Lesson 39

The Wild Horses

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    Kurt

    ILOVE THIS SONG!It sounds so mystrous

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s one of my favorites too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth

    Where can I get sheet music for the version you played at the start? It is SO beautiful.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you! If you’d like the sheet music for the accompaniment I played in the beginning, just request it through our Contact Us page, and we’ll be happy to send it to you!

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    Berg

    Hi Mr Hoffman, can you teach the song, โ€œIโ€™m still standingโ€?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add it to our list of potential future songs.

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    Talia

    Is there a Hoffman Academy app?

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      Hoffman Academy

      No, we don’t currently have a mobile app for Hoffman Academy. It’s something we hope to add in the future, though.

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    Dakota

    You showed us D Minor already!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s right! Now that you know it, you can use it in this song. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Agatha

    I agree with Pops. Personally I find the “points” that the students accumulate somewhat irritating as unlike other online learning series, these points mean … well, nothing. Seems like maybe you guys can “get on it” and provide even the most basic stickers or badges for kids to obtain depending on their level. Thanks.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thank you so much for the feedback! It sometimes takes us a while to develop new features on our website, but we definitely have plans to make the points more meaningful in the future.

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    Pops

    I think what you should do with the points is where the “home lessons games help” are at the top of the screen you should ad “me” too. so when you click me at the top of the screen you go into a empty house that has a bedroom a kitchen and a living room and you can buy stuff like different colered furniture (piano, couch, chairs, bed.) that you can buy with points from lessons. and you can buy pets (Black Bear, Grizly Bear, Panda, Red Panda, Tuxedo Cat, Minx Cat, Tabby Cat, Maincoon, Dalmation, German shepard, Some Sort of Terrier, Birds, that walk and fly around your house and you can name them, buy beds/cages for them and feed them. I hope you can ad this to your website. thanks

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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    Annie

    Why age you saying hello and welcome back i’m joseph hofman

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s just a greeting I like to put at the beginning of my videos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    olivia

    Thanks for this lesson Mr.Hoffman I really liked it you teach very well. When did you become a teacher? And who taught you how to play?

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson. I started taking piano lessons when I was 6, and I started teaching while I was in college. If you’d like to learn a little more, check out my bio page.

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    Kathleen

    why cant students under 13 comment

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      Hoffman Academy

      It’s just a regulation we follow that helps keep children safer on the internet.

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    Liza

    Whenever i play it; at the note E near the end at the 1st verse it dosnt sound right

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hmm… that’s interesting. Is it sounding like the wrong note, or is there something else about it that sounds wrong?

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    selah

    can i have the you played at 0:55 ?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Do you mean the accompaniment I played with the song? We have the sheet music for that. If you’d like it, just request it through our Contact Us page and we’d be happy to email it to you!

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    Prateek Mehta

    Hello sir, I wanted to ask whether we have a separate note or symbol on the Grand staff to know if the scale is minor or major ? Thank you

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s a great question. There’s no indicator on the grand staff specifically for showing whether you’re playing in major or minor. The best ways to tell are by learning to hear the difference, and by knowing the differences between the major and minor pentascales. I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Crystal

    I get a static screen and it says “This video is not available for remote playback.”

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      Hoffman Academy

      Hmm… that’s not good. If the video player isn’t working for you, you can try watching “The Wild Horses” on our YouTube channel instead. Let me know if that works, and if you keep having problems viewing the lessons.

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    Adeline

    This is great news,my 6yo son played The Wild Horses perfectly without looking!

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    James

    The first time I watched this lesson I did not get it, but when my mom made me watch it again I finely got it. You are a pretty good teacher. My mom is also a music teacher. Your lesson’s are pretty simple and I kind of like that.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you were able to figure it out! Moms really are quite smart. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to hear that your mom is a music teacher and that she is using our lessons to help teach you. That’s a wonderful combination! Good luck and happy playing.

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    jane

    how many siblings do you have? I have 4, I’m the middle child

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    Ashlynn Gilbert

    it dos’t say how rot it

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      Hoffman Academy

      I don’t quite understand what you mean. If you’re having trouble, would you please rephrase your question? I’m happy to help!

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    Z. R.

    Is there sheet music for songs in the complete materials for unit 1 and 2?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Yes! …mostly. In Unit 1, you will find beginning notation for our songs that focus on the intervals or solfege of the notes. Starting in Unit 2, after we introduce the grand staff, you will find traditional staffed sheet music for our songs. I hope that helps!

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    Alexander

    I’m having a great Time doing these lessons but :/ I can’t seem to do this song correctly

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons! This song is a tricky one, and takes many students some extra practice to master. In addition to reviewing the lesson video, you may want to read and follow along with this article: How to Learn a New Song

      It may take time, but it’s worth the effort to get it right! On the other hand, if your struggles are becoming discouraging it’s ok to take a break. You can come back to this lesson later if you need to, or move forward to new lessons, as long as you continue to make this song part of your practice routine.

      I hope that helps! Feel free to contact us if you still have questions. Good luck and happy playing!

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    Jaime

    Question from a 6th grader: How do you convert the C major pentascale or the G major pentascale into a C minor pentascale or G minor pentascale?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Great question! We’ll be going over the C minor and G minor pentascales in Lesson 39, but there is an underlying pattern that you can always use to figure out how to transpose a key from major to minor on your own: A minor key begins on the same note as its parallel major key, so you start with your hands in the major pentascale position. Then, you 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.

      It may be helpful to review Lesson 18 on Transposing. Remember the pattern created by our little “family” of notes? In a major pentascale, Mi and Fa were so close that they wanted to share a room (a half-step apart), while everyone else had a room to their own (whole steps apart). In a minor pentascale, however, Mi and Fa are split up with a whole step and the half step is between Re and Mi. So, anytime you want to use a minor pentascale, be sure you are following this pattern: Do (whole step) Re (half step) Mi (whole step) Fa (whole step) So.

      I hope that helps! Feel free to comment again or use our contact form if you have further questions. Good luck and happy playing!

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        Zeena

        Doesn’t Mi become Me when you lower it a half-step?

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          Hoffman Academy

          That’s right. Mi becomes Me when you lower it a half step.

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    Joan

    We love learning to play piano with you, Mr. Hoffman!

    We are having trouble viewing this lesson #38. During the beginning section, the audio is not in sync with the video.

    Thank you for all your work!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for your feedback! I’m afraid we haven’t been able to replicate the problem you describe. Have you had the same issue with any other lesson video, or when watching this video on YouTube? If it continues to happen, would you please send an email to our support team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com with more information, including what browser and operating system you are using? I hope we can help!

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      Hoffman Academy

      Iโ€™m so sorry you had trouble viewing this lesson properly! Weโ€™ve been unable to replicate your problem โ€“ it seems to work just fine on our end. Have you experienced this issue with any other lesson videos?It would also help us to know what browser and operating system you are using. Feel free to reply here or email us directly at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com.

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    Rapunzel

    Dear Mr. Hoffman,
    I loved the way you played the advanced version of Wild Running Horses. May I have a copy please?

    Your dedicated student,
    Rapunzel.

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    Drew

    Thank you Mr.Hoffman for all the lessons the spend hard work on! I’m trying to work on practice these songs every day.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! The best way to make significant progress is with consistent, daily practice. Keep up the great work!

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    Refugio

    Dear Mr. Horrman:
    I am not a child, but I love your lessons.
    I am a 56 years old lady. I would love to learn to play the piano.
    I bought all the lesson and I am practicing.
    Thanks,
    Refugio.

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! We love hearing from our adult students. Good luck and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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    Malvika

    I love your lessons Mr. Hoffman and just so you know… I take horseback riding lessons!

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      Hoffman Academy

      That’s wonderful! I hope you’re enjoying learning this song then. In Unit 7, you’ll learn to play another song about horses as well! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Lily

    Me and my sister both take your lessons. We LOVE them!!! But when my sister saw this lesson she flipped! She LOVE, LOVE, LOVES horses!!!???? thank you for teaching us!

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome! I’m delighted to know that you both love my lessons and that you enjoy learning the songs I’ve chosen. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Claire

    This song has an eerie sound, but I love it!! Mr. Hoffman, where do you find these short songs featured in your videos?

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      Hoffman Academy

      Almost all of the songs I’ve used so far have been traditional folk songs from a variety of cultures. I’m glad you enjoy it! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Ashi

    This song is much easier than “Dinah”..
    I have a question, Mr. Hoffman: will you be teaching us how to play songs with full chords? And, will you teach us to play songs not only by reading a staff but also only by chords?

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      Hoffman Academy

      The answer to both of your questions is Yes! However, it will be a couple more units before those techniques come up. – Mr. Hoffman

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    Brogan

    I like how you’re so fun Mr. Hoffman! But I don’t like that you stopped doing the funny endings.

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      Hoffman Academy

      Dear Brogan – Thanks! We didn’t actually start adding the funny endings until we were filming Unit 4. At that time, we were also re-filming some of the Unit 1 lessons for higher quality, so we added some new endings to those as well. So, if you’re patient and diligent, you’ll start seeing them again pretty soon. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    Gabi

    Mr. Hoffman I can play many different songs now after just completing this unit!! I have been able to play Ode to Joy, Moonlight Sonata, Canon in D,etc. (I really like classical.music ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for these lessons otherwise I never would be able to have played ANYTHING on the piano which is my biggest musical passion.
    Also I was wondering if you like The Piano Guys or Yiruma?
    thanks!
    Gabi

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      james nicko

      i know river flows in you and maybe

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      Hoffman Academy

      Congratulations on mastering some wonderful songs! I really like Classical music, too – most of my favorite songs are Classical. I enjoy lots of other artists as well, including those you asked about. In fact, the opening song of my videos, “All of Me,” is by Jon Schmidt, one of the founding members of the Piano Guys!

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    Susan

    We have gone a “season” without Hoffman Academy but so happy to be starting with you again in Aug. or Sept. AND THANK YOU – for the ability to revisit the year 2 music since we will be able to review a bit and get them back into the Hoffman way ๐Ÿ™‚ . Susan Nordin

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    John

    I LOVE YOUR LESSONS! THEY ARE REAL GOOD FOR BEGGINERS!YOUR LESSONS ARE GREAT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!