Piano Lessons - Playing By Ear.

Article: Playing Piano without Music

How to play Songs ... by OzPianoman.
When playing by Ear, musicians aren't exactly doing anything very "Special".
So it's not as if You can't do it too!
To show how easy it is, there's a FREE LESSON on this page to help you with melody notes.

If you already know these "basics" there are Free lessons about such things as
Altering Chords - and Harmonizing the Melody <<< HERE (...wait for page to load)


WHERE DO I START? I'm just a Beginner!
PIANO TABS needed? No.
SHEET MUSIC needed? Definitely Not.
In general, people just love listening to MUSIC.
So let's assume that you too hear your share of songs.
Among the music you've heard there will be some popular tunes;
Easy tunes to remember! Songs that everyone knows!

And once you become slightly familiar with a tune you like, what happens?
Fact is, you'll probably walk around whistling it, humming it or singing it for days on end.
Even with songs we don't particularly like, that can happen. True?

So in effect when whistling, humming or singing tunes - you're doing so by EAR.
With a little persistence you can PLAY by Ear too!

Ever watched a child poking around with one finger on a keyboard instrument for a couple of minutes? Before too long it's : "Hey - look at ME. I can play 3 Blind Mice!"

To play by ear then simply means that having heard a song, you can go pick out the tune on a musical instrument of some sort.
Doesn't have to be fancy playing.
Just learn to play the melody notes well enough that it becomes recognizable as "that tune" and you may be credited with being able to "Play by EAR".

Best instrument to try it on? Why, the Piano of course!
And that's because you can watch what happens as you do it!
On a keyboard instrument you actually see the notes that you're playing.

One doesn't have this advantage using guitar, bagpipes, saxophone...
But on a Piano or Keyboard you can observe the notes' relationship or proximity to one another.
And that makes the sequence quite easy to remember!


Let's use "Three Blind Mice" as our example.
Whistle it, hum it - or sing just the first 3 words:
Do you "Feel" the steps down from one word to the next?
(If you felt anything different stop right here! I think I'm wasting your time.
Sorry. This article won't help you at all.)
. . . . . BLIND
. . . . . . . . . . MICE
Starting on "E" - can you find these sounds on the Piano?
Don't know "E" ? Skip down the page a bit, study Section 3 then come back here.

First phrase: Descending "steps" aren't they? Simple!
First a high note, then a lower one - then lower again for "Mice".

OK. Next phrase: After a pause, the Words are repeated -
and just using the same notes again you'll have completed the first two lines of the song!

The Next phrase is: "See How They Run".
Four words now - each one requiring a note to be played.
And this phrase starts somewhere higher up than the first one did.

Yes, the pattern is similar to the first one.
But now, the words "How" and "They" require the same note to be repeated.
After this, the phrase is repeated a second time also.

That's got you started - I hope?
Sorry....I'm not going to tell you which notes to play.
I will suggest however, that when you start on "E" the whole song uses only white keys.
I trust that's helpful, because now you're on your own.

After the notes described above the tune becomes more complicated - but let's face it, if you can play the first bit and someone says "Hey, isn't that 3 Blind Mice?" - well, you know you've got what it takes.

Just keep poking around with one finger and try to have the whole arrangement memorised so you can play it without mistakes before adding some chords. "Chords"??? (See Section 4)

If you've done it right, the very last melody note you'll play will be "C".

Don't be in too much of a hurry.
Sometimes you'll need to spend a while recalling the note patterns.
That entirely defeats the purpose of the exercise.

I thought of providing more information here but really folks - it's been done already by someone who specializes in ONLINE LESSONS.
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How do I find an "E" ???   You don't know where "E" is?
Let me help! ( If you do know already, go to Section 4 )

Now look, this is really Easy...
Starting at the bottom (left) end of the piano, play each white key naming them as you go.
A is first, B is next, then C which is followed by D ...and so on until you get to "G".
Only 7 letters in our music alphabet - after G it starts all over again.

At the piano's centre one note is a sort of "home base" for keyboard players.
It's MIDDLE "C" ... yes, the one closest to the middle of the piano.
Take note of where it is & what it looks like.
Remember it.
Paint it Green?
Carve your initials into it?
Remove the keytop!
Mark it with an X or something ... So You Can Easily Find It Again.

Or simply notice that Middle C is on the left of 2 BLACK keys
And that also applies to every other C as well.

But "E" was the note we need...and that's two keys further along.
Notice? It's on the right of the two Black keys, isn't it?

So ...now you won't have to start back down at the bottom each time - going through the alphabet finding A's or B's or C's.
Or an E ...to begin playing your 3 Blind Mice song.

Playing by EAR and CHORDS:
Melodies in many popular songs are often quite simple.
But I think you'll agree - hearing someone Whistle a tune is not very exciting?
In most music we need something to provide support for the melody line.
Other instruments generally combine to provide some backing...and this "accompaniament" in many cases is devised even before the melody itself!
Remember, Melodies are just individual notes selected from the 12 keys seen on a piano
( A to G - the 7 white notes plus 5 black keys).
In popular music these are uniquely arranged in such a way that almost anyone can respond with..."Hey I know that tune!"
Tunes can indeed be so simple that they're no fun at all to play without some Chords to go with them. And Chords are the exciting part !

But this document has become longer than I intended so again let me suggest ...
Why not simply take a look at the Free Lessons offered by our friend Jermaine?

My intention here was to explain how easy it is to find notes and inspire you to try it for yourself.
As a piano teacher I frequently assist pupils who once found it all a bit scary and wouldn't even attempt it. I know Music teachers too who were afraid to explore this most natural approach to playing an instrument until I invited them also to "have a go".

Available here from Jermaine is his world famous Play by EAR course which will amaze and delight you. Allow a good minute for the page to load and then take Jermaine's method for a Test Drive.

You'll enjoy his lessons.   I know I do !
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Why play by ear when I could just go out and buy the sheet music?

Best reason of all... It feels good !
One starts to feel like a Musician.
And that's why you began playing in the first place, isn't it?
Not to be a Piano student, surely?

Start figuring out some chords. Playing complete songs feels even better;
Like those of us who do it with ease, you'll find that working out chords and tunes wasn't so hard at all, it was actually great fun.

Saves you money too! Among the extra benefits; Learn to play by ear and other musicians are instantly drawn to you. You have opportunities to let your hair down, to explore, to show off, even make mistakes that other people might think were "cool".
Jammin'? Find me a player who doesn't just adore participating with others "making music"!
Playing by ear allows you to be creative.

Playing by ear helps you learn new tunes more quickly. > START HERE <

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