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05-29-2002, 10:02 PM
dO you know some exercises for ear training?

05-29-2002, 10:33 PM
This consists of several aspects.

Listen to music, not just the kind you like.
Classical, Rock, Jazz, Country, World, New Age, everything has somthing to offer.
Ear bending music like Schillinger and other tone row stuff.
This will keep you on your toes and challenge your ears.

Play and Sing musical exercises, scales (Major, Minor Harmonic Pentatonic, Melodic, Chromatic, Diminished, Augumented, Whole Tone), modes, triads (Inversions in open and close voicing), seventh chord exercises.
Practice the above scales in intervals, try to recognize them as they are used in music.
Learn common chord changes, try to recognize them in music.

Learn to use the Cycle of fifths as an exercise to practice chord changes, or scale exercises.

Learn to recognize chord changes based on scale degree (I , V , Vi) witout reference to any key, so you may analyze the music you hear without the need for an instrument.

Try to learn songs totally in your head, without your instrument.
Practice this and when you think you can play the song then try it.
This will be difficult at first, after time you will get better.

You can record chords in different inversions and play the tape back and try to recognize the chord and the inversion.
Do the same with intervals.

There is not really much else to it.
What you will get from this is proportional to your level of committment.


05-30-2002, 02:03 PM
One small but helpful exercise that works best with another instrumentalist.

1) Play say C G7 C to establish the tonality.

2) Then anywhere on the instrument hit a note and identify the interval and relation to the tonality. 5th, b9, etc ....

Here's an article by berklee teacher Mark Frensh that was published on Guitar4u and that I will also rework for this site.
The Dumb Tune Game (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/DumbTune.pdf) (PDF file)

We developed a first online software for training intervals. It's just a beta for now and it also only includes perfect intervals. Getting iBreathe off the ground took quite some time so that we weren't able to take things further. If you're interested check it out at http://www.planc.co.uk/ibrmusic/