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I Play the Piano By Ear

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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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    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 a week ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9, 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    in my spare time on weekdays and weekends, I love to play the piano at home for a couple of hours. Also, I give music lessons to elementary and advanced piano students.
    jillpeterson jillpeterson 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1ee5kDpxEJZ Its bad audio but im trying hard to play so it doesnt shake.
    shortfry3 shortfry3 13-15, F Apr 11

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    I started classical piano lessons at age nine and attended my first recital less than a year after, where my clammy hands somehow manage to shake out Schubert's "Serenade". The...
    girlwithhat girlwithhat 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I moved out of my parents house not to long ago and a few months ago I was given a full sized piano by my god parents cause they knew I wanted to learn. With the help of a friend...
    avey10 avey10 18-21, F Apr 2

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    My sister's Yamaha organ is the best. Easy to play with, and finding keyboard notes for my favorite songs online is cool. I have learned playing All of me by Jhon Legend the easy...
    DawnSahour DawnSahour 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I've only been playing for a couple of years, but I've decided to try to make it as a musician. My father always listened to ACDC, Metallica, and Journey while my mother listened...
    Mutent92 Mutent92 16-17, M 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I love playing the piano when I have time. It relaxes me when I am playing classical or soft music pieces. I have been playing for 39 years now. I love playing for 2 or 3 hours...
    jillpeterson jillpeterson 41-45, F 4 days ago

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    Currently, I play string bass a cello. i decided that it's high time I learn to play the piano and I have to admit... I'm struggling. With both my stringed instruments, I was able...
    TheBlasphemousOptimist TheBlasphemousOptimist 18-21, F Apr 14

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    I've written songs for as long as I can remember. My first songs were written for voice and piano. I eventually started playing guitar too, but I find the piano much more...
    lotusdrum lotusdrum 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    been playing guitar for just over twenty years, and have just bought an electronic piano, and am trying to learn, but it's very slow going!!!
    scottie1974 scottie1974 41-45, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Clarinet, piano, guitar and I used to play tenorhorn in a town band :) I can also play ukelele a bit. I'd like to learn mandolin next and I've always fancied having a try on harp.
    SlushyAseSparkles SlushyAseSparkles 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Does any one wanna play Grand Theft Auto V with me? I need some players, haha
    BrandanDR BrandanDR 16-17, M 1 Response 2 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...
    wetsec1 wetsec1 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I just don't understand the pranking lately, while Kaidence, Kendall and I were shopping my four boys pulled more pranks on our neighbours! I just don't understand how they think...
    Richardson444 Richardson444 56-60, F Apr 6

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    Every time I write a song there's always something from the 90s or early mid 2000s playing in the background . Man you just can't be inspired by too many of the artists out today
    Princeofnothing Princeofnothing 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    Seriously guys, I know you think I won’t notice. I know you think I’m not aware that you’re trying to manipulate and trick me but I am. And it erases any kind of amicable or...
    mishale80 mishale80 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    When you feel the the bed shifting.. And butterflie kisses on your neck.. Then It's just me waking you slowly from your dreams.. Come play..
    Kardia Kardia 36-40 1 Response Mar 29

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    I'm now in high school and am 14 years old. But I feel like I don't belong here- not in high school, not when I'm home, just not on this planet. I do make friends easily, but...
    Lizzylx Lizzylx 13-15 3 Responses Apr 2

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    I swear, people in this game are so uptight... I had someone leave my game because me and top lane didn't want to take flash. Lol. and when he asked me why I didn't have flash, I...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 4

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    Ugh, so yesterday all 6 of my children decided it would be a good idea to pull pranks on the neighbours. I don't know who's idea it was, but I don't care. How did they think I...
    Richardson444 Richardson444 56-60, F Apr 6

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    I went 9 and 0 as Xin Zhao yesterday it was the smoothest game as a kinglet for me since I made a route to go from gift of heavy hands to red buff the poisonous from blue buff the...
    Joshuadd07 Joshuadd07 13-15, M Apr 12

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    This was such a conflicting time. I had friends that listened to only rap and ones that were pure rock. I loved both I could jam to Korn system of a down static X and many others...
    holehearted79 holehearted79 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Just bought a house with a swamp behind it. I went out today barefoot and could help enjoying the squishy earth.
    archaedon archaedon 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 13

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    6:25am. I'll go outside after this. I also play this song when I run. Introduced to me by my late husband; something happened that became the catalyst of our wedding and marriage...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 16

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    https://soundcloud.com/mat-earley/ready-go
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 18

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    I've been playing video games for a long time. I played games since I think I was 4 or 5 years old. My very first or should I say my first two games I've played was Duck Hunt and...
    Xemplefied Xemplefied 26-30, M Apr 18

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    One of my earliest memories is of my grandmother running her fingers through my hair. It didn't matter what had happened through the course of the day; the moment I laid my head...
    pinkstarburst pinkstarburst 41-45, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Would anyone like an asexual pet fox? I'm very good and I have a chew toy, ears, and tail:D
    maxthefox maxthefox 16-17, T 4 days ago

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    Abba's "I I have a dream, a song to sing To help me cope with anything If you see the wonder of a fairy tale You can take the future even if you fail I believe in angels Something...
    Harley53 Harley53 61-65, F 3 days ago

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    I just love my pierced ears ,buying them online .I just love the look of the holes in my lobes .ok I did want to let my ears grow out ,but I just like earrings and that is it ,if I...
    studman studman 31-35 Mar 28

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