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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Oct 8, 2013

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    I've been doing this

    for about three years now. If you give me a song, I can hear it and play it within 15 minutes or so.
    RussianApple RussianApple 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 14, 2014

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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9, 2014

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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 1 Response May 29, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 Aug 15, 2013

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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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    I took no exams, only started learning last october. Would have started earlier if I could have. Anyway I take a class every week with a good instructor and practice at the...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 11

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    This is something I've always wanted to achieve but other things always got in the way. Anyone got any tips for someone learning I can play an octave with one hand and I have a...
    JackH19 JackH19 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    Just started last year, and took my Grade 2 piano exam a week ago. feeling that I am a little too slow. If possible, I would immediately skip to Grade 5 to save the trouble of...
    littleowlet littleowlet 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    I don't ... But I want too!
    MissKakarot MissKakarot 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 12

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    I started playing piano when I was about 4. My parents got one for my brother, and so I wouldn't be jealous, they put me in lessons too. I surpassed my brother. And for about 10...
    fireraven23 fireraven23 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 3

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    Too bad I don't play Piano, I love Pachelbel I can listen to Cannon in D for hours
    TristanIseut TristanIseut 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    I'm practice violin by myself... It's really hard thou I had a guitar in 2009 but it broke I give it to my nephews to play but they broke the strings and write stuff on it. It was...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Mar 18

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    Here it goes, I have a thing with pianos. I love it. I like it. I'm not actually a professional pianist or keyboardist or whatsoever they call it; but whenever I play it - I can...
    styleup styleup 18-21 1 Response a week ago

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    I began playing the piano at age 7 and the organ at age 16. I have a double major in college. One is music/piano and the other is mental health technology. I love playing older...
    femaleatherpiano femaleatherpiano 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 8

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    When people play with my hair, it makes me tired. I guess its just relaxing to me.
    GreenEyess GreenEyess 16-17, F 1 hr ago

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    I've written songs for as long as I can remember. My first songs were written for voice and piano. I eventually started playing guitar too, but I find the piano much more...
    lotusdrum lotusdrum 36-40, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I'd like to pursue this again someday. I've started and stopped the flute, guitar, and piano for various reasons, but I love making music. My paternal grandmother could play...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    Lol I didn't finish my other post like this. In band, I play clarinet, I used to play trumpet, but I converted, and I Really REALLY want to learn the piano, they're really...
    SweetcakesJr SweetcakesJr 13-15, F Mar 17

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    I took lessons for a while, but because of financial reasons I couldn't continue. Though I long for the day when I can play with confidence these songs: 1) Against All Odds (Take...
    halfblind79 halfblind79 31-35, M Mar 3

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    Check out Ludivico Einaudi especially divenire, nuvole bianche and Ancora! Also Yann Tiersen: Comptine d'un autre été and Rue des cascades!! Galop-marche by Albert Lavignac...
    jlove987 jlove987 16-17, F Mar 15

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    I learn violin, piano, and conducting. I can also play viola and I'm dying to learn cello, French horn and oboe.
    Hymph Hymph 22-25 Mar 17

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    Mainly my voice (still an instrument!), but I used to play my piano all the time, dabbled with guitar and now focus on learning the cello.
    JanelleBelle JanelleBelle 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I played when I was younger but stopped because I lost interest, and I wish I kept at it
    Raewyn95 Raewyn95 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Alternative rock nights on the guitar if its not classical music on the piano.
    AcousticAnne1 AcousticAnne1 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 7

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    Its so beautiful. I wish I knew how to play. But its alright. I get to listen to it live all the time. Im blessed
    NewBeginnings5 NewBeginnings5 26-30 2 Responses Mar 8

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    I've needed an instrument since I quit piano when I was 12. After 3 awful instructors, I figured out it just wasn't right for me. I've taken voice lessons, but that didn't include...
    BriImani BriImani 18-21, F Mar 17

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    I do it's beautiful though I don't play myself
    shannonsjourney shannonsjourney 18-21, F Mar 18

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    wrote this with my son.. for his class project... thought i would share... Mother earth sings to me. In the bright light of day, she raises the lights So bright and high above...
    nocool nocool 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 21

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    Today I finally decided I'm going to teach myself how to play. have learned half a song already by ear.. I've spent the past 2 hours practicing it. Time flies.. I didn't have one...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    ten things that irks me the most... 1) how scantily clothed female and male angels are portrayed in art... 2) new age stuff has made angels look bad 3) people and psychics...
    EternalViolet EternalViolet 26-30, F Mar 19

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    I played professional basketball for two decades but did not consider myself a celebrity. You were much more likely to see photographs of me at home at ease with my wife and...
    Valentindelapontes Valentindelapontes 41-45, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Pet owners will often time find that their pets have ear problems. This is something that happens sometimes, and the truth is that it can really be frustrating, especially if you...
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    Has anyone ever heard of the game "Police 1013"? Well it's still in early stage of development, but they're making progress! It looks like it's going to be the first really good...
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    It kind of annoys me when people tell me that support isn't the most important role of the game. Talk to anyone who is plat and higher, and they will agree that support is the most...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    I like to wake before anyone else in the house so I can drink my coffee, chat online, and play casino games in peace.
    TheBluePill TheBluePill 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    In 2009 i was looking at colleges to attend i ran across a small school in pa,and saw that they were well known for students with disabilities(im in a wheelchair,due to cerebral...
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