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Learn To Play By Ear # 1: Get to know these 7 Tones

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Play By Ear # 1 - For Everyone!

    • 2. Music has ONLY 12 UNIQUE Tones!

    • 3. Listen to Chromatic Half Step Tones

    • 4. Listen to 5 Types of Scales in Music

    • 5. Western Music - 1 Major & 3 Minor

    • 6. Listen to Major Scale: Only 7 Tones!

    • 7. Final Thoughts & Thank You!

    • 8. Bonus: Let's do this FUN project together!

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About This Class

Learn to Play By Ear # 1  - Understand Most Songs use 7 Tones!

Playing By Ear is a Fascinating Topic.

LEVEL:  TOTAL BEGINNERS!   Everyone can join!

Play By Ear is not for musicians only. If you ever wanted to start tapping into your creativity and get the musician INSIDE you to come out, do it now! You will be surprised how musical you are.

In this series of classes, there are no pre-requisites:

  • no need to read music
  • no need to have any music theory before hand
  • no need to play any music instrument as I will give you a virtual keyboard link you can use especially good if you think you are tone deaf
  • especially good if you think you are hopeless when it comes to music
  • especially good if you have a passion for music, love music and love to sing!

Is it your dream to be able to play your favorite song by ear?

Many people struggle for many years to read music. This series of classes is going to free you from the traditional musical score sheets such that you can play by ear using my Number Method.

My Play by Ear Method is based on a 7 tone Number system.  That´s how simple the system is. You don´t believe me? Tell me about it after you learn the system from me in this Series of Classes. 

My Testimony: Never did I dare to think that my DREAM would come true: I can now play many of my favorite songs by EAR. It's happening and HAPPENING every day. It took me 20 years to find the path to play songs by ear. I am so EXCITED that I want to share these easy-to-follow instructions so that DREAMERS like you can start playing your favorite songs by ear. For you, it will only take a few hours to finish this series of classes in the coming weeks.  

This is the 1st class of the series.  I am going to lay a GOOD foundation for you, so that you don't need to get nervous about learning to play by ear.  We always thought there are thousands of sounds for us to memorize. No.  There are only 12 uniques sounds and as the series goes on, I will zero in on only 7 sounds!

Although my demonstration of these classes are on the keyboard, this Play by Ear course is suitable for everyone who want to learn to play by ear. If you play piano, guitar, ukulele or violin, and you want to learn to play by Ear, this course is also for you. My demonstration is on the piano/keyboard, but you can use the same principles to apply to your musical instrument.

Playing By Ear Part 1 - Total Beginners - Listen To Sounds!

  1. Music has ONLY 12 Unique Tones - Good news!  WE thought there are 88 sounds!  No only 12 Unique Tones as the Foundation.  I will use the Circle of 4ths to Identify the 12 Tones for you
  2. Listen to the 12 Chromatic Tones - Half Step Apart
  3. From these 12 Unique Tones -  5 Types of Scales 
  4. Listen to Western Music:  7 Tone Scales: Major; Minor - Natural, Harmonic,& Melodic 
  5. This series of Play by Ear Classes - Concentrate on Major Scale!
  6. Many Songs in Major Key - Only 7 Tones: W W H W W W H  

Join our happy and fun music class together in this Part 1 of the Play by Ear Series!

Follow My Play By Ear Series:

1.  Play by Ear # 1:  7 Tones in Music

2.  Play by Ear # 2:  Pick out Melody Tones of  Songs

3.  Play by Ear # 3:  Twinkle Tones: High, Low, Same

4.  Play by Ear # 4:  Find the First Tone of Songs 

5.  Play by Ear # 5:  7 Quality Tones & Compose Your First Line of Music

6.  Play by Ear # 6: Coming Soon


Enroll into the course, and I'll see you inside,


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Rosa Suen ♫

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1. Play By Ear # 1 - For Everyone!: Hello. My name is Rosa. I want to invite you to my new course here. I'll be your instructor, and I will teach you my method of how to play by ear. What is playing by ear? We say a person who plays by ear is someone who is able to instantly playback any songs. They here they can listen to a new tune, perhaps in the YouTube channel and after this into the piece of music, we can go to the piano and reproduce a piece of music right away from their head. They say this person is good ears because he can reproduce a melody that he hears without indeed, of written music. When we come across such an individual who played by ear, we say this person is gifted, are musically talented, This person is a genius. He has perfect pitch and he's born with this kit. And so somehow we draw the conclusion that playing by ear cannot be learned. As a result, many people did not venture into the art of playing by ear can be acquired, this gift at all. I have good news for you. It's what this course is about because certainly acquired this gift. Playing by ear is not difficult. You're not doomed where you're not born with perfect tono years, beginners of all ages can learn to play by year. Some people might think that they're tone deaf, so they tell me that it cannot play by ear. Really. I've seen many people who thought they were tone deaf, yet they can now play by ear. This is good news for the majority of us, perhaps for you, too. People who appear to be tone death may need lack musical development. Our and trained years had never been taught to listen carefully to pictures. Out years have never paused long enough to notice a different dimension in the quality of sounds. I have not developed a play by ear method to help you embark on this journey, to start listening deeply to sounds two tones to melody to songs that you already know to the tune you can hum to come on in and then roll into this course and I'll see you inside 2. Music has ONLY 12 UNIQUE Tones!: to understand music, we need to know that music has 12 unique tones. From the end of the Middle Ages to modern times, composers and performers in Western Europe developed a set of music theories of melody, harmony, meter notation, rhythm counterpoint that are widely used as the standard of music today. So Western Music uses 12 unique tones. We live in the circle fifth with ease tones are Does this look familiar to you? Yes, these are the 12 unique tones in music. We can count them starting at sea to 3456789 10 11 12 This is this, like the face of a Clark and notice that on the left side here, five of thes tolls have two names and the coffees and harmonic names. When we translate these nose to the piano, there's seven white no C, D. E f g a b and the correspond with the right side of the circle. And then there five black notes and they correspond with these five tones here with two names. So in this active actually, 12 unique Charles will come together. One, 23456789 10 11 12 seven White keys and five Black Keys and thes 12 tolls repeat themselves . A sets off actives 3. Listen to Chromatic Half Step Tones: Let's come to our keep or to listen to thes 12 unique tones. The red dot here is a middle C and a 12 unique tong sound like this? Oh, these are the 12 unique tones. And when we come to here, this tone is to say, Mr Stone, except this tone is one octave higher. Is it at Hyatt Pitch? Just like this one isn't after Fire is the same tone. It's this one. Same tone. Miss this one same tone. It's this one, but this one is at a lower pitch, so these are all see tone. Can you hear the same tone? A different pitch. This is a low sound. I think this is a high sound, So when you look at the keyboard but piano, you need to see that thes 12 tones repeat themselves in blocks. This is the first block, and this is a second block, and this is the third block and thes 12. Musical tones forms the chromatic scale because each trolls are only half step apart. If you move in the white key to the black, he thesis, half a step a black heat down to the white key. That's half a step a y Keeter Black. He have a step and down here is half a step and the white key moving next to the white kid without a black. He in between is also half a step half a step half step, half step, half step, half step, half step. So it's chromatic scale Toast wolf in half steps. They are half step into phone. Could you hear the have toned going up? It is happening height in this and this is half a tone higher than this. This is half a strong higher than this. Listen to the sound This'll Capital Hyatt in this learn to distinguish the tones that 1/2 step apart if I moved down the scale, it sounds like this. And the sound thesis ends as I moved to the left on the keyboard and when then moved to the right, it's a sense. Can you hear that the second sound is higher than the 1st 1? Let me try that again. This is my year, uh, to so these 12 tones are called chromatic scale. The Greek word chroma means color, so the chromatic scale is a skill, with tones off all cutters because it contains the full set of notes in an octave, and it is from this chromatic scales that as its scales are built from a music. 4. Listen to 5 Types of Scales in Music: music. They're actually different types of scales scales with all these 12 tones used because this chromatic scale because all 12 tones are used when the scales used on these seven tones, we call them diatonic scale. This is the one that we're most familiar with. 1234567 This is called the Diatonic Scale. When the scale uses only five tones like this one. This is called pentatonic. It only uses five tones, and the pentatonic scale is a good skill to use to do improvisation because all thes tones go very well together. They don't clash with one another and scales with six tunnels like this one. Do you know what this is called? 123456 thesis called whole tone scale There six times because each toe moves up one whole step one or step here, one host them one No step. When those that and one no step. They're actually only two types of hotel scale. If you start from here, you move one whole step like this. Then there scales with eight tones. Did you know that they call out a tonic scale or sometimes they called diminished scale the eight tones and, like this, begin on the sea tone to Sri Sigh Saffan heat. Sometimes this is called a diminished scale, so it's good to be aware that there are many scales in music. 5. Western Music - 1 Major & 3 Minor: modern Western music uses the seven tone scales. Do you know how many seven times scales there are? Be familiar with this one. 1234567 Yes, this is a major scale, seven tone major scale. And the other 37 tone scales are all minus scale. The natural minor of Seiki was sound like this. Uh, hey said minus sound. Okay. And the second minus scale is called harmonic minus scale. It sounds like this. Then you come down and this one more minus scale is caught melodic, minor scale and melodic minus scale. Sounds like this. Um oh, you will notice that sounds are either in major key or in minor key in this course, we're not gonna deal with a minor keys. We're going to concentrate on Lee on a major scale here because most of the popular songs that we know and the classical music people play a Mahaney based on a major scale, of course, I'm solves have a mixture of bulls, but we want to keep things simple so that you can play many songs by ear. So with this, concentrate on a major scale 6. Listen to Major Scale: Only 7 Tones!: the major scale is the most important scale to learn because most of the popular songs center on the major scale. So this is why, because I'm songs. A major key. They're not in minor key, but they major key. So for us to learn to play by ear in this course, we got a master. The sounds off the major scale, the major scale has d seven unique tones. 1234567 When you think them, it will be doing me far. So la ti dough and then you come down de seven tolls wolf up in whole steps and half steps from here to here. Whole step whole step, half step here. Whole stamp, whole step host step. And then from here to here is half step. So it's whole half home. Hey, hey. Huh? And these are the seven major scale tones. Hold whole half home and, um, half. Well, sometimes we can count. That s 11 11 one half 7. Final Thoughts & Thank You!: I want to thank you for taking this cause he has been quite fun for me to share these skills with you. And I hope with these new skills it will help you to become more successful in your learning. And if you're like this course and you would like to recommend this class to other students , click here and then it would take you to this page to leave a feet back. I love to hear from you. Tell me what you like about this course and also other comments that would help me to improve, to create more courses for you. Thank you for coming in. And I look forward to see you in my other classes. This is Rosa. Have a good day. 8. Bonus: Let's do this FUN project together!: This is Rosa. I want to congratulate you for finishing the course. Make sure that you have finished all these videos. We now under the last video and that is doing the project. This is a fun part. Will come down to here and click on your project here. You only see part of the description. So as its click on see full description in this course, you've learned that many songs have only seven Jones. Major key songs have only seven tones. And I want you to get used to these seven numbers because this will be the method. I will show you in part two of the Siri's. So the objective of this project I want to help you all think in seven. Did you know that many musicians automatically think in seven? I do. I play the piano and the only thing of these seven numbers. So let's have some fun thinking about seven, because he's just gonna be broken. Seven. Charles major scales, If only seven Charles and you know seven is a very special number in this universe. Instruction is that you're gonna be very creative playing by ear and learning music is gonna tap into creative mind. Draw a picture of seven. You can use the numbers. 1234567 to draw seven. Or you can see him. Anything that has a patron of seven. If you don't like drawing you can also take a picture is up to you. I did this fun projects my students and they just love it. How should you? Some of the things they have done This is a whistling dude is quite cute, isn't it? There's 12345 67 I really like this one Here there seven string in this instrument is B A D g B E door Amy Far So la ti very nice. And this one is quite cute. 123567 Expanding and the coming down diminishing. 654321 This one is quite creative. It is sort of showing courts actually. 123 full 567 Here's a student doing Do re me fa So la ti going up. 1234567 And here's a circular diagram. 1234567 And going back to one, He repeats again I hope this would give you some idea. So what you need to do is to scroll down to the page here. You could have put in your project Tyto Se minus my seven number picture in the universe. This is not project title, and I'm gonna upload my image. Save I drew a picture. I was just like a picture of my drawing and I'm gonna upload my picture. Fantastic. This is my picture and that click submit. So on the right side here, you see my picture. And over here I will explain my picture. Is this what I wrote? This is my masterpiece of the seven numbers, thes seven numbers are the seven stars in the universe. They're not even numbers. You can see that Some numbers are higher. Some numbers are lower. So music the seven numbers are not equal because sometimes are higher and sometimes lower. I then create After you've created this, you see your picture and also your description right below. And then the rest of us can come in here to cheer you. So this is what we can do to one another's picture. This is gonna be quite fun. And we can always come back to the tap here, all projects to see all of our masterpieces here. Right now, you only see one because this is mine. And when you've done yours, yours will show up here too. So come and do your project. And as soon as I have received about 10 projects, then we will both on to part two to play it by ear. All right, Thank you for joining the class. And I look forward to seeing your masterpiece.