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How to Improve your ability to play piano by ear...
by: David from www.piano-play-it.com

Hi Shanon,

To begin with I'd say you're underestimating the knowledge and education you earned.

It's true, playing piano by ear is lots of fun and gives you an incredible feeling of freedom.

However, by learning to read music sheets you earned a lot. You're familiar with Dymamic expressions for example and you'll be able to read more complex pieces the simply accompanying songs.

The classical music genre enfolds wonderful pieces and complex pieces that you could never be grasping by only playing piano by ear.
Besides that you now have the technique to play both pop and classical music so cheer up! :)

And by the way... Never, never think that's it too late. I don't know who came up with the idea that there's an age limit to playing music. It's true that in some aspects learning becomes more difficult as you become older but hey!
You've got years of musical education behind you.
You can get playing music by ear in your system quickly with the right guidance for sure!

About playing piano by ear...
If you can already play the melodic part by ear you did half of the job (Thanks to your musical education again...)

The next step would be finding the chords. Go through the Piano Chord Theory Page to start understanding the relationships between chords and that will help you to improve your ability to find the chords.

Now, simply playing those 3 tone chords might be boring indeed. Why don't you follow the Complete accompaniment course?

In this course you'll see many examples of different grooves that will enrich the way you accompany chords. When you're done you can go through the other piano tutorials in the Piano Tutorial section.

Embrace each new groove and try to implement it on different songs that belong to that specific genre.

If you're interest in expanding the 3 tone chords to 4 tone chords try reading the Chord Construction page.
It will show you how to play chords that have a reacher sound.

I'm still busy with creating the beginner chord lessons in the Piano Chords section but soon I'll create more videos on that specific subject on playing piano by ear...
Once I'll do that I'll keep you informed o.k.?

Good Luck and let me know if you've got further question. I'd be happy to give you more info!

David from www.piano-play-it.com

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