Tag Archives: play by ear

Learn to play by ear this year

One of the great tragedies in the way music has been taught over the past century has been the irrational focus on rote replication of classical music. Over the years, I have heard from hundreds of pianists who tell me the same sad tale. Many of them have advanced degrees in music but once they leave the glass tower of […]

Thoughts about learning to play better

Over the past four weeks, I have been covering modulations, an starting next week, I am going to start covering chord progressions.  Today, I want to take a breather and just talk about a few things that art important to me. I read something this week written by a very confident musician, and it made […]

Two different ways to learn music

Because it is Christmas and no one is working on music anyway, I want to take a week off from anything too heavy and just give you some thoughts about how to practically learn music.  This is a controversial subject and I am hardly an expert, but here is the way I see it. Imagine […]

Can you "Play Piano in a Flash!"?

I don’t know about you, but I like public broadcasting.  I love many of the concerts, especially during their fund raisers.  Last Friday, I was pumped because I thought I would get to watch the new Celtic Woman concert.  Unfortunately, the schedule was wrong and they were showing Scott Houston’s “Play Piano in a Flash!” […]