• A Lesson On The Aspects And Importance Of Ear Training

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    One of the important aspects of musical development every serious musician must not joke with is ear training.

    The ear is to the musicians what the eyes are to the painter. A deaf musician is just as unfortunate as a blind painter and that’s because colors are to the eyes what sounds are to the ears.

    We’ll be looking at the aspects of ear training and also stressing its importance. But before we get into all of that, let’s define ear training.

    Ear training is the musical skill that lets a musician identify pitches, rhythm, and other elements of music.

    Attention: In this lesson, we’re narrowing the concept of ear training down to the identification of pitches.

    Aspects Of Ear Training

    There are so many aspects of ear training. However, for the purpose of this study we’ll be emphasizing on the following aspects:

    Note awareness

    Scale awareness

    Interval awareness

    Chord awareness

    Progression awareness

    Let’s get going.

    Note Awareness

    Note awareness is concerned with the ability to recognize or produce a pitch by ear (with or without a pitch reference). For example, when the note C:

    …is played and heard, note awareness is the ability to recognize or produce any other pitch on the keyboard using C as a reference.

    Attention: Note awareness can help you find the key of a song easily and if you’re interested in developing your note awareness, follow this link to purchase the ear-tutor software.

    Scale Awareness

    Scales are usually played or heard in ascending and descending order and when played or heard, it takes scale awareness to know the scale type that is played.

    The scales below have a lot of notes in common:

    C Aeolian scale:

    C Phrygian scale:

    The only difference between both scales is that the second tone of the C Dorian scale is D while that of the C Aeolian scale is Db.

    Attention: It takes scale awareness to perceive both scales and distinguish one from the other. You can train your ears and develop scale awareness following this link.

    Interval Awareness

    When two notes are played (be it together or separately, interval awareness helps you understand the distance between them.

    The interval below (C-E):

    ….is different from this interval (C-Eb):

    The former is the major third interval (C-E) while the latter is the minor third interval (C-Eb) and they sound different.

    Attention: With interval awareness you can tell the relationship between two notes whether they are played together or separately. Click here to get started now with the ear-tutor software now.

    Chord Awareness

    There are tons of chord qualities: ranging from major chords, to minor chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, dominant chords, altered chords, suspended chords, etc., and they come as triads, seventh, and extended chords.

    The difference between the C major triad:

    …and the C minor triad:

    …is perceptible by someone who has developed his/her chord awareness. Also, chord awareness can help you tell the exact inversion or voicing of a chord.

    Attention: Chord awareness gives you the uncanny ability to effortlessly recognize a chord when it is played and with proper training using the ear-tutor software, you can develop your chord awareness.

    The Importance Of Ear Training

    Although ear-training is very important to all musicians (irrespective of whether they are sheet musicians or they play by ear), musicians who play by the ear should take it more seriously.

    From note awareness to scale awareness; interval awareness to chord awareness and lastly to progression awareness, every aspect of ear-training is important and this is because songs can be broken down into melodic and harmonic components.

    Melodic components include the melody (aka -“tune”), the bass lines, etc., which are basically made up of notes, scales, and intervals.

    Harmonic components include the harmony (comprising of chords), progressions, etc., which are basically made up of intervals, chords and progressions.

    For musicians who play by the ear, the awareness of notes, scales, intervals, chords, and progressions will help you listen to a song and play it on your instrument with ease.

    According to Jermaine Griggs “if you can hear it, you can play it” and that’s absolutely right.

    But if I may add something in between the first and second part of that phrase (that has shaped music learning for 2 decades now and counting), I’ll add “…and you’re aware…”.

    Here’s what becomes of the famous quote by me role-model (Jermaine Griggs):

    “If you can hear it (and you’re aware), you can play it”

    I’m sure he’ll smile when he sees this. :)

    “In A Nutshell…”

    The same way painters are familiar with colors and shades, that’s how a musician should be familiar with notes, scales, intervals, chords, progressions, etc.

    Final Words

    If you’ll want to train your ear and improve on your overall awareness, then here’s your chance to claim the ear-tutor software today.

    All the best.

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    Onyemachi "Onye" Chuku (aka - "Dr. Pokey") is a Nigerian musicologist, pianist, and author. Inspired by his role model (Jermaine Griggs) who has become his mentor, what he started off as teaching musicians in his Aba-Nigeria neighborhood in April 2005 eventually morphed into an international career that has helped hundreds of thousands of musicians all around the world. Onye lives in Dubai and is currently the Head of Education at HearandPlay Music Group and the music consultant of the Gospel Music Training Center, all in California, USA.

    Attention: To learn more about this, I recommend our 500+ page course: The "Official Guide To Piano Playing." Click here for more information.


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