PART I The Big Picture INTRODUCTION Yes, You Can Create Compelling, Emotionally Powerful Music and Lyrics... If You Know What You’re Doing Intro.1 The Meaning of Play by Ear: Music Notation Is Not Necessary
Most musicians play by ear: they can perform a song without needing to read sheet music. Suppose you play by ear. What use would you have for a book on musical technique full of examples in the form of music notation? Doesn’t make sense. Other ways of explaining music work just as effectively. Or even better.
Music notation is not necessary in order to learn music. Fluency in music, like fluency in language, does not require the ability to read or write. So, How Music REALLY Works! has no music notation.