• Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

    Justice For All: Music Isn’t Silent

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    At Hear and Play, we’ve always approached music as a language – the only universal language capable of bringing people from all over the world together. “Notes are like alphabet letters, chords are like words, progressions are sentences, verses are paragraphs, and songs are stories,” we often say. “It is the lingua franca of the […]

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    Mind Your Mind 202: Are You A “Chicken Eagle” Musician?

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    Are you a “chicken eagle” musician? Find out in this article and how to discover your true inner potential.

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    A Mental Trip Through Space


    In this post, we’re learning what a mental trip through space can teach us about ourselves.

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    The Value of a New Year

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    In this motivational message, we talk about the true value of a new year.

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    [NEW SERIES] “16 Chords In 16 Weeks!”


    To kick off 2016 the right way, we’re starting a new free series teaching you 16 chords in 16 weeks, including pdf cheat sheets, a quick guide to remember chords, over 2016 exercises to retain chords, and more!

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    Merry Christmas and A Happy “Leap” Year in Advance

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    Merry Christmas Christmas is here! In the spirit of the season, I want to appreciate all our esteemed students all over the world who have contributed to our success in 2015, especially to: Those who visit this blog. On daily basis, our site statistics have shown that several thousands spend quality time on the blog […]

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    Video: A Quick & Easy Way To Create Major 7th and Major 9th Chords

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    In this video tutorial, Jonathan Powell, from the Gospel Music Training Center, shows you what he calls his “Dropstep Technique” for converting major triads into full-sounding major 7th and major 9th chords.

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