You can learn to play songs by ear without needing a teacher or expensive materials. You don’t need the sheet music and you don’t need any special musical “gift” either.
The basic process is to choose a song, and try to work it out piece by piece:
- Start by identifying the key.
- Then figure out the melody (the tune) based on the key’s scale.
This will take some trial-and-error but it should be possible for you to hear when you have it right, without checking the sheet music.
- Once you have the melody, try to figure out the chords to go with it. Understanding the concept of 3-chord songs and