Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition by Bruce Arnold

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition

Contextual Ear Training is one of 1st Books to use When Starting Bruce Arnold's Ear Training Method.

This is an exciting new addition to the Contextual Ear Training course: The Voice Edition found on this page uses voices to form the key center and gives you the answer with either a Tenor, Alto or Soprano sung voice. For many students who struggle with ear training, the Voice Edition is a lot easier, especially if you pick an edition that is similar to your own vocal range. If you are just getting started with the Bruce Arnold System of Ear Training and want to see improvement at a faster rate, then this is one of the must-own courses. In general men should choose Tenor and possibly Alto, and women either Alto or Soprano.

Please keep in mind that Bruce Arnold recommends that you work with two levels, so it is much more cost effective to order the Complete Voice Edition. For instance, if you are a male it is recommended that you do both the Tenor and Alto Versions. If you are a female do both the Alto and Soprano versions.

The exercises found in this course are similar to the 1st assignment in the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. The main difference is you can do the exercises found in Contextual Ear Training anywhere that you can listen to an MP3 player, which is just about anywhere, whereas the exercises in the Fanatic's Guide require you have your instrument on hand to check your answer.

If you would rather use a piano sound, then the other version of Contextual Ear Training is recommended

Soprano, Alto and Tenor Versions. Each version tests you at 3 different speeds.

There are 864 MP3s for the Soprano, Alto and Tenor Courses. This includes all degrees in both major and minor keys at 3 different speeds. As previously stated it is recommended that you work with two voices before moving on to the next level in this ear training method. Each level is available separately but it is more cost effective to order the Complete Voice Edition. Make sure to check out the Level 3 example for the Tenor Voice. Having extremely fast ability with this method is VERY important if you want to realize your full potential. The faster you are will also effect your sight singing ability when actually reading real music.

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Soprano

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition

Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a F Major cadence then asks you to sing a Flat 3.

Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you a C Minor cadence then asks you to sing a Flat 5.

Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you a B Major cadence then asks you to sing a Flat 2.

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Alto

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Alto

Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a A Major cadence then asks you to sing the Fifth.

Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you an C# Minor cadence then asks you to sing a the 6th.

Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you an D# Minor cadence then asks you to sing a minor 3rd.

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Tenor

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Tenor

Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a B Major cadence then asks you to sing the Flat 5.

Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you a F Major cadence then asks you to sing the Flat 6th.

Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you a A# Minor cadence then asks you to sing the Second.

Background Information

The idea of singing sound based on a "key center" as opposed to an singing an "interval" really began a revolution in the way musicians perceive sound. When a seasoned musician sings a melody they are not thinking the distance between each note they are hearing that they are singing as pitches within a "key center." Seasoned musicians sing this way naturally after years of playing and singing but with Contextual Ear Training a student can fast forward their learning so that they can experience 30 years of ear training experience in a fraction of the time.

A complete transformation of musical perception with this ear training concept.

You will see from reading the reviews that this system of ear training has changed many musicians' careers. Even students that are just beginning with music have found that it completely transforms the way they hear and sing music.

"Hearing Within a Key Center." Let's Take a Closer Look

The "Interval" method of Ear Training has been taught in music schools for literally hundreds of years and rarely been questioned. This method is based on singing the distance between each note with no regard to a key center. The problem with this approach is pretty simple. It just doesn't work when you are trying to sing a melody. Some of the most common problems with singing by interval is:

  • You can sing an interval but are totally lost when you try to apply it to real music.
  • You have a tendency to sing sharp or flat
  • Not being able to find the first note of melody when you start singing a song.
  • You try to think the distance between each note as you try to sing or listen and get lost.
  • Inability to maintain your own part when singing with in groups or choirs

If you are experiencing any of these problems then you need to get Contextual Ear Training and start working towards hear music based by "key center."

Why doesn't interval training work?

If you are trying to sing each note as it flows by in music, there is no way that you can calculate the distance between each note even at a very slow tempo much less the usual speed that notes flow by in real time. The only way to instantly know what notes are being played is to engrain in your mind the sound of each note within a key center so that you know the sounds you are singing in the same way that you see the color blue and know it's blue.

Our minds can't process interval relationships at the speed needed to sing notes accurately.

You can sit in a classroom and do sing a Major 6th when a teacher ask you to but if you are trying to do this in time as you are singing real music the problem gets worse and worse the more complicated the music becomes. In the real world, when music is being played in real time, as a musician, your mind just cannot calculate the intervals and analyze what you need to know in order to react properly right away. This isn't about intellectual ability, it's about the reality of TIME. So how do musician identify the sounds they are singing instantaneously?

Key Center is the "KEY"

Here's how they do it: They use the "key center" of a song and internalize the sound of all 12 notes within that key center. Quite simply when they sing the 3rd they are not thinking that the note is four half steps above the root or in relation to any other note --they are recognizing the sound of a 3rd because they have memorized that sound within a "key center."

Contextual Ear Training teaches you the "Key Center" process.

By working with the audio files in the Contextual Ear Training over time, you gain the ability to sing the sound of all 12 notes with a "key center." For some students this will be a quick and painless rebooting of the way they hear sound; for others it can be a frustrating path with many possible pitfalls.

Ear Training is a two pronged process. You need to work on singing notes and internalize what they sound like in a "key center" but you also need to identifying sound as you hear them from an external source.

With this in mind we have created a whole series of books that develop these two aspects of ear training. They basically boil down to listening exercises and singing exercises. For someone just starting our method we recommend: Contextual Ear Training and Ear Training One Note Complete. or Ear Training One Note Vocal Version

Contextual Ear Training and Ear Training One Note Complete together make a great ear training program.

Listening exercises found in Ear Training One Note Complete teach you to identify the sounds from external sources such as another band member or a song that you are hearing on your MP3 player. Singing exercises found in Contextual Ear Training help you identify the sounds you hear inside you when you are singing, improvising or composing. You need both sides of ear training to become a great musician. The good news is they complement each other so the more you work on one, the more it will the help the other.

Bruce Arnold is here to help you through the process.

Some students can fly through this ear training with no problem. But many musicians have problems and need personal help. Luckily Mr. Arnold offers email support for students as they work through this process. So rest assured as you enter this ear training method that you are not alone, and you can get expert help if you run into problems.

Helping musician for almost two decades!

This method has been helping musicians for almost 20 years now. It's one of the best selling methods Ear Training systems on the market. Simply put: It is successful because it works! BUT the secret weapon is Bruce Arnold. He is only an email way to help you. If you are a beginning or an advanced student seeking to perfect their skills, you can call on Bruce to help you through this process.

The FAQs

Over the years we have developed a FAQ resource containing thousands of questions that students have asked over the years. It is recommended that you read these FAQs because they will give you:

  • A more complete understanding of the method.
  • An insight into the problems and solutions others have had with this ear training.
  • Encouragement and hope that you can do this, and that it just takes daily dedication.
  • The knowledge that EVERYONE that has really put their mind to it has mastered this ear training without exception.
  • The knowledge that dedicating a short amount of time each day: 5 to 10 minutes 5 to 10 times a day will be all it takes to master this ear training.

Where should you start?

First let's talk about how you will be doing this ear training. We have found that the best way to do this ear training is with an MP3 player. It allows for many more ways to organize the audio files and is very portable. We do offer physical books and CDs with with some of our ear training products but we HIGHLY recommend you not take this path with our ear training method. Digital downloads is a much better way to study this ear training because MP3s are much less expensive, easier to organize and cost half as much as physical books with CDs. We also have many ear training products that are ONLY available as digital downloads so it just makes more sense to go the digital route. So unless you REALLY only can use a CD player we sincerely recommend that you buy digital downloads of our ear training products.

For singing we most commonly recommend students start with Contextual Ear Training.

We do recommend along with Contextual Ear Training. that you also work with Ear Training One Note Complete.

Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition

Buy Contextual Ear Training and then contact Bruce Arnold with a detailed explanation of your level and goals.

Ear Training is very specialized to a students goals and abilities. It makes a lot more sense to use the contact information at the bottom of this page to contact Bruce after you have purchased these books to see what other products you might consider and how to organize your practice.

The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and Contextual Ear Training differences.

Contextual Ear Training and The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing are two closely related books. The 1st exercise and arguably the most important exercise for a beginning is the The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing is the "One Note" exercise. This "One Note" exercise develops the ability to instantly sing any of the 12 pitches over a "key center." Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing requires you to work with a CD and check answers with an instrument to do this exercise. Contextual Ear Training allows you to do this exercise anywhere because the answer is supplied in the audio files. Therefore you will improve quicker if you use the Contextual Ear Training "One Note" exercise because you can do it anywhere that you can use an MP3 player.

Which book should I get or should I get both?

We do occasional recommend both Contextual Ear Training and The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing to students that are working in a choir or other places where they are reading music. Contextual Ear Training you are not singing notes from a page. It will help you to sing notes from a page once you gain the ability to hear all 12 notes of a "key center." but it isn't building your sight reading skills. The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing does work with many exercises where you are singing notes from a musical staff. So if you are a singer where you need to work on both aspects of your musicianship we recommend both books.

Where do I go after I finish Contextual Ear Training?

Once you are getting 80% correct answers with the Contextual Ear Training Book we recommend you move on to The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. This book will offer you many other exercises to apply your skills

The FAQs

Over the years we have developed a FAQs resource containing thousands of questions that students have asked over the years. These FAQs are searchable by key word and we recommend that you read these FAQs because they will give you:

 

  • A more complete understanding of the method.

 

 

  • An insight into the problems and solutions others have had with this ear training.

 

 

  • Encouragement and determination that you can do this, and that it just takes daily dedication.

 

 

  • The proof that EVERYONE that has really put their mind to it has mastered this ear training without exception.

 

 

  • The reason why dedicating a short amount of time each day: 5 to 10 minutes 5 to 10 times a day will be all it takes to master this ear training.

 

Bruce Arnold's Blog

Mr. Arnold's Blog on ear training and other musical topics can be very useful to learn about our ear training products.

Some of the topics covers are linked below.

Helpful Links to other products:

Our ear training books are available worldwide at different on-line stores. It is important to realize that there are physical versions of our books available that don't include the CDs. The book will plainly state in the description that it doesn't include a CD(s). In those cases you can either purchase a CD from Muse-eek.com or digitally download it from our website or itunes. If you have lost a CD or it's become damaged you can also order or download replacements.

Please find links to other ear training products associated with the "One Note Series" below: