Ear Training Suggestions

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  1. koburd

    koburd New Friend

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    I've heard from many people that most musicians love theory and hate ear training or vice versa. I have to say that I am in the music theory camp. I just don't seem to grasp what is going on in ear training, I guess it just doesn't click for me. What are some of y'all's suggestions for improving my ear? Any apps that you all find work for you?
     
  2. gunshowtickets

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    Singing with a choir worked for me.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Tuning intervals with friends, listening for the resultant tones and playing my mouthpiece, checking it often against the piano.
     
  4. coolerdave

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    I used the piano ... sing it .. play it.. sing it.
    I would identify really strong commercial intervals to start out ... West Side Story Maria .. first 2 notes in Maria is a tri tone ... Here Comes the Bride Here Comes is a perfect fourth and so on.
     
  5. koburd

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    My only hope with interval ID has come from a strategy like this. I have to listen for those familiar tunes. And to gunshowtickets, I do sing often and fairly in tune I might add with a choir and I seem to hear those harmonies very well, but out me in a classroom and ask me to identify everything I hear, I'm lost.
     
  6. Peter McNeill

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    There was a Free Course at Berklee - Developing your Musiicianship. It was good, and made you work on ear training in a sensible manner. Maybe try it

    Course Syllabus

    Lesson 1: Major Scale


    Defining Harmony, Ear Training, and Intervals; Constructing and Singing the Major Scale; Major 2nd and Major 3rd Intervals; Finding the Tonal Center

    Lesson 2: Major and Minor Triads

    Review; Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th Intervals; Building Major and Minor Triads; the I IV V Chord Progression

    Lesson 3: Minor Pentatonic Scale

    Review; Major 6th and Major 7th Intervals; Building and Singing the Minor Pentatonic Scale

    Lesson 4: Major and Dominant Seventh Chords

    Review; Building Major and Dominant Seventh Chords; Blues Progression

    Lesson 5: Song Form

    Review; 7-3-5 Chord Voicings; 4/4 and 3/4 Time Signatures; Blues and AABA Song Forms; Chord Sheets

    Lesson 6: Review

    Review of All Material; Composing a Blues Riff Tune Using the Minor Pentatonic Scale




    Recommended Background

    The ability to play an instrument is helpful but not required. You should have a passion for music and a strong interest in developing your understanding of music and ability to create it.
     
  7. Dennis78

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    Play the note on a piano and match it with your horn over and over and over until you are confident that you are nailing the pitch every time. That is what has helped me. My upper register was the hardest for me because I couldn't hear the note I wanted in my head
     
  8. Sethoflagos

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    Trying to match the tuning of a piano caused me a great deal of needless anguish when I was a teenager. Especially with the 5th harmonics. They play so dreadfully out of tune and you just end up chasing your tail.
     
  9. coolerdave

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    Now that I think of it, transcribing songs for a band I use to play in probably did the most to improve my ear to paper skills.
     
  10. Dennis78

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    Transcription is my worst weakness!
     

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