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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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How Do You Teach Students to Read Who Already Play by Ear?

​from the series: Independence Day: Music Reading We've all heard, countless times, "Would you play it for me?" after a student has spent a week with a new piece without satisfactory success. If we know the student well, our response will be based on knowing why this request has been made. If we know that our performance can be the motivation ...
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