Monday, June 8, 2009

Learning to Play the Piano by Ear

By Michelle Edward

Is everything you have learned as far as playing piano been correct? Think about the following information, and compare it to what you have learned is the latest as far as playing a piano.

Think on this information...

Would you like to play the piano without the fuss of dragging your music sheets?

Or make music with just humming along with the tune?

Are you senses visually not what they should be, but you desire to play a piano?

Don't you know that by simply humming a tune, you could play it the same?

Quite a few musicians that are professionals, didn't use instructors or any manuals to begin their careers. They learned by listening to a tone and then playing to the specific beat that the music had. No notes on a paper, or teachers helping.

1 - Get your things together. The main thing you have to have is a piano of maybe you have a keyboard. (We will be using the piano for our info though.) You need to have at least 3 fingers that you can use on your hands. Have time to do the necessary practice. Be sure the piano has been tuned recently.

2 - A regular piano happens to be made up of 88 keys. (A keyboard has less keys.) There is a total of 12 notes counting the regular notes, sharp notes, and flat notes. The white notes begin with an A note, then the white notes go like B, then C, then D, then E, then F, and finally G.

Following the last G white note it starts over with the A note and continues to repeat. The whole sequence is actually repeated a total o 7 times. The same follows with the black notes that are the sharps and flat notes.

3. The C note is also known as the Home Key. To trace the C note, it is the white key on the left side of two black keys. If you're still amazed, stare at your piano. You'll notice that at the middle part is the C - note. Thus, that would be the first major chord.

If your playing piano facts are out-of-date, how will that affect your actions and decisions? Make certain you don't let important playing piano information slip by you.

The thumb of your right hand will serve as number 1 because it is put at the C straddled in the middle. From there, count all keys going to the right. Include the black keys.

When you reach 5, that note is the second note of the C chord. Put your middle finger on it. Then counting from 5 count the notes to 8, this will be the final note of the C chord. Place your little finger on that key.

Now hit these keys together and an impressive sound is accomplished.

4 - Memorize the above sequence to use in your playing...1, and 5, and 8 to count. You can do with any note as a starting point, as long as you count right, be sure to count those sharps and flats.

Use the chords mentioned as your base. You can even do this if you want to begin on one of the sharp notes. That just makes this one of the sharp chord.

5 - You will understand what close listening and counting will do for your playing through enough practice.

As an example, when the number 5 in the chord goes down by 1 key then you are on number 4 key. This makes the major chord turn into a minor chord.

Then if you are doing the C chord, then just move the finger to the left one key and you will play a C minor chord.

The benefits of good listening you will start knowing different tones. You will also be capable of hearing variations in a tune. This is true as long as you hearing is good enough.

Some Practical Advice

Don't just stay in the piano's middle section. Travel around to other areas of the piano though for more unique sound.

Learn how to play with both hands, utilizing all your fingers. Don't just peck around with one or maybe two fingers.

Practice enough.

The information covered in this article is up to date for today's standards. But leave your mind open for future research in how to play by ear.

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