What does Glissando actually mean?
It came from the French word “glisser” which means to slip or to slide.
Dear Mr. Hoffman, I am enjoying your lessons a lot. I am very grateful to you. Might I ask you to provide music sheet for this in the grand staff you have taught with this rhythm? Is this tune in 3/4 time? In the printable, I am not able to recognise if the note value is for 2 counts or 1 count.
Thank you so much! Because the sheet music for this song only shows the pitches and not the rhythm, it forces you to learn the rhythm by ear. Try listening to the song a few times and seeing if you can master the rhythm that way. You’ll also be working on dictating the rhythm in the next lesson, so that should help. Some of our earlier sheet music looks a little different, but as you progress through the lessons it will start to look more like traditional sheet music. I hope that helps!
You should change up your website so that we get a notification if our question was answered
Thanks for the suggestion! We will take that into consideration when we upgrade our website.
At 1:10 you have told that do, mi and so are all a step apart, how is it so? For example in the c major pentascale c, e and g are the notes do, mi and so; c & e have 3 keys between them so they are 2 steps apart and so are e & g. Where have I got it wrong? Thank you.
You’re right, and I’m sorry for the confusion. In that case, when I said “a step apart” I didn’t mean they were one whole step apart. I probably should have said that they were each a “skip” apart, since there are notes in between them.
Is there a symbol to show when to play a glissando? My daughter(10) has written a song and wants to show where to play a glissando. Thank you.
Yes! A glissando symbol looks like a squiggly line going diagonally up or down the staff (depending on whether you’re playing the glissando up or down the piano.) If your glissando starts and/or ends on a particular note, you can put those notes at the beginning or end of the glissando symbol. I hope that helps!
what are the lyrics for the song
Dear Mr. Hoffman, I’ve started your online piano lessons about three weeks ago and have enjoyed every single bit of it. However I have a few questions I would like to ask you. Since the 9th unit and above cover early Level 2 skills and you are still adding new content, at what ABRSM level will an online student be when they go through all of the lessons once you are finished recording all units for the Hoffman Academy? How many new units are you going to make? I have tried to search everywhere for what the future units will look like or when all units of the Hoffman Academy will be finished but I couldn’t find that information anywhere. Thank you. Best regards, Khai.
I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! Since our curriculum isn’t specifically designed to match up with any standardized curriculum, it’s hard to say what ABRSM level you’ll be at by the end of all the units. We also aren’t entirely sure how many units we will make, but we plan to keep going all the way up to advanced levels and our current estimate is anywhere from 30-40 units. I hope that helps!
I really am liking your your lessons thankyou for teaching them to me 🙂🙂🙂
You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us!
Do you teach violin?
No, I don’t teach violin. Right now we’re just teaching piano, but we are planning on eventually making lessons for some other instruments.
I really like the end of the video it is funny.😀
Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.
Hello Mr. Hoffman. Thank you for wonderful lessons 🙂 I have a bit of trouble with Glissando: when I try it with fingernails, the rattle of fingernails touching piano keys is quite loud and disturbs the actual sounds. I was wondering if I am doing something wrong there? I’m playing with a digital piano. Thanks again!
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons. My best guess is that it’s just the keyboard you’re playing on, not a problem with your technique. If it’s really bothering you or making it difficult to hear the notes, you could try turning the volume of the keyboard up a little bit. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
I’ve never tried another piano so that actually might be the case. Thanks a lot!
are we going to get certificates mr. hoffman
We don’t have tests or grading, and our curriculum isn’t specifically designed to match up with or prepare for any particular standardized music test, so we don’t give out official certificates. However, our printable materials do include completion certificates for each unit.
That was pretty cool Mr. Hoffman. My mom thinks your pretty AMAZING! I also told my friend about you once he got his keyboard. My little brother and I listen to you a lot. Thank you so much!
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you liked it, and that your family and friends are enjoying the lessons. 🙂
Hello Mr. Hoffman.
How long would it take a 7 year old complete Unit 1.
Also, how long should a 7 year old spend with each unit.
My daughter loves learning with you.
Hello! In general, we would expect a beginning piano student to spend an average of 2-3 months on each unit, but it really depends on the individual. Our blog post, When to Move on to the Next Lesson, has some tips for setting the pace at which your child learns. I hope that helps!
I’m in level 3 so which lessons should I watch? (I’m a new student here)
Our blog post, Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy, has some tips for where to start if you already have some piano experience. While we do intend to make more advanced lessons in the future, our highest unit right now (unit 9) only covers what would typically be considered level 2 skills, so if you’re in level 3, most of the content in the videos will probably be familiar to you. However, I would recommend visiting our lesson index page where you can find a summary of what is taught in each lesson. There may be some concepts you are either unfamiliar with, or want to review. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Mr. Hoffman what is the lyrics to this song, I couldn’t catch up with you when you sang.
Here are the lyrics:
Mouse mousie, in the housey
Hurry, hurry do!
Or the kitty in the housey
Will be chasing you.
In the future, if you ever don’t know the lyrics to a song, you can click on the little round “i” symbol on the lesson page, next to the title and it will tell you the lyrics for any songs you’ll learn in that lesson.
Thanks for teaching
You’re welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us.
Hi, I was wondering what the beat of the music is called that you used to play the song Mouse in the House?
I used one of the Pop/Rock preset beats on my Casio Keyboard, but I am not sure of the exact name. Try a Pop/Rock beat on your keyboard and try to play along with it. Good Luck and Happy Playing!
Mr Hoffman y does the emoji come out as as a ? ?
We’ve noticed that, but aren’t really sure why. I’m afraid anytime our comment system doesn’t recognize an emoji, it just substitutes it with ???
Uh, oh…there’s the kitty!
that mouse is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! and after that i wanted to sleep for ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
I have what might be a naive question. How did you decide to put the ‘SO’ in G? Is it because we know in advance that we need three notes, ‘SO’, ‘MI’, ‘DO’ and to fit it into the C Major Pentascale you needed to start at G and step down?
That’s a great question! The cool thing about music is that you can transpose any song to any key. You just decide which note ‘DO’ is on, and that is the “key” of the song. For Mouse in the House, I simply decided to put this song in the key of C. If DO is on C, then SO has to be on G, because DO to SO is always the distance of 5 notes (in music this is called a “5th”), by definition. But, if I had decided to play Mouse in the House in the key of D, then DO would be on D, and SO would be A. Does this make sense? Thanks for watching and learning with me!
Hi Mr Hoffman. Thank you for your teaching. It is really nice. And I have a question. Why when you don’t dropping down your wrist when you are playing the melody part but you need to dropping down your wrist when you are playing a chord?
That’s a good question. You do actually use your wrist when playing the melody part; however, since melody notes tend to be quicker and closer together, it’s harder to drop down with each note individually. Instead, you use your wrist more smoothly over phrases. I hope that makes sense – if you still have questions, feel free to contact us. Good luck and happy playing!
hey mr hoffman, I’m a 24 years old Paraguayan with his midi keyboard trying to be a DJ, I want tho thank you for all this effort making people able to play piano, your job is awesome, keep bringing a smile to all those people who truly wants to learn music in the world
Thanks very much! Good luck in your own musical endeavors.
Woo-Hoo! Well that was fun and easy and stuff but I didn’t time really good on the glihsohndoe er, glissando but that’s OK.
hi mister Hoffman I am having trouble remembering what notes to play when I am supposed to pause the video. What do I do?
That’s ok! There are a couple things you can do: The easiest thing is to just back up the video a little bit and re-watch the part where I give instructions about what to play during the pause. It’s just fine if it takes a few times to remember it and get it right. Another thing you can do is to back up to the beginning and listen to the whole song together a few extra times (or, if you have purchased the Complete Materials, listen to the MP3 files for the song). Becoming more familiar with the song as a whole can make it easier to remember the separate bits you’re learning.
Lastly, learning by rote (listening and copying) is a great skill to develop, but it’s harder for some people than others – it may take some extra practice. In the meantime, you can try incorporating another learning method that’s easier for you. If you learn well from reading and writing, try watching the whole lesson again and take notes on the solfege or letter names of the song, so when you go back and practice the song in separate pieces, you have your notes to refer to. Or if you learn best by explaining things back to someone, it may help to copy my instructions out loud after each sentence, and then repeat it out loud as you do it yourself. Learning how you learn best can help you in all areas of life!
I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
What are the notes?
Here are the letter names for this song:
Mouse, Mousy in the house-y, hurry, hurry do.
And then that repeats for the second line. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman
I like that song. For some reason I think I have heard that song before. Do you have kids?
At church, I hear the piano leaders play very pretty songs!
I’m glad you like it. It’s an old folk song that also has a game that goes along with it – maybe you’ve played it. Kids stand or sit in a circle and a mouse walks around until “Run!” at which point a designated kitty chases the mouse around the circle and tries to catch them. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdmQH2UyABk. And, yes, I do have kids – two boys. – Mr. Hoffman
this is just soon much fun to much fun to stop playing the piano. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Hello Mr. Hoffman,
How can I find rock music style if I don’t have it in my piano?
The rock accompaniment I used is a feature on my digital piano, but I’m sorry that doesn’t come with all keyboards. Your digital piano may have other fun accompaniments or settings, so take some time to play around with it. Also, if you purchase our Complete Materials you will find fun and sometimes rock or jazzy accompaniments specifically for the songs we learn in our lessons! I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
Okay, I understand now.
Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman,
Your lessons are amazing. So clear to understand and repeat. I am very new to the music world of learning and with the help of your lessons I am able play songs on piano (the ones you teach of course).
I bought privia 150. What is the piano mode you are playing here? Like 60spiano, electric or classic……..
I would like to se the same setting on my piano.
Thanks a lot for teaching and sharing yor knowledge
I am playing on a Casio Privia PX-330 in this video, and I have the tone set to “FM E. Piano”. I hope that helps! Thanks for watching and learning with me! – Mr. Hoffman
Could u help me on the rhythm Improvisations because I am not getting quite well.
I think he best way to improve your improvisation – both melody and rhythm – is simply practice. Be sure to incorporate a little bit of improvisation as part of your daily piano practice and don’t be afraid to try new things. You can also practice rhythm improvisation just about any time you have to wait or sit for a while: clap or tap on your leg or the table and try to hear a steady beat in your head while you try new rhythms with it. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman
Jesus Christ be with u Joseph. God bless u. God gave me the best music teacher
I hope to learn the rock version.
Mr Hoffman your lessons are the best out of all the lessons ive tried yours are the best! :]
Could you make the Hoffman Academy Materials very cheap or actually free?
that’s unlikely because his students at the academy pay for the materials, it would be unfair.
I’m glad to hear that you are interested in our materials! Considering the cost of regular lessons and materials and our cost of production, I do believe that our prices are quite low. I’m sorry we can’t make them free for everyone, like the lesson videos are – the money we make helps keep us in business so we can provide affordable piano education to everyone! If you have any further questions about prices, feel free to contact our support staff at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com. – Mr. Hoffman
Hi Mr. Hoffman,
we are holding a recital and I have students performing Mouse in the House, Rain Come Wet Me, Who’s That?, and Let Us Chase the Squirrel. Are these all folk songs, or did you compose some of them? Many many thanks!
All but one (so far) are traditional folk songs that I collected. The only piece composed by me in Lessons 1-100 is “5 Woodpeckers”. Good luck with the recital! – Mr. Hoffman
Thank you Mr.Hoffman for the advice.At first it was difficult to relax my fingers but I finally got the hang of it. Sorry for when I said that you’re most likely not going to read my comment,sometimes I just don’t think before I say something.
I really love the ending!
I have trouble with the fingering on the piano like you instructed I lift my hand pimply using gravity to push force on the piano keys ,but end up having to press down with the force of my fingers.never seen that I am having trouble with is that when I lift my hand,I can’t find the position where my fingers are supposed to be to play the song,and my fingers press the keys that I do not mean to play,so then on the keys that is not necessary to play I let my fingers fly up but you said when you are playing the piano your fingers should not fly up but if I do not let my fingers fly up they end up Jamming into the other kids that I did not mean to play,please reply?why do I even bother asking you to reply you’re probably not going to reply and it probably looks too long for you to read
I’m sorry you’re having trouble with fingering. The important thing to remember about “not letting your fingers fly up” is that your fingers should be relaxed and curved, rather than stiff and straight. When they are too stiff, they often “fly up” – that is, sticking straight out – as soon as they release the note. If your fingers are relaxed, they will rest on the keys lightly even when they’re not pressing down on one. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman
Well done and congratulations Mr. Joseph. You have done a really good job and pretty professional. Kids love your methods. It’s the best part of the day when we sit down to watch the video lessons. Both daughters 8 and 6 are in lesson 30 and they are showing enough interest. Thank you
The puppet shows are my 4-year-old son’s favorite part. He watches the whole lesson just to see them. Thanks!
Mr. Hoffman, what has happened to the cute little puppet endings?
Good question. I actually filmed Lessons 1-60 before ever getting the idea to have the surprise endings with the finger puppets. After filming lessons 1-60 I bought an HD video camera and decided to re-film the first 10 lessons. At that time, I had the idea for the puppets, so I included them at the end of lessons 1-10. I also have the puppets in lessons 61-80, and they will continue to appear in any lesson that I film going forward. Sorry that lessons 11-60 won’t include the puppet endings until I have the chance to re-film all of them which will be a big project! Thanks for watching!
AWWWWW The puppet endings were soooooooooooooooooo cute and funny.
I love this song! Thank you for being such a great person Mr. Hoffman. May God bless you.
Hi Mr. Hoffman. My name is Amiyah and I’m 7 years old. I’ve been taking your lessons and really enjoy them. You are the best teacher and you are funny and nice.
i just did not get the d pentacle can i do the c pentacle in staid i also think the c pentacle sounds better. try i Mr Hoffman. 😀
I love the run part it is my favorite.
Hello Mr. Hoffman,
Many thanks for putting those lessons on line and allowing us to use them as guest. Really appreciated!
Is the “Or the kitty in the housey” part different from “Mouse mousie in the housey”?
I’m asking because when showing the finger practice and playing the song, you have one extra “sol” at the beginning like this: sol, sol, mi, do, sol, sol, mi, do; or am I mistaking.
Mouse mousey in the housey is: so mi do so so mi do
Or the kitty in the housey is: so so mi do so so mi do
I hope this helps! Thanks for watching!
I like song it is a nice song
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