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Piano by ear



Piano by Ear: Learn to play by ear, improvise and accompany songs in simple steps (with links to video clips below).

Finalist in the Best Print Resource category at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, 2016,  

Piano by Ear, Learn to play by ear, improvise and accompany songs in simple steps is aimed at helping classically trained teachers, students and pupils play without notation, spontaneously, wherever there's a piano. It also provides useful training for Practical Musicianship and Jazz Piano exams.

 "Whoever thought playing by ear could be this much fun?

"Improvising made easy"

"A must for all piano teachers"

"Really useful for singing teachers"

"Happy Birthday de-mystified!"

... More stunning reviews on Pianodao

Buy the Book

Piano by Ear is available from your local music retailer, or buy online at Faber Music Store or Amazon - and see the amazing reviews there too.

Watch the videos 

Piano by Ear 

This video clip demonstrates some of the ideas in Piano by Ear to help get you started. They are taken from pages 13, 14, 32, 33, 28, 29, 80, 73, 77, 111 and 117 (in that order).



For demonstrations by some of Lucinda's students see


Practising the Piano, the Online Academy. 

These three clips below,with supporting text and printable scores, are published by Practising the Piano, the Online Academy. (More are available through 

Beginning to improvise


Understanding chords and how to harmonise


Easy Improvising with the White-note Modes and Other Exotic Scales

Further clips in this series will soon be available through the Online Academy: Twelve Bar Blues, Improvising with Secondary Chords, Improvising inspired by your current piece.  

Click here to read more about Lucinda's background and approach in conversation with Graham Fitch 

If you have any questions, or would like to share your own playing by ear or improvising, please contact Lucinda or connect via Facebook

Thank you!


Related links 

Improvisation www.classicalfakebooks | Lucinda's Facebook page | Graham Fitch | Practising the Piano interview | Amazon - Piano by ear | Faber- Piano by ear | The Online Academy | Trinity College