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Play Guitar By Ear - Where Is Music?
Wouldn't it be great to hear a song and be able to pick up a
guitar and play that song on the guitar by ear? Well you can play
guitar by ear, if you have been unsuccessful with you previous
attempts to play by ear once you understand the process it is
easy and fun!
Step 1: - Your ear and your memory for sound.
Playing by ear is really ...playing from your memory! I repeat,
playing by ear is playing from your memory ... that's the key, if
you want to play guitar by ear you must understand that the
phrase "playing by ear" refers to the process of playing from
This is great news because everyone has a memory! You don't have
to go out and get some new gadget, you already possess all you
need to play by ear, we just need to develop some special skills.
So let's clear up things once and for all before we go any
further: your ear simply sits on the side of your head and picks
up signals ... it's your memory for sound and how we are able to
recall this information that will allow to you develop the
ability to "play by ear".
Anyone with a normal nervous system can develop the skill of
playing by ear. Stop reading this for a moment and think about
all the sounds you already recognize. If I asked to recall the
sound of (a) telephone ringing (b) rain on a tin roof (c) a dog
barking etc., you would be about to "hear" these sounds in your
mind without actually having to have the telephone ring or the
This is the same exact process we use for playing the guitar by
ear. When I asked you to recall the sound of a telephone ringing
you where able to recall it clearly from your memory because at
an earlier time, you had made a mental note of the sound of a
Actually, to illustrate how developed you memory for sound is
already, go through my list of sounds again this time see how many
listening experiences you have stored under "phone", how does
your mobile phone sound, your home phone or your office phone
sound then try "dog barking"... your pet dog, your neighbor's
dog etc., make up different lists of sounds you already know and
then refine the sound with more specific details just as I have
done this example.
What has this got to do with playing the guitar by ear?
Step 2 : Where is music?
Seems like a simple question, actually it's not a easy one to answer if
you haven't thought about it.
That's exactly what I'm setting out to do here, I want you to
think about music in a different way, than you have done up to the present time.
Do you have the answer yet?
Whenever I ask this question a workshops and seminars around the
country, somebody invariably holds up a CD, a piece of sheet
music, their iPod, mp3 player etc ...
Are these items music?
NO ...they are storage and retrieval systems!
A CD is a piece of Perspex, it is a storage system, the CD will
not do anything if it is sitting on a table, it will only produce
sound if it is placed in a CD player which then produces sound
If these things of themselves are not music, then where is music?
Answer: Music exists in our MEMORY!
Do you remember just a few moments ago I asked you to recall the
sound of a telephone? Not let's try to recall some music.
Think of a song ... it can be any song, start with something simple
like "Happy Birthday" or "Silent Night" preferably a song that
goes back to your childhood. Can you hear it?
If you want to play the guitar by ear, this is the type of
special skills we need to develop, as you can see anyone can do
it. When you put a laser edge on your memory for sound playing
songs by ear will be a breeze.
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