This book distills down the immense world of music theory to just a handful of key concepts.
It defines exactly what "playing by ear" means, the science behind it and provides specific direction on how to get started and reach benchmark, skill-level goals quickly.
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Everything You Need To Know To Play By Ear
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Unwittingly, I figured out the "secret" to playing by ear. . . and that is . . .
PLAYING BY EAR IS A SCIENCE
It’s not some ethereal concept in music. It is music. It’s an understanding and a process that separates those that understand the instrument and command it,and those that can only follow what someone else has written. Leader versus
• It's not a smart-pill.
• It's not a single tip.
• It's not a single trick; and
• It's not a single formula (although these last 3 can be useful).
Like ALL sciences, playing by ear has some preliminary requirements.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, those requirements will always
be the same.
“Be able to play and identify the
basic major and minor chords.”
I call this level COMMAND. It's a limited list; only 24 chords in all.
Now, there are a lot MORE chords than those. But these chords are the
foundations of all chords. So it's very important to concentrate just on the
basic chords first.
COMMAND represents a benchmark level of playing and understanding that
you can reach quickly, but only if that's the focus of your attention. It is the next requirement that was much much harder to discover...