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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9

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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 1 Response May 29

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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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    I wish I can have my own Piano. I want to play piano. And play it very well.
    Frozzen Frozzen 16-17, F Jul 31

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    For some reason every time after a great work out I always come home to play my piano and it relaxes me way more I'm bless that I have time to do the two major things that I love...
    fitbodylover fitbodylover 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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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 4 days ago

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    It saved my life. I was In a bad place before I started...I was going to comit suicide....the. Music was introduced to me...I was about 15, and i sat Down at a piano...a day...
    Bowviokey Bowviokey 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 15

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    I like to play salsa piano style and its derivatives more than anything else.
    hythloday hythloday 36-40, M Jul 31

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    I was wondering: have any of you who play the piano (or other instruments, or sing) pledged Sigma Alpha Iota ? It's called an "international academic fraternity for women". I've...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I have no idea why but I'm in love with playing Silent Hill Alessa's Harmony <3
    drs0307 drs0307 16-17, F Aug 2

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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 30 mins ago

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    Playing the piano is my passion in life. I play for hours each day and I never get tired of playing. I took piano lessons for a short time in kindergarten but I've been playing by...
    harmony4850 harmony4850 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    When you play piano, don't forget to bring your feelings, emotions into the song, without it, your skill won't attach to the listener's ear. But how to bring feelings into the song...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 4

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    In total, there are many usages for piano: play in a concert, play in a party, for a dance group,....... But, with me, I just divide it into 2 different kind: play a song; and play...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 5

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    I have been taking lessons for about 9-10 years. I would be happy to help teach anyone who wants to learn. I must warn everyone here though, that to play piano well, there are many...
    Profclouseau Profclouseau 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    I learned how to play piano for 6 weeks & then gave it up. I just wasn't interested in it. Now I wish I didn't give it up.
    baraccio baraccio 26-30, M Aug 7

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    Piano player! I have been playing the piano growing up as a hobby so just for fun not professionally and never taken exams for it!I enjoy playing classical music, music from films...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I love the piano, it's my favorite instrument to listen to. So because of this I decided to teach myself to learn, I managed to get the basics down with a breeze (as a side note I...
    Matchitehew Matchitehew 18-21, M Aug 7

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    My cousins have a piano with the keys written on tape on the keys. I started playing the keys and I loved it. We looked up songs in their key ranges for pianos and it inspired me...
    PeaceBatman PeaceBatman 22-25, F Aug 7

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    So when i was around 10 years old i heard someone in the next room of my school playing the piano and i was mesmerised by it, i immediately took up classes on how to play the piano...
    Zukiiwii Zukiiwii 13-15, M Aug 17

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    Piano, in which is one of the most flexible instrument in the world have been written. The sound of the tone never ends. Piano doesn't have its limitation. If you keep playing a...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 2

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    I want to learn because I love music, the piano is calming and it doesn't hurt that Whitney Houston played the piano and she inspires me :)
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Aug 5

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    Been playing since I came from work, today has been a classical day! Love my Piano!
    wenwen14 wenwen14 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I am just learning how to play the piano and i wanted to know some songs that are easy to learn..? So far i already know How To Save A Life - The Fray and Apologize - One Republic...
    craziijessy craziijessy 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Want-To-Learn-To-Play-The-Piano/4636394
    Profclouseau Profclouseau 13-15, F Aug 8

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    I'm a very dull person I mean I love to party and I'm sorta outrageously outgoing but sometimes Id like to have a trait I can put to use like sing, draw or play an instrument like...
    RecklessXO96 RecklessXO96 18-21, M Aug 9

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    ADVANCE LESSON ! Ending progressions technically that's not a progression but a succession - no such term really, which is what causes some confusion as to what's "acceptable...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 7

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    Who know Jeff Goldblum could play the piano? http://youtu.be/59AAfRz0yZ0
    P245 P245 46-50, M Aug 9

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    I'm in Grade Two for piano and going strong! doing theory right now, minor keys and such. fun, fun!
    CloakedWanderer CloakedWanderer 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    Another way of playing chords: Instead of playing C + E + G, you can play C + G + C This way is a whole lots better, most pianist play this way.
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 5

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    I LOVE to play the violin I play mine at least a few times a night and my piano I am sure my neighbors love me between that and my classical music playing pretty loud most of the...
    Chicgeekgal Chicgeekgal 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    It takes me away from the real world. Throughout the songs, it's like I'm in a new world, the song is my world. It feels like I don't have any worries, it feels like I'm free of...
    Anon156 Anon156 22-25 Aug 3

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    Now let's talk about emphasizing. The way you emphasize depends on the style( beat) of a song. If the song is 4/4, you can play the chord that have the same time with the style, my...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 5

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    I play these instruments; 1) Violin 2) Viola 3) Piano 4) Guitar 5) Bass And some drums, but not well enough to make it to the list.
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 31

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    I love nothing more than sitting down with other musicians and jamming. In band rehearsals and jam sessions, I'm always the last one still playing. To interact on-the-spot with...
    necxo necxo 18-21, M Aug 3

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    So when it's raining outside I can sit down and play while I think about life and where I've been for the past few days.
    AcousticLover AcousticLover 16-17, F Aug 13

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    ximema888 ximema888 22-25, M 4 hrs ago

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    Piano,Flute,a little Violin, and am about to start learning Clarinet
    KJVgirl92 KJVgirl92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    At times I prefer them over modern music. It's much more peaceful IMO. I even played a violin for 3 years
    Alyzza123 Alyzza123 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 15

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