Ear training

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by jazznfusion, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. jazznfusion


    Jan 12, 2011
    Im still new to playing but think it would be very beneficial to be able to identify notes, so later i can begin transcribing. i know the fretboard to a degree, mostly, but not past the twelfth fret. Im learning songs, scales, triads and working on keeping time. any advice pertaining to ear or in general?
  2. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Ear training isn't really about "identifying notes" in a vacuum. What is more important is the context of the notes. So, intervals are important, as are chord types (Major 7, minor 7, Dominant 7, diminished 7, minor 7(b5), Augmented 7 (Dom7 (#5)), as well as chords with extensions, such as G7 (b9 b13) and voicings of these chords (i.e., root position, first inversion, second inversion, etc.).

    Best to start with intervals, as all chords contain them. Once you can hear the following:

    minor 2nd
    Major 2nd
    minor 3rd
    Major 3rd
    Perfect 4th
    Augmented 4th (also called the tritone and enharmonically equivalent to the b5th)
    Perfect 5th
    Augmented 5th
    minor 6th
    Major 6th
    minor 7th
    Major 7th
    Octave, and feel comfortable with them, then you can move to chord identification.

    Here's a website for interval training: http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/ear-interval

    For chords, try this, although it is a bit challenging when starting out. This also has intervals as well as chords:
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Big +1 on intervals, learn them, not only their names but how to hear the sonic difference, if you practice singing the intervals it will help immensely. You ear will be pretty decent after that.
  4. Milestones


    May 28, 2012
    Go to www.miles.be and read all the articles there. His software "Functional Ear Trainer" is very good and it's free. It has helped me immensely. His approach is not the traditional intervallic ear training, but is based on Charlie Banacos's ear training exercises.
  5. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Charlie Banacos is an ear-training wizard. I used to play with two guys who studied with him. That's some stuff, right there.
  6. Milestones


    May 28, 2012
    Yeah I wish I had the opportunity to study with him. It seems like he's taught everybody who's anybody in the music world now. Mike Stern studied with him and the word at Berklee was that Mike's ear is so great he can name 10 random simultaneous notes from lowest to highest after you play him a cadence. He doesn't have perfect pitch.
  7. SteC


    Mar 20, 2012
    New York
    +1. That link is so great, thanks!
  8. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Singing the notes as you play them also helps a *lot*. I second the interval recommendation too.