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Old 09-20-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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How to Tell Chords by listening

Hi all,
Is it possible to tell which chords of a song are when listening to one? I can usually figure out how to play the melody of the song by listening to it but I can't tell which chord to play.

For example, if you listen to a song on YouTube like this one below, is there a way we can tell which chord should be played.


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Old 09-21-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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Hi all,
Is it possible to tell which chords of a song are when listening to one? I can usually figure out how to play the melody of the song by listening to it but I can't tell which chord to play.

For example, if you listen to a song on YouTube like this one below, is there a way we can tell which chord should be played.



It's pretty easy if all that is being used are major or minor chords and 7s. You can just listen to the song and find the matching note on the big e string. Then you can differentiate whether it is major or minor and play the barre chord at that spot. Also, if you learn what those notes are on that string you can then say okay this song is E, G, D, C and then you can play that anywhere you learn the chords on the neck.

I am still a beginner though so it's really hard for me to hear some of the other types of chords.

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:23 AM   #3
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Learn the major scale (the whole thing, not one position) and you will have little trouble after a while.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:22 AM   #4
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Hi all,
Is it possible to tell which chords of a song are when listening to one? I can usually figure out how to play the melody of the song by listening to it but I can't tell which chord to play.

For example, if you listen to a song on YouTube like this one below, is there a way we can tell which chord should be played.



1) Loop the section you're stuck on and just keep trying chords until you get the right one;

2) Do Aural training exercises (e.g. http://www.teoria.com/exercises/index.php)

If you've got perfect pitch you'll probably be able to get to the point where you can identify the exact chords just by listening to the music; if you haven't got perfect pitch you'll probably get the general progression but might have to refer to an instrument to tie it down to a specific key.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
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Thanks all for the hints and will try
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