PIANO MAGIC: The 'Secrets' of Playing Piano By Ear

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image One of the GREATEST things in ALL my life has been the ability to Play Piano By Ear!
When I learned to play piano in a single day, my life changed for the better! Amazingly, that SAME life changing experience occurs for many of my member students, as they learn to think and play PianoMagically. I'm very proud of the method I've developed for teaching this right-brained skill, and I'm extremely proud of member students who have used my method to make their own musical dreams come true, playing their own pianos and keyboards by ear!

I assume you're here to learn something, so let's get started.


Video: "Finding Your Creative Self | Playing Solo Piano By Ear"

If you already know the names of the keys on a piano or keyboard, and can spell the required 3 Basic Major Chords (BMCs) for the 'Key of C' you'll understand this video lesson. If you don't know a thing about the piano, you might want to come back to this video after you go through the FREE LESSONS starting on the next page. (Click to go there now, or click on the school bus below.)

In this video I'm addressing the most common problem members have as online students: Constantly working to learn NEW songs, instead of striving to grow through their OLD songs...songs they already CAN PLAY. Although learning to play new songs is important, once you have a working repertoire of 15 to 25 tunes, it's more important to learn how to develop them into musical performances, and I'm going to show you how to do that in the video.

Playing By Ear is much more than just playing tunes: It's far more than tones on a keyboard or coordinated fingers. It's a spirit in your playing; a communication of musical freedom of expression...and it doesn't matter what tune is played, or how many times it's played. It can even be as corny as "Old MacDonald" but still sound completely wonderful to hear and play. (I'll prove it in the last 10 minutes of the video below.)

If you could KNOW what I already know about the experience of playing in this manner, your life would positively change and your heart would be filled in unimaginable ways: You just have to become aware of more than tones on a keyboard.


Become aware of your "Creative Self" and how it learns to be creative in the moment, by using what it knows.

During the last 10 minutes of the video, I'm demonstrating that creative spirit at work within myself, while using the same PianoMagic techniques I teach in these pages. Whether you already play or have never touched an instrument, this video lesson should provide you with some important "Ah-HAH" moments. It's one of the most viewed and transforming videos ever posted within the PMMO members area.

VIDEO: "Finding Your Creative Self
While Playing Piano By Ear"

Video name and demonstration is by Michael Anderson: Finding Your Creative Self while Playing Piano By Ear.
(21:27 minutes)
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If you like the video, there are 135+ similar videos available for viewing/download in Piano Magic's "Seadream Cinema," the MP4 repository of all my current and future video presentations. (There's also a Listening Library where all my audio files are found in one place.)

If you've never played before and need to learn the basics of key names and locations on the keyboard, as well as learning to spell and play the 3 required BMCs, I suggest you go ahead and skip to the lessons now; you can always come back, to pick up where you left off. There's a LOT to see in this large website, but our most important work is teaching "The Secrets of Playing Piano By Ear." Let's do that first: You can tour the rest of the site later, after you've been inspired by your own efforts to play by ear.


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If you have never played piano before, or if your talent is held hostage by the way you have learned to play, then set your creative self free!

In Piano Magic you'll start by learning 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, from the beginning, you'll learn how to think like the music you want to play! When you think like music you are thinking like a composer...and from your earliest beginnings, you can BE a composer of new tunes.

Want me to PROVE IT? CLICK to hear Piano Magic students learning to perform their own original compositions.


In Piano Magic, I focus exclusively on teaching my students how to play solo piano 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! What's more, according to my students, you won't find this information anywhere else.

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.

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


"I am delighted finding I can't wait to get home to my keyboard!"
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"Your personality and enthusiasm come right out of your materials. Extremely beneficial and fabulously interesting!"
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"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!"
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Playing piano 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!!!

If you want to learn how to play SOLO piano creatively and artistically, playing music for personal enjoyment AND the entertainment of your audiences - without having to read sheet music to do it - keep reading, watch my videos, listen to my audio presentations, and also listen to my students! PIANO MAGIC 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...and you'll begin to do it in only a few days or weeks!

Learn this and much more inside PMMO, but right now, you can get started for free!



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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