Playing piano by ear is the easiest way to learn the sounds the keys make. Later, you can hire a piano teacher to connect the sound you now know with the note symbols on a piece of paper.
Same goes for the golf swing. Listen to the sound made when you strike the golf ball versus sweeping it or hitting up into it. When you hit down on a golf ball and strike it clean, it makes a THWACK! sound. Pleasant to the ear to say the least. But also the ball behaves totally differently from when it makes a STWICK sound when sweeping it off the ground.
A recent study shows that the brain links hand-to-ear movements within minutes. Read that again, “within minutes” you can learn the sound that a particular number of keys make on a piano. Not months or years, but minutes.
Researchers say the study may also help explain why many pianists tap their fingers when they hear music without even knowing they're doing it.
Playing by ear (and brain)
In the study, researchers examined the effects on the brain of learning how to play piano from scratch. Ah, the terror of learning something from scratch.
Two groups of beginner piano students took 10, 20-minute training lessons during a five-week span. In each session, the students learned to play back musical phrases they heard on a digital piano without any visual or verbal cues, such as note names, reading music, or even seeing their hands on the keyboard. This was done to ensure that the students were playing by ear and not using other cues to guide their fingers.
A piano teacher read the study and implemented it immediately. She begin to teach hand-to-ear connection, not just coordination. “Play these three keys together. Listen to the sound. That sound is a C-chord. Keep playing it and listening to it. Take your time. Listen carefully. Because in the next few minutes you’ll learn another sound from another set of three keys” (my emphasis). The way she had been teaching was to put the names of the notes on the keyboard. All of her students for years had struggled to identify the sound when played without reference to the note symbol on their keyboard. The confusion coming from trying to remember which three keys made up which chord - instead of the sound a particular set of three keys made.
Same goes for learning to refine your golf swing
Once you learn the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING, you can refine it by refining the sound you make while striking the ball. In my video I talk about learning to chip with pennies. If you can chip with pennies, the golf ball soon begins to look the size of a tennis ball. Crisp chips mean that you’re putting a predictable action on the ball. You can't chip pennies unless you strike down on the back of the penny. Sounds reasonable, right?