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I Play the Piano By Ear

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 149 People

    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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F Apr 10, 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, 2014

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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 almost 14 and a grade 7 in piano. I've played it for 7 years and I just love playing it. Sometimes I use it as an escape to get rid of all my stress and worries but usually I...
    ohheyyitsrae ohheyyitsrae 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    I have grade 5 out of 8. wish I'd finished the lot. had more time in the past to study/practice.
    mysmugcat mysmugcat 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    oddly enough I love rock metal music but I'm so drawn to a piano I would like to learn it someday. I've tried guitar and bass I hated it and I don't mind drums I would like to...
    RatxInxAxCage RatxInxAxCage 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    I started playing piano when I was about 4. My parents got one for my brother, and so I wouldn't be jealous, they put me in lessons too. I surpassed my brother. And for about 10...
    fireraven23 fireraven23 18-21, M 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    I would really like to be able to sit down and know how to play an instrument. I played piano for a year but didn't really like it. There's a band at my school but I never joined...
    camryn00 camryn00 13-15, F Feb 23

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    I took lessons for a while, but because of financial reasons I couldn't continue. Though I long for the day when I can play with confidence these songs: 1) Against All Odds (Take...
    halfblind79 halfblind79 31-35, M 5 hrs ago

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    I love musicians and bands that are heavily influenced by the piano :) I love Elton John, Billy Joel, Coldplay, Regina Spektor, etc. do you know of any good piano tunes/bands...
    ERMAHGERD1 ERMAHGERD1 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 17

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    Pet owners will often time find that their pets have ear problems. This is something that happens sometimes, and the truth is that it can really be frustrating, especially if you...
    davidrichardno davidrichardno 26-30, M 15 hrs ago

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    I miss playing the piano so much hopefully soon I can start playing again :(
    IsMyStory IsMyStory 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I'm a night owl and hate waking up early. Who the heck invented "doing stuff early" is a lil piece of ****
    LadyWhatever LadyWhatever 22-25, F 5 hrs ago

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    i'm in fact a pro at it. now while i can't really play any specific songs i find that writing my own songs is a much better strong suit of mine. maybe sometime i'll play for you...
    Sladetgx57 Sladetgx57 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 19

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    I play alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet*, piano, and a few battering percussive instruments. I guess you could say I have a talent for music. *Clarinet is my favorite by...
    WillowE WillowE 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 22

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    Which one is a lie? 1. I can play harp 2. I am competing today UIL 3. I can play cello
    pinkhappysparkle pinkhappysparkle 13-15, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I haven't really thought why.. But when I have my period... Piano music is so soothing.
    Rovigatti Rovigatti 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    Always lol there is always something to learn... That is the fulfilling beauty of it all.:) 14 years down and the rest of my life to continue learning to play the guitar. https...
    Jonnyguitar877 Jonnyguitar877 26-30, M 15 hrs ago

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    I also play angles and green day when I come around and oasis love it all
    mischef mischef 41-45, T 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    DS is fantastic, you just need a socket for play.
    ItalianPokeTrainer ItalianPokeTrainer 16-17, M 10 hrs ago

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    If you play with my hair I'll love you forever
    LadyWhatever LadyWhatever 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    It's all country music.... That's my music playlist
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I'm a girl and I've been playing ever since I was 5 and I'm now 14! I wanna do it professionally
    madds12344 madds12344 13-15, F 3 hrs ago

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    I've been playing guitar since I was 12 years old, my first guitar was a cheap acoustic bought at a flea market, but it did the job, my Dad played and was good, when he was younger...
    wetsec wetsec 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    Well; It's a big commitment and isn't it a big mess when it doesn't work out.. I think too many people jump into "marriage" too quickly.. So here's 25 reasons not to marry/settle...
    TheMightyAphrodite TheMightyAphrodite 41-45, F 10 Responses Feb 20

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    In my long distant youth I used to play tennis, squash and table tennis, and have turned out for various cricket and football teams, mostly just to make the numbers up when they...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 3 Responses Feb 18

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    I've been an expert at the instrument for years now..... And I love to play it! Just randomly drumming out some famous song I heard by ear.
    FoxyThePirate FoxyThePirate 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    I don't care how popular you are... What I do care about ...how down to earth you are. I want someone whose not counting how many friends they have...but cherishing the few close...
    submissivelittlewoman submissivelittlewoman 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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    The Internet has become a priority of people for almost everything. No matter if you are talking about home business, entertainment, news or information, the internet plays a very...
    davidrichardno davidrichardno 26-30, M Feb 14

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    What Video Game Character Is based On You? Quiz..I took this quiz thought it was interesting and that id share it here since it has to do with video games lolhere's what i got lol...
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 17

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    I have the weirdest family, the Randougshaes. Carlos Randoughshae just turned 100 days old and still has life left in him, his wife is 52 days old, their oldest child is 9, their...
    RyRyOfAwesomeness RyRyOfAwesomeness 16-17, M Feb 7

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    Any boys wanna trade or play truth or dare?
    jenkins12345 jenkins12345 16-17, M Feb 14

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    It always feels great to have pals who share similar interests with us. Recently , at a family gathering amidst random talks, I happened to pop up a question if there was anyone...
    nithikarevula nithikarevula 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 11

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    I love minecraft! I have been playing mc for over a year by now. I first found out about it when I was over my friend Olivia's house (We have same name) And she let me use her...
    Fairygirltwin Fairygirltwin 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 23

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