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I Play the Piano By Ear

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 149 People

    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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    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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    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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9, 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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    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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    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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    I'm not an expert or anything, I'm just learning. I got a piano for Christmas in 2014 and I'm in piano class, and I've watched some tutorial videos so I'm getting there. I can play...
    Alyssasaurous Alyssasaurous 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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    Been playing for 9 years.... Words can't express my love for that instrument <33
    MissGorgeous MissGorgeous 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 1

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    I really want to play this . . . I've done other songs that are similar in a way, but I've never heard something so melancholic, yet invogorating. 
    BrokenWingedDove BrokenWingedDove 16-17 2 days ago

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    I just love the beatiful sound of it
    Jayroame Jayroame 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 9

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    If barely knowing 3 songs is good then I'm pretty good :P
    DoorMattress DoorMattress 13-15, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I want to play piano but we don't have money to pay for lessons and I have a short memory
    hope02345 hope02345 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    1. I have two cats. 2. I play piano. 3. I have accomplished my career goals already at 24.
    kfg4279 kfg4279 22-25, F Dec 29, 2014

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    Lindsey Stirling is who inspired me to start playing, and now I know I can play by ear like her
    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601 13-15, F 5 Responses Jan 3

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    I want to learn how to play the piano. I had a friend in Jr. High whom I used to walk home from school with. I would walk her to her piano teacher's house, and I would continue on...
    MsInvis MsInvis 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    I love music. But that's not just it. A person who can play the piano can create music. To me he is a creator. Imagine pressing some reeds and creating a music out of thin air. It...
    waterflame waterflame 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    it reminds me of my bf <3 I love the way he plays the piano for me.. my heart melts when he plays the piano when its raining.. I'm blessed to have you in my life darling.. I...
    amazingmoment90 amazingmoment90 18-21, F Dec 29, 2014

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    Piano is so beautiful. I wish I learned how to play the piano or the violin. My mother tried to give me lessons but when you are a child you don't care. Sigh
    NewBeginnings5 NewBeginnings5 22-25 1 Response Jan 4

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    I wish I could. However, I have no talent in music. I took one year of guitar classes in high school and I tried really hard I use to practice every day and yet nothing got stuck...
    malu1835 malu1835 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The piano since I was 5 or 6, violin since I was 11 I believe, guitar, and a bit of flute and clarinet. The piano and violin are my specialties. The two instruments I love to...
    EllaAfter EllaAfter 22-25, F Dec 31, 2014

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    When I was in Minneapolis, I went to Shout House duelling pianos, it was awesome. I enjoy some classical as well, don't really know of much. Especially like Fur Elise. It's kinda...
    paulstin paulstin 26-30, M Jan 15

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    I play in various bands, I remember playing a concert band and the piece of music was in piano, soft, I accidentally blurted out and red-faced myself.
    barehugger barehugger 61-65, M Jan 3

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    I have to be honest I don't like all kinds of classical music. But I've recently discovered yiruma. The music is really beautiful. Makes me want to learn to play his songs. It...
    liveurbestlifenow liveurbestlifenow 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    I started out with the Tenor Sax. Now I also play flute, piano and electric guitar. I love them all. :)
    AwakeinSleep AwakeinSleep 18-21, F Jan 12

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    I have always envied people who can play instruments and have wanted to learn the piano for a very long time. I'm told that I could be very good at it because I have quite long...
    TheNarratorGrim TheNarratorGrim 18-21, M Jan 17

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    i love my guitars I have 10. and I am currently making my 11th one from scratch, they make me so happy I also play the drums and piano but guitar is my life :) <3
    anonymousgirl5567 anonymousgirl5567 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 19

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    i havnt been able to play. i dont know why i just cant bring myself too. maybe its a good thing
    Pigmaginny Pigmaginny 22-25, M Jan 1

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    It helps calm me and to cope with stress. I don't know if it helps but you can always hear my singing. "Sing us a song, you're the piano man. Sing us a song tonight, because were...
    TheFrontierman TheFrontierman 13-15, M Jan 12

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    I remember I used to play outside all the time. I even woke up early. I was hardly inside and was always in the yard with my dog. I had my own little table outside which I called...
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    I love to play online games where I earn money just by playing even if I lose example http://www.buxvertise.com/icon.php?i=39245
    genuine123 genuine123 36-40, F 3 days ago

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    Earth: The Water Planet 2 . Did comets or meteorites deliver Earth’s water? Although comets contain considerable water (b), comets did not provide much of the Earth’s water...
    Pahu Pahu 70+, M Jan 14

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    Molten Earth? 1 . For more than two centuries, textbooks have taught that the early Earth was molten for 500,000,000 years, because it formed by meteoritic bombardment (a). If so...
    Pahu Pahu 70+, M 6 days ago

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    Earth: The Water Planet 1 . The amount of water on Earth greatly exceeds that known on or within any other planet in the solar system. Liquid water, which is essential for life to...
    Pahu Pahu 70+, M Jan 7

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    I'm like the outcast of the family. My family does stuff with out me and I find out about it on facebook. I have have two sisters one younger one older the older one has 3 kids so...
    kdmb kdmb 22-25, F Jan 7

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    Today begins the day where I start to main poppy. First game as poppy coming up. wish me luck. :p UPDATE: never mind. she sucks. SECOND UPDATE: okay. she sucks early game
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    Earning income is obviously the most common requirement of people all around the world. No matter where we live or how much money we have, earning always becomes a main part of our...
    edr567 edr567 26-30, M Jan 18

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    hii my name is aman my maths teacher is preety good she pulls ear when he is angry with the child or anybody she is having big red nails one day she is teaching she has...
    earpulling earpulling 18-21, M Jan 5

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    Things I hate about ARAMS (yet I still play them): 1. when people are ******** and take the health packs when they obviously don't need them. It happens sooo much. Last game I...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 13

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    I got my ears pierced on mothers day this year and I have yet to find any new earing that I like I keep changing them daily bc j don't like how they look in my ears I love my ears...
    russep1990 russep1990 22-25, M 5 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    To be able to play guitar is one of my goals. I have "google searched" "free guitar lessons" and visited so many sites.Too many times I have checked out a website that offers free...
    NamelessWife NamelessWife 41-45, F Jan 10

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    Like the experience says, I love playing cards, but I rarely have anyone to play with. Wednesday was the first time in over a year that I played cards. I got together with 2...
    SerSean SerSean 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 10