Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ear Training Chp1

           Do Your Eyes Hear...Can Your Ears Write ?        

I often have students that complain that they wish they could play without the sheet music in front of them all the time.

There are many, many different books & programs out there that will help you refine your
skills  at figuring out  the actual pitches of those notes that you see written down on the paper, or writing down the names of the notes of a song you've heard on the radio.

Being able to identify pitches is a valuable tool for
singers in terms of sight reading new music and singing on pitch. For musicians & songwriters, it's a must if you need to write or read music, without the aid of an instrument, not to mention the fact that most musicians often need to transcribe songs from Cd's,for band rehearsals.

The biggest benefit of having a trained ear is that you'll save a ton of money on buying sheet music, especially pop music.

Playing by ear is possible through a process called "Ear Training".
Let's start with some basic exercises, using the common major scale,
do re me fa sol la ti do.

Exercise #1    LISTEN
Using solfeggio, sing a major scale. Sing in your own individual range, so you don't strain your voice. Feel free to use the piano, a pitch pipe… any instrument at all,to help you sing in tune.

Exercise #2  LISTEN Repeat using numbers instead of solfeggio.

 Exercise #3   LISTEN
Sing the scale using the letter names.


Exercises   #4 LISTEN   #5 LISTEN  #6 LISTEN
Repeat exercises 1,2 &3 above, but, this time sing each note of the scale in a different register.


Once you get comfortable with these exercises, try them without any instrumental support.

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