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Playing by Ear

Kathy Jones (40) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
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Okay, you want to learn a song but can't read a lick of music or tab. Me, either! The following technique works well for me. Find a song you really want to learn the chords to. Listen to the song - over and over again. Start at the intro: match the bass note of the song to your lower strings of your guitar. For example, if the bass is playing a G note, the chord will most likely be a G. Then procede with the rest of the intro. Most song chords repeat their patterns. The verses will be the same, the chorus will be a bit different than the verses, and there may be a bridge in a totally different key. Just match those bass notes of the recording to your guitar and corresponding chords. After a while, you will practically memorize the chords that go with keys that the songs are wtitten in! Go slowly...and take a break if you get frutrated!