Ear Training Help

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by LH123, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. LH123

    LH123 Piano User

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    In my trumpet examinations there is a section called "Ear Tests". In this part of the exam, I have to do a number of things: identify any interval within an octave; identify 4-note chords as major/minor/dominant/diminished and for major/minor name the inversion; identify cadences in a phrase as V-I, IV-I, I-V, or V-VI; and play back the lower part of a two-part phrase after it has been played twice by the examiner on the piano. I have trouble with all of these items. Any suggestions on how to improve here?
     
  2. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Practice!

    Seriously, though... there are a few pretty good online ear training websites. Especially for the chord ID and interval practice.

    Start with musictheory.net
     
  3. LH123

    LH123 Piano User

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    Thanks jiarby! I've used musictheory.net for interval training, but never for chord ID. I will give this a try.
    EDIT: this site does not give choices for chord inversions. Is there one that does?
     
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  4. Mamba21500

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  5. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Functional Ear Trainer
     
  6. LH123

    LH123 Piano User

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    Is there any help for the playback phrase?
     
  7. Mamba21500

    Mamba21500 Piano User

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    Well, for that you could use one of the above tools and play back all of the intervals, and then when you're good at that, get a friend over to play something, and then you can play it back to them.
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Generally, if you have trouble with this stuff - you have been avoiding it. The only way to get comfortable is to sit down with software or in my opinion, a real piano, EVERY DAY for 30 minutes or so and increase exposure.

    There is so much pedagogical hogwash out there. Either you have natural talent and can pick it up easily or you earn it by working your butt off. Concentrated practice is the only thing that helps. Attack your weaknesses head on. A big investment in "harmony" is important for any player!
     
  9. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I studied back when computers used punch cards, so drilling for ears involved two people and a piano. One would play a chord and the other would try to name it.

    Would play a 6 9 chord as a stack of fourths and could really confuse people!
     
  10. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

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    In music school I had 5 years of the French Solfege system. But I really didn't get good at it until I was out in the real world and using it all the time.
     

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