Saturday, July 30, 2005

Felix and his late cousin James Holloway. We were both young musicians when this picture was taken. I was 13 and he was 14. We were playing piano and organ for churches then. I'm 54 now and much better than I was then. Posted by Picasa
Felix Scott Posted by Picasa


This blog is designed to give you the basics which you will need in order to learn the art of playing music by ear. Many feel that people who play and improvise by ear are special. If they are special, it is because they have spent their time wisely learning the tools of the trade.
I feel it is good to establish a practice routine. Playing by ear and teaching choirs music by ear requires discipline and discipline is good for all of us. Spend your practice time wisely. Listen, listen, listen carefully to recorded music that you may be interested in learning. Be patient with yourself. Don't expect everything to come in one setting. Things come to us when we have developed enough to accept them.
Gradually train your ears to really HEAR music. Most of us don't use our full brain capacity. We let sound surround us as we casually listen to music, but we don't actually HEAR music. It is my goal to help you to develop the most neglected of the five senses. The ability to really HEAR music and understand it in its abstract form.
May your journey in music be as enjoyable as it has been for me.
Finally play the best instrument that you can afford and study with the finest teachers available.