Originated From
AOL Search

Guitar playing by ear

how to practice guitar by ear simple terms. Desire to learn to play by ear the electric guitar . Notes and chords by ear need some good knowledgable advice

Liked this question? Tell your friends about it

9 Answers

Order by
Oldest to Newest
Newest to Oldest

Well lucky you Gibby...

Lookee what I found Smile

Play Guitar by Ear - Start Here

Good luck


Wow! I went from almost 2000 Thumbs Up, to Zero, in one day! I must really be renting space, in some Left Wing Radicals heads, to be able to achieve such a High Honor. Thanks!

Before you learn the licks, match the tone. It is much easier to find the song if you're using a similar tone. If you want to play "pipeline" by the Ventures, don't learn it using a Hendrix super distortion sound. It might sound cool but you'll miss the mark. then break the song down into individual phrases, whenever posible play along with the original recording. there is software availablethat can slow down a songs playback speed without affecting the pitch.

Things could be worse

Ah the Ventures Smile

I remember when I was just a pup, listening to an album that had a tune by the Ventures: Hawaii Five-O 


Wow! I went from almost 2000 Thumbs Up, to Zero, in one day! I must really be renting space, in some Left Wing Radicals heads, to be able to achieve such a High Honor. Thanks!

Some tips will help:

1.- Look for the help of a seasoned guitar player/teacher, as you'll need to train and develop your musical hearing skills.

2.- Allways practice/play with a well tuned guitar. Get someone else to tune it, if you don't know how.

3.- Focus on sound quality. It's the most important fact. Play every note/chord slowly at first, paying close attention to get a perfectly clean and pleasant sound. Speed comes later.

4.- Never forget that you play music (emotion), not just sound.


Wow! I went from almost 2000 Thumbs Up, to Zero, in one day! I must really be renting space, in some Left Wing Radicals heads, to be able to achieve such a High Honor. Thanks!


A lot of people, even professional musicians, are tone deaf! In other words, they cannot hear relative and absolute pitch. An awesome way to learn this method of hearing relative and absolute pitch, which in turn will better your 'learning guitar by ear', is Learn The Pure Pitch Method . Good Luck

Rock 'N Roll! <a href="" rel="nofollow" cl="http://www.myspace.com/aceintheholes" class="comlink">Ace In The Holes</a>

For someone who is a beginner who woudn't understand absolute pitch or any thing like that ,and if you don't want to take lessons. I would say start by learning how to tune your guitar by getting a guitar tunner, some are very cheap. Tune your guitar to E starting with the Thickest string (E,A,D,G,B,E). most popular songs are tuned to E. Then listen to these notes very carefully and get them in your head.Sometimes it takes months or even years to be able to tune your guitar or find the right key in a song by ear. When you are trying to figuer out what chord the song is in start with the two thickest strings and hit one note at a time until you find the right pitch. Good luck.

I have played for 30+ years and I play by ear. I had to learn the guitar, the guitar players in the ship's band were transferred off. As a bass player it was a bit hard and there were really no "good" players but a lot of strummers who were willing to show me things like the infamous D chord . (I don't see how you can figure it out by yourself )I then learned a whole lotta tricks and am good enough to sit in with about anyone but my daughter is being taught professionally and we both couldn't be happier with the results . Either way have a lot of fun and best wishes to anyone who puts the effort into it it is a lifelong saisfaction. Of note my daughter is way ahead of where I was in understanding but she is only 13 and been at it awhile.....kids they learn so much easier I was 13 when I picked up bass and 19 at guitar. Good tips Luis and Sundog, Dicki is right on too.. play with the recording if you do it like them you can't be wrong. Happy playing. Use a good guitar.

I'm very skeptical of optimists and pessimists

Related Questions

Other people asked questions on similar topics, check out the answers they received:

Asked: Action adjustment on acoustic/electric guitar

how to lower strings on acoustic/electric guitar with pick-up attached to saddle

Asked: Martin 00045 jimmy rodgers re-issue guitar

martin 00045 jimmy rodgers re-issue guitar

Asked: I'm a beginner musician and I want to buy a guitar ...

I'm a beginner musician and I want to buy a guitar. Which one do you recommend for practicing at first: acoustic guitar or electric guitar?

Ask a Question... We'll forward it to people who know

More Questions

Should i learn to play the accoustic or the electric guitar first?

Most guitarists ten to learn on acoustic or classical (nylon string) guitar, simply because electric guitar can be quite hard on fingers, especially if a child. Don't forget that with an electric guitar you'll need an amplifier, found here: http://www.camdensounds.co.uk/amplifiers.html

I have a nine year old daughter that has been wanting to learn to play

I beg to differ that online guitar courses aren't any good... here's why... With more and more online courses, colleges and schools teaching people online these days, while in the comfort of their homes, tells a lot what the future holds. There are some really good online courses out there, and ...

If I'm going to get my guitar strings changed do i ...

Finding a string that suits you, your guitar, your style and gives you the sound you want is a bit of a journey. Each brand makes their strings in a slightly different way, which means there are slight tonal differences between them. So, try a few different types and gauges and find a set that ...

What is the input energy of a person playing guitar

too many variables. your question isn't specific enough. the strings passing by the pick up coils create current which you then feed to your amplifier. plug a test meter into the guitar, strum the strings and see what the meter registers, probably in milliamps at best, then you don't have to ...