Playing piano by ear is an excellent
skill to have. I'm sure you've
seen people who can do it well. They can sit down and play anything
Some people have a talent for playing by ear but it is also a skill that can be learned. I have found that the more I practice it the better I get.
How To Start
If you haven't learned chords, I would recommend doing that before you
start playing piano by ear. Chords
make it much easier to play by ear.
This is the process I would recommend for improving your ear:
1. Pick an easy song to work on.
2. Listen for the bass line of the song and try to play it.
3. With the bass line, start working out the chords.
4. Start figuring out the melody. Most of the melody notes will be a part of the chord in that area.
5. To improve playing a melody, do some ear training. You can find some free ear training at Good-Ear.com.
What is Ear Training?
Ear training is learning about a number of things:
Intervals: these are the spaces between 2 notes and are called by particular names. (This helps you learn to play a melody by ear.)
Chords: you learn whether chords are major, minor, 7th, etc. You also learn about which notes of the chord are at the top, middle and bottom. (This helps you to play an accompaniment by ear.)
Scales: you learn which type of scale is being played.
I would also recommend one paid piano course in playing by ear. It's
called Nate Bosch's Piano System and it specializes in
teaching you to play by
It takes you through learning chords and playing them by ear. It teaches you how to play notes by ear. It provides all the ear training. Check it out and see if you like the look of it. I've found it's exactly what people are looking for.
Overall, playing piano by ear well and fluently comes with practice. The more you'll do it, the better you'll get.
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