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Improving my ear !!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Microbass, Jan 3, 2003.


  1. OK, thats it! There is just simply not enough Who tabs on this site!!!

    I'm going to practise listening to my bass book's CD and try and pick out the notes without looking at the music, but that's cheating, really.. hehe..

    So I need some easy songs to try and learn - what do you suggest?

    Oh - and if ANYONE suggests somethin' by JT, I'll slap you :p

    Thanks again. :)
     
  2. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    not cheating really, ear training is an integral part on musicianship training. Learn you intervals if you do not already know them and memorize the sounds of the various intervals- you'll be halfway there !
     
  3. you want songs that are easy to learn by ear?

    Silver connection 'Fly Robin Fly'
    Blues Brothers 'Soul Man'
    Rage Against the Machine 'Know Your Enemy'
    Wild Cherry 'Play That Funky Music'
    ZZ Top 'Bad To THe Bone'
    Survivor 'Eye of the Tiger'

    thats all i've learned in a 2 month period. realatively easy stuff...
     
  4. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Do you ever listen to the blues?
     
  5. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    The Beatles. Listen to anything and everything by The Beatles, and transcribe all the basslines. Transcribe the chords too. It's good for your ear.
     
  6. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    I like what Jazzbo had to say about if you listen to the blues or not.

    The blues is fairly easy but will be a bit challanging at 1st but it will help you to identify intervals, progressions etc. As always thats just IMO
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is George Thorogood & the Destroyers.
     
  8. Hey, I listen to everything, but I don't know if I'm such a big fan of the blues.. Give me some numbers though, whether I like it or not, I'll still try.

    Thanks all ! :)
     
  9. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    this is just me, but sometimes I like to set myself a seemingly impossible goal, then I try it a couple times before going back to step one and building my way up to that point....make sense?

    like take a crazy fast complex song like donna lee or chromatic fantasy, listen to it, get daunted and scared, attempt it a few times then go back to simpler things keeping in mind that your goal is to master chromatic fantasy(or whatever)

    I don't know if this is particularly good advice, but I do it sometimes, and it makes getting to that point of completion even more satisfying.
     
  10. WR - I totally agree, but, I have tried this, so I reckon I should have a good understanding of the notes.

    I tried to figure out Peanut's Theme by Stu Hamm.


    Oh yes, I had that one done in 5 mins... :rolleyes:


    oh yes. yes. so do you want the truth..? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!
     
  11. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    The blues are a wonderful way to start training your ear. You've typically got a very common chord progression, I-IV-V. All that's left for you is to figure out the key, and then the individual notes. Plus it really helps your ear learn to identify the change from I to IV and from V to I.

    Check out BB King, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker.