Is Playing by Ear Difficult?

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again:

Playing by ear is not a magical, god-given gift.

Okay, sometimes it can be. There are rare people in the world born with “perfect pitch,” and for them hearing and understanding sounds just works automatically.

But those people are rare.

For most of us, playing by ear just takes time and practice. It’s not a difficult thing to do per se, but that’s only because there are no “formulas” you can try to master to learn it. It comes organically, through familiarizing yourself with how your instrument sounds.

That said, there are exercises you can do to improve your playing by ear ability. For example, you could start with my video series on how to play by ear.

The most important thing is just to try it. If you want to learn how to play by ear, dive right in and try to learn something by ear. Listen closely to a song that you like, and don’t stop trying until you’re able to re-create it on your violin.

Of course, it might be a bit much to start with an entire song as your VERY first playing by ear project. To ease your way into it, I’d recommend starting with my ear training exercises.

Good luck!



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