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Hands-On Music Theory by Richard Wentk

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Playing by Ear

The easiest way to learn how to play by ear is to start doing it before age 4. If you’re taught early enough, it brings out whatever natural abilities you have, and it makes learning by hearing almost easy. If you’re trying to learn later in life, you’ll have to work at it. It may not take longer—at age 4, you don’t have to spend hours on a day job or other distractions, so you can concentrate more easily than you can as an adult. But you’ll have to be dedicated to stay motivated.

The other factor is practice. You have to. A lot. It’s easy to get distracted. But if you keep going, you will rewire your brain so it’s able to hear and understand the shape of music and dive deeper into the details.

But putting ...

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