Playing the piano she did not need the book

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
June 1, 2011 2:42pm CST
Now I play by ear, but then I make up the chords and music in my head, but I have a boarder, and she can play the piece by note but she does not have to look at the book. Now I can do it with singing, after a while I do not need to look at the words, but can sing it without looking at the piece. However, with piano playing it is harder, more trills, more changes. So how do piano players can study a piece and in a short while can play it sight unseen? How do they do it? I mean, I would love to see a piece, practice it for a while, and then play the exact notes, and not what I interpret in my head.
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 11
I can do it for short pieces, it's just memorization.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
2 Jun 11
I an good at improvision, not good at straight memorization. And when I get nervous I sort of get it all mixed up. I probably could do short pieces, but she was playing a very long piece.
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 11
Ah well I'm nowhere near good enough for improvisation...
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Jun 11
I do it, because I cannot memorize the whole piece, so if I hear it, I try to imitate what I hear. I am trying to learn the more complicated chords, but that does not help when the music goes over the place.
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• Philippines
3 Jul 11
Wow! It's one of my goals in life. To learn how to play at least one instrument and piano is one thing I'd like to learn. I don't even know how to read a piece. I wish I could make my own music someday. :)
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
4 Jul 11
I wish I could play the guitar, but somehow I seemed to get my fingers all mixed up. I found the piano quite easy in that I n play by ear, but memorizing was a bit. I do find that playing classical is harder then just playing chords, and that most of the online courses are how to play chords. The man point is that a piano is rather expensive, so that keeps many people from going ahead with it. But I wish you luck and hope you find a bargain paino - they do sell electronic keyboards on sale around Christmas.
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• Philippines
4 Jul 11
Given the chance to study piano (time, money, place, etc.) I will surely try my best to do so. Thanks suspenseful! :)
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
17 Aug 11
You're welcome. After my father sold the piano, I practiced on my friends's pianos, and when there was non available, and when I got married, I did some stenographic work for a friend of a friend of mine for a spinet organ. I got some organ lessons included but organ music did not appeal to me, so I set the organ to piano and looked online for some free lessons. Went that way for a while until my husband bought me a piano. I bought some lessons online they are a good price around $200, and I have no sense of synchronization now, but am learning. DYou can get a good second hand piano or do what a friend of mine did and buy an electronic piano. They usually are on sale around Christmas. Good luck!
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
30 Jun 11
I can hardly imagine not doing it from memory! It's my habit to memorize a piece and almost never look at the music sheet again. However, that requires very regular practice, or, like me, you will forget part of it and have to keep going back to the music sheet!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Jul 11
I noticed that as well. I am doing some practice pieces, that is part of a regular piece, plus I am thing to learn the accompaiignment for a song I will be singing for the Christmas concert, but for the life of me cannot get that right. My voice teacher says for me to count, but I usually take my cue from the music so I am trying to learn the music inbetween so I know when to start.
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@GardenGerty (93732)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Jun 11
I so admire anyone who can play piano. I think it is really awesome that your boarder is also musical.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
2 Jun 11
But it would help for me to play the music exactly what it is written, without having to take time to turn the page. I would not need even to look at the book.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
1 Jun 11
I'm not sure. I know of a couple of people who can do this. They do not know how to read notes but they can play by ear.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
2 Jun 11
I can play by ear,but then I make up the accompainment as to what I feel it sounds like, but doing it exactly like what the composer wrote, and memorizing the whole piece. That is what I am talking about. When I was a young girl and taking lessons, I had a hard time memorizing. I still do, because often the music is not logical, there are no three or four chords the same with the same melody, it varies.
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• Canada
16 Aug 11
I can't read music because of my vision. All the notes all over the place get in the way, and make it hard to read. I play by ear. I don't play note for note according to a piece of music, but I can hit the right cords just by how the song goes. I know what sounds right together, since I have perfect pitch.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
17 Aug 11
Good for you. My father could play by ear and I got his talent. I can figure out what the song sounds like and I find that when I read music I get ahead of myself. It does not take long to get the idea what the piece is like. I think I might have perfect pitch but not too sure about it. I read about it somewhere that few people have it, but maybe the one who wrote it did not have it and assumed everyone was like him.