Learn To Play Any Song By Ear


How do I go about learning a song by ear?

Here's my answer to the question. When I listen to songs...


1. Find the melody (some of it first) and listen for where a song resolves. For example, at the end of the verse, you can hear the I chord (one chord) or the "tonic" chord. That tells you the key the song is in. When you know the key, then you can figure out the progressions from there, usually. And, it just takes time to hear major or minor keys.

2. Next, listen for bass notes. Most of the time you can hear the bottom the best, and then you figure out what chords will go with that bass note. I can hear "suspended" chords well (C F G) and augmented chords(a chord w/a sharp 5th) for instance C(#5) is C E G#. I can also hear a bass note with a different chord over it, for instance C\G = LH/RH G\C E G. Listen for your bass notes. Once you have your bass notes and a pattern, go from there.

3. Organization is the key. Type out the words, while listening to the CD. Stop, start, stop, and start. Get all the words typed out with space in between each line to write. This way, you can see and hear, the verses, choruses and vamps. So many songs are so much alike (at least very similar) that once you start to really engage your ears, you find you can play one song, and you can play 4 or 5 others you like.

4. Successful ear players have a plan, and a method. Find your own method. I need to "hear" things over and over, hearing the patterns, the chords, and paying attention to what's repetitive in the song.

5. Harmonize the melody. The melody note, that is the soprano part if it's a choir singing. Build your chord beneath that melody note and you have the choir parts too!

So, is it possible to Play The Piano By Ear?

* Yes, the ability to play a piece of music is simply listening to it repeatedly!

* Repetition is a great way to understand a song and chord structure.

* Figuring out the notes and rhythms to a song helps you to learn how to effectively structure a song in that particular genre.

* Playing by ear is also beneficial in helping a musician develop his or her own style; creating something distinctive, something indicative of them only.

* Learning music is the same as learning a language; it's acquired by years of hearing it, eventually coupled with formal training.

* Anyone can learn enough about the basics of playing by ear if they learn the following skills:

Being able to hear a tune and have a general sense of the contour of the melody -- when the tune moves higher or lower as the song progresses.

Learning to chart that melody contour either on paper or in their memory.(as mentioned earlier).

Learning to match the melody to appropriate chords.

Playing by ear is really a combination of three factors:

1. Using your tonal memory to recall music you have heard:

2. Using your ears and fingers to help you reproduce what you recall;

3. Using "melody contour" (the "shape" of the tune), "chord structure" (how to form the chords on the keyboard to match the tune), and "chord progressions" (the path chords take as they move through a song).

The real key to playing by ear is learning how to chart the shape of a tune, learn how to construct chords, and then determine the likelihood of chord progressions -- in other words, which chord comes next.

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Learn Rich, Jazz Piano Chords

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  • Suspension chords that gospel piano players use
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  • Tri-tone chord substitutions
  • 2-5-1 chord progressions
  • Upper Structure Triads
  • Intervals and their application
  • Rootless chords
  • Learn to play piano by ear using these chords
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Learn Big, Rich Jazz Piano Chords


Learn Big, Rich Jazz Piano Chords

Understanding Jazz Chords


Jazz piano chords can sometimes be confusing at first glance. In this article, I am going to explain how jazz players usually interpret chords and pick tensions to create lush chords. Bear in mind, every musician has their own "tricks" that they use to form their chords. However, there are some basic harmonic concepts that you need to understand and I'll cover some of them in this article.

If you are looking for an instructional course on creating full chords at the piano, I'd suggest the JazzPianoLessons.com Piano Chords bundle. This three-DVD set covers both basic seventh chords along with advanced quartal voicings, tensions, alterations, upper-structure triads, rootless voicings and more.

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Let's begin with a basic seventh chord for D-7. Example A is what a typical voicing of a D-7 chord might look like.

Example A



O.K., that's pretty simple, right? Now take a look at example B. Does this still look like a D-7 to you?

Example B



Labeling Chords


You might look at this chord and think F Maj7 or D-9. We can rule out F Maj7 because the root is a D. However, why didn't I label this chord D-9?

I did not label the chord as D-9 because it is common for jazz players to automatically add tensions to the chords that they are playing. Jazz players know which available tensions each chord can utilize. Personally, I'd rather see a chord written as D-7 than D-9 or D-9 (add 11). I think that many (not all) pianists would agree with me because as jazz players, we are accustomed to working from a "shell".

Basically, when I see D-7, I already know that the 9th and 11th are probably available to me. When looking at a lead sheet, especially in a low-light gig situation, I want the lead sheet to be as un-cluttered as possible.

The "Right" Tensions


You might be wondering, which tensions are the "right" tensions for a particular chord? Well, let's go through the three basic chords: Major, minor and Dominant 7th chords.

Major 7th available tensions are: 9, #11 or 6 (usually replaces the 7th)
Minor 7th available tensions: 9 and 11. 6 would replace the 7th.
Dominant 7th available tensions: b9, 9, #9, #11, b13 and 13.


Chord Type Available Tensions
Major: 9, # 11 or 6 (usually replaces the 7th)
Minor: 9 and 11. 6 would replace the 7th
Dominant: b9, 9, # 9, #11, b13 and 13

So, looking back at the D-7 chord in example B, you'll notice that I am adding the 9th to the chord. This is just one of many different voicings that I cover in the Piano Chords bundle.

Dominant 7th Tensions


I want to draw your attention to the Dominant 7th available tensions. Once again, they are b9, 9, #9, #11, b13 and 13. Let's go through the notes for a C7 chord.

C7 chord tones are: C-E-G-Bb

Available tensions are: Db-D-D#-F#-Ab-A

You'll notice that the only two notes left that are not represented are F and B. F would be a sus4 and B would change the C7 to a C Maj7 chord.

I like to bring this up because remember, when you improvise, you can use any chord tones or available tensions in your solo. So, on a Dominant 7th chord, there are really only two notes that you would try to avoid. This also means that when you play a Dominant 7th chord, you can add almost any note as a tension. Well, let me put it this way, you have a 10 out of 12 chance of hitting the "right" note!

The Million Dollar Question, "Why 13 and not 6?"


I have been asked this question for years! It is a difficult question to answer because it is like asking why does 2+2=4? However, I do have my explanation. Let's take the C7 chord as an example again.

The chord tones (notes that are found in the chord and not tensions) are C-E-G-Bb for a C7 chord. The C is the root, E is the third, G is the fifth and Bb is the flatted 7th.

It is perfectly reasonable to think of D, F# and A as two, sharp four and six. However, we would call D the ninth, F# sharp eleven and A the thirteenth. You might be asking, "Why?"
Since chords are predominantly formed by "stacking" thirds, we would consider the D-F# and A as being "upper structures" of the chord.

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Glory of Love, Peter Cetera




I love the Karate Kid series! How many times did you watch Karate Kid? Did you relive your high school years through Danielson, fighting the cliques and winning! Oh yes, I forgot, and getting the girl in the end?

GLORY OF LOVE (Peter Cetera)
----------------------------
from the album SOLITUDE/SOLITAIRE (Warner Brothers, 1986)

VERSE:
C G C
Tonight it's very clear as we're both lying here
F C G
There's so many things I want to say
C F
I will always love you
Bb Eb Ab
I would never leave you alone
C G
Sometimes I just forget say things I might regret
C F C G
It breaks my heart to see you crying
C F
I don't want to lose you
Bb Eb Ab
I could never make it alone
CHORUS
C F C G7
I am a man who would fight for your honor
C F Dm7 G
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
Am7 Dm7 C E
We'll live forever knowing together
Am Dm G C
That we did it all for the glory of love
VERSE:
You keep me standing tall
You help me through it all
I'm always strong when you're beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone
CHORUS
Fm
Just like a knight in shining armor
Bb Eb
>From a long time ago
Fm
Just in time I will save the day
Cm Fm Bb C G
Take you to my castle far away
CHORUS (with different lyrics):
I am the man who will fight for your honor
I'll be the hero that you're dreaming of
We're gonna live forever knowing together
That we did it all for the glory of love
We'll live forever knowing together
That we did it all for the glory of love
We did it all for love
-Arabella Clauson (arabella@mail.utexas.edu)



B F# B
Tonight it's very clear as we're both lying here
E B F#
There's so many things I want to say
B E
I will always love you
A D G
I would never leave you alone
B F#
Sometimes I just forget say things I might regret
B E B F#
It breaks my heart to see you crying
B E
I don't want to lose you
A D G
I could never make it alone





B E B F#7
I am a man who would fight for your honor
B E C#m7 F#
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
G#m7 C#m7 B Eb
We'll live forever knowing together
G#m C#m F# B
That we did it all for the glory of love




B
You keep me standing tall
F#
You help me through it all
B E B F#
I'm always strong when you're beside me
B E
I have always needed you
A D G
I could never make it alone





B E B F#7
I am a man who would fight for your honor
B E C#m7 F#
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
G#m7 C#m7 B Eb
We'll live forever knowing together
G#m C#m F# B
That we did it all for the glory of love




Em
Just like a knight in shining armor
A D
From a long time ago
Em
Just in time I will save the day
Bm Em A B F#
Take you to my castle far away

B E B F#7
I am a man who would fight for your honor
B E C#m7 F#
I'll be the hero you're dreaming of
G#m7 C#m7 B Eb
We're gonna live forever knowing together
G#m C#m F# B
That we did it all for the glory of love
G#m C#m F#7 G#m
We'll live forever knowing together
G#m C#m F#7 G#m
That we did it all for the glory of love
G#m C#m F#7 G#m
We did it all for love
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Piano Chords


Many people know a few chords to get by with in their playing. There are only 12 major chords, 12 minor chords, 12 augmented chords, and 12 diminished chords. That makes 48. Then each one can be turned upside down (inverted) 3 times. Three times 48 is 144.

* 3 of the major chords are made of all white keys:

C F G

* 3 of the major chords are made of white keys on the
outside, with a black key in the middle:

D E A

* 3 of the major chords are like an Oreo cookie, black on
the outside, white on the inside:

Db Eb Ab

* 3 major chords, one of which is all black, one of which is white, black, black, and the other the reverse which is black, white, white.

Gb-all black B-white,black,black Bb-black,white,white

Practice playing the first 3 major chords over and over until you can move between them smoothly and quickly. Practice the next 3 major chords, then the next 3 and then the last 3. After you can play them by 3's, practice playing the first 6 without stopping. Then practice the first 9 without stopping. Then finally practice playing all 12 without stopping.



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Piano Lesson With A Difference


Sometimes you just feel like playing a song on the piano!
You know, with no sheet music, just freedom of expression. Give it a try like, like Stu and Sniper here.
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Learn How To Play Hey Jude!


I've started back teaching piano lessons this Fall. My piano students love The Beatles. Introducing them to some theory, with The Circle of Fifths and incorporating songs in the Key of F have been a great beginning for many!

We're going Counter Clock-wise around the Circle, and since the Key of C is a bit too easy for some, I've chosen to go around the Circle of Fourths!

Hey Jude is in the Key of F. Here's the chord chart:

F F/ACF
C C/GCE
C C/GBbD
F F/ACF
Bb Bb/FBbD
F F/ACF
C C/ACF
* * * * * *
F-E-Eb (r.h. single notes)
Bb Bb/DF
A A/DF
G G/BbDG
F F/BbDG
E E/GCE
C C/GBbE
F F/ACF
* * * * * *
F/ A-C-Eb
C G/ CE- DF- EG-EG-EG FA-GBb
* * * * * *
E-F/ Ab-A/ B-C/ E-F/ Ab-A/ B-C/F end on F chord
* * * * * *
F F/ACF
Eb Eb/GBbEbF
Bb Bb/FBbDF
F F/ACF

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How To Form a Major 7th Chord



A major 7th chord is constructed by combining the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th tones (notes) of a major scale. This represents an interval combination of root (1st), major third (3rd), perfect fifth (5th) and major seventh (7th). So to form a C major 7th we would use the scale tones C, E, G, and B. The symbols for a major 7th are Major 7, M7 or Maj7. Whenever you see these symbols or names following a piano note (C, D, Eb, etc.), this designates that a major 7th chord is to be played.

All major 7th chords are constructed using this simple rule. With this knowledge you can now form a major 7th piano chord from any tone (note) on the piano. Rather than provide you with more examples here, go to Chordhouse.com piano chord finder and view as many major 7th piano chords as you like. All you have to do is select the chord name (B, F#, Ab, etc.) and then select "Major 7". You can then see how the chord(s) are formed on their "virtual piano keyboard". This will open up a new window so when you are done simply close that page and you will be brought back here.

When you practice these major 7th chords, I recommend you construct them using the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th fingers of your right hand. Thumb (1st), pointer finger (2nd), middle finger (3rd) and pinky (5th). For your left hand I recommend using the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers with your pinky (1st), middle finger (3rd), pointer finger (4th) and thumb (5th). If it is difficult making these chords continuing practicing both your scales and triad chords. Soon you will develop more finger control and flexibility and be able to make the "stretch".


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Esperanza Spalding- Jazz By Ear


A friend of mine from a guitar forum posted a clip of Esperanza Spalding performing live from Copenhagen. Her style of jazz singing and playing, well I give her 10+ stars! Those following jazz ought to keep an ear on the bassist ESPERANZA SPALDING, who is going about things her own way.

There are many gifted singers in jazz today, and no shortage of accomplished acoustic bass players. But few jazz artists can be both. Read more about Esperanza
http://www.npr.org/templates/story.php?storyid=90478162


Esperanza likes to say it was an accident that she started playing the bass, and it was a miracle she ever made it to Berklee. It's probably an even bigger miracle that she stayed. But while fate and chance may have played a part in getting Esperanza where she is today, talent like hers is no accident.
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Take a look and listen for yourself. You ask me why I wrote about a jazz bassist? Well, listen to the piano player. I love how he plays those rootless chords. There is so much air and space in his playing. That's where the expression: "Less is more" is applied. Enjoy! By the way, with her enormous talent, her music dips into samba, bop, straight-up jazz, pop, funk, latin, afro-cuban, and many other territories. See for yourself!






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WOG Unity Ride- Sept. 20, 2008



I just want to take a few seconds and share some thoughts with you.

This ride is ALL abut what Jesus told us to do.
Visit the ones in prison, help the orphans and widows, and BE united.
As the days and weeks go by, I want to encourage you to lift others in prayer.
When you are driving to work, riding to an event this weekend, and especially when life gets to you,
Lift others in prayer. Lift up in prayer the ones that you love and the ones that are hard to love.
Lift up in prayer the ones that you haven’t prayed for in sometime. Lift up in prayer the ones that hurt you the most.
Pray that someone will reach out to them as we are reaching to the ones behind bars that hurt others.
We are breaking that chain of bondage by visiting them and bringing their kids toys, so pray that someone will reach the ones that hurt you the same way. By praying for them – even if you don’t like them – you are telling God that you trust Him with your situation. One day, you’ll get the call, or hear about the person you once prayed for and once again, you will Thank God for being faithful. There are ONLY two things that I will always ask of you.

1. Pray for others
2. The day of the ride, to matter what city you’re in, invite someone to ride with you, that does not know Jesus.


This Ride is expanding rapidly throughout the country and we will be touching many lives together.
As I often say it is beyond my comprehension and in God’s handlebars.

The link below is part of a Daystar program in Houston TX talking about this year’s Ride... or view below:

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Five Year Old Blind Genius Pianist

This child prodigy is currently in Singapore. You have to check out this video. She has an amazing ability to play by ear and is able to play accompaniment just by listening to someone sing. She is only five years old and blind, but Yoo Ye-Eun's little hands find the right notes on the black and white keys of her piano...



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Ballade Pour Adeline




I have always loved this song and the sound of the 6th interval. The Composer of Ballade Pour Adeline is Paul De Senneville. For those who read notes, I have posted them.
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Voicing Chords


What is chord voicing? Well, voicing is how many notes are played, the distance between each of the notes and the quantity and quality of extensions.

There are many, many ways to play a single chord. There are also tons of ways to play chord progressions, considering that each chord can be played many different ways. It’s a good idea to start off with a few simple possibilities instead of hundreds.

For example, take a Cmaj7 chord. The chord is simple and is made up of C E G and B. Depending on how rich you want the chord to sound, you can also add D and A to the chord as extensions because D and A come from the C major scale and do not clash with the basic chord.

These are what we call extensions. In other words a good pianist will already consider D and A in their chord voicing when they see the chord symbol Cmaj7. It doesn’t have to be written Cmaj7 (9 13) for them to understand this.

So, how would a pianist then voice this chord? Well, for starters, that depends on the melody. Whatever the melody note is will become the highest note of the chord. For example, let’s say D is the melody note of prominence while the chord is being played. That means that for a pianist our 9th is already understood as part of the chord and is the top note.

It’s a good idea to play the bass note in the left hand which is C of course. Then the next 2 most important notes are the 3rd and the 7th because these notes give the chord its flavor. Consider playing the 7th in the left hand above the bass note. That would mean playing the C with finger 5 (baby finger) and B with finger 1 (thumb).

Then, play the 3rd, 5th and melody (9th) in the right hand with the 1st, 2nd and 5th fingers respectively. What’s left? The 13th or A which, you can cover with the 3rd finger of the right hand. So, from bottom to top you would have the notes in this order; C B E G A and D. That right there is a very rich sounding chord.

This is only one way of voicing the chord. Learn one way at a time until it becomes second nature. Voicing the root and 7th in the left hand and covering the 3rd and the melody in the right hand is a very good system to start with. Then with your left over fingers in the right hand cover the 5th and any other extension that’s available. This works for all chords including major, minor, dominant and diminished chords.

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What Are Shape Notes?


Shape notes, according to Southern Gospel School of America director C. Nelson Bailey, are shapes — rather than round notes — that mark each note on the musical scale. The shapes are an easy way to teach and make it easier for students to site read music, he said. “So when you look at a song for the very first time, once you know the shapes and you know the relationships between the shapes, when you see in the piece of music a note going from do up to fa, you know what that should sound like, and so you can much more easily sing that interval than if it was just the round notes,” Mr. Bailey said.
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Why Study Music?


If you’re learning adult piano lessons, it can be rewarding for both teacher and student. Playing piano as an adult is a good way to relieve stress – listening to music is a good stress reliever, so playing it works even better. Many adults think that it’s impossible to learn to play the piano, but this isn’t true.

Take some time to figure out what style you really want to play – maybe classical piano not for you and you want to try rock piano, blues piano or jazz piano. Some people don’t even really want to learn to read music but just improvise chords and learn to play basic melodies.

It’s like learning a new language or a martial art or something similar; it takes practice to become skilled and to notice your growth. And try to have fun with it – just because you’re not playing the Fifth Symphony by Beethoven doesn’t mean you’re not really a piano player. Remembering to be patient with yourself and willing to accept instruction will help you to become a better piano player and person.

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4th of July!


Just on my way to see the fireworks with my family, I stopped off at the local grocery store to pick up some water bottles. I happened to notice a message that someone had left on the asphalt parking lot.(Nobody cares) Their cry for help hit my heart so deeply, that I got out my camera and took the picture. Those words were embedded in my mind and I knew there was a visual response, an answer if you will, that someone does care!




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Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Blogger


A funny thing happened on my way to blogger...
I met three unique bloggers that totally impressed me with their style and creative writing. I found my world colliding with theirs. Bonding with so much we had in common and yet we were all so different. Each special path, every page written and every photo warmly shared, echoed in my mind that it is indeed a small world and my life is forever changed. So, I celebrate the birth of this new blog. You see, you never know what will be waiting for you right around the corner. But then, that's another story!


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