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I Play the Piano By Ear

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    20 Years

    I've been playing piano by ear since I was 5 years old. My mother spent countless hours playing her organ while she was pregnant with me so I feel I had a head start.  I write music and lyrics and am currently expanding my repertoire with Beatles music. I have .midi files if...
    duckia duckia 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 17, 2009

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    Blind Person Playing Piano

    Before I went blind at 16 I loved the piano. It was easy and had a lovely sound. Then I went blind. I learned to play piano by ear. My mom would play and I would repeat. I can do many things I thought I couldn't after I went blind.
    ChattyTara ChattyTara 18-21, F Apr 10, 2013

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    Misery -- the Beatles

    I am proud, if not a little arrogant, to say that I taught myself how to play "Misery" by The Beatles in less than 1 minute last night. No, I am not exaggerating. I'm so awesome. :-D
    duckia duckia 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 25, 2009

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    Lux Aeterna

    There is something about playing this song that drives a deep emotional pull threw my soul. I don't know why, but it carries meaning with me and every time my fingers reach for the keys, I feel that pull yet again.It's a beautiful song and I've been learning it by ear for a...
    pandapuzzle pandapuzzle 18-21 Dec 12, 2012

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    Playing Piano Is A Better Habit...and Cheaper...than Smoking

    I have played a piano since I was about 6...We would go to my relatives houses and if they had a piano...that's where I would be for the duration of the visit...Unless they had cats or kittens..A piano has gotten me through my up and down life...When I am happy I can make songs...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2012

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    My Secret Love...

    The first time I started playing the piano was when I was 6 years old, I didn't have lessons I self taught myself, I did the same with the other instruments I play. I remember that as soon as my finger hit that piano key, I fell in love with the sound. I started to learn...
    ImOkayNow ImOkayNow 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2011

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    Chords And Tunes

    I've been playing piano for at least 5 years, and though I read notes, most of my songs are played by ear. I often take a song or tune I like, break it down into simple notes, and turn those notes into chords for the left hand. Then, I fill in the rest of the tune with my right...
    Thelonephilosopher Thelonephilosopher 16-17, M Oct 8, 2013

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    You Hold The Keys

    When I started piano, I thought I'd never make it through, I thought it was so hard. And then one day I sat down, thinking that my dream was going to go down the drain of being a singer and musician. I started tapping on the keys the tune, 'Nobody knows the trouble I've seen...
    underthescars underthescars 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 22, 2012

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    I want to learn how to play the piano part in

    "how is babby killed" by The Mothership sooo badly! I've only figured out the first few chords. Sadly there aren't any piano tabs or whatever out to help me along. I wish I knew how to play better.
    Logivali Logivali 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Playing By Ear

    It's true, after hearing something, I can usually get to playing it on the piano pretty quickly without ever reading sheet music for it. As a matter of fact... I can't even read sheet music yet. But, I do it all the time, and my friends think it's great if I figure out how to...
    brandov brandov 13-15, M Aug 9, 2009

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    Piano

    I've learned every single evanescence song on piano. Even if it didn't involve the piano, I'd make it acoustic myself. I had finished My Immortal when I was only 6 years old. I've been playing since I was actually 3 years old. Not because my mom wanted me to, but because I've...
    sparklylesbian508 sparklylesbian508 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 15, 2013

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    It's funny how different ears have different

    sensitivities. My partner has a really good ear for hearing timbre, i.e. she has really good voice recognition and can tell who is speaking straight away, and she can tell what instrument is playing really easily, etc. Other people just hear really WELL, as in they can hear even...
    crystalchampagne crystalchampagne 22-25, F May 29

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    Related Experiences

    I am usually a pretty easy going person with most things. I don't mind people choosing what to do, where to eat, what movie to watch etc. BUT when it comes to pianos I am the most...
    Serenity14 Serenity14 26-30, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Went to a music store yesterday to look at keyboards. It was difficult. I found one that would suffice, it had good action and weighted keys, but it still was painful to play. My...
    Serenity14 Serenity14 26-30, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I have been a pianist for over 24 years and would strongly encourage anyone who uses their skills and talents for gigging to learn to sight read. It is one of the most important...
    Serenity14 Serenity14 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Been playing for so many years now. Took 6-7 years of lessons and now I just teach myself. Honestly, I'm not that advanced haha But I can play, by heart, Fur Elise, Moonlight...
    PanicAtTheBlink PanicAtTheBlink 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 3

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    That's the only instrument I played In my life :P
    DysfunctionalPiano DysfunctionalPiano 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I need some tips on how to bring out the third voice in moonlight sonata first movement. I just can't get it! Any practice techniques?
    mver mver 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I've been playing piano for 2 or 3 years now. I love the way it sounds and how your fingers just move from each key so smoothly. I haven't really had piano lessons but I normally...
    basketballislife15 basketballislife15 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    I play piano, clarinet, oboe and just recently started percussion such as vibraphone and marimba. I have played clarinet and oboe for concert band and I played clarinet for...
    HappyHart5 HappyHart5 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    I have been playing piano for 2 years. I am playing mozart and beethoven. They are my favorite composers
    ginny1q1q ginny1q1q 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    It's actually a lot harder than it looks, but i wanna be able to play music when i want so i just have to get use to it. I also wanna play piano.
    elementnov elementnov 22-25 1 Response Jul 11

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    I enjoy playing the piano when I am stressed or upset about something. It really helps to take my mind off of whatever the burden is - even though it's temporary. I love to play...
    Beachgirl67 Beachgirl67 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 5

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    I've been playing the piano ever since I was 6 years old and I absolutely love it. I play both jazz and classical but I have to admit classical is my favourite and by far Frederic...
    lifesimmer lifesimmer 22-25, F 7 Responses Jul 14

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    I really want to learn how to play the piano! It sounds so beautiful and elegant
    lostsoul4888 lostsoul4888 18-21, F Jul 3

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    I would do anything to learn. my mom and sis play and i want to learn but not with them around i just want to learn something like panic! at the disco this is gospel piano version
    OneMorePint OneMorePint 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    Playing the piano is one of the only things that is like a release and a get away.
    Liverbug2 Liverbug2 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I can easily play any tune by ear. It's just years of practice.
    GemmaWeasley GemmaWeasley 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just finished playing The Wolf Among Us. One of the best few days of my life but now I need to get a new one. Has anyone on here played Dark Souls II ? I've heard a lot about it...
    Tien101 Tien101 18-21 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Soft keys of ivory. Long strings of copper. Petals made of wood and cushion. Together colliding in a set of succession. To make the most beautiful sounds. Dark and terrifying...
    Caitlinsmith1636 Caitlinsmith1636 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    ^^the title basically says it all I also wanna learn piano I know a little piano
    LaKira LaKira 13-15, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    I've been playing since I was 5 years old and now I'm 22. 17 years and I still live this instrument. I remember when I first started, I hate practicing. I would never practice for...
    EllaAfter EllaAfter 22-25, F Jul 2

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    So here's a list of all the different celebrities of whose hair I would love to play with. Top 20, not necessarily in order. 1) Lea Michele 2) Selena Gomez 3) Lucy Hale 4) Kate...
    Hairaddict67 Hairaddict67 22-25, M 8 hrs ago

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    Playing black ops 2 atm on ps3 anyone else around play? Thinking about trying league of legends but idk
    damnitsover damnitsover 16-17, M 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    Do the tambourine and claves or clapsticks count? I've played these since I was 7 that was over 15 years ago. I want to learn how ti play guitar and piano, though; I have always...
    JosDor1510 JosDor1510 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Für Elise is my fav song to play ❤️
    Yasmin8 Yasmin8 13-15, F Jul 4

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    I wanna play and sing Amanda Palmer songs! And Regina spektor. And queen. I need to take lessons right now!
    danielle1423 danielle1423 22-25, F Jul 11

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    I can play very little record taking my grade 3 corner smaller version of a trumpet and piano and I'm a singer as well
    flowerpie flowerpie 13-15, F Jul 17

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    I can play the violin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano (my fav), and flute
    PaulinaaaO PaulinaaaO 13-15, F Jul 17

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    I am a self taught piano player and i like to learn songs from games and anime and different shows and i just want to play for someone :P
    kraygoth kraygoth 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    I took an interest in guitar about 2 years ago. Now, ever since last year, my uncle teaches me how to play since he knows how. I've learned a lot from him and I'm hoping to one day...
    basketballislife15 basketballislife15 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    I hate it when people give up on playing when they are losing.
    AlexandraWard AlexandraWard 22-25, F 7 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    In the spring I'm taking grade 1 can't wait I love piano although it might be hard
    flowerpie flowerpie 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 6

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    While this game is over a decade old, it still holds my fascination. I have built 3 large regions and have cities that earned 100s of million dollars and gained over 400 thousand...
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    I hate it when some guys just think all girls are easy to get or think just by using their looks or charm can get anyone they want. It doesn't always work like that buddy. Plus I...
    XFallingAngelX XFallingAngelX 16-17, F Jul 18

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    Hello, I am writing today because I can no longer take it! I deleted my SL (Second Life) account! I spend my life in that stupid evil game!!! I feel like crying right now, I am...
    blahblahblahgirl blahblahblahgirl 22-25, F Jul 20

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