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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    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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    One thing people don't understand is playing it

    by ear is not mental. For me it is muscle. My fingers know where to go and I have to trust them so they feel right at certain notes.
    LeaderOfThePack LeaderOfThePack 13-15, M Apr 19

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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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    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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    So just tried Fantasie Impromptu... I can only play the first six measures. D': but now my goal is to have most of it done in the summer! :D
    Garcinia Garcinia 16-17, F 3 Responses May 9

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    I have my mothers piano, she got it when she was 8 or 9, so its a family heirloom, I can read music and I know basic theory, she taught me a little bit when I was young. I would...
    squeezenbiteme squeezenbiteme 31-35, M May 15

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    Although I started to play musical instruments rather late - I had my first piano lessons when I was 16 - at the moment I think I can call myself a multiinstrumentalist as I play...
    Michi62 Michi62 46-50, M 2 Responses May 2

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    I'm taking violin lessons. I really want to do the piano but violin is pretty cool too. These are a list of songs that I know how to play. Jingle bells Can can Lightly row Ode to...
    PikachuIsPikachu PikachuIsPikachu 18-21, F May 14

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    I thought I start with the Keyboard, but I feel like I'm too old to start. I have no background in music. I didn't take any classes during my school years. I don't have much free...
    NooffenseIsuck NooffenseIsuck 18-21, F 1 Response May 14

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    I'm always fettling with my fingers pretending I'm keying a piano. Even though I've never played.
    MsPetrichor MsPetrichor 22-25, F 1 Response May 15

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    I would love to find someone to play with in Georgia
    emilyj56 emilyj56 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I was once the type of person that had to be at work at 8 so I’d wake up at 7:15 and rush. This was very stressful every morning and generally guaranteed that I would be crabby...
    jojo0915 jojo0915 31-35, M 4 hrs ago

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    Know a little piano (not as easy as it seems) Self teaching guitar I've played the drums once. Sure, won't be anything like Alex and Eddie VH, haha, but I feel so much better...
    PriscilaG PriscilaG 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    I play percussion, guitar, ukulele, and piano.
    Thegirlwhonevertalks Thegirlwhonevertalks 13-15, F 1 Response May 3

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    Piano, Bass, Ukulele and the triangle:P
    AskingAllTimeHorizon AskingAllTimeHorizon 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    "Lexophile" is a term used to describe those who are clever with words, such as "you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish," or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I love the song Swan lake by piano
    Negiin Negiin 13-15, F 1 Response May 6

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    I got them today for my 16th birthday. I was originally going to get 2 lobes and my left cartilage but after I looked at the starter earrings, I thought otherwise. Last August I...
    GalacticDaniel GalacticDaniel 13-15, M 3 days ago

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    I've only been playing for a couple of years, but I've decided to try to make it as a musician. My father always listened to ACDC, Metallica, and Journey while my mother listened...
    Mutent92 Mutent92 16-17, M 4 Responses Apr 27

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    Been playing for around 46 years just recently figured out most of John Petrucci solo album song Glasgow Kiss by ear its amazing and the perfect therapy my guitar is my life and...
    samara11besc samara11besc 51-55 3 Responses May 14

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    Nature has it's own way of showing its rage. It's a miracle when you survive that rage. You thank the graces of nature yet you curse it at the same time. But that is all you can do...
    Shayala Shayala 18-21, F May 13

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    Early one Morning. It's a song from the eighties, they can't even find the original writer. Listen to it in youtube, search "early one morning la harpe de melodie
    Snowhiver Snowhiver 16-17, F May 13

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    Remarkable Joe Cocker very early in his career. Cry Me a River
    RobertaS RobertaS 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 30

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    Ed Sheraan - Thinking out aloudEven though I am aware you were not around upon the release of this HIT song ... when I hear these lyrics memories of you come pouring down like the...
    Pand0rasCharm Pand0rasCharm 70+, F 3 Responses May 5

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    Friday night - home from work decided to really relax after a hard week. We have an inflatable hot tub as well now so I got changed into my red one piece swimsuit, red killer heels...
    Jackie1010 Jackie1010 31-35, F 7 Responses May 11

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    Thanks, buddy. Cheers to early cool quiet mornings.
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F May 16

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    sometimes I like to take time to myself and play some games at night. but always gotta be up at 4 to go to work on the ranch. so sometimes I don't even get sleep xD
    jackdragon22399 jackdragon22399 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    I first got into this stuff back in the 1960's when it was launched, made a big mistake by selling the lot when I was 19 thinking it was for kids not me. Did the same again in my...
    thickyholden thickyholden 51-55, M 22 hrs ago

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    I plan to build an Earthship. Explanation: An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires...
    Aurelielavraie Aurelielavraie 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So...there's a lot of controversy in the gaming industry right now, particularly with moding certain games such as Skyrim. And I'd just like to put my opinions out there. I don't...
    RebelCobra RebelCobra 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 25

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    Not been in any serious ones but the last ones I've experienced scared me. I've felt about 3 so far in my life which isn't really that much. But enough to scare me. I never thought...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Apr 26

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    Nepal , one of the most rich examples of mythological sources and the country with world's highest peak; Mt. Everest, was worst hit by a disastrous earthquake on 25th April 2015...
    Ahaanaa Ahaanaa 13-15, F 1 Response May 2

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    I used to play, as well as still own, a trumpet. I used to be the best in playing it, but now it's been roughly 2 and a half years since I've played it properly. I plan to move to...
    Dylanhgh Dylanhgh 16-17, M 1 Response May 4

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    I used to play games alot when I was younger. I don't play as much anymore due to lack of time and the people I used to play with are no longer playing but I would like to make...
    dmg0101 dmg0101 22-25, M 2 Responses May 7

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    I wasn't into role playing until I started to role play. Now I'm into it and can't stop! Its just such fun! I love role playing as a boy between 5-13. I like to role play with...