Lesson 29

Mystery Listening Game

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    Nirav

    Great learning and you explained all lesson very well… πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    AliciaRose

    I have already done piano and am bored. I have to do these lessons. Can you make them more interesting?

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    Thomas

    For more advanced ear training Rick Beato has a good YouTube
    channel

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    Rebekah

    I do some lessens but it said I did not do it!!???

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hmmm… there are a few things that might be causing it. When you watch the lessons, make sure you’re logged in as the right user and connected to the internet, so that it counts them. If you keep having trouble with that, you can feel free to contact us through our support page and we’ll see if we can figure out what the problem is. I hope that helps!

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      Hoffman Academy

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    Pete

    Hi, Lesson 29 video doesn’t play. I’m well up to speed so far but don’the want miss anything and be lost later. Can you help? All videos have played until now…

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the videos. If you keep having difficulty viewing them, feel free to contact us through our support email and we’ll see if we can figure out what the problem is. In the meantime, if the videos still aren’t working, you can always watch this lesson on YouTube. I hope that helps!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Which books are you asking about?

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    Steve

    I really enjoyed this lesson, and found that it was especially helpful! It allowed me to conceptualize the music on the staff and practice my listening and singing skills. I would love to have some more of this type of musical exercise, but with a little greater level of difficulty. Would you please create more! Thanks.

    By the way this is how I conceptualized the Lesson (a possible different “i”) :
    β€’ Ear training: to develop listening and singing skills, play β€œthe Mystery Listening Game.”
    β€’ Listening for stepping, skipping, and repeating notes.
    β€’ Recognizing “line and space notes.”
    β€’ Solfege (Sol-fa) and letter names.

    Please tell me, What do you think?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed this lesson, and that’s a great way to describe what you learned in it. We do have some lessons in the future that are similar, as well as a game called “Mystery Melodies” that’s available if you have a premium account.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Alberto

    Hello Mr.Hoffman. Thanks for all the lessons πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you like them.

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    Dave

    I have a question on music theory that I’ve gotten stuck on. Between B&C and E&R are half steps. Between other keys are whole steps. Yet I can go a whole octave and from each white key to the next white key sounds like the same distance between each. Each note from C to C should be the same tonal (I think this is the word) distance from each other, right?. Why are two half steps and the rest whole steps then? I probably didn’t make myself very clear here, but haven’t read anything related to this anywhere.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a really great question! While each octave interval (C to C, D to D, etc.) is the same distance, the white keys in between them are not all equal distances from each other. The reason they sound like the same distance is simply because our ears are used to hearing a major scale. Try playing C and then D on the piano. Then play C and C#. That’s the difference between what a whole step and a half step sounds like. Then try playing E-F#, then E-F. Can you hear how E-F is a half step?

      The reason that the notes in the major scale aren’t all evenly spaced has to do with the way the scale was built. Instead of taking an octave and dividing it into equal measurements, the people who developed the major scale used ratios to find notes that resonated, or sounded good together. If you stretch out a string and pluck it, it will make a note. Let’s say we call that note “Do.” If you cut the string in half and play one of the halves, you’ll get an octave higher. However, if you cut the string in thirds and play one third of it, you’ll get a different note, which we call “So”. Most of the other notes were also chosen because of ratios like that.

      I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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    reza

    MR.hoffman I’m your Iranian student you are wonderful I really get better at playing piano

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! I’m so glad the lessons are helping!

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    Josiah

    Whey aren’t the Practice sessions free?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The practice sessions are part of our Premium Membership mainly because in order to complete them, you have to have the materials that come with a Premium Membership. Also, while the guided practice sessions are helpful, it’s entirely possible to practice without them. Good luck and happy playing!

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    SHANEKE TRIALS

    Oho, you almost tricked me!

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    olivia

    i got it right i thought you were going to do number 1 on the second board but then when i heard it i knew it was the two on number 4

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      Hoffman Academy

      Good job! Keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

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        Morgan

        It did not trick me because I read the comments first before the lesson and I was just waiting for the trick lol nice try though! ?

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    Peyton

    My friend is in a band and she practices once a week and sometimes has band competitions (she plays guitar/bass) I can tell out of everyone in her band I have the most skill and I’m not in the band! All thanks to these lessons! Keep up the good work πŸ˜€

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    young heeter

    you almost tricked me!!!!!!!!!!

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    Audrey

    The puppets are soooooooooooooooooooooo funny

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      Hoffman Academy

      They are very glad you think so. πŸ™‚

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    Gabriella

    that mouse is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! and after that i wanted to sleep for ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome!

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      PAIGE

      HI YOUR ARE INCREDIBLE AT PIANO MR HOFFMAN

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    Jack

    πŸ™‚ <hi mr Hoffman !

    That face is me, by the way

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    Jack

    Look at all the faces I can make with the letter keys like Santa clawz .<l πŸ™‚

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    Anya

    I’m doing this with my sis next to me. She’s crazy about the puppets. Thanks Mr. Hoffman:)

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you’re enjoying them together! – Mr. Hoffman

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    sadie

    O and thanks for the lesson πŸ™‚

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    Ana

    Thank you for doing that video! I had so much trouble reading music. And I sawthe sheet of music that you had and it just popped back in to my head! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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    Joshua

    i always find the puppets the funniest. πŸ™‚

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    Redsim

    I loved the game and your trick it was funny my brother got confused plus the puppets were funny.

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    Bryanna

    Thanks a lot for the lesson. πŸ™‚

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    Isaac

    Can you tell me About the Mb3 for use in car.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Are you asking how to play the mp3 files that our part of our materials in your car? If so, that depends a lot on your computer hardware and your car stereo. The most common method is to download the files, burn them to a blank CD or DVD (a DVD holds much more), then play the disc in the car. Unfortunately, some older CD players don’t work well with burned CDs and only a few newer ones play DVDs at all. If you have a fancier stereo you might have more options like a USB slot (copy the files to a jump drive and bring that in the car) or an “aux” input (copy the files to an mp3 player or smartphone and play them from there by connecting your device via an aux cable). If these suggestions unsuccessful or I have misunderstood your question, please feel free to contact our support team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Christine

    L.O.L. what epic gamer? there’s nothing 2 laugh at

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    Christine

    Does anyone like Sabrina carpenter

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      Morgan

      YES I LOVE HER!!! SHE IS MY INSPIRATION!!!

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    Christine

    Greetings Mr.hoffman,
    In which lesson will you teach us how to read sheet music ?just wondering.I’m really looking forward to it,and am really excited.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Learning to read sheet music comes a little at a time in my program; the basics are introduced throughout Unit 2. I’m glad you’re looking forward to it! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Ashi

    I remember that you taught us about LA and Si which mean A and b..
    Why don’t we use them during the song and in the lessons?

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    moriah

    you use DO ,RE, MI,FA,SO, but why don’t you use TI?

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    Toota

    Hi.shouldn’t Do be on a leager line

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      Hoffman Academy

      My method uses Movable Do, which means Do (or the “tonic”) can be different keys, based on the key signature of what you’re playing.

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    Carlos

    Hi there, I was wondering why does the pattern start in the second line as DO, I thought second line was SO? My daughter loves your videos. thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Dear Carlos, That’s a great question. What you are referring to is a system called Fixed Do, where the solfege names always refer to one specific tone. My method uses a version of solfege called Movable Do, which allows Do to be the tonic of the key signature you are using at any given time. Thanks for asking!

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    Pratham

    can you tell me the notes for all of me

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    Gladys

    Listening to the ears….thank you mr. hoffman

    Where can I download the sheets?