Lesson 12

Rhythm Composition

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    Jordan

    I would love to show you my song, but I don’t have a Facebook or YouTube account. Can I have your e-mail so that I can send you a video?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You can email a video to our support email: support@hoffmanacademy.com However we’re not equipped to open all file types, so it’s not guaranteed to work. Vimeo, Instagram, and Google Photos are other options for sharing your song. I hope that helps!

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    Nicolette

    Hi Joseph. I’m continuing to use this technique to play with making my own music, but I notice that the order of events seems to be such that I discover the words to a song at the end of the process. I like to improvise/make up songs via singing and would love to be able to reverse the process and figure out how to develop/create music for the sung ideas that I come up with. Would this require a different approach and will such an approach be covered somewhere in this course, and if not, any suggestions on what to look into?

    I was also wondering if more free-form styles of music, like broadway musical songs, that may evolve less conventionally throughout the song , also adhere to the standard β€˜beats’ that you have on a musical staff (or heart sheet page,) or if those β€˜beat numbers’ (not sure of correct terminology yet,) can/do change in such instances.

    Thanks heaps for any insights you are able to share πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi! Those are great questions!

      The technique you seem to be looking for is called “Melodic Dictation” which is where you start by coming up with a song or thinking of a song you already know, and then write it down as sheet music. Melodic dictation is covered later in the course, starting in unit 2.

      Almost all songs, including Broadway and popular music, have a time signature where they keep to a certain number of beats per measure. However, the time signature can change during the song, and the tempo (or speed of the song) can also change throughout. Those are things that will be covered later as well.

      I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!

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    Sarah

    Do you mind putting some more Christmas songs,my dad wants me to play someπŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰πŸŽ–πŸ…πŸŽΉπŸŽΌπŸŽΌπŸŽΌπŸŽΌπŸŽΉ

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll write that down on our list of potential future songs. πŸ™‚

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    Anne

    Hi Mr. Hoffman,
    my name is Anne and i would like to know how long you have been playing piano and how old were you when you first started.

    hope you have a wonderful day!
    Anne:)

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Anne!

      I started playing the piano when I was six years old, and I’ve been playing for more than 30 years now.

      I hope you have a wonderful day too! πŸ™‚

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    Arvacon

    I have a question.
    In this lesson, we learned to creating a compositions by following a specific order. First we are finding the rythm, then we are finding the melody and then we are making them a composition.
    Is it necessary to follow the specific order for creating a compositions? Can’t it be the opposite, by finding first the melody and then to making the rythm for it? It seems to me easier and makes more sence with this order.
    Is this a wrong way to do it?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That is a good question. Different people have different methods for composing music–there isn’t really a right or wrong way. If it’s easier and seems more logical to you to start with the melody and then create the rhythm, you can do it that way.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s great! Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

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    Colton

    cool lesson I rely liked it thank you Mr.hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked it.

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    Doreen

    I don’t think my mom will get the paper so is there any other way to get it????

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      Hoffman Academy

      While our video lessons are free, the only way to get the complete audio and printable materials is to become a premium member, or purchase the materials in our store. We’re so sorry for the inconvenience!

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    Doreen

    Hi Mr.Hoffman I was wondering what’s the difference between The premium level and The normal one πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”.Thanks for the lesson ,Jenna Kate

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      Hoffman Academy

      With premium, there are guided practice sessions in between each lesson, as well as access to online learning games, and all the materials that go along with the video lessons. With a basic account, you can still watch all the videos, but most of the sheet music and other materials will be unavailable. To learn more about the difference between premium and a basic account, you can visit our pricing page. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Alice

    Hi I am Alice age 15. Would you consider creating video tutorials for the song Stairway To Paradise by George Gershwin? Also some songs from classic musicals such as West Side Story. Thank you.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you for the suggestions! I will put them on the list of potential future songs. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Julie

    Love your lessons!!! Where can I find the mat and rhythm cutouts? I couldn’t seem to find them in Unit 1 – except for page 19.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! We’re still working on updating our materials to include the mat and rhythm cutouts and we will make them available with the related lessons as soon as possible. Until then, you can request them using our contact form (making sure to include your email address) and we will send them to you via email. I hope that helps!

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    Marla

    My 7 year old daughter started your lessons a week ago, spent the weekend on fire and we’re now settling into a routine. I love the improvisation/creative components to the lessons. When she got to this lesson, the materials didn’t seem to include the note map cards to create her own rhythm – so we created a few on our own. I thought I would share in case anyone else was interested: http://www.officesmithllc.com/Welcome/NoteMapCards

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! I’m glad you’re having such a good experience with the lessons, and those note map cards look great!

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    Doris

    I love all the songs you taught me how to play and I LOVE all the funny cuts at the end and this is Lilli I am on my grandmas and as phone πŸ˜‰

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Ankita

    Mr. Hoffman. What is the difference between a quarter note and eight note? I assumed that eight note has to have the same letter played twice. But if that is not the case then why didn’t the “ti-ti” tone be 2 different ta(s).

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hi Ankita! That’s a very good question. You’re right that eighth notes are often repeating notes, but they don’t have to be. The only difference between a quarter note and an eighth note is how long you hold the note. A quarter note is twice as long as an eighth note. That’s why you can fit two eighth notes on a heartbeat, but only one quarter note. Does that make sense?

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    Lilian

    Can you don’t a lesson on how to play the song Chopsticks?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great suggestion! I will add it to the list of possible songs for the future. Happy Playing!

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    olivia

    Mr.Hoffman thank you much for these lessons you have taught me a lotand i’m doing great with my songs and learing the keys on the piano your a great teacher thank you!. πŸ™‚

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    Michelle

    Mr.Hoffman i’m not having troubles with this piano thing but it is new to me

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you’re not having too much trouble getting the hang of it. Keep up the great work and you’ll keep seeing improvement! Happy Playing!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Whoa, that’s pretty impressive! I love that you are so motivated and excited about piano. If you have some musical background and are working through our first lessons as a review, that’s great! However, if you are a beginner, I would caution you against going quite so quickly. It’s important to take time to practice and master the concepts and techniques in each lesson before you move on. When students push through many lessons very fast, they often hit a point where they “plateau” and feel “stuck,” because they don’t have a strong enough foundation to keep building their musical knowledge, and because they are trying to learn new techniques that their fingers haven’t developed the muscles for yet. I recommend you check out our blog post about When to Move on to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Elsa

    Hi! Your lessons are absolutely wonderful. You are not only a good musician, but a great teacher. IΒ΄m a teacher too and I am marveled at the way you teach children. I have two sons (one is nine and the other is seven) until a month ago, they were only interested in playing soccer, but now they have discovered a whole new world thanks to you.
    I’m glad I found you on the internet. We enjoy each and every of your lessons. Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad your boys are enjoying our lessons and would love to hear more of their progress in the future. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Teresa

    My kids are absolutely enjoying being “composers”!! This lesson was one of my favorites so far (even though I say that after every lesson!). Thank you so much Mr. Hoffman!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! You’re very welcome. πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    Betsy

    these lessons are fantastic! how’d you get so good?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Lots of practice on the piano, plus lots of experience teaching children piano. I constantly continue to learn from my students!

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    Zoe A. Lindfield

    in the video finding g and f on the piano you could use a falcon, fox, ferret and finch.

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    Zoe A. Lindfield

    your the best piano teacher in the world! I like your website because it is free!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks. πŸ™‚ I’m glad our lessons are a good fit for you.

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    zaradehghan

    mr hoffman i’m zara and i’m frome iran . i’m 20 and you are the best teacher πŸ™‚

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s great to meet you! We’re so happy to have you learning with us.

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    Ilham

    hello, Mr. Hoffman. omg I really like your videos. you are really a good teacher. thank you for making these videos and making it FREE! awesome! πŸ˜‰

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I’m so glad you are finding our lessons helpful.

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    Sean

    This sucks
    Dude my kid who is 9 and wanted to learn piano. I gave him some lessons but he said he wanted to go online for lessons so we did and he said my lessons were better.

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s wonderful that you are able to both play the piano and teach your son to play! I’m glad your lessons with him are going well. Good luck and happy playing!

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      Anonymous

      Maybe you just didn’t do enough of the lessons cause a bit further on they are a lot more fun!
      πŸ™‚

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      Grammar Snob

      Mr. Hoffman, I am very impressed with your ability to reply respectfully, even to those who are rude (and don’t know how to use basic punctuation).

      Your classes are fantastic. It has been fun to see her enthusiasm for learning more.

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    Jodi

    I wanted to chime in also. I am a mom of three girls and we are all learning piano together. I took several years of piano as a young person and frequently didn’t understand why I was doing what I was doing. I appreciate the deliberate and effective instruction and the kids enjoy the stories and songs.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you for sharing! I’m glad to hear our lessons have been fun for your whole family. πŸ™‚

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    Arletta

    My daughter, age 6, loves the stories you embed in each lesson. This lesson, so far, has been her favorite since you made her the composer of her own music. She was so excited that she wanted me to share her composition. https://youtu.be/I0YBeE8CS_c

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. If you’d like, we’d love to have you submit this or another performance to our Recital Hall! πŸ™‚

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    norah

    great lessons i bookmarked your web

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I hope you have a great time learning to play the piano.

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    Nancysue

    This comment is coming from a deaf homeschooling parent, with a music background (before I lost my hearing completely). Thank you so much for the DELIBERATE closed captioning. A lot of instructors using youtube, just leave the close captioning to Youtube and Google’s beta captioning, which is garbled, incorrect, and at times inappropriate language. We can only guess what the instructor is saying (as much is voice over and not showing a face)! Thank you for not leaving out the deaf community!!! Am recommending you to other homeschooling families, hearing and non-hearing….

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much for your comment. I’m very pleased to know that the closed captioning has been helpful to you and your family. It is a work in progress, but it’s very encouraging to know that it makes a difference! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Neil Porteous

    I am 37 and can’t reccomend these lessons enough. I have tryed numerous methods, both on and offline. In my opinion, the Hoffman Academy is streets ahead in terms of accessibility and fun.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much for such a warm recommendation! I’m very glad you’re enjoying our lessons. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Rafael

    Mr. Hoffman.
    I am 32 years old and decided to learn piano since I love classical music and I was scared that the course would be to fast paced but it is just perfect.
    Thanks for sharing with the world a path to enter the wonderful world of music!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I’m always delighted to hear that my lessons are benefiting adults as well as children. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    --Jayfeather--

    My song goes like this- (in notes➑️) 4 eighth notes, 4 quarter notes, 4 half notes, and 4 whole notes (in letters➑️) EGBDEGBDEGBDEGBD????
    –Jayfeather–

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      --Jayfeather--

      ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????☺️????????????????????????βž‘οΈβ¬‡οΈ????????????????????????????❀️????

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    Bilal Fazal

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    I’m using your videos to teach piano my two sons age 6 and 8 years. I myself play guitar but with my kids your videos are helping me to learn piano as well. Your teaching methodology is awesome. Kudos for great work. Stay blessed.
    Regards,
    Dr. Bilal Fazal

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for sharing! Good luck and happy playing to you and your boys. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Sydnee

    Hi here is my composition:
    C C D E F E D C. C C D E F E D F G E. D F E D C E D C. C D E D D C D E. C D E C D F C D G. G G E F E D. G F E C F E D. C D E F E F D. C D E D D C D E. C D E G E F D C E
    thank you so very much for the lessons they really help me out

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    Maggie

    Dear Joseph Hoffman this is cole where do you live I really I really like frog in the middle I’m nine years old I think you’re the best panelist I’ve heard in a long time my grandma is a panelist but she had a stroke so she can’t play piano anymore I feel so bad please write me back I think you’re the best ever

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks! I’m so glad you are enjoying my lessons. I’m sorry to hear that your grandma’s stroke has made it difficult for her to play piano anymore. I would imagine that she’s very pleased that you are learning piano, and she probably loves to hear you play! – Mr. Hoffman

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        Samantha

        Hi! I’m Samantha and I’m ten years old. I’ve just discovered this website and I’ve already skipped the first ten lessons. I haven’t had any lessons yet, but through friends, the Internet, and my school music class I’ve picked up the basics of reading music, rhythm, and how to play quite a few songs. I’d like to know where the lessons start in which I’ll learn more advanced things like complete songs and two handed music. Thank you !

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          Hoffman Academy

          At the beginning of Unit 2, I introduce the grand staff and we start reading music from both the treble and bass cleff. It is also during that unit that we start to play hands together. I would recommend trying around Lesson 36 and see how that goes for you. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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            Samantha

            Thank you! Your videos are great.

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    Samantha

    I loved the lesson and the puppet thing at the end, it was really funny.

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    Rebecca

    My song was ta ta tee ta tee tee tee ta????

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    Rebecca

    Loved this lesson????????????

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    temi

    Mr. Hoffman, how are you? I have a question base on piano posture and the way you sit on the chair or bench. If we have a key board piano, How are we going to show piano posture?

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      Hoffman Academy

      When playing on a keyboard, the most important consideration is positioning the keyboard and the player at the optimal height in relation to one another. When playing, you want your forearms to be level and parallel to the floor. With keyboards, a common problem involves having the keyboard placed on a table, and the player is sitting in a chair, resulting in the player being too low in relation to the keyboard. This will cause the forearm and wrist to not be level, and can create tension in the wrist, interfering with proper playing. In most cases, you’ll need to find a way to raise the player’s seat up. Cushions or layered towels are possible ways to accomplish this. I hope this helps! – Mr. Hoffman

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    charlene

    I am one of your older students., will not tell my age, but I have taken lessons in the past and I am learning so much from you. keep up the good work and thanks for being there for us BIG KIDS!!!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks so much for chiming in! I love hearing from the “big kids”. πŸ™‚ I’m very happy to be your piano teacher. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Cody Myers

    I find that it works better to count 8th notes as 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and, to he,p keep track of the beat and measure.

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    Camille

    The melody rang a harmonious rhythm. I would like to try a high octave to a low octave with different speeds.

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    Anya

    my song is ta tee ta ta ,c dd c e πŸ™‚

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    Abbie

    this is a great way to introduce people to piono. Keep going

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    Obie

    I composed a bedtime song for my (sleepy) dog.

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    Vivek

    This is very interesting. Had a question. Why do always use only 4 heartbeats on a heartbeat mat?

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question, Vivek! The hearts on a heartbeat mat represent the beats in a measure. Whenever we’ve used it, we’ve been working with songs or patterns that have four beats per measure (generally, that means the 4/4 time signature). If you were working on a song with three beats per measure (one in 3/4 time, for instance), you might want to cover up one heart on each line or create a new heartbeat mat with just three hearts. Thanks for bringing that up! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Haylee Valle

    Wow soon I will be able to do piano and then I will do drums do you have a lesson for that cause your lessons are sooooooooooooooo awesome

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    Beresford

    mine is d# c# a# g# f# g# f# g# f# d# c# d# f# g# a# c# d# c# a# g# f# d# c# 7 times d# 7 times f# 7 times g# 7 times a# 7 times c# 7 times c# a# g# f# g# f# g# f# d# 3 times the end

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    Dante

    Before I couldn’t find a good teacher to teach me piano but when my mom found this for me, I’m starting to love piano!

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    Hamaseh

    Hi Joseph hoffman! My name is hamaseh and I am 10 years old. You know I like you soo
    much that you teach me and I also like your videos too because I like end because of the
    puppets.You always the bestest piano teacher ever!

    from,
    hamash

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    Grace

    I am a new piano student. I like your lessons. Thank you.

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    Remixful

    11 lessons so far in one day. Your videos are the best I’ve seen yet. I hope I can become good at piano one day!

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      Ashi

      Well, Mr. Hoffman, is this recommended and effective to do many lessons in one day?

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        That’s a good question; the answer depends a lot on the student’s experience and skill. Most kids beginning piano do best with about 2-3 lessons per week or about every other day. Doing more than that – especially multiple lessons in one day – can teach you a lot of piano theory but limit your skill because you aren’t practicing and developing your finger muscles with each new concept. However, if someone is using my lessons as a review because they’ve taken piano before and are picking it up again, moving through them quickly is ok. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Diana

    that was grea8 video i have 2 parts in one song and my song is great i hope you liked my comment bye

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    juzhum

    my song was…. C E F F G. C D D E. C E E F F D.C D G G G

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    Treasure

    I just love you’re lessons I’ve done 11 lessons in one day I think I’m going to bookmark this website!

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    Ally

    Thx for the lessons!i really enjoyed it and I’m gone keep learning at top speed by watch more lessons.

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    nevaeh renfro

    great work and thanks for the help and god may bless you

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    Christeen

    I like your lessons Mr. Hoffman.
    I really thank you very much.
    God bless u.

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    Lincoln

    I can play some of He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Carribean

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    Cathryn

    My song is a Christian song its called Why Me its really cool and it took forever!

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    Cathryn

    I already made up a song. but i cannot write music for it! HELP ME!!!!!:(

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    Abigail

    Thank you, Mr. Hoffman! It was great πŸ™‚

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    Psi

    I made 2 songs called Cats and Peanutbutter jelly πŸ˜€

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    Agron

    My first composition in letter although im author of over 30 songs. Thnx mr Hoffman

    Goes like this Ta Ta Te Te Ta C E EE C 2x FD FD EC EC 2X DD ED C C 2X DOMI song

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    Amber

    As you add lessons, is there a download of the accompanying pages for those who purchased your first edition?

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      Joseph Hoffman

      Actually, the materials for Lesson 11 were already included in the original Complete Materials for Unit 1. When new materials are released for Unit 2 (for lessons 35 and 40), anyone who has already made the purchase of Unit 2 will be provided those materials for free. Same goes for Lesson 57 in Unit 3. I hope this helps! Happy playing!

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    jemima

    i love your lessons i learn really fast

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    Cheynnie

    Love it easy to lern songs I lernd 3 songs in one day