Definition of “play (sth) by ear” - English Dictionary

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“play (sth) by ear” in British English

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play (sth) by ear

C2 to play a piece of music by remembering the notes:

He did not need sheet music. He could play the piece by ear.

(Definition of “play (sth) by ear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)