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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F Apr 10, 2013

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 9, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    I don't know how long I've played the piano. I have always used piano as my escape from the world. Anyone else feel this way?
    jasonthesnowflake jasonthesnowflake 13-15, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I played it for 8 years and with such a fussy teacher I can't say I always loved it. Now when I see people playing, I admire the sound and skill so much more
    ToastedSandwich ToastedSandwich 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    Where my homies at? Earthbound? Pokémon? Castlevania? Skyrim? Grand Theft Auto? Mario RPG? Come on, guys, don't leave a girl hanging.
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    I'm so happy! I'm learning to play Midna's Lament on the piano and it's really coming along well! I've got the melody down, but the bass is a pain in the arse to do with one hand...
    DrowningInRed DrowningInRed 13-15, F Jul 24

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    I don't know how to play though XD I'm working on that 👌🏻
    BaconetteParadise BaconetteParadise 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    I love to sing and play piano! Basically, music is just smoothly flows inside me....it is a part of me and i love it! Although, at first i was told to just give up on being a...
    Nyata Nyata 18-21, F Jul 24

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    My first instrument was the guitar and out of the 3 instruments I play, I am most adept on the guitar. I am self-taught on the piano and I wouldn't say I suck, but I have learned...
    queeniejean queeniejean 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    Everyday, I sit back and watch us destroy this beautiful Earth we were given. I silently scream from within myself because I know, no matter how powerful I was or how many people I...
    LadyBarefoot LadyBarefoot 18-21, F Jul 24

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    I started playing young. My dad taught me and I loved it. I was able to play in the jazz band at my school because I had prior experience. I've learned bass, ukulele and electric...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 23

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    i am not very good and can't play it well myself(i wish i could). i love the sound of it though. i think songs with piano instead of guitar just sound so much better. the piano is...
    varjakpaw varjakpaw 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    I started teaching myself. I don't know music theory or anything like that, and I don't know the letters to the notes, but I have a good ear and I can play a few things now (mostly...
    TheEverythingFanX TheEverythingFanX 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    The only reason I haven't killed myself already is because of my love for playing the Instrument. Hopefully someone shows me there is more to life than music because right now I'm...
    PrestoAgitato PrestoAgitato 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 23

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    Been playing since I was 5, I couldn't imagine my life without it. I have the most amazing teacher too, he's basically a second father. Always look forward to the next performance...
    FunAshley FunAshley 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    I am hoping that I can start taking piano lessons soon!