Q: I'm interested in starting your ear training courses, but have problem deciding which book(s) to buy. Could you please help me sort out the following questions?
(2) Is the material in Lines Volume One: Sight Reading and Sight Singing Exercises included in the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing?
(4) Do you have a combined book for all six volumes of the Ear Training Two Note Series (like the One-Note-Complete Level)? If not, is there a discount for buying all six volumes?
A: First let me say that I've written a blog entry on the progression you should take through the ear training books. That would be your best source for understanding how to proceed. Also before I launch into the Ear Training for notes, you should also be thinking about Rhythm Ear Training and devoting a few minutes to that each day. That said, a here is an outline of my total Ear Training course, which is is quite comprehensive, and will take several years to complete.
Contextual Ear Training is the "one note" exercise in Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. This is the most important first step in understanding this ear training. Contextual Ear Training audio files allow you to do the ear training anywhere. You need your instrument to check correct answers with the Fanatic's Guide. If you want to work on your sight singing with notes on a staff if for instance, you were in a choir, then you definitely want the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. Though in that case you might want to get both books.
MetroDrone is a multi-purpose tool for playing and singing. It works on ear training and your time simultaneously.
25 Ear Training Tips Video Course gives you some extremely important tips on how to think about this ear training, how to improve the fastest way, and make the most of your practice time.
Once you get 50% correct answers in the One Note Ear Training (any level) you want to start into the Direct Application ear training: These books include:
I would also check in with the Instrumental Color Bundle to make sure you can identify notes when they are played by different instruments.
After you have completed Ear Training One Note Complete you will move on to:
Key Note Recognition
Two Note Melodic Ear Training: There are quite a few possible levels of this.
After you have completed this book you will move on to:
Ear Training Two Note Advanced which has 5 volumes
Ear Training Three Note which has 5 volumes
Three Note Melodic Ear Training which has 3 Levels of Difficulty
Ear Training Four Note which has 5 volumes
I should also mention that once you are into 2 Note Ear Training you should contact me because I'll give you specific jazz standards to sing through for direct application.
I mentioned Rhythm Ear Training Earlier which has 12 levels so that should be done but you should also work on reading rhythms through the Rhythm Series. For this I recommend:
Independence: Volume One
Contemporary Rhythms: Volume 1
Contemporary Rhythms: Volume 2
Again, it will take years to get through all these books, but "keep your eyes on the prize" as they say, and you will become a world class musician.