Play By Ear #2: Learn to Play By Ear Easily in 12 Keys Fast
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Play by Ear - In 1 day use my 7-tone Method to play melodies in 12 keys & transpose a song to play any key on the spot
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Created by Rosa Suen
Last updated 11/2015
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 40 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • MEMORIZE the formula for the major scale W W H W W W H
  • FIND the scale tones for all 12 Major Scales
  • KNOW how to form the scale tones of all 12 Major Scales easily
  • IDENTIFY the key of the song by looking at the last tone
  • USE their ears to play all 12 Major Scales
  • UNDERSTAND why we need to play different keys for different songs
  • RECOGNIZE the simplicity of the 7 Tone Scale Music
  • USE the numbers to practice playing songs in different keys by ear
  • LISTEN to the melody of songs and play by EAR
  • PLAY any songs by EAR using the 7 Scale Tone Music
  • PLAY their favorite songs by EAR using any 12 Keys
  • SPOT out musical patterns to make Playing by Ear easy
  • OVERCOME the barrier of getting stuck in Key of C
  • VENTURE out to play in the Black Keys easily
  • APPRECIATE the different moods a Key brings to a song
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Requirements
  • They need to know Scale Tones
  • Preferably had taken my Play By Ear Part 1: Pick out melody of songs using 7 tones
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Play By Ear Level 2: Learn to play songs in all 12 Keys with just 1 Sheet!

In the traditional way that we are taught to play with music score, we practically need 12 score sheets to play in all 12 Keys. People need to learn to read music.

The MAGIC of this course is that you do not need 12 different score sheet, and you do not need to read music to play in all 12 Keys.

All you need is one sheet written in the 7-tone numbers and you will be able to play a song in different keys.

You will learn 17 Magic Tips along the way to play in all 12 Keys.

There is a total of 59 Practices to 19 Songs.

Here's the Secret: The 7 tone music is a breakthrough and short cut to sight reading music. It is time-saving for performers to produce music from paper to sound without worrying about key signature.

  • This number notation is key independent; therefore there is no need to rewrite the music for different keys.
  • The notation is an easy way for composers to record and communicate their ideas quickly.

The MAGIC of this POWERFUL 7-Tone Music:

  • The 7-tone music is intuitive and effective in communicating music.
  • It is a music notation that is consistent, uniform and succinct.
  • You can learn the system in one hour. That´s how simple and easy it is.
  • It allows you to intuitively SEE patterns and many elements of music at a glance.
  • Its simplicity promotes efficient learning particularly in playing songs by ear.
  • The 7-tone music allows you to play a given song in all 12 keys
  • You need to become familiar with the 12 scales.

In this Play By Ear Method 2 series, I provide you with many tips and analysis to show you how to take full advantage of this 7-tone music you learned in "Play by Ear Method 1 - Pick out Melody of Songs with 7 tone." It takes only an hour to learn the system. That´s how simple the system is. You don´t believe me? Tell me about it after you learn the system from me. Once you have this method, you can spend ONE day to start playing songs by ear in 12 different keys. This surpasses the learning curve of traditional music that requires you to read music.

To guide you to use the my number system comfortably, I provide many songs for you to work on, so that you get lots of practice to become proficient with the 7-tone music. By the end of the course, you will be able to even notate your own songs in this numeric notation and play songs in different keys.

My Play By Ear Method 2 totally simplifies the thought process when you play songs. To me this is most valuable because it frees students from reading the more complicated music staff notation, and helps the student to acquire a QUIET mind to listen to the sounds deeply, to play with ease and with creative freedom. This is what play by ear is about.

Level: Beginners to Advanced

Video Song Demonstrations:

I use software-animated videos that show you clearly how to apply the 7-tone music to playing songs by ear. I first demonstrate how this is easily done in the key of C.

Play Songs Easily in all 12 Keys

What you can do to the key of C can easily be done to any key, even in the more difficult keys such as Db key, B key or F# key. The thinking and application is CONSISTENT in all 12 keys.

In my videos, using different songs, I show you how to apply the 7-tone music to play songs in all 12 different keys. I purposely also choose some of the harder keys to play in (B, Db, Ab) so that you can see how easy the system is once your thinking is clear.

Learn to Listen Deeply

A lot of ear training programs want to help us to LISTEN DEEPLY to the sounds. My approach uses songs to help you listen DEEPLY to the tones you play rather than naming the intervals such as M6, m6, m2, M2, m7 or M7 etc. If playing songs by ear is what you want, this is perfect for you. If you want to learn sound intervals and distinguish them, you would have to go for ear training software for those drilling exercises.

This course is all about playing songs by ear in 12 different keys so that you can play the songs in the key that is in the vocal range for people to sing.

Songs in Play By Ear Level 2

A. In Depth study of 8 songs:

1. Happy Birthday

2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

3. Here Comes the Bride

4. When the Saints Go Marching In

5. God is so Good

6. Morning Has Broken

7. I've Been Working On the Railroad

8. Jingle Bells

B. Bonus Songs:

9. Mary Had A Little Lamb

10. Kum Ba Yah

11. I have Decided To Follow Jesus

12. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

C. Extra Bonus Training: Gospel songs for Church Pianists

13. Alleluia

14. Jesus Loves Me

15. Ode to Joy

16. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

17. Today

18. Que Sera Sera

Song Challenges for the Advanced Students

19. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - All 12 Keys

20. You Are My Sunshine - All 12 Keys

21. My Way - All 12 Keys

22. Auld Lang Syne - All 12 Keys

D. Sneak Preview Song to Level 3 Play by Ear:

23. On Top Of Old Smokey

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Who is the target audience?
  • Those who wish to play songs by ear
  • Those who wish to play any songs by ear using any 12 Keys
  • Those who love music
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 80 Lectures Collapse All 80 Lectures 03:06:13
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Songs in Major Key - 7 Scale Tones
2 Lectures 10:51

Major Scale Tones move in Whole Tones and Half Tones:

Major Scale:

W W H W W W H

This formula is good for all 12 Keys

Preview 02:22

Play By Ear Tip

Many of the popular songs & classical pieces are based on the Major Scale.

The melody of these major key songs move around these 7 tones:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Preview 08:29
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The Magic of this 7 Tone Scale Notation - Can play the song in ANY 12 Keys
7 Lectures 09:39
Song Demo 1: Happy Birthday Song - 7 Scale Notation
00:50

Follow the video and play along.

Happy Birthday - Key of C

Preview 00:31

Happy Birthday Song - 7 Scale Notation - F Key (the singing range)
01:02

Happy Birthday - Key of F

Follow the video and play along.

F Key -

1 = F

2 = G

3 = A

4 = Bb

5 = C

6 = D

7 = E

Happy Birthday Song - Key of F using the same 7 Scale Notations
00:45

Happy Birthday Song - Key of G using the same 7 Scale Notations
00:22

Happy Birthday - Key of G

Follow the video and play along

1 = G

2 = A

3 = B

4 = C

5 = D

6 = E

7 = F#

Happy Birthday Song - Key of G using the same 7 Scale Notations
00:42

To play in all 12 Keys, you only need 1 Music before you:

MAGIC OF THIS COURSE: Traditional Score Sheet vs 7 Tone Number Notation
05:27
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Play By Ear in all 12 Keys - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
13 Lectures 28:06

This formula works for all 12 Keys.

W W H W W W H

W = Whole Tone

H = Half Tone

Magic Tip 1: All 12 Major Scale use this FORMULA: W W H W W W H
03:04

C Scale Tones

1 = C

2 = D

3 = E

4 = F

5 = G

6 = A

7 = B

Magic Tip 2: C Scale in C Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
01:23

D Scale Tones

1 = D

2 = E

3 = F#

4 = G

5 = A

6 = B

7 = C#

Magic Tip 3: D Scale in D Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
01:52

E Scale Tones:

1 = E

2 = F#

3 = G#

4 = A

5 = B

6 = C#

7 = D#

Magic Tip 4: E Scale in E Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:04

F Scale Tones

1 = F

2 = G

3 = A

4 = Bb

5 = C

6 = D

7 = E

Magic Tip 5: F Scale in F Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:01

G Scale Tones:

1 = G

2 = A

3 = B

4 = C

5 = D

6 = E

7 = F#

Magic Tip 6: G Scale in G Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
01:51

A Scale Tones:

1 = A

2 = B

3 = C#

4 = D

5 = E

6 = F#

7 = G#

Magic Tip 7: A Scale in A Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:05

B Scale Tones:

1 = B

2 = C#

3 = D#

4 = E

5 = F#

6 = G#

7 = A#

Magic Tip 8: B Scale in B Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:11

Db Scale Tones:

1 = Db

2 = Eb

3 = F

4 = Gb

5 = Ab

6 = Bb

7 = C

Magic Tip 9: Db Scale in Db Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:23

Eb Scale Tones

1 = Eb

2 = F

3 = G

4 = Ab

5 = Bb

6 = C

7 = D

Magic Tip 10: Eb Scale in Eb Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:10

Gb Scale Tones

1 = Gb

2 = Ab

3 = Bb

4 = Cb

5 = Db

6 = Eb

7 = F

Magic Tip 11: Gb Scale in Gb Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:23

Ab Scale Tones:

1 = Ab

2 = Bb

3 = C

4 = Db

5 = Eb

6 = F

7 = G

Magic Tip 12: Ab Scale in Ab Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:20

Bb Scale Tones:

1 = Bb

2 = C

3 = D

4 = Eb

5 = F

6 = G

7 = A

Magic Tip 13: Bb Scale in Bb Key - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - W W H W W W H
02:19
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Song 2: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
5 Lectures 08:44
Assignment: Pick out the melody tones of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in C Key
01:11

Answer to Twinkle Twinkle 7 Tone Music
00:01

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - 4 Different Keys - Key of C, D, F, G
01:45

Magic Tip 14: The Value of these VIdeos Playing in Different Keys
01:36

Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Preview 04:10
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Song 3: Here Comes the Bride
4 Lectures 04:34
Assignment: PIck out the melody tones of Here Comes the Bride in C Key
01:04

Answer - Here Comes the Bride in 7 Tone Music
00:04


Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Play Here Comes the Bride in Keys: C, D, G
02:38
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Song 4: When the Saints Go Marching In
4 Lectures 04:24
Assignment: Pick out the melody tones of When the Saints Go Marching In
00:59

Answer - When the Saints Go Marching in 7 Tone Music
00:01

When the Saints Go Marching In - Keys of C, D, Eb
00:48

Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Play When the Saints Go Marching In - Keys of C, D, Eb
02:35
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Song 5: God is So Good
4 Lectures 04:35
Assignment: PIck out the melody tones of the song "God is so good" in Key of C
00:57

Answer - God is so good 7 Tone Music
00:03

God is so Good in Keys: C, D, F, G
00:51

Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Play God is So Good in Keys of C, D, F, G
02:43
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Song 6: Morning Has Broken
4 Lectures 07:33
Assignment: Pick out the melody tones by ear to Morning Has Broken in Key of C
01:02

Answer - Morning Has Broken 7 Tone Music
00:04

Morning Has Broken in Keys: C, Db, Ab, B
01:13

Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Play Morning Has Broken in Keys of C, Db, Ab, B
05:13
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Song 7: I've Been Working On the Railroad
4 Lectures 12:34
Assignment: PIck out the melody tones by ear to "Working on the Railroad"
01:20

Answer - 7 Tone Music to I've Been Working On the Railroad C Key
00:05

I've Been Working on the Railroad in Keys of C, Db, D, Bb
01:10

Steps to practice Playing By Ear with the different keys:

1. For each Key, there is a keyboard showing you the scale numbers for the Key of the Song.

2. Visualize these scale tones in your head for that key

3. Make a mental picture of the number of black keys used.

For eg. D will have 2 black keys - F# and C# (remember to play those black keys when you hit 3 and 7)

4. The bottom keyboard with the red dots show you the playing of the song.

5. You can see very clearly how I play the song numbers corresponding to the scale numbers of the keyboard just above it.

6. And when you practice playing the song in the different keys at the keyboard, train your fingers to play the song with the help of the keyboard with the 7 scale tones on top.

Play I've Been Working On the Railroad in Keys: C, Db, D, Bb
09:59
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Rosa is the Pastor and Church Pianist for a local community church in Hong Kong for over 30 years. She graduated from University of British Columbia and received her teaching certificate specializing in Chemistry and teaching English as a second language. She taught public schools in Canada for a couple of years and then went on to receive her Master's degree in Christian Theological Ministry at Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto. She started full time ministry with her husband in 1989 and received intensive Pastoral Counselling and Discipleship Training at Christian Disciples Church. They were ordained to become church ministers as Pastors in 1996 in a local church in Tsuen Wan and have been ministering to this same congregation for almost 20 years now.

Over the years, she has gone on church missions to Mongolia, Sydney, Nepal, India and expedition trips to the Holy Lands: Israel, Greece and Turkey. Wherever she went, she found herself taking up the music ministry and became the church pianist for that church.

Many people at church have asked her to teach them to play piano. As a result of her passion in playing piano, she started developing piano courses initially for church pianists online since 2008. The piano courses are very unique because she was finally willing to share her Unique Piano Method: Color Chord Improvisation Method known as CCI. The CCI method works for all types of music: Gospel, Pop and Standards.

This Piano Method is easy, fun and creative that you learn to play piano not only from music score sheets, but to play chords from fake books and eventually to play by ear. Students all over the world have requested for courses to teach them play standards and popular songs. As a result she developed 3 Great Reharmonization Method courses for them to play from fake books and play by ear. The Dreamy Piano Techniques courses, especially the one on Autumn Leaves is her students favorite. She has a piano website at Learn Piano With Rosa where she continues to offer new courses to her students. She also holds piano workshops for her local students and train church pianists.

With her education and expertise in teaching, her students love her piano courses and found her piano lessons extremely easy and fun to play piano. They are highly motivated to play piano and playing piano had never been more fun and satisfying for them. You can read their testimonies on her website.

She is now an instructor at Udemy. Come and join her hundreds of students to play piano in a fun and creative way.