Look, I’m not gonna beat around the bush, OK?

I need your help.


First of all, lots of people have been requesting some sort of play piano by ear course, and I just haven’t had/made the time to put one together in the last year or so.

Second, I’d like to take my family on vacation in about a week.

And just what do these two things have to do with you?

Well, the collision of these two events/needs in my brain made me decide to FINALLY put together a full course teaching people how to play the piano by ear.

Although I DO have time to put together the content (well, maybe with a couple of all-nighters), and I’m confident it will be VERY helpful, I DO NOT have the time to put together a bunch of fancy graphics and packaging, etc., etc.


I would also like to get your:

  1. Input before I put the first version together and
  2. Feedback after you’ve had a look at it


I’m giving myself a very SHORT deadline to get this done and out to you at a VERY special price in the next couple of days, but this will be a very limited offer, since I’m (hopefully) leaving on vacation next Friday.

My goal is to get this finished in the next couple of days and get it into your hands at an UNBELIEVABLE price, so I can:

  • Show you EXACTLY how to play piano by ear…
  • At a GREAT price that beats any piano lesson you could get anywhere else, and…
  • Fund my vacation! (Hey, just being honest) 🙂

So how can you help?


In the comment section below, simply tell me what 2 or 3 things you would like to see in the ULTIMATE play piano by ear course.

That’s it.

I’ll be looking at these comments in the next 24-36 hours and incorporating whatever I can to make this one of the best instructional piano courses around.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Please leave your comments below – just 2 or 3 things that you would LOVE to see in a play piano by ear course.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress over the next few days.



My name is Bill Romer and I've been playing piano for as long as I can remember – probably since I was about 4 years old. My earliest memories at the piano are of my Mom teaching me how to read sheet music and sitting for hours playing through stacks of her old music. I took piano lessons briefly while I was in elementary school, but since I already knew how to play from sheet music, learning the basics was really boring, so I quit. Fifteen years later, after finishing school and starting life out on my own, I decided to study jazz piano, and it was the best decision I could have made. It helped me fill in a lot of theory I had never studied, and I could finally just sit down at the piano and play whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I learned all the chords and learned to improvise, too. It was great! These days, I play at dueling piano bars, weddings, funerals, church services, parties and other events and add new songs to my repertoire every day. I still LOVE to play.

    351 replies to "How To Play Piano By Ear… Fast!"

    • David Mendez

      Hi Bill,

      I would like to see smooth jazz voicings, chordal harmonization on the melody, and passing chords.


      P.S. please make it very affordable. tight budget right now!

    • David

      1. How to determine whether 7th, 9th etc.
      2. How to determine inversion used
      3. Standard (possible) progressions

    • Marlene De Lung

      I have just gotten to where I can read music. So, no idea on telling someone how to play by ear, although I admire and wish I could do so! I love piano!

    • Ray. Willems

      3 )

    • charlene phifer

      ild like to see a complete simple program that gives great instructions as far as ear training. a complete chord chart with mp3 or midi and and step by step instructions clear ,consise and to the point with good songs for examples thanks

    • Karen Leonardt

      Lots of fill in cording.

    • Ed Logan

      I hope you are successful. My sister could hear a piece on the radio and sit down and play it. I could also play any note on the piano with her in another room and she could name the note and where it was above or below middle c. I could not do that. Also I have always had to get the written music (right hand) and chords or the full sheet music and then pratice pratice pratice. So good luck. I wish I could tell you how to do it. IF you can tell me that would be great!

    • Michael Spencer

      Which chords to play with which melody note. When to incorporate scale runs.

    • John Van Sickle

      What a great idea ! I would love to be able to play the theme
      from Titanic—I can some-but not entirely.Again-Great idea.

    • Michelle H.

      1) tricks and tips and/or a methodology or syllabus to help me learn chords (which notes make up which chord)
      2) practice techniques for creating runs and fillers
      3)I know what I need to learn, but there is so much that I get overwhelmed. I need someone to tell me the best order to learn the chord notes and the easiest way to commit them to memory so I can do inversions…Thanks! have fun on your vacay!

    • Ed Roman

      Your e-mails were great! Is there any chance that you my be able
      to graphically show finger placement on a piano keyboard?
      I was able to show a keyboard with finger placement with dots on the keyboard. Don’t know if this would be too demanding…..this is just a suggestion.
      Thank you for all your helpful e-mails.

      Ed Roman

    • Jack

      1. At the end of a piece, if you want to continue in a different key, how to you decide on the appropriate key? is there a rule?

      2. In 4/4 time, is there any particular beat that is the best place to play the full chord or does it matter?

      I enjoy your lessons, especially the latest 3 on DVD. Thanks!

    • aaron smith

      Hi, yes I would like you to make a piano course with a online video/s showing your hand positions and what notes and chords you are playing along with showing the timing for your song you are playing. And showing what you are doing with your left and right hand. And maybe show a metronome or something like that while you are playing for timing reference. Show how to play piano with both hands, the whole song all the way through. That would be whole lot easier for the beginners out there, rather than giving allot of info on musical notes on paper or email text which can be confusing. A picture or video speaks volumes more than text ever will…….
      Thanks for asking a customer,
      Aaron Smith
      Sunland, California, LA area.

    • k.s.

      Ways to comp with a singer/group (getting ready for Christmas)
      easy left hand patterns for jazz
      ways to change keys during a song

    • john flanders

      1) I would like to see instruction that goes beyond the usual fake-book method of melody in the right hand chords in the left. I want to know the ‘rules’ of playing melody and harmony with both hands.
      2) Your suggestions for comping with popular songs.
      3) I am currently working my way through “The Piano Handbook” by Carl Humphries, which is a very good instruction manual. (I’ve had little luck with teachers so far.) I find the CD included with this book very helpful, and the selection of studies interesting and challenging.
      Good luck with your new book Bill, let me know when it is ready.

    • Lace Brown

      I am relearning to read music, but would love to be able to play by ear. I have never been able to do that. There are so many pieces that I have heard and do not know the name of, learning to play them by ear would be fabulous. Good luck with this. And as one comment mentioned, please make it affordable, finances really are tough for some of us.

    • Wallace Smith

      I would need this via CD not web site download

    • Linet Awolana

      Ok, so I have been working on the three videos that I received – I guess there was supposed to be an associated web site for more information, but I never got the link – My first suggestion is that you slow down a bit and re-tape those times when you play, for example, an E but you say “E sharp”. When I am at the piano – it is difficult to sometimes see the screen, so I am depending upon my ears, but what you play, and what you say, sometimes diverge.
      I would also like to see some interval training – where you simple play minor thirds, seconds, major thirds, fourths, etc – so I can listen and hear the tonal differences – that is something I can not do on my own – as If I play a minor third, I already know it is a minor third.
      Anyway, I have really enjoyed using your tapes – and am working on them to improve my piano playing –

    • Mark

      Keep it simple – perhaps try to do this without the person initially needing to read any music !
      -Picking out the melody of the song.
      -Picking out the background/chording of the song
      -major/minor chords
      -chord inversions – practicing them
      -7th chords

    • mark

      how about putting together a bridge in a song? how do you come up with a bridge between verses or should we say in the middle of a song.

    • Maureen

      Hi Bill, I am living in “Little O”l England–I find it difficult to buy

      your DVD ( I only have a Cheque Book–how can you help people like me,I have mentioned it before.) You will perhaps loose Business if you ONLY deal with people with Credit Cards.
      I love your e”mails–but frustratingly can not get further!

      Happy Hols

      Maureen G

    • tommy mundell

      All the above.. ive been so busy with collage i honestly havnt found the time to learn when i really want to. i think youtube video ‘s showing how cords and scales work would be great.

      keep up the good work bill.

    • Haay

      Dear Bill,
      Please do something easy to remember and in each key, also
      show the notes. Then use differant styles of music.


    • robert westerhoff

      there is nothing like a video. Seeing and hearing registers in the back of my brain; then all I have to do is repeat.

      keep it simple

    • Joan

      Ways to make chords you play with left hand sound more interesting.
      I can play broken chords, but everything I play sounds the same.

    • Darrol

      How do I create more imaginative melodies?

    • lindsay bock

      hey bill
      its simple give us the how to
      in easy to understand language
      you are doing good work helping
      helping and teaching
      thankyou lindsay

    • peggy

      Would love to learn to play “cocktail” type music or Floyd Kramer
      method. I know he had an unusual method of playing chords with
      his right hand. But I have trouble with playing with my left hand as
      it seems a majority of the replies you have received are having also. Whatever, I know you can figure it all out for all of us…jazz,
      cocktail, some classical, etc.

    • George C.

      I have been a profesional musician for a lot of years as a bassist and a trombonist. I have a pretty good feel for chords and substitutions on bass; but on piano, I have a problem getting the left hand to play one thing while the right is trying to play something else. Include some exercises to develop this skill. Thanks

    • Doris

      After hearing and figuring out the melody, and the chords that go with the melody, how to make it all sound Professional when we play it–and secondly, how to make a nice arrangment of the song?

    • ron

      all the above

    • Dr Mary Munro-Hill

      I have been playing the piano successfully, both by music and by ear, from the age of seven: it’s jazz that I find so hard – the syncopation and the “swing” and, of course, the special types of chord used in jazz. It’s particularly traditional jazz in which I am interested and would love some help there.

    • Mireille Raiche

      1- How to use the right chord
      2- How to use an open voicing
      3- How to use a passing chord

    • Tom Mitchell

      Hello, Bill. I really need help with memorization and I believe hearing the melody by ear would help. What do you think and can you include something that will help with the brain?


      I agree with Michelle H and with Mark. Sometimes it is better to learn a little bit well, than a whole lot sloppy. I would love just one cord pattern in just a just two or three keys, not all of them. Start with C, G, A, learn to do that well, then move on. I am anxious to see what you come up with. I will buy your product.
      thanks for allowing us to give thoughts.

    • Daniel

      What a great way to keep your buyers. I will probably repeat things I don’t have time to read all the comments. I need to learn chord progressions in between the main chords and near the bridge of a song for instance. And mostly tricks and special twists to execute the chords (accords ”arpégés” or ”plaqués” I mean notes being played altogether, broken : are there other ways ? other tricks ?) and have to learn to concentrate the chords in a short space on the keyboard. And classical, jazz etc way to play the same tune. Have fun ! on you holliday trip I mean. I would like to buy a bottle of talent and one tube of technique as well.

    • Jim

      To hear an advanced chord, 9ths, 11ths, 13s, etc, in one inversion advanced to the next chord in a smooth, harmonic movement. Use this principle to play through a III VI II V I . Then take the same progression in the same key but starting on a different different inversion. Do this through all the possible inversions.

      For some strange reason I can recognize the progression by ear in one inversion but seam to loose it in other inversions. The sound seams to change with advanced chords and my ear tells me to go to a different chord then the one I should go to.

      Thanks, Jim

    • phil newkirk

      Hi Bill,

      I’d love to see some easy chord progressions for many different styles of music like rock, blues, jazz, etc…and improvising tips for each style.

      Bill, I admire your work and I’ll buy the book anyway!

    • monica solosa

      Good Luck. am grappling with transposing. Quick lesson? Thanks

    • Alan Page

      Hi Bill

      Rhythm patterns using both hands including melody on right hand for 4/4 3/4 etc numbers including latin and jazz

    • Voegeli Desire

      How to play a song by using the tritone chorals in a smooth way. I know someone who doesn,t read music but can use his tritone very well. He sounds so fine. He can play for hours and not playing a specific song, but just moving around in a good tritone sequencing.

    • Leo Kavanagh

      Dear Bill.
      Clear video so that we can see your hands on the piano.
      How to combine the left hand rhythm with the right hand melody, the same as comments by George C.?
      Thanks for past work, looking forward to your next contribution.

    • DANIEL

      Hi Bill,
      I would like to be able to pick out a song by ear and know what left hand chords to add to it. I Need follow on exercises for this, not just for a tune or two. Fun Exercises to use would help.
      Have a great holiday Bill

    • mike kelly

      Hi Bill! More video. I have a good ear for music and can play 40 or 50 songs from the Great AMerican Song Book by ear, but I only play the notes with my right hand by ear and I find chords by ear that I find match up . I think I am playing everything in C#. More information on diff keys and filling in my right hand. Thanks

    • rab-d

      i like to be taken through each modual of a piano course

    • Weems

      timing .. timing .. timing

    • Tony Saxton

      Hi Bill, you’re already doing a great job. I can already play to a reasonable standard and sight read to a high level. Take the sheet music away and I can’t remember a thing. Excercises to develop a paradigm shift in thinking from classical learning to jazz and blues styles would be very helpful. Choosing the right chord to play with correct inversion, and mixing up the accompaniment style would go a long way as well.

    • dj harris

      I really can’t add to the list EXCEPT, The best I ever had from you the utmost was playing “All Shook up” by Elvis that you gave me
      free! I can visulize better than reading. I can’t wait to see what you put out NOW! djharris

    • bob henry

      maybe some simple reharm techniques. some nice fills when using lead sheets.

    • Marlene Evans

      1. Ditto as Jan Webster
      2. Can you identify what key a song is in my ear
      3. Learning Chords

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