Essential Ear Training For Pianists
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To successfully progress through your piano lessons you will have to begin piano ear
training. It is very important to have a basic understanding of scales, chords and notes. Practice these
elements over and over again until they become second nature. The more you practice, the better you’ll
While practicing you are also training your ears, so listen closely to each note while playing. To correctly
train your ears you must be able to recognize intervals while playing a song on the piano. You will be unable to
continue with your piano training if you are unable to recognize these intervals.
The ability to hear and identify intervals in pieces of piano music is one of the most difficult elements to
learn. Piano ear training will allow you to repeat sections of music by simply listening to somebody else play. For
easy piano pieces, you will no longer have to resort to sheets of music.
By simply listening to them, you will be able to reproduce them without failure. If you desire to play songs
without sheets of music, you will have to train your ear to hear the distances between each note.
Many pianists struggle with this element, keeping them from acquiring new skills. Practice by attempting to
recreate simple songs from children’s CD or go online where you can find various exercises and games aimed at
training your ears.
While training your ears to recognize intervals, you will also want to train them to differentiate melodies and
chords. This will teach you how to judge relative pitch and will ultimately aid in your ability to identify
You will most likely have to rely on additional resources in order to master
the ability to recognize notes. Recordings of pitch practice or interactive games online will help you to
identify certain notes and chords by playing a melody and asking you to repeat it. Once you feel comfortable
with the melody, continue to the next exercise.
Training your ears is not a simple matter; therefore, don’t feel discouraged if you can’t find the melody right
away. Chord practices are very similar, listen to recordings of a chord and try to replicate the sound. Once you
have found the correct chord you are one step closer in training your ears.
Piano ear training is a difficult task for any beginner and requires perfect pitch. If you are unable to acquire
a perfect pitch, work on developing a relative pitch. This means that you will find a note that is relative to the
You may not be able to recreate a tune perfectly; however, you will be able to play a kindred version. There are
a variety of different exercises used to practice ear training. You can attempt to play a familiar song with your
This exercise will train your ears to recognize mistakes and your brain to create an image of sheet of music.
Playing with other pianists is always a great way to practice, simply have them play a short piece, followed by
your attempt to recreate. The more you practice, the better you will become.
Learn to Play Piano by Ear - Easy Lesson to Help You
- The Importance of Ear Training for Singers and Musicians
Did you know that the most important aspect of learning music is ear training? With good aural skills, you will see your playing improve by leaps and bounds.
- How to Identify Music Intervals On Piano
If you had seen musicians with pitch perfect skills and seen them apply their skills in their playing? They seem to be able to identify intervals or even pitches at ease. Why? That boils down to good aural skills.
- How to Transcribe Songs on Piano
For people who are learning to play songs that they hear, learning to transcribe is an important skill to master when you put the music down in ink. I know for a fact that most people are too lazy or find it too difficult to get started. We'll show you how...
- How to Identify Music Chords on Piano
Learning to identify chords that are played on the piano can help tremendously especially when you are playing in a band or when you are improvising. Being able to know the chords in the underlying music will enable you to play the correct notes.
- Perfect Pitch For Pianists
Perfect pitch is the ability to hear and identify any notes without the use of any reference pitch or any other type of aid. While this is a holy grail for musicians, perfect pitch can actually be developed with the right training.
- Hearing Chord Movements on Piano
While most people listen to music to enjoy a good song, it is more important for the musician to hear the different chord movements that are underlying.
- Playing a Melody by Ear
Do you want to learn how to play a melody by ear after hearing it? It isn't as hard as it sounds. With a good practice regime and instructions, you can master the art of playing by ear.
- Relative Pitch for Pianists
The other aspect of ear training is relative pitch. Unlike perfect pitch, relative pitch deals with the ability to hear intervals and identify them; A truly useful skill for any musician to grasp.
- How to Identify Notes on the Piano By Ear
The advantages to having a skill in identifying notes by ear are a boon to any piano player. It is often a misconception that this is very hard to achieve but the truth is; it isn't.