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10-05-2003, 04:38 AM
I think I should get started on ear-training. What are some methods of ear-training? Maybe I'll pick some out and work on them first. Thanks :)

10-05-2003, 05:29 AM
Start singing along with your guitar lines. Sing scales, etc.

Also check out Steve Vai's website for some cool lessons on ear training.

10-05-2003, 05:33 AM
Steve Vai had a website????

10-05-2003, 09:21 AM
Download a demo of the program Earmaster. I don't know the exact frame, but just search at google, I'm sure you will find it.
Earmaster is a professional eartraining program. The exercices are written by a - I think - swedish music profesor. It's really good...try it....

10-05-2003, 12:11 PM
Steve Vai has some ear training articles on
www.guitarworld.com. Click on the "lesson"
on the left column.

Other ear training methods:

- Guni's Solfege articles
- transcribing melodies and rhythm
- think of melodies and play them (this is hard!)

10-05-2003, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by cozimnot
Steve Vai had a website????

Uhmmm...yeah... http://www.vai.com =)
Click on "Little Black Dots" for older lessons / columns, or go to the GW-website linked to above for those ear training ones...

10-05-2003, 03:14 PM
Good piece of advice to download earmaster, it really does work. Or we can wait cuz Guni is making and interval trainer...:) I can wait!

10-05-2003, 07:09 PM
Cool, I'll check out Vai's website. Thanks.

10-06-2003, 03:08 PM
Here's some links I had in my computer that deals with this subject.





10-07-2003, 12:05 AM
I downloaded the trial version of earmaster. I'm working on identifying intervals, and there only seems to be the minor intervals availible to indentify. Are the major ones not on this demo?

10-29-2003, 11:05 AM
This is maybe a bit biased, but you may try my freeware ear training program called Functional Ear Trainer. It was recommended on this forum a few months ago.

It teaches you how to hear a note in the context of a key, which is another concept than the classic ear training programs like Earmaster and Earope.

A lot of people find the note-in-key approach to be much more useful.

Try it, you might like it.

You can download it from http://www.miles.be
for free (no virusses, shareware, adware, spyware or other bull****)


10-29-2003, 12:27 PM
I've been using Alain's Functional Ear Trainer exclusively for the past couple of months and can report significant improvement in my ear's abilities. It's a fantastic tool.

10-29-2003, 05:27 PM
Wow, cool to see you on this forum. I also am (well...was, my PC bit the dust and I've been using my little bro's iMac for the last few weeks) a happy user of functional ear trainer as well.

Maybe a Mac OS X port is in order? :P After using this iMac for awhile I've finally decided that I'm ready to dump Windows for good. This thing is the greatest computer I've ever used. So I'm gonna have to buy my own soon before my little brother shoots me.