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How To Improve Your Playing Piano By Ear Skills

By Aedan B. Bryce

For Amadeus Mozart, a well-acclaimed master pianist, playing the piano by ear is something that comes naturally and so easy. But for others, playing the piano after hearing it for the first time is something so intricate and uncomfortable. While it can really be very impressive to be able to play the piano by simply listening to its melody, remember that it is never quite easy for an average musician. But come to think of it, it is never unattainable to master such talent. You only have to pursue the following principles to hone your dexterity in playing the piano by ear:

First and foremost, make sure to shut your eyes in your piano practice sessions. Really, rehearsing your musical pieces with eyes closed is truly effective in developing your skill of playing piano by ear. Use the notion of “out of sight” and “out of mind” strategy wherein you simply leave yourself to go with the flow and merely feel the music as you play it.

It basically means shutting your eyes and not seeing the notes, nor thinking about which keys to press but simply relying on the music you play by feeling it. The secret is to find out how you can create in your mind, a visual image of the kind of music you are going to play. You will be amazed later on to find that you are now better equipped playing piano by ear.

Then, let your friends who also play the piano test you. Ask your family or friends to let you listen to a piece they love, then duplicate it using your newly developed piano by ear skills. This has been proven helpful in establishing in your brain a visual image of the music played; thereby enhancing your skills in playing piano by ear.

Or you may wish to play the piano while a recorded music is being played. You should never do without this basic tip. Even if it might take you longer than usual to build up your confidence in playing piano by ear, it is definitely important that you follow this tip.

Initially, you may anticipate that it will be a little difficult to play along with a recorded music, but gradually, you will notice your dexterity improving and you will be then able to master the technique. And last but not least, plan to spend some time playing piano together with some friends who also play piano. Seek out your friends who also love to play the piano and make time to play piano with them as often as you can. This is a very helpful tip to make out music in a totally new and stimulating way. Of course, you will meet some situations when you will be required to understand the “score,” and read written music as well.

Try to get the best from the jamming you have scheduled with your friends, specially that it is the most common means of playing music using the piano. Just make it a point that you do not get stuck to focusing on your score. Instead, find out how you can focus your concentration more on harmoniously playing with the other pianists.

In the end, you will discover that following such tips will certainly sharpen your proficiency in playing piano by ear and not playing piano with the eyes. You will definitely be surprised and delighted to see that within time; you are already a master pianist skilled in playing piano music pieces by the ear.

If you are eager to play piano by ear, simply surf through the Internet for reviews to help you understand the tips and techniques of improving your piano skills. There are countless of resources online that you may access to achieve this.

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