What if there are notes? I have a hard time reading notes….
You can really “fake it” great with the lead sheet method. Read the top line melody with your right hand and play the chords to support the melody in the left hand. That is how many lead sheets are written. Many people can read a single melody line without much trouble but have a hard time reading two hands at once. When you learn this method, you can follow the lead sheet or melody line of a song while supporting the harmony with your left hand chords or bass notes. If you don’t read music at all, you can play the melody by ear. This takes practice but can be achieved with very little effort.
Playing melody for Happy Birthday
Melody practice for When the Saints Go Marching in