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Gary Willis' "Ear Training" Book.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Osama_Spears, Feb 10, 2004.


  1. Does anyone know if Gar Willis' "Ear Training" Book would be good for me or not? I'd like to get my ear training good.

    Does anyone own this book?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Yes, Osama, I have this book, but unfortunately the CD has broken. It appears to be quite delicate, so take good care of it.

    I feel it is an excellent book. I like Willis' method for building you up slowly as you progress through intervals, then become more complex with chords, scales, major and minor tonalities, then more complex with chord progressions, etc.

    I also liked his "thumb and finger" method of practicing fingering even without a bass. You use your thumb as the invisible fretboard then 'fret" notes and scales with your forefinger or other fingers. That actually worked quite nicely for me. I'm not saying it is a technique that will satisfy everyone.

    The only minus in this program is that Willis plays his drills on the CD very fast for a beginner or even some intermediates to keep up. That was a real challenge for me. If you try to play along, you'd better be fast. However, I overcame this difficulty by practicing his drills a lot before I even tried to play along.

    As luck would have it, I don't have the book handy right now, so there may be other important points to make.

    This book is only as good as one's resolve to slowly and painstakingly work one's way through it. I feel even if you complete only one chapter (Intervals) you will be way ahead in your ear training. Of course going on through the book to chords, sclaes, progressions is even better. I don't think you can go wrong with any book written by Gary Willis.
     
  3. Thank you for the review!

    So,you think I should go for it? It's only $9 + Shipping...

    I have never heard Gary Willis however.
     
  4. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member


    Definitely go for it. You will be paying half what I paid several years ago. I know you won't be disappointed, plus you will learn a lot of theory at the same time you are doing ear training.
     
  5. Ordered it a little bit ago.

    Thanks for the help Bop :)
     
  6. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Just bought it, haven't had a chance to go through it yet...but it looks pretty useful!!!
     
  7. What format is the CD in? I use Linux, so if it has Windows/Mac software it would be useless to me. If it's just a series of .wav files I'd definately look into this book/cd myself :)
     
  8. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Is this the book in question?
     
  9. Yes Sir,I purchased it at www.overstock.com for like $9.99 shipping included.
     
  10. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Thanks.
     
  11. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist

    Haven't played it yet (and I'm playing Volume one of SITSOM right now or I'd slip it in...), but from what I can tell...it's got now software on it, just wave files. Pretty sure it's like the other books that come with CDs...