Free Book - The Play By Ear Discovery

How To Apply What You Already Know
To Play Piano Without Reading Music

If you’re wondering what’s holding you back from breaking free on the piano after so many years, it is because of a simple concept that is never fully taught in music lessons.  All the time you’ve spent sight reading and fingering is a great start, but those things don’t teach you how to play the piano without written music.  It is the confusion people feel about being accomplished in one area but lacking in another that they start to question themselves.

“How did I miss the boat while others
with a lot less training than I have
can play by ear and improvise
without written music?”

Finding the answer to that puzzling question is nearly impossible.  You can spent endless hours sifting through a sea of online piano methods and never find the reason why some people “get it” and others don’t.  Before long, it becomes clear that most online piano lessons are just another way of learning standard piano; the very thing you are trying to get away from.

You are not alone searching for an enlightened answer to this ambiguous question.  There are millions of frustrated piano players just like you who either quit in confusion or continue taking lessons with blind faith that the answer is just around the corner, but it never comes.  If you are one of those people tired of looking for answers, then I can help.

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The “Play By Ear Discovery” answers that difficult question and opens your mind to a glaring concept that determines whether you succeed or not.  If after reading it, you are doubtful that it can be that simple, then you can bet you’re on the right track.  You need only to acknowledge it and then start moving in that direction.

Only download this if you’re open to making a change.  Truly, nothing complicated stands in your way of becoming the musician you hope to be.

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  1. I want to thank you Joseph. I'm 75 years old and forgot all about this method. They don't teach
    That anymore. It helped me so much. Trying to remember those sharps and flats is easy this way.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. It's an X-factor type of knowledge that eludes most musicians through no fault of their own. At some point, to go forward, you eventually have go down this path. Thanks Larry!

  3. I will try your method because it makes sense. I played the piano for 10 years when I was younger (school age) but I never really got a sense of passion for it. Now, I am older and actually want to learn to play the piano except I don't want to read the music because that is painfully slow. I have tried to play by ear but all I seem to be able to do successfully is plunk out the melody and after awhile add a chord or two here and there. By the way, I am good at mathematics and numbers has always made sense to me, so I am hoping that these facts will open up a whole new world to palying the piano by ear.


    1. Glad to hear it Carl. Really the math of music is only 1-8 and the rest of it is figuring out what you want to count. Playing chords is not too difficult once you get started thinking numbers. Thanks.

  4. If we are talking about the system you outline on the booklet i downloaded a few days back, its familiar teritory to me already and somewhat reminds me of the NNS ( nashville numbering system).there is still the need to asociate the nmumbers with correct fingering, that applies to any instrument. in other words you have to traslate what you hear in your head to the correct movements in your fingers.

    1. The NNS points out the universal numbering system of music. To give credit for the "invention" of the system to Neal Mathews, Jr. is untrue.

      The numbers system of music was invented by Guido of Arezzo in 1013. Mr. Mathews simply pointed it out and made people more aware of the numbers side of music in the 1950's .

      I've got no beef. The NNS has done a lot of good as it relates to laying out the numerical orders of chord progressions (especially for guitarists) using regular numbers versus the old Roman numbering system. However, other than that the two systems are the same.

      That said, the NNS is rather rudimentary and stops way short of discussing music theory as a science of numbers.