Why Should I Trust You To Teach Me Piano By Ear?

Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by in Ask Greg

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I have a question about your Contemporary Chord Finder Learning System. Does it really teach people to play by ear.? I’ve purchased instructional material from other popular websites and they don’t show you step by step how to play by ear or give you the fundamentals of gospel.

R&b, Pop music or Contemporary Christian. I want to play anything and everything that I hear.  I’m still learning and having a difficult time. I’ve been reading chord charts to learn songs but I hate it. Will your Products help me?


Your question is one that many musicians ponder over. The majority of my students have previously purchased products from other music websites like GiftedPlayer.com. Time and time again I hear the same story. In a nut shell, they tell me the product didn’t live up to all the advertising and marketing hype behind it.

The truth of the matter is; no single product or instructor can give you all the answers to understanding the so-called secrets to playing by ear.

Musicians that are seasoned at this craft have undergone many obstacles to get to the end result. The first thing you want to do is get an in-depth understanding of  the major scales, the scale-tone numbers, key signatures, (how many flats and sharps are contained in a key) chord names, formulas and symbols.  This may sound like a lot but all this information can be found in my Contemporary Chord Finder and my Transposition chart.

A great place to start is by learning to play and memorize the major scale.

Musicians are usually impatient when it comes to learning scales. They often learn the C major scale fairly accuracy, but fumble through all the rest. When you study scales you need to master them in every key. Three months of practicing scales 30 to 45 minutes per day is not an unreasonable investment of time.

During this process, memorize the scale tone numbers in all 12 keys. For example, be able to quickly recite that G is the 5th note of the C major scale and the F is the 6th note of  the Ab major scale and that F# is the 2nd of the E major scale. This knowledge is extremely beneficial and a major component toward understanding chords and progressions.

You will also need to learn all the most commonly used chords and progressions used in contemporary music. For example, learn the 2-5-1 progression is all 12 major and minor keys, just to name two. Here’s the hook, even if you don’t have an immediately use or application for these chords, learn them anyway. These are the early seeds we sow in preparation for the abundant harvest. Often times we get trapped learning songs for church and never make an investment into our own personal growth and development.

All my products are designed to teach you these critical components, and Yes! my Contemporary Chord Finderlearning system paired with my Contemporary Keyboard Harmony 1 course will definitely get you started on the right track.

I say this all the time. The difference between me and the other web guys is that they’re really good musicians but failed miserably fail at teaching what they know. As an EDUCATOR I approach teaching music in a way that the student can fully understand the so-called mystery of playing by ear. Not to mention, I’m the only one who has a Masters of Music Degree.

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