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For those good at playing by ear #2883133
08/24/19 10:08 PM
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For those good at playing by ear what might a productive 30 minute practice session consists of? I know scales and inversions are obviously crucial. But what am I missing? Teaching myself. Thanks


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Re: For those good at playing by ear [Re: writebynight] #2883172
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Originally Posted by writebynight
For those good at playing by ear what might a productive 30 minute practice session consists of? I know scales and inversions are obviously crucial. But what am I missing? Teaching myself. Thanks

A productive practice session is a session where you practice things that you currently cannot do or do well.

What your practice sessions consist of is up to you.

For myself, I'm split between fundamentals (relaxation, hand position, a scale, and finger combinations) and working on my pieces.

Try checking out Zach Evans "how to practice" webinar. This guy is a bit over the top but his practice techniques are worth their weight in gold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZSBLVH3GSM

Re: For those good at playing by ear [Re: writebynight] #2883223
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I would type "playing piano by ear" into a search engine and see what jumps up.

I did that and got this ….

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=playing+...p;tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_8vt0s3f9xy_e

I found 5 options (at least) on that page.


Go to youtube and try finding things there.

Look for online courses, dvd courses, etc ….

Start looking for things. They are all over the place.

Good Luck



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Re: For those good at playing by ear [Re: writebynight] #2883231
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I'm assuming when you say playing by ear you mean being able to learn a song just by listening, without a lead sheet or other form of written music. If so, there are two basis components to playing by ear, melody and harmony.

For melody, pick pieces you like, listen, and try to pick out the melody. Just poke around till you get it right. At first you'll have to listen over and over.

For harmony, you'll need to learn some theory and what the typical chord progressions are. That depends on what kind of music you want to play by ear. Get a book or find videos that teach the typical chord progressions in your kind of music. That will make it easier to when you listen to songs and try to learn the harmony.

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Here is another option …..

http://pianoplayingbyear.com/

Like I said …. they are all over the place.

You just have to find them.


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Re: For those good at playing by ear [Re: writebynight] #2883306
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Learn about chords, if you know chords and scales, hum a song you know like children rhymes, find the melody on the piano. Find the block chord that sound good with the melody. Hints, for simple song, melody are usually include with the chord tone. The I, IV and V chord of the scale are good choice. How do you know if it's good or not ? Your ears will tell you.



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Re: For those good at playing by ear [Re: Serge88] #2883313
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Learn about chords, if you know chords and scales, hum a song you know like children's rhymes, find the melody on the piano. Find the block chord that sound good with the melody. Hints, for simple song, melody is usually included with the chord tone. The I, IV and V chord of the scale are good choice. How do you know if it's good or not ? Your ears will tell you.

(Oops, a few errors and I can't edit my post)



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