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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I love playing piano And I was wondering if you have any piano sheet music for songs that are quite popular please could you send them to me Also if you have ' streets of London...
    snazzygal3000 snazzygal3000 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 29

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    I've been playing piano every since I was 6 years old. :) it's been 10 years and I love it so much!
    Faiithh Faiithh 16-17, F Sep 1

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    When I was under 10 years old, my grandmother was the one who taught me how to play the piano. I picked up fast, I learned differently. More doing than seeing, if that makes sense...
    WomanlyQueen WomanlyQueen 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Actually I should say, I used to play the piano. Learning that for 11 years and gave it up (to prepare myself for a university entrance examination) - Big mistake. I should have...
    SwanLake78 SwanLake78 36-40, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I play it quite badly. However I have NAILED a few songs. My digital piano is now resting under a chaise lounge, at my parents house.
    Neitherami Neitherami 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 10

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    I wish I had continued with the piano as a child but when it got to being a teenager I wasn't motivated by the waltzes and marches style of music. I took up the guitar and mostly...
    dpc2014 dpc2014 51-55, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Even though I don't know how to play I try to make it sound pretty to take all the stress away.
    yennafur yennafur 22-25, F Sep 11

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    I wish I actually had a real piano to play on... I live I. The UK and have always loved playing piano... Pianos are absolutely fantastic but sadly I don't actually have a piano I...
    sancarn sancarn 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 29

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    I've played piano since I was five, but I wanted to try something different, so I started playing alto saxophone in January, with the aim of getting into a Jazz band one day. I'm...
    TreetopTriceratops TreetopTriceratops 16-17, M Sep 2

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    I've always been very creative...always loved to write short stories...even had a couple win awards in high school. I taught myself how to play piano, guitar, and drums when i was...
    neamatoad neamatoad 26-30, M a week ago

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    My piano playing is an unprincipled celebration of sound. The closest i've ever heard on a cd to what i sound like is Herbert Henck's Festeburger Fantasien.
    Nest37 Nest37 36-40, M Sep 2

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    It all began when I was a little girl. I think I was about 4 years old, my parents brought me to a wedding. I think! I sat there in the crowd wearing my pretty little dress...
    Chopinsivories Chopinsivories 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I'm in Grade Two for piano and going strong! doing theory right now, minor keys and such. fun, fun!
    thefandomthief thefandomthief 13-15, M Aug 24

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    I used to dislike the instrument, alot. I would roll my eyes when someone showed off their skills and was tempted to suggest that they learn to play a real song, not just stuff on...
    LostEmeraldEyes LostEmeraldEyes 18-21, F 6 hrs ago

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    1) I love to dance 2) I can play the guitar and piano 3) I can speak 4 languages
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    1. I've met Mary Lambert 2. I hate scary movies 3. I can't play the piano
    Risingabovetheashes Risingabovetheashes 70+, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Truth is I have a past with music teachers: my first love was my piano teacher when I was 17 ( he was 33). I am a musician myself and I recently started to attend advanced music...
    Mauriclaude Mauriclaude 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 9

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    My Time. The time when I can wear a shirt and go our and fell the fresh air on my skin. It;s sharp sweet smell as it tears into your lungs rejenovating them with clean new oxygen...
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    Well, not exactly a doll. I was just talking about it recently and I decided to make a experience, a doll is the closest I can relate it to. Basically in this fantasy game, you...
    Hypnotise Hypnotise 16-17, M 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    So I've been playing the mass effect trilogy again and I realized that this game messed me up especially the ended ;-;
    Brogann Brogann 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I'm bored so let's play. 1 I'm 6 foot tall 2 I'm left handed 3 I've made a teacher second guess themselves and they were wrong Choose wisely
    TheAmazingSpiderJoe TheAmazingSpiderJoe 18-21, M 3 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    I have spent more time exploring the world on Google Earth than I could count. I have traveled around entire countries looking at the terrain, photos, features. Taken virtual...
    colorstone colorstone 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    Poetess: There is something so sexy about sitting on somebody's lap and whispering dirty things in their ear.. Arms wrapped over shoulders, tucked in...with giggles as if I'm a...
    PaintedPoemCpl PaintedPoemCpl 36-40 1 Response Sep 11

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    I learned guitar playing for 3 years during secondary school. I followed my best friend for the audition to get in music school. She wanted to learn to play the guitar and I...
    malacka92 malacka92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    I used to play rugby in my school as one of the B team. I played as a prop in the scrum, although sometimes I was the ...ahem, hooker... or one of the second row if needed. My...
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    I'd sure rate this in a list of top 10 best feelings in the world. If there's a little bit of heaven on earth then playing with hair, is a piece of heaven.
    Zim0 Zim0 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 10

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    1) I am 70% deaf one ear and completely in the other 2) play in the rain 3) I believe in love at first sight
    Legionicula Legionicula 36-40, M 23 hrs ago

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