Questions about Ear Training Books 2

Questions about Ear Training Books 2

Q: If I hear a piece played on the piano, can I transcribe it to the guitar after working through your ear-training series?

If I were to begin with your series, I guess I should go with the following books:

Ear Training One Note Complete Series
Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing

But I notice that you have lots of other ear-training books on your site. Could you give me a breakdown on each book to help me decide whether I should get the book or not.

The other books are:

Key Note Recognition
Ear Training Two Note Series: Volume 1-6
Lines Volume One: Sight Reading and Sight Singing Exercises

If I just use the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and the Ear Training One Note Complete, would I be able to transcribe music from one instrument to the next?

A: This ear training method will help you understand and express your inner music and help you transcribe and understand the music you hear from external sources.

To answer your question about being able to transcribe piano music and play it on guitar: You certainly will know what notes the piano player is playing. You will definitely need some music theory knowledge to make the music playable on guitar. You will notice that I have a couple of Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One that will help you to understand this process.

You are correct to start the ear training with:

Ear Training One Note Complete Series
Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and/or Contextual Ear Training

My recommendation is to get Ear Training One Note Complete, Contextual Ear Training and one bundle of the Rhythm Ear Training and spend the next few months on those books. When you starting getting around 50% correct answers with the One Note Ear Training you should add in some direct application ear training products. If you are also practicing an instrument I would add in MetroDrone and the Jam Tracks Volume One so that you are working on your ear training and time when you are practicing things like scales etc...

You asked "would I be able to transcribe music from one instrument to the next?" using my ear training method. I think it is important for you to understand that all Western Music is based around 12 notes. All instruments play these 12 notes so it doesn't matter which instrument is playing the notes; you will be able to transcribe any notes you hear. But you need to have a good knowledge of music theory in case you need to rearrange chord voicings or octave ranges so these notes fit on other instruments. The Music Theory Workbook Volume One I previously recommended will help you start this process.

I hope this helps you understand music and ear training.

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