Play The Piano By Ear | Master Class, Learn By Doing
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Play The Piano By Ear | Master Class, Learn By Doing

Join over 350 students to learn to play your favourite songs without sheet music, using the "Learn By Doing" method
4.3 (50 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
404 students enrolled
Created by Kaiwen Fan
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play any song (as long as it isn't Chopin or Liszt) by ear!
  • Make that song your own! Make it sound great
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  • You only need to know where the notes are on the piano and what they are called
  • Some basic musical knowledge
  • A piano or keyboard
  • Time to practise
  • Songs to play
  • A desperate need to satsify your piano needs

"It's a great way to work on your own. Keeps me more active then with most 'live teachers'. I am working on the accompanying left hand. It's highly satisfying, the instructions are very clear and comprehensive."

Hi there! This course is designed to teach anyone how to play the piano by ear as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What you will learn:

  • The lessons are there to guide you through discovering the simplicity and the recurring patterns of songs
  • You will learn all techniques necessary to cover a song on your own including exercises for both hands and you ear!
  • Based on the "learn by doing" concept, I will use the intro of the song "Counting Stars" for you to start out with. After finishing the song, you will be good to go on your own!
  • After some practise you should be able to play any song stuck in your head almost immediately without thinking about it.
  • NEW: I am doing song tutorial requests. Just let me know what you want to learn and I'll see what I can do!

What this course is not about:

  • Learning to play the piano from scratch
  • Reading sheet music
  • Boring music theory
  • Scales, Notes etc.


Here is what some past students thought about the course:

"Absolutely brilliant attitude and way of playing the piano. Kaiwen left me wanting more. I wish he had touched on Mutuno (salsa) and some Blues. Kaiwen, let us have some more!!!"

"This was an awesome course to take. I really learned a lot. The teacher was great with his instruction but also great in answering questions I had. If you want to learn to play my ear and sound more pro, then this is the course for you."

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to master playing songs by ear
  • Beginners, Intermediates, Pros
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
5 Lectures 17:59

Just a little introduction to myself, where I come from and where this course will lead you!

Example songs as played in the introduction in order:

  1. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes
  2. River Flows In You - Yiruma
  3. Improv
  4. Only One - Yellowcard
  5. Apologize - OneRepublic
  6. Let It Go - Idina Menzel
Preview 03:48

What are Keys and Chords? What do they look like on the piano? (For beginners)

Keys & Chords

What your left will do when playing a song on the piano. It's what makes your cover sound original and pretty!

Preview 03:14

The right hand is responsible for playing the main melody aka what is being sung.

The Melody (Right Hand)

We will be using "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic. You can find a link to that song in the resource section!

Choose a Song and Listen to It!
Listening Exercises
4 Lectures 20:38

You only need to learn 3 to 4 short melodies for each song!

Verse, Chorus, (Bridge) Pattern

Either the easiest part, or the most difficult. Depends on which method you choose!

Figuring Out the Key/Chords of a Song

Try humming and/or singing along to your favourite songs!

Figuring Out the Melody of a Song (Updated)

Listen to the song again, keeping in mind what you just learned! It will sound much more familiar.

Listen to the Song Again After Completing Above Lessons
Playing Exercises (After figuring out key & chord progressions)
4 Lectures 19:05

Get your left hand used to accompanying a song.

Accompaniment Exercises (Left Hand)

The right hand should be able to play the melody of a song as closely as possible to what is being sung.

Melody Exercises (Right Hand)

How to do it the right way without messing it up.

Joining the Two Hands Part 1

Great you have made it this far! Now try a song of your own choice to play the way I just taught you until here

Joining the Two Hands Part 2 (How to Fix Timing Issues)
Accompaniment Patterns (Left Hand)
4 Lectures 23:47

Very useful technique. It's so simple it's almost cheating.

Preview 06:21

Try too add these notes to your chords!

Notes Which Will Always Sound Good

Adding a richer sound to your song.

Filler Chords

Some Example Patterns
Advanced Accompaniment (Left & Right Hand)
2 Lectures 06:17

The right hand can help the left hand accompany the song!

How to use the right hand to add more colour and flourishes

Adds another level of richness to your song.

7th Chords
Add Your Own Personal Touch
5 Lectures 11:24
Varying Loudness

Varying Speed

Adding Little Flourishes

Varying Key Stroke, Using the Sustain Pedal

Changing Things + Some Final Tips
NEW! Additions
2 Lectures 27:48
Quick Recap of All Lectures

Right Hand Accompaniment: In Depth Look
NEW! Quick song tutorials
1 Lecture 14:39

A chinese song. If you want to learn more about the "Chord Ladder" check out my other course on that topic! There is a key change in the song, where everything is one note higher. Try do figure that out!

Yue Ding by Guang Liang (Chord Ladder song)
About the Instructor
Kaiwen Fan
4.5 Average rating
88 Reviews
957 Students
6 Courses
German Engineering Student with a Passion for Music

My name is Kaiwen, and I am currently studying Engineering at RWTH Aachen University in Germany and have been teaching private piano lessons for 2 years.

Music among technology and automotive design, has always been a huge part of my life, ever since I started learning to play the piano at a very young age. Over the years I have developed a deep passion for this instrument and at some point decided to experiment with popular music.

I have been playing the piano for almost 17 years alltogether and arranging my own cover songs for almost 10 years now.

Having started out learning classical music I soon discovered that playing popular music can be more fun and is much quicker to learn by ear rather than using sheet music.

Visit my YouTube channel below and see some examples!