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How To Play Guitar by Ear

Everyone Can Play Guitar by Ear

Perfect Pitch
There are certain musicians who have the ability , something they're born with , to
be able to recognize any pitch. They can tell the exact pitch of any note without any
reference note . Believe it or not , most of the guitarists DO NOT have perfect pitch.

Relative Pitch
What you need , to connect what you hear to what you play , is Relative
Pitch People who have relative pitch have the ability of recognizing what
one pitch is in relation to another ... they hear and find any note from a
reference point ; their ears recognize the INTERVAL between two notes.

You can develop Relative Pitch with serious practice - and
thatís why Ear Training is a crucial part of guitar education


Play Guitar By Ear

One of the most important weapons that any of you have , are
your ears. A good ear is what separates the pros from the rest;
only a good ear opens many doors that theory sometimes can't

To Play Guitar by Ear simply means to listen to something and then play it


Play Guitar By Ear Benefits

Everything you've ever heard on is at your disposal. It just feels great when you're able to hear a piece of music and play it back anytime. You feel like you are truly connected with music.

You're playing along with recordings which is going to make you play guitar better. You are subconsciously absorbing the nuances of the recordings into your guitar playing

You will improve your knowledge of chords and music. And, because you're forcing yourself to play guitar with a variety of notes and chords, you improve your knowledge of them throughout the fingerboard too.

Play guitar by ear, this way it could be easier to correct mistakes and memory problems. Also, you'll learn new tunes quicker and be more capable to play guitar tunes you've never heard before, and remember them easily.

You will earn the respect of the musicians you currently play guitar with and you'll be more capable to play guitar with other musicians.

Playing by ear enhances the improvising skills and creativity. Each step you take to play guitar by ear makes you a more complete musician.

Knowing how to listen is an art itself and it is a talent you should develop. But, like anything else you practice, you must know how to go about it and you have to work consistently on it.


Play Guitar Knowing What to Practice

LISTENING
You must listen with concentrated effort. That means putting on headphones, tuning off all distractions, and imagining you surfing on top of the sounds coming from the CD player...let ears do the walking instead of your fingers.

Keep in mind, it is necessary to spend time listening without playing guitar or singing. By doing this, you devote full attention to the impressions the notes are making on you.

TRANSCRIBING
Write the music down on paper.

Transcribe songs, chords, melodies, solos, etc. using the guitar and the ears.
Transcribe without using any instrument and then check your work on the guitar.
Transcribe rhythm parts.

SINGING
After you listen and believe you got the melody in your head.

Sing scales.
Sing intervals. Sing a note and after that try to sing a fourth, a fifth, or whatever.
Sing arpeggios (chords-one note at a time) start with major and minor triads.
Sight singing. Use any piece of sheet music (you need to
have a basic understanding of reading music to perform this).

Tip: Singing reinforces the music in your head.

GETTING IN TUNE WITH CD
If you hope to have a chance of figuring out how to play a song, you should play guitar in tune with the recording.
One of the keys is to listen for open strings in the guitar part. Open strings sound different than fretted strings - they ring more clearly and sustain longer. When you identify an open string, match it up against the open string, and next tune the remaining strings to that string with the help of a guitar tuner ... if you don't have all the notes absolutely clear in your mind.

But sometimes, you can't hear open strings...you need to recognize ANY note, then find the note on the fretboard, and tune the string until it matches that note. Finally, just tune the rest of the guitar to that string. Additional info at Guitar Tuning



OTHERS
Imagine a melody play it. Improvise melodies, solos, etc. over chords.

Record yourself playing different chords. Play back your recording and try to identify whether the chords you hear are major or minor.

Tip : Make a list of tunes and work through this list . Write down how long it
takes you to learn each one. You'll see how this time decreases with practice


Grow Your Ears

Ear training is critical to any musician's development as musician. If practice alone is not enough or you may want to get dramatic results in less time, there exist several ear training resources that can help you to play guitar by ear.

The ideal ear training resource should train ears with music, should be fun and challenging, should be interactive, should keep score, and should test you on harmonies, rhythms, and melodies.

Persevere and be patient with yourself as ear training goes on. Remember, the main tool you have is your ears...GROW YOUR EARS, PLAY GUITAR BY EAR

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