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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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'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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    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 don't know how to play though XD I'm working on that 👌🏻
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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 a week ago

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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...
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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...
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    I am hoping that I can start taking piano lessons soon!
    GlitterFawn18 GlitterFawn18 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    is it possible for someone with interest to learn how to play without a tutor, and when is it too late for it.
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    The piano has been a part of me and my life since I started remembering. It is like air that I breathe and a need to play every day. But now I have lost the full use of my left...
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