This is one of my favorite piano players… he makes the piano seem so simple at times and at others is sounds as if he must have 3 hands to be able play all that he plays. When I first heard Keith Jarrett I wasn’t sure if I was listening to Classical music or Jazz.This recording is of him improvising in front of a live audience in Koln, Germany. It is just him and there is no overdubbing on the recording and no he doesn’t have 3 hands.
I have just come across this fantastic resource which will help you to learn piano by ear.
The utility takes you from absolute beginner piano level through to a really high level and trains you to recognize the intervals between notes. The theory is that once you have learned to recognize all of the intervals then you will be able to play any song by ear with out needing to see the music. There are full instructions on the site but for me I spent hours just playing around with the utility. It made me remember my time at the conservatory.
Have fun with this and see if you can learn piano by ear yourself.
This is an amazing performance or Beethoven‘s Pathetique performed on an invisible piano by comedy genius Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr. Bean). The performance starts with the 1st movement from the Pathetique and then is is seamlessly goes into the end of the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata.
Playing piano by ear is something that some people do right from the start. They learn this way and most often than not they will find it difficult to play by reading music or even chord sheets.
Others start to learn piano playing by reading music, a lot of these people find it equally as difficult to play anything with out the music in fromt of them.
The best scenario is when you learn right from the start how to play by ear and how to read music both at the same time. Don’t choose any one method but learn how to play the piano by ear and also learn how to read music. You will benefit greatly in the long run by doing this.