Playing by Ear

The Melody Master aims to provides anyone with the ability of learn how to play the piano by ear.

Whilst it is true that a few people seem to have the natural ability to play the piano by ear, it is possible that anyone can learn or at least improve how to do this.

There are many ways in which to improve the abilty to play by ear. Some techinques are below:

1. Learn Melodies Play that Tune Game One of the goals of playing the piano by ear, is to be able to play your favourite melodies. Practice makes perfect! With some of the most popular tunes such as Clocks by Coldplay, Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, Star Wars, Yesterday by The Beatles, Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses in which you can listen to, play, get feedback, find out how they should be played, the game provides a fun and easy way to learn your favourite tunes. And the more time spent doing this, you are subconsiously getting better at playing by ear.

2. Higher or Lower Higher or Lower Game One of the most basic skills is to identify that having been given 2 notes, is the last one higher or lower in tone.

3. Pitch Memory Game Pitch Memory Game Given a single note, can you memorise its pitch and then able to find it on the keyboard. This game is for those who have masted the higher or lower game and wish to be more challenged.

4. Interval Training Interval Training Game All melodies are comprised of notes with different intervals between them. Given 2 notes, are you able to determine the distance or how far apart they are. Intervals could be a minor 2nd, major 2nd, minor 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, dimished 5th, perfect 5th, minor 6th, major 6th, minor 7th, major 7th and perfect octave.

5. Chord Learning Chord Learning Game For the most advanced user. Being able to distinguish 1 chord from the next. A great skill to have is the ability to distinguish a C Major, C minor, C Augmented, C dimished, C 7, C Major 7, C Minor 7, C dim 7, C half dim 7?