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Music By Ear Courses

"By Ear Intro" music courses for the visually impaired are available through www.musicvi.com. All of the introduction courses are available through the National Library Service (Library of Congress). They also have PIANO BY EAR and GUITAR BY EAR titles which are individual cassettes teaching entire songs using no written or Braille notation. Descriptions of all the courses are below. More information is available on their website.

Intro to the Bass Guitar for the Visually Impaired

This totally tape-driven course teaches the student the names of the parts of the bass guitar, the names of the notes, and the most commonly used rhythm patterns for the bass, including the Pop/Rock Pattern, the Alternate Bass Pattern, the Waltz Pattern, and 6/8 and 9/8 time patterns. The price of the course is $39, which includes shipping in the USA.

Intro to the 5 String Banjo for the Visually Impaired

This totally tape-driven course teaches the student how to hold the banjo, how to tune the banjo, the Alternating Thumb Roll, the Forward and Backward Rolls, Chord progressions to several songs, and banjo solos for the songs "Cripple Creek" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The price, $39, includes shipping in the USA.

Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impaired

This beginning guitar course talks the student through the basics of guitar playing using no written materials or visual references. The course comes in an attractive bookshelf quality four-cassette album that is fully brailled (tapes and album spine) and includes a free GUITAR BY EAR instructional cassette tape. In the three tapes that make up the course, the student will learn how to hold the guitar, the names of the parts of the guitar, how to tune the guitar, the three most common rhythm patterns for the guitar, several chords to use with these patterns, songs for each of these patterns and chords, the names of the notes of the guitar, and several songs using these notes. The student will also learn a song from the GUITAR BY EAR library which is included with the course. The price, $39, includes shipping in the USA.

Intro to the Piano for the Visually Impaired

This beginning piano or keyboard course talks the student through the basics of playing the piano using no written or Braille materials or visual references. The course comes in an attractive bookshelf quality four-cassette album that is fully Brailled (tapes and album spine) and includes a free PIANO BY EAR instructional cassette tape. In the three tapes that make up the course, the student will learn how to sit at the piano or keyboard, how to find the notes on the piano, the names of these notes, the names and locations of the flats and sharps, the C and G scales, the C and G cadences, the song "The Rose" in a pop style at three progressive levels, "Minuet" by Bach in the original contrapuntal style, a pop/rock accompaniment pattern to be used for accompanying singers and instrumentalists, and how to play a popular piano piece from the PIANO BY EAR library.

The course is taught in a detailed step-by-step process with several built in breaks that allow the student to rehearse what was learned before moving on. The teacher for the course is Bill Brown, the owner and creator of PIANO BY EAR and GUITAR BY EAR. The price, $39, includes shipping in the USA.

Piano Course 2 for the Visually Impaired

This sequel to "Intro to the Piano for the Visually Impaired" takes the student into more scales and keys with the goal of teaching the basics of playing the piano by ear. The student will learn to find melodies and chords through the use of hearing skills and theory. Included with the course is the PIANO BY EAR song lesson for "My Heart Will Go On", the love theme from the move "Titanic." The price of the course is $39, which includes shipping in the USA


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