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York Adult Education

How to Play Piano by Ear

with Craig Coffman


Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing-all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “InstantPiano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords is recommended. The fee includes the online book, online follow-up lessons, a recording of the class, and an optional monthly question-and-answer session. Class is held online using zoom.

Topics include:

How to find the starting note

How to determine when chords change

How to predict the chord progression

How chords help you find the correct melody

How the melody helps you find the correct chords

How to learn songs from recordings

How to transpose

The Universal Key Signature

How to use the Circle of Fifths

How to recognize the most common chord patterns

  • 4/27@6:30-9pm: Apr 27th, 2023
    Thu from 6:30 - 9:00 pm

    Will run

Online Class

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