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Ear Training

May 21, 2013

Ear training may be one of the most important ingredients to becoming a great musician. You can figure out songs by ear, interact better with other players and solo with confidence. If you play a chord on piano or guitar, learn that major chords sound happy, minor chords sound sad and dominant (7th) chords are bluesy additions to the major chord. Have someone play one of these 3 chord familes and try to guess whether it's major, minor etc. Learn your interval sounds (the major scales 1st and 2nd or 1st and 3rd pitches played together and so on.) The way to remember these intervals is by recognition from melodies you already know. Perfect pitch is when you hear any note and can identify it by name. Very few of us have it, but you can develop it to a degree by hearing any noise or sound and running to your instrument to see if you guessed right. This may seem obsessive, but no more than any other drill a great athelete may practice. For those who sing, play drums, violin, saxaphone etc...ear training must be a part of your music eduaction. However, it usually helps to have access to a piano or guitar. Piano is the most logical instrument of all. This is why all music majors have to minor in piano if it's not your primary instrument. Music theory is based on piano.