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Learning To Play Guitar By The Ear

Aug 17, 2007
Learning how to play a guitar can be accomplished through different methods depending on your convenience and aptitude - taking private lessons from an expert teacher, using teach yourself books or videos that demonstrate the instructions to be followed or through websites that offer guitar lessons.

Irrespective of how you learn, the ultimate aim of learning to play the guitar is to play a song that you are fond of or familiar with. The song may be your favorite song from your childhood heard over the radio or CD or TV or in a concert and might have been played by your favorite band.

Whatever be the nature of the song, the usual way of learning to play it is to buy the sheet music and read from it and practice it. But a superior method of learning a song is to learn it by the ear i.e. to learn by keenly listening to the song.

This technique can be applied to practically any type of song and all you need is a CD player to play it. The instrument used to replay the song does not really matter. It is a very useful skill that you need to develop if you are interested in making a career in music. The following paragraph gives a few tips for learning to play the guitar by the ear.

Tips for learning to play guitar by the ear

Training the ears to listen to the music carefully is the first step in learning to play guitar by the ear. Having an ear for music need not be an inborn quality alone but can be developed through practice. You can prepare your ears to pickup different features of the music. You have to learn to identify different chords in the music and the changes in them even as a song is played. You should be able to distinguish between the major and the minor chords.

A deep interest in the type of music that is being played helps in quickly learning its finer points. Tuning the guitar so that it matches with the song you want to play is the next step. This step requires a little practice and patience and individual string may have to be tuned to match each individual note of the song.

With these basic tips, you can learn to play the guitar by the ear through regular practice. It is not as hard as it sounds as.
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Andreas has spent his entire life playing guitar, and has helped thousands of people learn and master guitar . More on www.masterandlearnguitar.com
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