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Play By Ear #4: Play Song By Ear with 3 Chords Using Any Key

Play Songs by Ear in the Singing Key Range (C, D, F, G, Bb, Db), so that people sing along in parties. Learn 12 Keys.
Instructor:
Rosa Suen
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UNDERSTAND melody and harmony are inseparable
GAIN the insight that LH & RH are playing tones of same chord
IDENTIFY the places where chord changes between I, IV, V7
LEARN to listen to cluster of sounds
PAY ATTENTION to how chord changes in songs
KNOW that songs need to be played in vocal range for people to sing
KNOW which Key to play for different songs by EAR to suit singers
LEARN to venture out of Key of C to harmonize songs
IDENTIFY the I IV V7 of Key of F
IDENTIFY the I IV V7 of Key of G
IDENTIFY the I IV V7 of Key of D
IDENTIFY the I IV V7 of Key of Bb
IDENTIFY the I IV V7 of Key of Db
Play Songs in Key of C, F, G, D, Bb, Db with 3 Chord Harmony Trick
PRACTICE playing a variety of songs in different keys
NEVER TO GET STUCK in Key of C alone
BECOME thoroughly comfortable with Keys: C, F, G, Bb, D and even Db

PLAY BY EAR Level 4  – This level will help you to master the Skill of Playing many songs by ear so that you will be able to play songs on the fly at Christmas parties, family gatherings, church  or in old folks home for singalong. 

 

Here’s the Secret:  To be able to play songs for people to sing, you need to know songs are written in a specific key to suit the vocal range of singing.  You need to be able to pick melodies of songs comfortably in C Key and then play the song in the singing range in one of the following keys:  F, G, D, Bb, or Db. 

In PLAY BY EAR Level 4, I will take you further to understand Melody & Chord Harmony in songs.  You will learn the following 9 Magic Play By Ear Tips to help you play by EAR and also 15 songs to practice in a variety of keys. 

Play by Ear Tip 1: 3 Chord Trick uses Melody & Chord Harmony 

Play by Ear Tip 2: Melody Chord Harmony – Melody & Harmony are inseparable 

Play by Ear Tip 3: Chord Tone Changes within the cluster of sounds 

Play by Ear  Tip 4: 3 Chord Trick for Key of C: I IV V7, C F G7 

Play by Ear Tip 5: 3 Chord Trick for Key of F: I IV V7, F Bb C7 

Play by Ear Tip 6: 3 Chord Trick for Key of D: I IV V7, D G A7 

Play by Ear Tip 7: 3 Chord Trick for Key of G: I IV V7, G C D7 

Play by Ear Tip 8: 3 Chord Trick for Key of Bb: I IV V7, Bb Eb F 

Play by Ear Tip 9: 3 Chord Trick for Key of Db: I IV V7, Db Gb Ab 

  In Depth study of 8 Songs 

  Song 1: Home on the Range – Key of C & F 

  Song 2: O Suzanna – Key of C & G 

  Song 3: Away In A Manger: Key of C & D 

  Song 4: Silent Night: Key of C & Bb 

  Song 5: Clementine: Key of C, D, Bb, Db 

  Song 6: On Top Of Old Smokey: Key of C, D, Bb, Db 

  Song 7: Auld Lang Syne: Key of C & F 

  Song 8: We Wish You A Merry Christmas: Key of C & F 

  Bonus Songs: 

  Song 9: Complete song of Home On the Range 

  Song 10: Be Thou My Vision 

  Song 11: Love Me Tender 

  Song 12: Banks of Ohio 

  Song 13: Blowing In the Wind 

  Song 14: Where Have All the Flowers Gone 

  Song 15: Somewhere My Love 

  Sneak Preview to Level 6 

  Song 16: Onward Christian Soldiers 

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  I’ll see you inside, 

    Rosa 

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Introduction

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Introduction
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Overview of the Course

Melody - Chord Harmony Theory

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Magic Tip 1: 3 Chord Trick uses Melody & Chord Harmony

Play By Ear

Songs are made up of Melody & Chord Harmony

You need both of these elements in a song.

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Magic Tip 2: Melody Chord Theory - Melody & Harmony are Inseparable

Play By Ear:

LH plays Cluster of Chord Tones

RH also plays Melodic Harmonizing Chord tones

**INSIGHT** Both hands are playing the SAME Chords:

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Magic Tip 3: Chord Tone Changes within the cluster of Tones

Play By EAR:

Chords - Listening to tones changing within the clusters of sounds

Melody - Listening to rise and falling of pitches

Song 1: Home On the Range - Key of C & Key of F

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Homework: Use your Ears to pick out melody tones of Home On the Range in C Key

Play By Ear - Home on the Range

You need to be able to hum the tune in your head before you can play by EAR

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Answer - 7 Tone Music of Home On The Range

Play by Ear - Home On the Range

The 7 tone music helps you check your answer!

The 7 tone music helps you play the song in rhythm!

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Homework: Use the 3 Chord Trick to Harmonize Home On the Range in C Key

Play By Ear - Home on the Range

Learn to listen to places where the melody requires chord change:

I to IV

I to V7

V7 to I

IV to I

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Answer: Home on the Range - 3 Harmonizing Chords - I IV V7

Play By Ear - Home on the Range

Use 3 Harmonizing Chords: I IV V7

The Roman Numerals work for all 12 Keys.

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Home on the Range Chord Progression Pattern

Play By Ear - Home on the Range Chord Progression

Always Train yourself to Look for Patterns in Chord Progression

Keyboard Practice: Home on the Range - C Key & F Key

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Homework: Use the 3 Chord Trick to Harmonize Home on the Range in C Key

Play by Ear - Home on the Range

Learn to venture out to play this song outside the C Key.

The next Key to learn is F Key.

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C Key - 3 Chord Trick - C, F, G7

Play By Ear - 3 Chord Trick for C Key:

C Key:

Chord I - C

Chord IV - F

Chord V7 - G7

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Keyboard Demo of C Key: I IV V7

Play by Ear - Home on the Range:

Left Hand play block chords:

Play all 3 tones together!

C Chord: CEG

F Chord: FAC

G7 Chord: GBDF

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C Key Demo - Home On the Range - I, IV, V7
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Homework: Play F Key to Home on the Range with 3 Chord Trick Harmony

Play by Ear - Home on the Range - F Key

Chord I - F Chord

Chord IV - Bb Chord

Chord V7 - C7 Chord

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Magic Tip 5 - F Key 3 Chord Trick: F Bb C7
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Keyboard Practice - F Key - Home on the Range RH Melody
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F Key Keyboard Practice - Home on the Range - I, IV, V7

Song 2: O Suzanna - C Key & G Key

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Homework: Use your ears to pick out melody tones for "O Suzanna"

Play By Ear - O Suzanna

Familiarize yourself with this tune until you can hum it in your head.

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Answer - 7 Tone Music to O Suzanna

O Suzanna - Play by Ear - 7 Tone music

Use the 7 tone music to check to see if you got the melody tones correct.

Always feel the rhythm of the song so that you can write out the music in the right timing.

Playing by ear has to do with timing.

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Homework: Put in the 3 Harmonizing Chords to O Suzanna

Play By Ear - O Suzanna in 3 Harmonizing Chords

Learn to listen to the 3 Chord Changes.

Listen to the tension and release in a song.

V7 is a tension chord

I is a home chord

IV is a travelling chord

Review Play by Ear Level 3 where I go into details with the sounds of these chords.

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Answer: O Suzanna with 3 Harmonizing Chords

Play By Ear - O Suzanna - 3 Harmonizing Chords

Listen to chord changes as the song moves from one chord to another.

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O Suzanna - Chord Progression Pattern

O Suzanna - Play By Ear - Listen to Chord Progression Pattern

As you train your ears to listen to chord progressions of songs, soon you will be able to identify songs by its chord progression rather than by the melodic lines.

Keyboard Practice on O Suzanna - Key of C, Key of G, Key of F

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Homework: Use the 3 Chord Trick to play O Suzanna in C Key

O Suzanna - Play 3 Chord Harmony to the song.

When you play by ear, always begin with Key of C

Key of C is the easiest Key to play by ear because there are no black keys.

Always start with C Key to gain confidence to any songs!

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Key of C: Keyboard Practice for O Suzanna - RH 7 tone melody
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Key of C Keyboard Practice: O Suzanna with Chords I, IV, V7 Both Hands
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Magic Tip 6: 3 Chord Harmony Trick for G Key: G, C, D7

Play by Ear - O Suzanna - in G Key

G Key is a good key to learn.

Chord 1 - G Chord

Chord IV - C Chord

Chord V7 - D7 Chord

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Key of G Keyboard Practice: G Key O Suzanna G Key RH melody tones
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Key of G: Keyboard Practice - G Key O Suzanna I IV V7 Both Hands
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Homework: O Suzanna in F Key - F Bb C7
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Key of F - Keyboard Practice - Oh Suzanna - I, IV, V7

Song 3: Away In A Manger - C Key & D Key

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Homework: Pick out the Melody tones of Away In A Manger (Traditional Melody)
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Answer - 7 Tone music to Away In A Manger (Traditional Melody)
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Homework: Put in the Chords to Away In A Manger (Traditional)
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Answer - Away In A Manger (Traditional Melody) in 3 Chord Harmony
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Away In A Manger - Chord Progression Pattern

Keyboard Practice to Away In A Manger - Key of C & Key of D

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Homework: Play Away In A Manger in C Key

Play By Ear - Away In A Manger Traditional Melody

C Key:

C Chord - C E G

F Chord - F A C

G7 Chord - G B D F

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Keyboard Practice: Away In A Manger - C Key

Away In A Manger - Play By Ear

Follow the video and play along.

Listen to the chord changes!

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Magic Tip 7: D Key 3 Chord Harmony Trick - I IV V7
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Homework: Play Away in A Manger in D Key
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Keyboard Practice: Away In A Manger - D Key - Right Hand Melody

Play Away In A Manger in D Key

1. First play the RH melody tones - Follow the demo and play along

2. Next Lecture - play with Both hands


D Key: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

D Key Notes: D E F# G A B C# D

Have a mental picture that whenever you hit the 3 and 7 - they are black keys!

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Keyboard Practice: Away In A Manger - Both Hands - D Key

Play By Ear - Away in a Manger - D Key

Follow the demo and play along!

LH plays Block Chords:

Chord 1: D Chord - D F# A

Chord IV: G Chord - G B D

Chord V7: A Chord - A C# E G

Song 4: Silent Night - C Key & Bb Key

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Homework: Pick out the melody tones for Silent Night
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Answer - 7 tone music to Silent Night
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Homework: Put in the Chords to Silent Night - I IV V7
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Answer - Silent Night in Chords I IV V7
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Silent Night - Chord Progression Pattern

Keyboard Practice - Silent Night - Key of C and Key of Bb

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Homework: Play Silent Night in the Key of C
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C Key: Keyboard practice - Silent Night I IV V7
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Homework: Play Silent Night in Bb Key - I IV V7
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Magic Tip 8: Bb Key 3 Chord Harmony Trick - Bb Eb F7
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Bb Key - Silent Night - I IV V7

Song 5: Clementine - 4 Keys: C, D, Bb Db

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Homework: Pick out the melody tones of Clementine
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Answer: 7 tone music to Clementine
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Homework: Put in the Chords for Clementine
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Answer: Clementine - 3 Chord Trick Harmony: I IV V7
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Clementine - Chord Progression Pattern

Keyboard Practice - Clementine in Keys: C, D, Bb, Db

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Homework: Play Clementine in C Key - C F G7
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Keyboard Practice - C Key - Clementine - I IV V7
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Homework: Play Clementine in D Key - D G A7
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Keyboard Practice - D Key - Clementine - I IV V7
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Homework: Play Clementine in Bb Key - Bb Eb F7
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Keyboard Practice - Bb Key Clementine - I IV V7
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Homework: Play Clementine in Db Key - Db Gb Ab7
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Magic Tip 9: Db Key 3 Chord Harmony Trick - Db Gb Ab7
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Keyboard Practice - Db Key Clementine - I IV V7

Song 6: On Top Of Old Smokey - Keys of C, D, Bb, Db

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Homework: Pick out the melody tones of On Top Of Old Smokey
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Answer - 7 tone music to On Top Of Old Smokey
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Homework: Put I IV V7 Chords to On Top Of Old Smokey
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Answer - 3 Chord Harmony Trick to On Top Of Old Smokey
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On Top Of Old Smokey - Chord Progression Pattern

Keyboard Practice - On Top Of Old Smokey - Keys: C, D, Bb, Db

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Homework: Harmonize On Top of Old Smokey in C Key - C, F, G7
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Keyboard Practice: On Top OF Old Smokey - Chords I IV V7
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Homework: Harmonize On Top Of Old Smokey in D Key
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Keyboard Practice: On top of Old Smokey Chords D Key - I IV V7
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Homework: Harmonize On Top OF Old Smokey in Bb Key - Bb, Eb, F7
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Keyboard Practice: On Top Of Old Smokey - Bb Key I IV V7
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Homework: Harmonize On Top Of Old Smokey in Db Key
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Keyboard Practice: On Top Of Old Smokey - Db Key I IV V7

More Song Practices on Key of F

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Know Key of F Inside out
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Song 7: Auld Lang Syne - 7 tone Music
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Auld Lang Syne - 3 Harmonizing Chord - I IV V7
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Keyboard Practice: Key of C - Auld Lang Syne I IV V7 - C F G7
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Keyboard Practice: Key of F - Auld Lang Syne I IV V7 - F Bb C7
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Song 8: We Wish You A Merry Christmas - 7 Tone Music
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