Learn How To Play Songs By Ear On The Guitar

Learn How To Play Songs By Ear On The Guitar

In this lesson, we are going to learn how to play songs by ear on the guitar.  This is a skill set that takes patience and persistence to master.  As it will not come overnight.  But with enough effort over time, it will begin to develop and you will see results.


How to play by visualizing

how to visualize

This is a very important skill to master.  And what’s great about it is that you already have it and practice it on a daily basis.  If you close your eyes, you can see images of things you want, have, or even people you know.

Music is the same way.  You want to be able to visualize what you hear.  It is like carefully looking at a blueprint and studying all its features.  All songs have a blueprint.  And being able to visualize this blueprint will help you to learn how to play the song by ear.


Study music scales

C major scale


when you study music scales, you train your ear to hear notes within different musical keys.  Keys like C major, A minor, D major, or F# minor.  These all have certain notes that give them character.

By going through scales back and forth in different keys, your ear begins to get familiar with them.  It begins to recognize the pitch difference and how to play these notes to learn chords and melody lines.


Study note intervals

Note intervals

A note interval is a distance between two notes.  On guitar, you use frets when you play.  These fret intervals can be broken down into whole steps and half steps.  A whole step is two frets, and a half step is one fret.

When playing a note, you want to listen for the distance of the next note.  Is it a whole step, half step, or possibly three frets, a step in a half?  It could also be further away.  Four frets would be considered two whole steps.

These are the building blocks of music.  How chords are made, scales are made, and how to use these concepts to create rhythm and melody in songs.


Develop Patience

Develop Patience

When it comes to learning an instrument by ear, especially guitar, you want to make sure that you develop patience.  This is a skill that is a must.  The reason for this is that it takes time to train the ear to hear the notes.

Once you can hear the notes, you then want to be able to find them on the guitar and reproduce what you hear.  This is not easy.  Well, for some people it might be.  I have seen people be able to do this quite easily without knowing exactly how they did it.  Just having the natural ability to do so.

But for the rest of us, it will take some time and effort.  Be prepared to put in the time, effort, and most of all, develop the patience necessary to do so.  This will be required if you’re going to learn how to play songs by ear on the guitar.


Lesson Conclusion

Do what is stated above and you will learn how to play songs by ear.  Not just on guitar, but on any instrument that you approach.  And if you need additional help, be sure to check out the books that I have authored on playing guitar.

Dwayne Jenkins Method Books

Any of these books can help you with your guitar playing.  Especially in developing the skill of playing songs by ear.  And if more help is needed.  Feel free to reach out as I teach guitar lessons in-person and online.

So no matter where you’re at in the world.  We can connect.  Best of luck with your guitar playing and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for great video lessons to help improve your playing.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck.

Sincerely, Dwayne Jenkins