Chris Dawson Music

Playing The Piano By Ear

Written on June 9, 2016   By   in Classical

There is more to playing by ear than you think and interestingly, it is more attractive than playing using sheet music with a program like PianoForAll. Pianos have been here before sheet music has and music way played by ear before then. While playing using sheet music can help you get your notes more accurately, there is an overall attitude that playing using sheet music doesn’t help creativity at all. Playing by ear, on the other hand, helps you get the rhythm music faster and easier, and for those who love the feel of the song, it is one way of putting your talent to the test. Sheet music means you rely a lot on a musical score, which is rather limiting and can stifle whatever creative juices you may have. You will make a better pianist if you combine both playing by ear and playing using sheet music, with a bias on playing by ear.


By the time you are reading this article, you should know the basics of playing the piano. Otherwise, you may have to learn that first. You have to have some underlying theory so that you understand what notes you are picking.

First things first, pick out the songs that you want to know. To make it easy, take something easy. Don’t go complicating things when you are teaching them otherwise you will get discouraged. The easiest way to play the piano by the ear is to check out the song sheet first so that you understand the chords and how they match the lyrics. After this, you can then play alongside the CD version of the song itself. If you want to pick out the chords more accurately, check out the video of the songs as there are several different versions that you may have to choose from. Having learned the basic chords of the song from the song sheet, it will be easy to pick them out by listening by ear. It is from this point on that you can apply your creativity and come up with tunes that give the song a better feel from the traditional one. Believe it or not, even though it’s somewhat unelated, this is also talked about in the program Venus Factor. If you want to learn more about that specific program then see the Venus Factor review.


There are many pianists who have composed their songs by combining sheet music and listening by ear, which goes a long way in improving their talent. Another interesting thing about music is that there is always something new to learn. Music is versatile, and as it progresses, new things come up and with learning by ear; you will be surprised at how much better your music will sound with subtle changes. It is a good idea to make comparisons with music in the same genre as yours to come up with ideal changes that will give a feel to your music.


You can never listen to music by ear without repetition, as this is the only way you will know of the melody and the rhythm. It is the only way you will pick on the notes you haven’t noticed as you progress. There are three main steps to learning how to play music by the ear


First things first; get the contour of the melody. If you have already learned how to read notes, you can check out the notation of the song in the sheet music. However, if you are trying to pick out the chords of a piece that doesn’t have sheet music, you have to learn how to do it. The contour of the music is how the music moves up and down. You will be able to know how the repetition of the chords comes about, and you will be able to pick this up in your music.


Second comes harmonization, which is done by matching the supporting cords. Harmonizing makes the tune sound sweeter and better. For as long as you are aware of the note that you are playing, you should be able to know the harmonizing note that comes with it.


Last but not least, you have to come up with a rhythm that matches the feel of the song. You needn’t be a professional musician to know what the feel of the song means. You just have to have some talent in you. In fact, this is the easiest part. There are two parameters that come with adding a rhythm to a song; duple and triple meter and with the combination of these two you can make a regular tune better.


Playing by ear is available to any musicians, and as you may have noticed, many musicians are self-made; meaning they have learned music by the ear.

Hearing and Listening at Chris Dawson Music

Written on May 25, 2016   By   in Classical

Well, hello there reader and listener! Here at you will find a number of exciting new changes as we start to move towards a more inclusive platform, showcasing more services and products.


At this time, keyboards are my particular favorite things to play, from old-fashioned pianos (such as the one in the site header, which is actually quite ancient!) to newer, electronic pianos. I also strum the guitar a bit, but not very well, I confess. I also love listening to (certain) classical music pieces. Just today, I was listening to Mozart on YouTube to help me concentrate and get my mind quiet so I can concentrate on work. I fell in love with this little Rondo, and hope you enjoy it too! Here it is: Mozart- Flute and Harp Concerto- iii. Rondo allegro –

You’ll hear the harp begin at about 1:17. Beautiful!