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Piano Magic: The 'Secrets' of Playing Piano By Ear

Welcoming Piano Magic members from 120 Countries, and all 50 US States:

Is 'Playing By Ear' for YOU?
Do you have a desire to play piano but lack the time or confidence to seriously study with someone? If you could play music, would it be for your personal enjoyment? Would you like to learn how to play your favorite songs in the fastest and most enjoyable manner possible? If the answer is yes, then set your creative self free! In this 'online workshop' you can gain enough information to teach yourself to play solo piano by ear.

There is no magic method to bypass a little essential knowledge, unless it correlates to your personal desire. Yet, this course will benefit beginner, amateur and professional performers with its simple and logical approach to playing a keyboard by ear, and with "heart."

In Piano Magic you'll learn the basics of chord structure, tones on the keyboard, playing by ear, and packing artistic emotion into your music. You'll learn how to play melody, chords and rhythm with a full sound that normally would be expected to take years of study. Most important, you'll learn how to think like the music you want to play!

Make room in your life now for greater Joy. Expand your life by expanding your thought. Become that which you only dream about. Be your own "Favorite Musician!" It happened for me. I believe it can happen for you.

Before we begin, please watch the video below for an overview of the thought process we'll be using in this study. (You can enlarge the video to full screen.)


Play Piano By Ear

VIDEO: The Secrets of Playing Piano By Ear
Take a seat for about 20 minutes, on the front row in one of my college/university sponsored workshops, while we explore the thought process required for consciously 'Playing By Ear. This particular workshop was held at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama, U.S.A.'


In Piano Magic, I focus exclusively on teaching my students how to play by ear - without reading music - by predicting upcoming chords likely to occur over the next several seconds. This is THE skill that will get you playing quickly, will provide you with hours of daily playing enjoyment, and will give you a lifetime of musical FUN!

(CLICK HERE for: What makes PianoMagic unique from other online piano courses?)

Just so you know, reading music and playing by ear are both wonderful skills (I do both) and neither is in competition with the other. Instead, they are two distinctly different skills for playing the piano, but each different skill is best learned one-at-a-time.

One of those basic skills for playing piano by ear, is to understand the expected and predictable movement of how one chord moves to the next. (Sometimes the 'clue' comes from the active chord being played, and sometimes it comes from the melody.) It's a hoot to do, sounds great and will provide you with a lifetime of playing enjoyment, once you know how to think like the music you want to play.

Why should YOU learn to play piano by ear?
Answer: Because playing by ear is the most natural way to express yourself through music!

Learning to play before you read is the most logical first step, yet is completely overlooked in 'traditional' lessons. Learning to speak before you read, is the very foundation for understanding any language.

Think about this for a moment: If children were required to read English before speaking it, they probably would not speak intelligibly for many years; if ever! Yet, the majority of music students are taught that very method; read...then speak.

  • That's NOT how I learned to speak: That's NOT how I learned to play: That's NOT how I teach...because it's grossly illogical!


Now, think about this: It often takes years of lessons before a dedicated student can easily read and play a piece of written music in its entirety...but the person who created that same music (for music readers to 'read') first played it by ear! Weird, huh? There's more...

Most traditional instructors encourage their students to memorize their music, in order to perform without reading music. Unfortunately, because they are memorizing, instead of comprehending the structure of music that repeats through ALL tunes, they will soon forget...and THAT is a SHAME! All that work, and then it simply evaporates.

In my (almost) 50 years as a professional pianist, I have forgotten every piece of music I ever memorized. By contrast, I have retained the ability to play every piece of music I understood and could comprehend, and my repertoire includes hundreds (if not thousands) of tunes at any moment in time.

For self played music to be enjoyable for a lifetime, it has to be FUN!
According to a survey by the National Piano Institute, about 90% of 'traditional' piano students drop out of lessons before the end of the first year. PianoMagic students often comment that 'traditional' lessons were too hard, didn't show how to play the music they wanted to play and were NO FUN! It doesn't have to be THAT way!


"I am delighted finding I can't wait to get home to my keyboard!"
- Barbara Albrecht -

"Your personality and enthusiasm come right out of your materials. Extremely beneficial and fabulously interesting!"
- Sharon R. Franchini -

"Excellent, Exciting, Useful."
- Buzz Sommers -

"I love it! Your instructions are clear and it all makes sense!
It is FUN!"
- Susan Johnston -

"Just right to spark my interest and desire to PLAY!
This should be a TV course"
- Lee Holcomb Jr. -

"This will cause me to neglect husband, house, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Tigger the cat and Queenie the dog. Thanks!"
- Trudy Trawick -

I learned more toward understanding the keyboard in one night, than in 8 years of music lessons. This is really great. You make it fun, entertaining and very worthwhile. Good Teacher!"
- Judy Turnell -


Playing music by ear for personal enjoyment can be one of the easiest and most fulfilling activities you'll ever experience. It can be learned in a few hours, and practiced for a lifetime! IT'S CALLED PLAYING FOR A REASON...IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!!

PianoMagic students learning to play by ear in my live piano workshop.


If your hobby is taking lessons, I can't help you. But if you want to learn how to play SOLO piano creatively and artistically, playing music for personal enjoyment AND the entertainment of your audiences, come on in! PIANO MAGIC is here, and it was created specifically for YOU to learn how to play the tunes you already know; the tunes you already can hum, whistle or sing, played on the piano by ear!



In general, Free Piano Lessons are like Free Cheese in a mousetrap! The idea sounds good, but usually comes with a surprise ending! Still, the Free Sample Lessons provided in the following pages are excellent for beginners (catch the Tour Bus below) ...and are required for ALL STUDENTS, with or without previous playing experience.

You may have seen this info before, but if you really learned it, you would already be able to Play By Ear and would NOT be seeking such instruction! Regardless of your previous experience, if you don't play by ear, you are a beginner (at 'playing by ear')!

Don't skip or skim these lessons...your future performing success depends on YOU knowing this BASIC info forwards, backwards and inside out!

The info will seem extremely simple...and that's just exactly how we want it to seem! If it's simple, YOU can THINK IT and DO IT well enough to ENJOY IT!

Once you understand the Basics of Piano Magic, you'll be able to take your new found playing ability and musical freedom as far as your FUN can take you!

Keep your thinking SIMPLE and you'll go farther than you ever dreamed possible, but complicate it and progress will be slow. Simplify...always Simplify.

The tour bus below will take you to the Free Sample Lessons mentioned above.


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