Lesson 43

Silver Birch Tree

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    Jimmy

    I love this song it’s so beautiful Mr.Hoffman

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    Cristiane

    Hello Mr. Hoffman
    I have two years of learning the piano, right now I’m learning songs from 42 Famous Classics arrangements for easy piano by Allan Small. How would I know where to start in with your method. Thank you!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question! We would expect the average beginner to take 18-24 months to complete our current complement of 160+ lessons, so you may already be a little ahead of us. However, our method includes several topics right from the beginning (e.g., solfege, ear training, improvisation, etc.) that other programs don’t cover until later on, so if you work through our lessons as a review you may still find yourself learning plenty of new things! I recommend you check out our blog post “Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy” for more specifics on how our units compare to other methods’ level systems. I hope that helps!

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    A.C.

    Mr. Hoffman,

    Thank you for taking the time to make the videos. Did I miss where we learned how to identify what key signature the song is in by looking at sheet music?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I am so glad to have you learning with us.

      In short, you did not miss a specific lesson where we identify key signatures. This is because the Hoffman Method is a carefully sequenced, step-by-step progression, where students learn all the intricacies of written music, including clefs, time signature, rhythmic notation, pitch notation, key signature, dynamics, articulations, and how to apply them, in such a way that over time, the students will be able to sit down, open up any piece of music, and start jamming! We don’t spend a lesson strictly focusing on key signatures to keep in alignment with the Hoffman Method.

      If you are interested in focusing more on these topics, Musictheory.net is a great online resource for music learners. It provides a series of short lessons that go over both basic and advanced principles of music theory.

      Hope this helps and Happy Playing!

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    Blake

    Mr.Hoffman can you send me the advanced version of this song, I loved it. Your biggest fan.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Do you mean the accompaniment part that I played?

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    jane

    I want a copy of that song you played I will be checking my email every day until it gets here.So excited !

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      Hoffman Academy

      What song do you mean? The accompaniment to Silver Birch Tree?

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        jane

        yep thank you so much. I hope one of these days to post a video of me playing it

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    jane

    what is new in version 2.0 does it cost money or are you still awesome;)

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      Hoffman Academy

      Using the new features does cost money (because they took a lot of time and money to build!), but the video lessons will continue to be free for anyone to watch. I hope you think that’s awesome. πŸ™‚

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        jane

        I thought that when it said 2.0 that it meant that you were remaking the videos I am glad that you are still my teacher:)

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          Hoffman Academy

          We’re remaking a few of the videos but they will be very much like our current lessons, just higher quality. I’m glad I’m still your teacher, too!

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    emily

    every time I come home my girl knows a new song

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad to hear it! And it makes me happy to know that she is sharing what she learns with you!

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    Lily

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman! I love your teaching method! Thanks again!????

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us.

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    Sidney

    I saw the message from lily I like that song too. Please put it in one of the videos.

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    Roland

    Thats my favourite song! πŸ˜€

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad! I love it too. πŸ™‚

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    Alicia

    My daughter wants to request more silly endings to the videos. She is missing the silly parts from the other lessons. . . They are awesome!

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad she enjoys them! πŸ™‚ Sorry that some of our videos didn’t get a visit from the puppets. They’ll be back soon, though!

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      Olia

      Same here! My kids are missing silly puppets!

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        Hoffman Academy

        They will be back soon!

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    Vanessa

    From the first day I went to your website, I listen to your song
    samples and silver birch tree was my favourite! I always wanted to learn how to play it afterthat!

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    Savannah

    Are you going to teach how to play the cords some day or how you play?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes, as the lessons progress we’ll incorporate more chords and more challenging pieces. I hope you’re up for the challenge!

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    Savannah

    Why does this song sound sad

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m impressed that you are paying attention to the feeling of the music. It feels sad because it’s in a minor key – the key of D Minor, to be precise. Playing in a minor key tends to give music a sad, ominous, or even spooky sound. You can try this yourself by playing a song you know well in a major key but always lower the third note, Mi, a half step. For instance, if you want to play Chocolate in a minor key, place your fingers in the C Major pentascale position (C D E F G), then lower the third note by a half step (C D E-flat F G) to C Minor position. Now, if you play Chocolate in that position, it will sound a little mysterious. Choosing between major and minor keys is one more tool composers can use to shape and flavor their music to tell the story or paint the picture they want to share.

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    Lillian

    Love this song! tricky but very cool. Sounds haunting. Thank you Mr. Hoffman!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re welcome! “Haunting” is a great way to describe it.

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    Drew

    Thank you Mr.Hoffman!!! This is my favorite song yet!!!???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????

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    Lily

    Mr. Hoffman will you please teach the Harry Potter theme song?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve added this one to our list of requested songs for future lessons as well. Good luck and happy playing, Potter fan! πŸ™‚

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    Rapunzel

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    I loved the way you played the advanced version of Silver Birch Tree. May I have a copy please?

    Your dedicated student,

    Rapunzel

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s on its way to you via email!

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        Rapunzel

        Thank you so much, Mr. Hoffman!

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        Ewan C

        I really like the way you play “Silver Birch Tree at the begining of this lesson as well. Could you Email me a copy of the sheet music as well? PLEASE!

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          Hoffman Academy

          It’s on its way via email!

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            EMMANEUEL

            Can I have one too, please?

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            Hoffman Academy

            On its way!

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    Malvika

    This was a great lesson Mr. Hoffman it was a little tricky for me to remember this but I got it on my like 20th try thanks again Mr. Hoffman

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m impressed at your persistence! Great work. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Cody

    I would love for you to teach the more advanced version you play.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I don’t have a lesson for it, as our Units aren’t that advanced yet, but I do have the sheet music. Would you like a copy? – Mr. Hoffman

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    dave

    hey mr hoffman does the first letter on a scale tell you what scale to play in

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m afraid I don’t quite understand your question. Could you give me a little more information? I’m happy to help. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Miriam

    Mr. Hoffman,
    I have a request. Will you please put a lesson on here for “Jesus Loves Me?” I hope to one day play at my Church. I have the sheet music for “Jesus Loves Me” but the problem is I am not good at playing the Bass Clef and the Treble Clef with both hands. It would help immensely if you put a “Jesus Loves Me” lesson on here. I like the way you teach, thank you, Mr. Hoffman.
    your pupil
    Miriam

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      jane

      I would also like for him to teach us to play this song, but because there are so many non-Christian people that through fits whenever the word Jesus is said that he most likely will avoid that song. You should try to look it up on youtube .

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    Elizabeth

    You play so wonderful that I want to play like you do

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    Elizabth

    When will I learn to play like you mr.hoffman?

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    Ana

    Cathryn Try doing it note by note it might be easier that way! Good luck!

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    Cathryn

    in lesson 11 we made up songs and mine is super hard to write music for. I already tried to write music but it didn’t work out. please help me!