play by ear meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to play by ear" idiom? Please give me some examples!
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Playing by ear is an impressive skill.
 
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Idiom Scenario 2:


Two parents are talking about their child ...
Mom:  "I was listening to some Mozart today."
Dad:  "OK and ...?
Mom:  "You're not going to believe this.  Little Sarah was listening too, and then she played the same music on the piano.
Dad:  "That's amazing.  Did you know she could play by ear?"
Mom:  "I didn't know she could play at all."

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Idiom Usage:

Can you play by ear?
 
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Idiom Definition:


"to play by ear"
to learn a piece of music simply by listening to it
 
Synonyms: ape, choral, chorus, copy, copycat, echo, jam, genius, harmony, imitate, melodic, melody, mimic, mirror, music, natural, operatic, parrot, phenomenon, recite, simulate, symphonic, talent, vocal, wunderkind
 



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 For the non-musical definition ... play it by ear

 
 


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Idiom Scenario 1:


Two friends are talking about a third friend ...
Friend 1: "It's amazing!  He just listens to a new piece of music a couple of times and then he plays it."
Friend 2:  "Yes, it's quite a skill to be able to play by ear."
Friend 1:  "He must have perfect pitch.  Sure wish I could do that."


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