Learn To Play By Ear

Three years ago I purchased a 300 page course book with cd called "The Secrets To Playing By Ear!" Learn To Play By Ear The author of the book Jermaine Griggs, is the founder of HearandPlay.com I joined his website embarking on a wonderful journey to learn how to play by ear.

Jermaine's theory is: "If you can hear it, you can play it." So, if you can hear the melody in your head, you can play it on your instrument. Coming from a background of reading notes, I would say that playing by ear is difficult at first, unless you were blessed with a special gift like Stevie Wonder! It takes practice to hear the melody of a song, determine it's key center and know what chords to play in your left hand.

Hear are 4 steps to learning how to play a song by ear!

4 Steps to
Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

Determining the melody
- Melodies determine what chords
will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what
notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your
way to learning a song!
More resources on learning how to determine melodies

the melody
- Once you have figured out the melody (using
some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to
harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to
accompany the melody. There are several techniques and
tricks to doing this.
More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering
- This is the best part! Now that you have
strategically figured out the melody to a song and have
harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain
sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music,
you would alter your chords differently than if you were
playing classical or country music.
More resources on altering chords

1. Listening
- After you have determined the melody, harmonized the
melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various
techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds
More resources on listening techniques

I personally recommend "The
Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through
my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course),
I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3
additional piano software programs). He has taught literally
thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you
understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll
definitely benefit from his 300-pg course.
Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any
song on the piano in virtually minutes
! I highly
recommend it.

Also, both the book and the 300 pg course teach you the basics of playing songs by ear, first by determining the melody, then harmonizing the melody w/ chords (Harmonization Scale), and then adding the bass and altering chords. Once you learn your basic Harmonization Scale, you'd be surprised how fast you'd be taking a melody and turning it into a song. Also, the great thing about the DVD is it comes w/ a free e-book that you can print out. It has notes from stuff taught in the DVD, as well as the Harmonization Scale illustrated in every key. Like Jermaine says, if you learn the scale in 2 keys a week, in 6 wks you can be playing in all 12 keys.


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