Play By Ear #4: Play Song By Ear with 3 Chords Using Any Key
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
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
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Song 16: Onward Christian Soldiers
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Melody - Chord Harmony Theory
Play By Ear
Songs are made up of Melody & Chord Harmony
You need both of these elements in a song.
Play By Ear:
LH plays Cluster of Chord Tones
RH also plays Melodic Harmonizing Chord tones
**INSIGHT** Both hands are playing the SAME Chords:
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
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
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!
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
Play By Ear - Home on the Range
Use 3 Harmonizing Chords: I IV V7
The Roman Numerals work for all 12 Keys.
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
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.
Play By Ear - 3 Chord Trick for C Key:
Chord I - C
Chord IV - F
Chord V7 - G7
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
Play by Ear - Home on the Range - F Key
Chord I - F Chord
Chord IV - Bb Chord
Chord V7 - C7 Chord
Song 2: O Suzanna - C Key & G Key
Play By Ear - O Suzanna
Familiarize yourself with this tune until you can hum it in your head.
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.
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.
Play By Ear - O Suzanna - 3 Harmonizing Chords
Listen to chord changes as the song moves from one chord to another.
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
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!
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
Song 3: Away In A Manger - C Key & D Key
Keyboard Practice to Away In A Manger - Key of C & Key of D
Play By Ear - Away In A Manger Traditional Melody
C Chord - C E G
F Chord - F A C
G7 Chord - G B D F
Away In A Manger - Play By Ear
Follow the video and play along.
Listen to the chord changes!
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!
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