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:

  1. Start by identifying the key.
  2. 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.
  3. Once you have the melody, try to figure out the chords to go with it. Understanding the concept of 3-chord songs and