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I play piano in church, but I do not read music. I "play by ear." Will learning to read music, affect my learned style of playing?

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It can only help.

One of the most successful song-writers of the 1950s was Bob Merrill who couldn't read music and couldn't play piano. He had a small xylophone he called Suzie and he used to tap out his songs on it. He said that when he presented a song to a record company it was just a string of numbers, indicating which key to hit.

Eventually he learned to read music and play the piano and neither one of them made him less successful. As splootch said, learning to read music can only enhance your playing.

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Thank you! I really want to move forward with music... It just seems the most logical step to take.
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Learning to read music will enhance your playing, as will learning music theory.

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Thank you!
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Does that hurt your ears?

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Yep! And it's a challenge to play chords too!
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Hi, Tom. I saw this question and could help but tell you that we have another thing in common. I play the organ (started out on piano before organist left) at church also. Is that cool or what, my dear? I'd give ANYTHING if I could play by ear. I do also play the big doghouse (or upright) bass used mostly for bluegrass music and do play it by ear; but that's it. If I HAD to choose, I choose playing by ear. But I do think if you knew how to read music, it would just add to the gift you already have. Like if you're practicing with the choir or something like that, you can truly read the individual notes that are written by the composer which may add a different dimension to the piece. But you've got a gift I wish I had and, of course, you're using it to glorify the Lord. Of course, because that's the man you are...a faithful servant. I've wondered many times if I'm going to have to help you carry that crown of jewels you're going to be wearing when we get to heaven. :-)

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'Birds of the feather, flock together!'

Music and poetry, arose within me, because of the love, that God imparted to me, by His Holy Spirit. And I am certain, that that same Spirit abides in you, and that it too, reflects in your music! It is my dream, to cast my crown, before the very feet of Our Lord! Listen to the song; 'I can only imagine' ... That song says it all! Once again, thank you, for your post!
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You have GOT to quit making me cry so much, Tom. You use the most beautiful words that touch the very core of my being. "I Can Only Imagine" is one of my favorite songs of all time. Problem is, I can't listen to it, much less sing it without crying my eyes out. I cannot wait to see our Lord. And, yes, it does say it all. And you're welcome for the post.
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Hi Susan! I really appreciate what you have to say on here. I am drawn to Christians like you, because I can discern kindness. It is like opening a window, after a long dreary winter. It is refreshing to the soul. Keep being a humble servant to The Lord, and you shall be blessed!
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Hey, Tom! Haven't talked to you in a few days. If you have time, write back. I've got something I want to share with you (I think)! >:-o
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Hiya Susan! Hope you are having a blessed day!
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Hiya, Tom! Hope you're having a great day, too! Let me know when you're at your compooter. Got something I want to share with you (as I said, I think)!
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What's up?
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Hello, Mr. Tom. Seems as if we're playing phone tag. I'm kind of embarrassed to tell you about this because it's me singing, but I know how much you love music and this will also give you a chance to hear just a TOUCH of Charles' (hubby) guitar playing. He can do much, much more difficult classical stuff, but accompanies me very, very well. Anyway, I didn't know if you've ever heard Amazing Grace sung to this tune or not. A friend (that I wanted to strangle after he did it) but this on YouTube so our church members could hear it. I thought I'd see if you'd like to listen to it. It's not my best singing, but I love it sung to this tune. It's on YouTube and you just type in Amazing Grace - The Tunstalls
Please, please don't feel like you have to say anything about the singing part of it. I just thought you might like the tune. Charles told me I should tell you about it. (I tell him about my friends on here and what a special person you are.)
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Oh my goodness! Awesome voice! Awesome guitar playing from your hubby, too!!! I have played that version of amazing grace, too!!! Isn't that..... Wait for it.... wait.... for...it.... AMAZING??!!! LOL! Susan, thank you for sharing!!! *swooning in Gods Love!*
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20 min. gone by & I just now got your notification. Oh, well.
Oh, Tom, I said you didn't have to say anything about the singing! Aargh! But thank you so much. That means a lot coming from you. And I can't believe, but should have known that... wait for it...wait...for..it....YOU'VE PLAYED THAT VERSION!!! LOL God's love...isn't it....AMAZING?
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Susan, when you get the chance, check out my updated profile. I wrote a very short story, and submitted it in the comment section! Let me know what you think!
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Hey, Tom. How do you get to the comment section in your profile? I didn't know there was such a beast? LOL
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You know, that do Flicky thing, where you can write more about yourself, in your profile area. Instead of writing about myself... I submitted a short story, there. I didn't know what to call that section. Lol
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I had to re-post my submission, because it was gone, when I checked it! (I am such a newb!)
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LOL Well, you're a big help! I didn't see anything. I'll keep looking. I don't know how I could possibly miss the Do Flicky thing, though, Tom. I mean really? ROFL
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I am sorry. Each time I check it, it is gone! Oh welll
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Are you sure you are saving it, Do Flicky?
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I think I saved it. I had to depress the thingamajig while simultaneously lifting the muffler bearings into proper alignment! Wallah!!
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Epic fail, againn! Ratz!
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I think your problem lies in that you're supposed to depress the doo-hickey while simultaneously lifting the shocks into proper alignment. I'm not sure, but I think that's what I'd have to do on mine.
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I tried that already... It messed up the time space continuum, and now my socks don't match!
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No, dear. Your socks don't match because you had your metronome set on allegro instead of adante
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Agh!!! LoL! Well I am off to bed! Thank you again, for sharing you and your husbands talents! God Bless!
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Oh, I so wanted to read more on your profile. Maybe you can try again tomorry. Well, I'm so happy you like what we did. I've already passed that onto him and he's happy, too, and wanted me to thank you.
Sweet dreams, Tom, and God Bless You!!! Nite
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Take another peek. See if it is there?
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