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How to Play Songs on Piano by Ear in 100 words! And how to add chords to a melody

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Published on Apr 3, 2018

Learn how to play songs by ear on the piano explained below in 100 words & in three steps in the video above. See 2-minute version with captions only at https://youtu.be/gt4er_hsgP0. Note: Step 2 would be better illustrated & practiced playing left & right hand with index finger only

MAIN OBJECTIVES
Play simple songs by ear
Decrease learning time, trial-error & frustration
Raise motivation & probability of success

HOW TO PLAY SONGS BY EAR ON PIANO IN 100 WORDS
1) Start with simple melodies with narrow note range, playing final song note on C (helps avoid black keys, identify musical patterns quicker)
http://bit.ly/selectandstartsongonkeyofC

2) Play BASS note at 1, 3 or 5 intervals (+ 1 octave) BELOW melodic note played on (sometimes immediately after) main down beat** with left pinky. Play intervals 1 or 5 for melodic note I, II, IV, V and 3 for II, VI, VII; 3 when melody progresses chromatically up & down; 2, 4, or 7 in melancholy or midsection of song.
http://bit.ly/identifyingbassnoteswit...

3) Roll CHORD up & down notes at 1-3-5 or 1-5-8-to-10 intervals ABOVE bass notes. Jazz up with 7-9.




http://bit.ly/playchordsoffbassnotes

**This step is key!! As of posting date, you won’t find this mental shortcut anywhere.

RESOURCES:
Short on time? View 1 minute video
http://bit.ly/learnpianoin1minute 100 word lesson with keyboard diagram
http://bit.ly/pianobyeardiagram


PREREQUISITE SKILLS
1) Play melody with right hand by identifying intervals between adjacent notes in the melody https://bit.ly/StepStoneMethod http://bit.ly/IntervalEarTrainingTest

2) Identify 1st down beat of 4/4 or 3/4 measure http://bit.ly/finddownbeat

3) Identify note C on piano keyboard http://bit.ly/2HeyXys

4) Identify note interval number from a selected note, e.g. 1=C, 2=2nd white key, 3 =3rd white I key above C http://bit.ly/pianonoteintervals

5) Identify starting note of melody to be played in key of C http://bit.ly/findfirstnoteofsonggive...


LIMITATIONS & OMISSIONS IN VIDEO
Missing tips on when to play 2 & 4 intervals between melodic and bass notes Omitted tip to use 3rd interval when melody progresses chromatically up /down.


OTHER APPLICATIONS
Composing songs
Piano improvisation
Playing & transposing songs in different keys


PERSONAL COMMENTARY
For years I wanted to learn how to play piano by ear (after 13 years of classical piano lessons & 45+ years playing the piano), but I find existing videos & tutorials to be frustrating and confusing because they are either too vague, complex, long winded, or missing important steps. None I have found to adequately explain in simple language the dependent relationship between melodic note, bass note, and chords. This motivated me to put together a simple three step process (with a couple of unique mental shortcuts) to get you going as quickly as possible (with out music theory and sheet music).

The three steps presented in this video have been reduced down to the bare minimum so they can be executed with little mental processing as you are playing the piano, and hence will help you learn how to play piano by ear more spontaneously and quickly with minimal confusion, frustration, and trial-and-error. If you already possess some basic piano skills (e.g., familiarity with key signatures and scales, and better sense of note intervals), you may find these three simple steps will enable you to play songs by ear instantaneously just as I experienced this summer once I was able to formulate these three basic steps. I never thought I'd be able to play songs by ear and play them in any key! It was quite a ureka moment!

Once you apply these steps to play songs by ear, you'll no longer need to memorize the original tonic note and chord progressions for each and every song. With more practice, you'll be able to play songs in any key , and best of all, play and improvise new melodies!

Thanks for watching the video! And please share your comments & suggestions.

Dr. Allan Jeong
Prof. in Instructional Systems & Learning Tech
Florida State University
http://myweb.fsu.edu/ajeong
allanjeong@gmail.com
http://bit.ly/minutepianolessons

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P.S. If you would like to incorporate any of these ideas into your teaching and/or instructional materials, please cite this video.

Share your tips & suggestions at https://www.quora.com/How-can-we-teac...

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Copyright April 2018

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