play by ear
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- (transitive and intransitive, of music) To play guided by one's memory of the sound or in imitation of other performers, rather than from a written score.
- (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To do by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
- If they ask for something we didn't prepare, we will have to play it by ear.
- (do by guessing, intuition, etc, reacting to events as they occur): fly by the seat of one's pants, wing it
play music guided by one's memory of the sound
to do by guessing