Sean Wilson Piano
By sean on January 18th, 2018
It is frustrating to try and play a chord that you can’t hear. Even skilled musicians sometimes have a difficult time recognizing and finding various chords. For this reason Ear Training should be at the HEART of Music Development. This skill, like any skill, can be learned. Having perfect pitch is no guarantee that a musician can play by ear or that they can even hear the intervallic components of a chord. In fact, perfect pitch should not be associated with the skill level of an Ear Musician AT ALL.
” Having perfect pitch is no guarantee that a musician can play by ear or that they can hear Intervals.
A typical process for learning to play by ear if you are self-taught
- First is Observation: you see other musicians and have the desire to copy them
- Then Experimentation: you pick out notes and chords on the piano so that you can sound like them
- Next is Learning: someone shows you (could be a person, youtube, etc. ) haw to play a song or how to play an easy pattern on the piano
- Now, You arrived. *until you’re asked to learn a more difficult song or asked to change it up
When you learn this way you feel insecure. And here is why.
The Problem with Learning this Way
You need to learn to play by EAR the CORRECT Way. This page is your resource to get you started.
I started my musical journey online by doing ONE thing and doing it well: playing what I hear. Eventually musicians wanted me to explain what I was doing, thus my youtube channel and eventually this site was born. If you would like to see some advanced videos of how I find the chords to difficult songs see here, here, and here. This current page teaches you the process of how I build and learn chords and songs by ear. *It represents my own process thus it may run contrary to other programs, musical theories, or beliefs/systems.
To be a Master Ear Musician you must learn to how use proper finger and scale development, how to build vocabulary and add new chords, how to hear intervallic components, and how to improvise. This page primarily discusses how to hear Intervallic components.
Musical U also has a comprehensive guide for learning to build your ear by using Intervals and the importance of using Intervals as a foundation for proper Ear development.
The focus of this post is to teach you HOW to hear various intervals using the Intervallic Components of a chord. What are Intervallic Components? An Intervallic Component refers to the distance between the notes within a single chord. Hearing the intervallic components of the chord means to hear ALL of the intervals contained within a chord. Although this is an old concept, I have applied it in a way that represents my own view of how I hear chords by ear. Therefore, the term “Intervallic Components” as it relates to playing by ear is my own definition.
Intervallic Components refers to the distance between the notes within a single chord. Hearing the intervallic components of the chord means to hear ALL of the intervals contained within a chord