Sunday, June 11, 2006

Why Playing the Piano by Ear Can Slow You Down Creatively

You've all heard the expression "play piano by ear" right? This refers to a musician's ability to pick out a tune, harmonize it, and figure out the rest of the song along the way.

A great skill to have no doubt. But, just having the ability to play by ear won't help you create your own music. Why? Because you still have to be able to improvise freely - a skill that is quite different than just picking out tunes on the piano.

Playing by ear assumes that you want to learn how to play other peoples music. Guitarists do this all the time. They'll sit around in front of the stereo strumming along to their favorite songs trying to figure out the chord changes.

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