Music is such an enjoyable thing and listening to a piano playing a sweet melody can set your heart in a whirl. Playing a piano is even better. As you play a favorite song, you can feel the connection to the music; the beauty of your soul pours out with every key you press filling the room with a timeless quality that you could never create in any other way. Many people long to learn but are a little timid, which is natural, when it comes to sitting down at the keyboard. Learning how to play piano by ear is actually very easy once you know how to go about doing it.
What most people do not realize is that almost everyone is a little shy when they first start out. After all, we watch professionals whirl their fingers like lightening across the keyboard in a way we could never imagine doing ourselves. What you should understand is that playing is rather like a love affair; your playing does not have to be perfect to be enjoyed — its the connection, even a small connection, that you make with the music which brings joy into your life. Learning how to play piano by ear will give you satisfaction and happiness that you will carry with you throughout your life.
The first thing you should do is find a time to yourself to take a seat in front of the piano. Place your fingers on the keys and feel their softness as you stroke them toward you. Lightly press a white key with one finger and listen to the sound it makes. Try this with the next few white keys to the right, noting the difference in each tone as you play them one by one. As you move slowly down the keyboard you will come to a point, eight white keys down, where the tones will begin to repeat themselves.
This happens all the way up and down the keyboard and each set of eight white keys is called an octave. You probably have noticed that there are black keys too. These keys make sounds which are half way between the sounds made by the white keys next to them. All told, there are 13 tones in an octave which you need to learn to recognize — and that’s it. These 13 tones just repeat themselves. In order to learn how to play piano by ear, you should experiment and find out where these tones repeat on the keyboard.
The last step is to playback music on a device which you can rewind when you need to. You can easily find a cheap transcription machine, record the music, and play it back with a foot control. Start with a slow easy song. As you playback the music a little at a time, rewinding when necessary, listen to the melody of the song and try to replicate the same tones you hear in the song. It will take time and practice when you first start learning how to play piano by ear, but before you know it you will become so familiar with what keys to press that you will be able to hear a song, sit down, and pick it right out.