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Ear Training Exercises using BigEars

Here are some articles on ear training for beginning students that incorporate the use of BigEars.

  1. Happy or Sad? Distinguishing between major and minor triads
  2. Finding Your Roots Identifying the root note of chords
  3. The Importance of Singing

More ear training resources

Jamey Aebersold's Jazz Ear Training - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Jamey Aebersold's Jazz Ear Training By Jamey Aebersold. For singers, vocalists, drums, bass, guitar, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, piano, keyboard, organ, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, harmonica. The BEST method for learning to train your ear. Level: beginner, intermediate, advanced. Book with CD. Published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz. (JETCD)
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Harmonic Ear Training - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Harmonic Ear Training Berklee DVD. DVD . Size 5.25x7.5 inches. Published by Berklee Press. (50448039)
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Jazz Ear Training - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Jazz Ear Training Learning to Hear Your Way Through Music. Taught by Steve Masakowski. For Guitar (All). Improvisation. Private Lessons Series. Jazz. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 40 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (20420BCD)
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Why ear training?

Ear training is the most important part of a musicians development. The good news is that in just 10 minutes per day you can make considerable progress. But you must drill on your ear training exercises every day for a while until you master them. Start simple with intervals and triads, then progress into inverted chords and eventually into extended chords and altered harmony.

  • Transcription
    Ever want to learn a song, just by listening to it? How about learn a part or entire solo by your favorite artist? Ear training is the key to helping you transcribe music faster, until you can learn whole songs in just a few listenings.
  • Composition
    How can you create music if you do not first hear it in your head? Ear training will unlock the creativity inside you. It adds more colors to your musical palate as new intervals and voicings that were once foreign become common place to you. Also, you'll learn to hear what makes other established chord progressions work so well.
  • Improvisation
    Improvisation is the highest level of playing. It is spontaneous composition. Often you start improvising by imitating artists you like. Ear training will aid you in transcribing their solos. Ever wanted to "play by ear"? What that really means is you have trained your ears to recognize chords, progressions, modulations...basically to hear the music as clearly as if the chords were written out infront of you.



Resources on the web

Introduction to Ear Training

Written by Catherine Schmidt-Jones and Russell Jones. An excellent introduction to ear training with suggested exercises and links to music theory lessons.

Free Jazz Handbook

The free jazz handbook is invaluable. Scroll down to the interval chart and download it. It demonstrates use of familiar melodies as guide to indentifying intervals.

Jazz Primer

A Jazz Improvisation Primer is recommended reading for any beginning jazz student.


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