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Eartraining - Exercises and questions

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by gbf, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. What kind of exercises do you guys do when it comes to eartraining?
    I have been doing some singing of scales and modes and the chords that make it, but I've been looking for other stuff to practice in this subject but couldn't find it. I've searched the forums and found nothing, so if you old cats could point me some good exercises i would be very thankfull.
    I also would like to know how do you do to split your time in the practicing of these things like inversions and such.

    sorry if i wrote something wrong, it's because i'm really sleepy ;)

    Thanks in advance :bassist:
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Here at Berklee we do all sorts of Solfege stuff, Do-re-mi and all that, Berklee has a webpage for it with some melodic and rhytmic dictation exercises, I think it's open to the public, since it never asks me for my ID or password.


    check it out, should give you some ideas.

    also, the 'beta' ET site is pretty interesting too
  3. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium

    Cool site. For instance, they let you hear a chord and you have to say wether its Major, Minor, Augmented, Sus4 etc...It starts of easy, but after a while it gets quite difficult..

  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
  5. stephanie


    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    For ear training, besides trying to learn songs by ear, something that is important to me is the study of intervals. An interval is the distance between two notes. (EX: A to D is a perfect 4th). I like to practice intervals by picking a key a day, going through each interval, playing each interval (slowly!)...then playing and singing (well, I hum it lol) the interval.

    No matter what I'm practicing, whether it be scales, chords...whatever...I take it slowly, so I can get right inside the sound. It makes it easy to differentiate one note from another.

    Hope this helps.
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I used musictheory.net's trainers to perfect my interval recognition.

    Well, ascending at least, I still flub up a couple of descending intervals occasionally.

    but yes, interval training is *very* important, because really, what's a lick but a bunch of intervals.
  7. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I teach my students to sing each note and interval name when they play it. I also have them sing the bass line to a song they are learning then have them play it & transcribe it.
  9. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Another great thing, is to sing everything you play, and practice playing what you sing.

    The most popular method to learning intervals is to associate them with a tune. For instance, Perfect 4th is 'here comes the bride', tritone is "The -simps" from the simpsons them

    This method certainly helps, but try not to rely on it too much, if you find yourself having to think about what tune to associate two pitches with everytime you hear that interval, you should work harder so that you can recite them as intervals not "okay, here comes the bride..so that's a perfect 4th, perfect 4th, okay.."

    ya know?
  10. suicas


    Mar 12, 2004
    Wow. I've been playing guitar for the last 2 year, and bass for the last 2 months, and always thought my ears would develop naturally through playing.

    They did to some extent..but for the last week or so I'd started using the interval trainer on www.musictheory.net.

    It's making a *huge* difference so far, it's surprising even me! I started off getting around 60% of the intervals of the major scale correct. Now after just a week I'm getting around 85% of all intervals correct.

    This is making learning/playing music by ear so much easier, wish this had been suggested to me much earlier!
  11. CJK84


    Jan 22, 2004
    Maria Stein, OH
    Try the following. I find it difficult, so maybe it's not for complete beginners.

    Pick a single pitch (let's say a G). Then, using G as the first note, sing the following:

    The G major arpeggio in root form ( 1-3-5 or do-mi-so in G).

    Then Eb major arpeggio in first inversion (3-5-1 or mi-so-do in Eb)

    Then C major arpeggio in second inversion (5-1-3 or so-do-mi in C)

    Obviously, there are dozens of different ways to work this by changing the arpeggio forms from major triads to something else (try 5-tone harmonic minor arpeggios - ouch!).

    I find even the major triads a challenge because the key keeps changing.

    Maybe it's something to try when driving to work.
  12. Just one cool exersise: Try singin major thirds. So that you, for instance, begin on c. Then you sing e. then you sing g#. And so on. Even those who claims to have have good ears will probably find themselves singing a major + a minor third. (Like in a major chord.) At least the first time....But it's actually a pretty good exersise.
  13. AllegroNonMolto


    May 15, 2004
    I can say that nothing improved my ear as drastically as learning solfege.