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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 Nov 14

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    disasterland disasterland 18-21, F Aug 9

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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 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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    Related Experiences

    Used to play the violin and learnt to play by ear. I learnt to read music years later.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 27

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    Playing an instrument (especially piano) when you're stressed out helps you relieve that stress and tension. Your mind unconsciously blocks out negative thoughts while focus solely...
    kevin913 kevin913 18-21, M a week ago

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    I've been playing the piano for 5 years now. I just love the sound as I play. I have written my own music and even played in a show. Even without the support of certain people...
    NeoxExor NeoxExor 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 5

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    Earlier today, I played my own song called "Fading Into Darkness". Each key played reminded me of the struggles in my life. From the loss of my parents to the crushing loneliness...
    NeoxExor NeoxExor 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 10

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    Don't ever stop playing, you'll regret it.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Oct 27

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    It has been so long since I played... Gotta refresh everything...
    Misaki7590 Misaki7590 16-17, F Nov 7

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    You know that you're playing way too much Damien Rice when you get a shoe thrown at your head.
    bluegilledgirl bluegilledgirl 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I can't, what are some good sights for recognizing keys by ear?
    tarkovsky tarkovsky 26-30, M Oct 27

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    Follow my Instagram @AllenHicksMusic
    AllenHicks AllenHicks 16-17, M Oct 27

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    When I was around four or five my mom bought me a synthesizer/keyboard. I played it everyday! I even took piano lessons up until I was fourteen. I play by ear. The thing is...I can...
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I'm learning how to place a new song on the piano and my hands feel soooo stretched after playing so long. The struggles of having small hands and playing the piano lol. I wish my...
    alicep67904 alicep67904 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 29

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    I've been playing since I was two. My mom was crazy. I've got a lot of piano anecdotes. Like the time I was playing accompaniment for this girl. Then I transposed the song so she...
    SerineTheSquirrel SerineTheSquirrel 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 30

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    My parents don't understand how much I love playing the piano. I can't just stop doing what I love to do just because I'm going to college.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Oct 30

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    I play the guitar and piano. Tried violin and I find it the most challenging, still trying to play it LOL.
    Blueskipper Blueskipper 18-21, M Nov 2

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    Watching my friend playing it makes me want to learn how to play it too. Listening to Yiruma and stuffs gives me so much feels
    dakilangdreamer dakilangdreamer 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I love Chopin, and I like Satie, but my favourite piano music is by Edvard Grieg, who liked me, was born in Norway. I love the Peer Gynt suite. His piano music is evocative of...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 18

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    Guitar, flute, violin, piano, trumpet, and a whole bunch of others. If I couldn't play music, I wouldn't be me
    Arasuki Arasuki 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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    It's been so long since I played. I shouldn't have left home.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Nov 15

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    Just to play this song from To The Moon. That's all. But I'm really sucky at learning things.
    SunsetTears SunsetTears 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    For me it's just the thought on a 1 on 1 lesson unsettles me and I think I'll never be able to play with both hands. Ever.
    SammiSakura SammiSakura 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    To me it always brings back memories. Just the way it soothes the ears and can reach any genre of music is so enticing. Beautiful.
    starwarsisthebez starwarsisthebez 18-21, F Nov 14

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    All boy should play with girls dolls dollhouses and collect girls dolls of all types like this picture of these two dolls just for starters
    PrincessGirls2448 PrincessGirls2448 46-50, F 5 hrs ago

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    A beautifully complex instrument. I have great respect for anyone who has to endure learning to play it. And those who do so well are extremely clever.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 30

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    Billy Joel - Piano Man
    Maverick1962 Maverick1962 51-55, M Nov 7

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    This might sound completely crazy, but.. I feel like I'm being played by this guy I kind of like. And the worst part of it is that I'm pretty sure my two 'best friends' are...
    abif1995 abif1995 18-21, F Nov 7

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    I'm a dog with long brown ears and a black, shiny leather collar. Sleep at the carpet and playing "show Kitty", fetch socks and hear "Bad dog!" when disobey. We haven't played...
    FransescaWinter FransescaWinter 18-21, F Nov 14

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    Dance event is quite common today.Their success, however, is a challenge.The dance party is the best season of spring and early summer.Its success will depend on how you plan it...
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    Consider to your skies and engage the enemy in aerial dogfights, bombing missions and even more. Strap your self in for your video game that's certain to shake, rattle and roll you...
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    "Welcome To The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. Not exactly relevant, but it's definitely an amazing song, by an amazing band. It just feels right i guess. I'd like to have...
    aciddreams aciddreams 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 29

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