Dr. Ron Sprunger is Professor Emeritus at Ashland Theological Seminary where he taught music as an integral part of worship and education. In addition to his work as a church musician, he has honed his improvisational skills through accompanying, classroom teaching, and use of the piano in teaching Dalcroze eurhythmics. Ron has published...

Dr. Ron Sprunger is Professor Emeritus at Ashland Theological Seminary where he taught music as an integral part of worship and education. In addition to his work as a church musician, he has honed his improvisational skills through accompanying, classroom teaching, and use of the piano in teaching Dalcroze eurhythmics. Ron has published arrangements for organ, and with Linda, his wife as co-arranger, has written numerous collections for the Lillenas Publishing Co. For more examples of Dr. Sprunger’s creative teaching, visit his website, www.How2PlayByEar.com, and view introductory videos and free lessons.

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Expanding your vocabulary of chords

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  Do you think Johann Pachelbel knew how popular his Canon in D would become? When I discovered the same chord progression in a few familiar songs, my search for more examples began. As you play this chord progression are there songs that come to your mind?  This chord progression is often played with a scale in the bass:  The Canon ...
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Learning to play by ear

The purpose of this exercise is to plant a seed of playing by ear in fertile minds , a seed that could germinate and result in life-long learning. A command of basic chords is important, but expanding your vocabulary of chords can become a source of pleasure for you and for your listeners. Hearing the different chords that go with each pitch of the...
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