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Playing by Ear - Chords

Recognize the sound of chords and chord progressions and be able to play these chords and chord progressions.

PUBLISHED: Jun 25, 2014 UPDATED: Oct 6, 2016 • VIEWS: 3 • LESSON CODE: UL06c

Instruments: ukulele guitar music bass ANY drums Subjects: chordsscalesprogressionssongwriting

Playing by Ear - Chords

Playing chords, chord progressions, and songs by ear is all about getting your ear to recognize the sound of chords and chord progressions and just like melodies, train the fingers and the hand to follow your inner ear and play these chords, chord progressions, and songs on demand.

This training involves the mind, hands and ear. Of the three the hands always need the most work as they can't hear or understand anything - only what they have been trained to do.

Learning to hear chord progressions and the chord changes. This is where to start and will get you off the page. Don't try and learn by ear. Learn from a position of knowledge and with an organized plan. "Playing by Ear" is for playing NOT learning.

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"Playing by Ear" vs. "Learning by Ear"

Don't get "Playing by Ear" and "Learning by Ear" mixed up. It's hit and miss to try and learn by ear. You need to train your ear and brain to understand what is going on in order to play by ear. Understanding the principles of how music works will go a long way on your ability to play by ear.

Start with training your ear to identify (hear) and sing melodic intervals.

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Cool Chords
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