Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chords and Numbers On Piano - Video

When you play by ear you have to keep track of where you are at all times.  Chords change from key to key but the numerical order of the progression always stays the same.  Provided you think in Numbers (instead of Alpha characters for the chords, notes and progressions), you'll be better able to play a song in any key.

You are only dealing with 8 notes for each scale and those are the notes and chords you must concentrate on.  While it may take a while for this concept to sink in, it is probably the most important aspect of playing by ear.


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