steven

      I am perfectly okay without the puppets.

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    Julio Alberto Rey Ramรญrez

    Thank you so much for this free lessons, you are an amazing person, i’m glad with all the love and patient that you have for doing this. I learned to play piano just by ear, learned a couple of songs by ear but i had no idea what i was doing, i’ve watched 23 lessons since yesterday night and i just canยดt stop! Thank you so mucho ๐Ÿ™‚

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      anya

      I learned a couple songs by ear but it is hard i REALLY apreciate these lessons Mr. Hoffman. thanks:)

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    Erin

    Mr Hoffman,
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these lessons! I am almost ten and I can play Frog In The Middle With Chords!
    I pretty much fell off my chair with laughing with the finger puppets! Do u have any tips for when u have to use a chair not a proper piano bench?

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      Joseph Hoffman

      I am so happy that you are enjoying my lessons! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you must use a chair, you will probably be too low to have great piano posture. Your want your forearms to be parallel to the floor when you have your fingers on the keys. Often, if you use a chair, this means you’ll need to boost yourself up by laying some folded towels on top of your chair seat, or use a sturdy cushion or pillow. Problem with a pillow is sometimes they are too squishy and make you feel unstable. But find something that works for you. I hope this helps!

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    THE_EPIC_GAMER

    guys does anyone here play minecraft?

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      Luke

      I definitely love Minecraft, and started learning the Dry Hands and Wet hands songs as soon as I bought my piano. I watched the “Synthesia” videos to learn them, but couldn’t understand the sheet music. I’m glad I found the Hoffman Academy because without it, I might not have ever learned how to read sheet music.

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        THE_EPIC_GAMER

        OK Luke can you tell me what your minecraft user name is?

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    THE_EPIC_GAMER

    hi.

    I’m weird…. yay

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    Shawn

    Hi I am jake I am only 8 years old. Your lessons are helping me get better at playing the piano. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Hi Jake, You are welcome! I’m glad you are finding my lessons helpful! Your friend, Mr. Hoffman

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    Florence

    Mr Hoffman

    is there a other easy way to learn the SO MI RE DO by heart

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    Lianna

    Mr.Hoffman can add an extra lesson that teaches the song ‘all of me’ please?
    Please reply Mr.Hoffman !!!!!!!!

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      Joseph Hoffman

      That’s a great idea! However, right now I am focusing on lessons for the beginner level, and that song is much more advanced. If you’d like to check out the sheet music, you can look for Jon Schmidt’s website online. Good luck!

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    O'Shea

    Hello Mr. Hoffman! It’s me, O’shea’s sis. and I was going to tell you that I’ve got something for you to play on the piano! Use your fingers, 5, 3, and 1. and you can use a base like using 5 3 and 1 all together on the next CDEFG that’s right below. ok here’s the pattern.
    5 3 1 5 3 1 1 3 5 1 3 5 and repeat this pattern in the next. 2 4 6 2 4 6 6 4 2 6 4 2. Hope you like this! Please Reply me and my brother back, please please please please please! hahah!
    Your greatest fan, O’shea’s sister.

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    O'Shea

    Hello! It’s me, O’shea and my sis wants to talk to you, again.
    Hi Joseph Hoffman! I’ve been doing more great and great every time I do your lessons over and over in my head. While I was remembering, I noticed that what happened to the finger puppets? I was very sad when I noticed that you don’t do those anymore. Can you reply back to me and my brother? Soon, I will ask more questions and tell you how I’ve been doing with the lessons. One more question, how would you react if I was as good as you one day? ๐Ÿ˜•
    Yours, O’shea sister.

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      THE_EPIC_GAMER

      Hi O’Shea’s sister i can answer you about the finger puppets. they only have made appearances on lessons 1-10 mostly. I hope they will be on all the lessons soon ๐Ÿ™‚