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Ear Training CDs

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by Ben Rose, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    OK, so in an effort to follow through on my New Years resolution to make 2005 the "Year of the Ear", I am looking for some ear training materials.

    I have a keyboard coming and I will definitely be working on the methods suggested in other posts, (thank you Durrl and Fuqua), but I spend alot of time in my car that could probably be used for something more productive than listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on NPR.

    Does anyone know of a good ear training course that is primarily based on CD exercises that can be done without a book?

    Also, does anyone have experience with other Ear Training books that they would recommend?
  2. Steve Brooks

    Steve Brooks

    Jan 6, 2005
    upstate ny
    I suggest a simple and very effective solution: sing everything that you play. This will help you to hear intervals, scales, chords, etc. It's getting over your ego and ACTUALLY singing that is the hard part...
  3. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    Thanks Steve and Jace. Those are both good suggestions.


    I think I'm going to order the Aebersold book. Do you have any experience with it?
  4. Steve Brooks

    Steve Brooks

    Jan 6, 2005
    upstate ny
    All of the Aebersold books/CD's are good learning tools. I'm sure if you were to order it, you would not be disappointed. The Aebersold series is a good one to have.
  5. ErikP.Bass

    ErikP.Bass Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    Check this site out :


    It has two programs (basic and advanced) you can download for free. You can do a lot with them...definitely worth the time check it out. Work with them ten to twenty minutes a day and I guarantee you will hear a difference....singing the intervals as mentioned above is the only true way to internalize music.

    Some interesting articles there too. The site focus of hearing music in a "tonal context" hearing the function of the tones with in a key...Solfege.
  6. Leco reis

    Leco reis

    Sep 2, 2004
    Astoria, NY
    Make cds or tapes
    with random intervals and one with chords and try to guess them.
    when you memorize the cd, make another one.
  7. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    Thank you all for the suggestions. Donelian's book and the Aebersold book are both getting good recommendations from
    multiple sources. I'm going to use the exercises from www.miles.be to make some of my own CD's to practice with in the car.

    I can't wait to get started tonight.
  8. edvon


    Apr 4, 2004
    Hi, I bought Gary Willis UltimateEarTraining For Guitar And Bass, which comes with a CD. It has helped me a lot, it is methodical and even though geared towards fretted instruments it works just as well for the DB. I haven't tried it in the car but can imagine it to work, as some of the excercises don't involve having an instrument in your reach. I read critique on the book that people find his voice a bit boring (he reads out the intervals and exercis nos) and that the timbre of instruments used is a bit annoying, I have to aggree to an extent, but nevertheless think it's a good book.

    If you can record at home you could burn a CD with certain intervals (ascending and descending), leave a short pause between the pitches, so you can then match what you sang (thats how Willis is doing it on his CD). After you done your diatonic and chromativ intervalls you could record arpeggios and chords, inversions, harmonization of the major/mior scale ...the possibilities are endless.

    I found as earlier mentioned that singing aloud (and in the car I have no issues singing REALLY loud) is the best way (maybe the only way.) I really dig your New Years resolution, it has inspired me to do some more training for the ear as well...

    Best of luck.
  9. edvon


    Apr 4, 2004
    More to the singing aspect as Steve mentioned earlier, last night I saw Ed Schuller perform "Tales of Time and Space" with Joe Lovano on Sax in a quintet. Every solo he played he actually sang out loud (into a mic sometimes). That really takes a good ear/brain/hand coordination and just shows how helpful that can be for eartraining. I will definitely implement singing of what I play in my eartraining regime...
  10. Johnny L

    Johnny L

    Feb 14, 2002
    Victoria, TX
    I just got the Abersold ear training CD's last week and it's been lots of fun.

    I haven't had too much trouble with the intervals but hearing the chords is challenging for me right now. I can't hear the sonority so easily when the root of the chords move around and I have to break them down in singing and thinking about the intervals.

    In fact, sometimes I struggle even to hear the root dang it LOL
  11. EFischer1

    EFischer1 Guest

    Mar 17, 2002
    New York, New York
    McGamut is a cd-rom program that they use at my school. I never bought it, but its supposed to be helpful.
  12. theschnitt


    Jan 27, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    I like this one and you can download a free trial.

    Pete in Tucson
  13. rg3000


    Nov 3, 2006
  14. sibass89


    Jan 29, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    MacGamut sucks. They use it at my school too and what they don't realize is that it almost impairs your hearing because a computer has no resonance in the sound compared to a piano or an instrument. It is a waste of time.
  15. bassdblr


    Nov 12, 2006
    Southern CA
    :bag: :scowl:
    I like Ear Master too. I have tried many of them, but this one has it all. I have not even begun the jazz section, but it looks really impressive and that's what is next. I have been working on the basics, but I would even buy this. Really think it is worth it. You can try it eleven times, I think, before you decide.
  16. philip sirois

    philip sirois

    May 29, 2006
    this is cool.


    look under the "trainers" pull down. The chord, interval and scale
    trainer are pretty good, especially if your time-constrained.
  17. AdaGio³


    Feb 9, 2006

    That's what I used for the basics and what I still use to reference on more complicated stuff. Its really an amazing resource.
  18. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    Everyone suggests singing. Singing in a choir will improve your ear the quickest. Ask around, someone will tell you who is the best choir in your area. If it's a church choir, you'll be singing twice a week.

    There's nothing like viserally feeling a Suspended 4th falling to a nice Major 3rd.

    Plus, when they know you play bass, it'll open up playing opportunities as well. You also meet 20-50 people who know about music. It's never a bad thing to network.
  19. Jaydublyew


    Jul 16, 2005
    Blackwood, NJ
    Hi Friends,

    I'd like to revive this old thread. I stumbled across and I love the Ear Trainer.

    Does anyone want to discuss with an old "cementhead" what it means when you say that notes want to "resolve"?

    PS I downloaded the Ear Trainer and I "clicked" with it immediately so I think there's hope for me. I run thru 100 times in each key and I nail the note every single time.

    OBTW...I'm a Sexagenarian who has listened to and sung all types of music for all my life but am only beginning to finally play an instrument, since retirement.