Mastering the Piano by Ear

Mastering the piano is a skill that is satisfying and exhilarating. Most people do master this musical instrument through the use of sheet music. Others, some of the greatest piano players ever, have mastered the skill just by playing it by ear.


Playing it by ear is the hardest way to teach yourself piano. Luckily, there are so many resources out on the internet today that can allow you to practice playing the piano by ear. You can look up tutorials on YouTube, find guided lesson plans, or download a piano app on your phone. There are a few easy steps you can take to help you learn to play by ear.


Hear the Music

Start training your ear by listening to a song you want to learn over and over again. Listen to the starts, stops, lows, highs, and the nuances in the music. Hum, sing, or beat out the tune to get a better feel for the music. Keep practicing it until you can play the song without any type of accompaniment.


Match It

Once you’ve master humming the song in question, move over to the piano. Pick out any notes that you sing that you can play on the piano. You’ll have a bit of trial and error, but you’ll eventually be able to recognize the sounds and play them on the piano.


Learn Music to Scout Out the Patterns

When you learn the fundamental of the music you’re playing then you increase the likelihood of playing it successfully by ear. These fundamentals include melodies, chord progressions, scales, intervals, and chords. Once you know these parts of music, you’ll be able to easily pick out patterns within songs. The biggest tip to learning how to play music by ear is to learn the music.

© Dave The Piano Man