Using piano for ear training

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Michal Herman, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Michal Herman

    Michal Herman

    May 31, 2013
    For time to time I am away from home, and thus away from DB and bass guitar. But I have the possibility to get travel keyboard with me: 5-octave 66 keys keyboard, but from soft folding material - not good for piano technique training, but it is some tool to get sound.
    I planned to use it as an ear training device.
    What system and/or exercises would you suggest for such training? Something that could be later beneficial for DB playing.
  2. MikeDavis

    MikeDavis Supporting Member

    May 24, 2012
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  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I just got back from vacation, and taking a DB was not feasible. Instead, I took a guitar, and fiddled around on that late at night before bed - but I used to play guitar, so that felt reasonable. I've taken BG's with a Vox Amplug on trips like this in the past, and that was a nice way to get my head in the game. Sure, not a DB, but the patterns are the same shapes, and it was fun grooving along with some of my favorite Hutch Hutchinson lines. Anything that keeps your head in the game is a good thing.

    When I was at ISB for a week in June, I took my Kolstein travel bass and my regular DB (which I was using for my presentation). The regular DB stayed on the site and I practiced every day, but I was able to get in a little time on the travel bass at the hotel; I figured it would be safe because the hotel was full of bassists, but if that hadn't been the case I would have taken a BG instead. Anything beats watching TV!