Play by Ear: The Cave

Learn how to play music by ear using the Musivu system. In this class we'll use Mumford & Sons' "The Cave" as an example
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 39 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2013 English

Course Description

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 "The Cave" by Mumford and Sons. 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

What are the requirements?

  • (Recommended) Musivu Basic Ear Training

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You'll be able to play "The Cave" on your instrument of choice
  • No reading sheet music necessary

Who is the target audience?

  • Aspiring musicians of all levels
  • Musicians who want to learn to play by ear

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
In this course we'll learn to play "The Cave," the great song by Mumford & Songs, by ear.

Using the techniques introduced here, you can learn to play your own favorite song by ear and make it easy.

Section 2: How to Play: the Cave
Using your ear, we'll figure out what key the song is in. 

Also, to keep things simple, we'll change away from the real key of the record, but that's OK.

If you think "The Cave" is a complex song, you might be surprised to learn how simple it actually is when you break it down.
Using the chords as our guidelines, we'll correctly work out the melody of the song.
Texture is what separates "The Cave" from John Lennon's "Imagine."
A lesson just for the bass line.
Now that we've worked out the pieces of the song, we'll apply our teachings and successfully play the song by ear. We'll start with the introductory section and the verse.
Using the same system as the previous lesson, we'll master the chorus next.

Lastly, we'll use our system to finish strong.

Section 3: Wrapping Up

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Instructor Biography

Kris Maloy, 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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