(chiefly music) Using principally sound; without reference to sheet music.
By-ear Sentence Examples
In this manner the signals are read by ear.
The system of music is elaborate but is not written, vocalists and instrumentalists performing entirely by ear.
Unlike her, I play by ear and that organ gets a little forgetful at times.
Although he played totally by ear he had learned a dabbling of theory from his wife's uncle who was a steel guitar player.
The wonderful overture is more highly organized and less unequal than that of Tannhduser; and although Wagner uses less L eit-motif than Weber (see Opera, ad fin.) and divides the piece into " numbers " of classical size, the effect is so continuous that the divisions could hardly be guessed by ear.