Playing By Ear

What are your thoughts on playing by ear? If you’d asked me that when I was in high school, I would have said it was dumb, mainly because I couldn’t do it to save my life. At Oberlin, I would have told you it was something I couldn’t do. Now, I think it’s a skill you can build that’s not barred off from any of us, especially if we’re playing the right instrument for us. Also, playing by ear makes our instrument an incredible source for personal expression in a much bigger way than interpreting a Bach Suite. Check out other thoughts here —