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Learn to play Piano Covers by Ear: Basics part 2

May 31, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

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Playing a piano cover by ear

Converting Melodies into playable notes

After getting familiar with singing your Do Re Mes in your head, you'll need to put them into use.


This might sound obvious, but the key to be able to determine a melody with this is knowing the fact that every note ( Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do ), no matter how high pitched or low pitched your voice is, this sequence should always sound the same. Imagine a fully grown male adult and a dainty little girl, both singing these notes. You'll find that even though the adult male is singing in a low pitched voice while the girl is singing in a high pitch voice, somehow singing their Do Re Mes sounds very similar!


We may be using nursery rhymes as examples here but these will lay the foundation for both adults and children.


Now try to sing the following ( in your mind or out aloud) :

Me Re Do Re Me Me Me, Re Re Re, Me Me Me.


Does it ring a bell? Now try this:

Merry had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.


There you have it! Most simple songs can be converted into the "Do Re Me" sequence. Another classic example would be the following:

Ba Ba Black Sheep have you any wool.

Do Do So So La La La La So.


What you should try to do now is to complete these songs on your own! By turning their melodies into the Do Re Me sequence, you're actually " playing by ear". 

1. Mary had a little lamb

2. Baa Baa Black Sheep



Spoiler alert

These are the corresponding notes for "Mary had a little Lamb"



Me Re Do Re Me Me Me, Re Re Re, Me Me Me.

Me Re Do Re Me Me ME, Re Re Me Re Do.

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow


"Baa Baa Black Sheep"



Do Do So So La La La La So, fa fa me me re re do.

So so so fa fa, me me me me re, do so so so fa fa fa fa me me me re.

Baa baa black sheep Have you any wool. yes sir yes sir three bags full

One for the master, and one for the dame, and one for the little boy Who lives down the lane.


Don't worry if you're unable to decipher them on your own. What you can do is to practice singing these rhymes using " Do Re Me" until it gets familiar. The more you practice, the more fluent it gets and that helps to hard wire the notes into your head. 


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Sizing Guide for Piano Covers

How to measure pianos and keyboards


Grand Piano & Baby Grand

The biggest physical differentiator between Grand pianos or baby grands is their length. They range from 5" all the way to 8.5". There are also several concert grand models that are even longer in length.

Traditionally, Piano makers have found that longer strings tend to increase instrument power, reverberation and produces the desired tonal characteristics, which gave rise to the popularity of grand pianos. 

Before measuring your piano, please make sure to close the lids and keep the music rest down for a more accurate measurement.


How to measure a grand piano insturctions

Top down view of a grand piano

 Place measuring tape over red line [Measuring line guide]


Length: From the front of keyboard to the center of the tail at the back [ Longest points with the lids closed]

Width: From right to left over the music shelf where the music rest is located [ Longest points with the lids closed ]

Height: From the floor to the tallest point of the piano [Music rest folded down or kept under lid]

*Please note that the lids usually give slight extensions to the piano, it isimportant to account for the full length and width of the grand piano.



Vertical and Upright Piano

Upright pianos, also known as vertical pianos, features a compact frame and vertical strings. They are popular models purchased for home use due to their size and affordable pricing. 

The sizes of these pianos also vary among different manufacturers even though their shape stays relatively similar. Most standard sized upright pianos are around 150-154cm [ 4 feet and 11.055 inches ] in width while junior sized uprights are approximately 148-149cm [ 4 feet and 10.26772 inches ]

Our upright piano covers are designed such that it is able to fit almost all the different models from individual manufacturers. This is due to the overhang design, which also allows easy access to the keyboards. The overhang design has a natural and minimalist approach which provides greater ease and efficiency for the piano user.


How to measure an upright piano photo instructions

Top down view of the upright piano

  Place measuring tape over red line [Measuring line guide]


Width: Measure from left to right over the top of the piano [ Longest points with the lids closed ]

Depth: Measure from front of keyboard to back of piano [ Longest points with lids closed ]

HeightFrom the floor to the tallest point of the piano, usually on the piano lid [ Tallest point with lids closed ]

*Please note that Piano width is often mistaken with the term "piano length" for upright or vertical pianos. Certain electric or digital pianos, such as the Yamaha Clavinova Series, are shaped to look similar to an upright piano. In these cases, they are measured the same way as an Upright piano.



Digital Piano & Keyboards [ 76 - 88 keys ]

The Digital pianos are the smallest in size as they do not require strings to be installed. Portable and full of features, these pianos are highly popular with beginners and experts alike. 

The main difference between a digital piano and a keyboard is their action and size of the keys. Digital pianos are made to resemble the feel of an acoustic piano and they usually come with 88 keys, which is the usual number of keys found on an upright or grand piano.

How to measure a digital or electric piano instructionsTop down view of a Digital Piano / Keyboard


WidthMeasure from left to right over the entire span of the keyboard [ Include the body of keyboard, longest points]

Depth: Measure from front of keyboard to the back

Height: Measure from base of the body to the highest point [ Do not include the music rest ]

Please note that the height of the Digital piano or keyboard does not include the keyboard or piano support stand. Do not measure from the floor up unless specified to do so.  


Piano cover sizes are included in their own description pages. Please don't hesitate to contact us at if unsure of the size suitability of the piano covers.