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Play by Ear: A Thousand Years

Play Christina Perri by ear on any instrument. Hear melody, harmony and chords using Musivu's Ear Training technique.
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Created by Kris Maloy
Last updated 9/2013
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What Will I Learn?
You'll be able to play "A Thousand Years" on your instrument of choice
No reading sheet music necessary
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  • (Recommended) Musivu Basic Ear Training

Learn how to play great songs by ear from Professor Kris Maloy. Using his 10 years of university teaching experience, he'll teach you to play music by ear and identify chords by only their sound, no reading sheet music required.

Learn to Play by Ear

In this course you will learn to understand music using only your ear, using the example of the song "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. You'll learn to recognize notes, chords and melodies by ear. 

At the end of this course you'll be able to play the song on your instrument of choice by hearing the melody, bass, harmony, and texture entirely by ear.

A Better Way to Learn to Play by Ear

Professor Maloy's new system of teaching ear training teaches you how to improve your own skills. Instead of repetitive drills, you can learn to teach yourself. 

Who Should Take This Course?

Ear Training for Beginners is great for solo and band artists, and anyone who wants to learn to play music by ear. These skills can be applied to any song, not just "The Cave."

What Former Students Say

"I thoroughly enjoyed studying with Dr. Kris Maloy because he cared enough to become aware of my personal musical background and found a common ground so that he could find the best ways to explain certain concepts and ideas. I would highly recommend studying any music course with Dr. Kris Maloy and would expect you to have the same positive results and experiences that I had."
--Maggie McClure, singer/songwriter with two albums and placements in film, TV and commercials

"Dr. Maloy has a piercing ability to see through the murky, convoluted mess that is music theory and pull out all of the lowest common denominators – the fundamental building blocks of method. He shares this clairvoyance with students through a practical training that sidesteps the pretense."
--Bryan Mitschell, pro drummer and audio producer, now university faculty

"I found Kris' methods to be sound, informative, and practical. Studying with him gave me the skills, desire and enjoyment to continue working in the field of jazz arranging.  I highly recommend Kris Maloy and his very skilled system of teaching."
--Mark Giammario, pro drummer, now university faculty

"Dr. Maloy has the ability to effectively communicate complicated musical ideas and techniques to musicians of any level.  Dr. Maloy’s familiarity with academic music as well as modern popular music has made his curriculum uniquely relevant. My experience with Dr. Maloy has been extremely enjoyable and enlightening and I would recommend his curriculum to any musician looking to dive deeper into important musical concepts."
--Nick Poss, pro singer/songwriter

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring musicians of all levels
  • Musicians who want to learn to play by ear
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 49:54
1 Lecture 01:35
In this course...
Preview 01:35
How to Play by Ear
6 Lectures 38:49
How to understand the key of the song and the chords attached to that key.
Preview 02:20

How to work out the notes of the melody of verse and intro using Basic Concepts.
Preview 05:02

Using the same technique as the melody, we'll work through the bass line.
Preview 04:36

Understand the song's chords by combining melody, bass and chord inversions from Basic Concepts.
How to Hear Harmony

We break out some sheet music to visualize how the song is laid out.
How to Chart the Song

Adding in melody, harmony, bass, and texture to the chords gives us the true sound of the song.
Putting it Together: How to Play the Verse
Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 09:30

Using the same techniques, we'll analyze the other parts of the song.

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How to Play the Bridge, Chorus and Intro

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About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
13 Reviews
1,674 Students
6 Courses
Professor of Music, Academy of Contemporary Music

With 10 years of experience, Dr. Kris Maloy has taught all major musical skills and has revolutionized learning to play by ear. His Carnegie Hall debut was in 2011. In 2012 he founded Musivu as a way to make college-level music instruction more affordable and accessible for musicians worldwide, ranging from beginners to pros.

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