by ear
phrasal without reference to or memorization of written music <
plays by ear
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • by ear — {adv. phr.} 1. By sound, without ever reading the printed music of the piece being played. * /The church choir sang the hymns by ear./ 2. Waiting to see what will happen. * /I don t want to plan now; let s just play it by ear./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by ear — {adv. phr.} 1. By sound, without ever reading the printed music of the piece being played. * /The church choir sang the hymns by ear./ 2. Waiting to see what will happen. * /I don t want to plan now; let s just play it by ear./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by\ ear — adv. phr. 1. By sound, without ever reading the printed music of the piece being played. The church choir sang the hymns by ear. 2. Waiting to see what will happen. I don t want to plan now; let s just play it by ear …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by ear — adverb Using principally sound; without reference to sheet music …   Wiktionary

  • by ear — (of music or song) without reference to written music …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by ear — idi without reference to musical notation …   From formal English to slang

  • Play it by Ear Productions — is an audio theatre production company devoted to the development and distribution of original plays for radio, the internet, and compact disc; the company was founded in 2002 by actor/playwright/producer Lance Roger Axt in New York City, New… …   Wikipedia

  • play it by ear — verb decide on one s actions as one goes along, depending on the situation She didn t know what to expect from her new job, so she played it by ear • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑move • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * See play …   Useful english dictionary

  • play by ear — phrasal : to deal with (as a situation) without previous planning or instructions * * * play by ear To play on a musical instrument without the help of written music • • • Main Entry: ↑ear play by ear see under ↑ear1(see also ↑play it by ear… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Learning music by ear — is done by repeatedly listening to other musicians and then attempting to recreate what one hears. This is how people learn music in any musical tradition in which there is no complete musical notation. Many people in cultures which do have… …   Wikipedia

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