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Beginner Ear Training Problems

Beginner Ear Training Problems Beginner Ear Training Problems Q: Hi, I'm having Beginner Ear Training Problems. I recently purchased one of your Ear Training One Note Complete. It's refreshing to find a well written music book. Thanks! I've just begun to try your ear training technique and had a few questions. I was hoping the … Continue reading

Solutions to Ear Training One Note Problems 2

Q: Since last typing at you I've been taking some musicianship, piano, composition, and harmony classes at a local college and I'm loving the challenges...and the learning. I also recently purchased two of your one-note ear-training books. Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and Ear Training One Note Complete. I believe I understand … Continue reading

Solutions to Ear Training One Note Problems 3

Q: I just bought your Ear Training One Note Complete book from Barnes and Noble. I understand the idea of relative pitch and I totally agree with your approach of straight memorization. However, I play trumpet and hadn't really thought about the fact that the book might not have a portion in Bb (spoiled by … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 4

Q: What is your recommendation for combining the Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing aural exercises? Do you alternate lessons from each book daily or do you have another method that will maximize results? Thanks for your time and I am looking forward to hearing better. A: … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 5

Q: I understand that you feel the traditional interval-based ear training to be impractical. I've never done any extensive ear training before. After trying your method for about a month, I noticed that it actually worked, but only in a very specific, limited way. When I listen to a piece of music, first I need … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 6

Q: I'm working with your ear training one note method. It's a very fun book to work with 'cause I had the cd always in the car and practice every day for about 20 minutes. I nearly get right about 80% of the notes but I'm not sure if I am doing this right or … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 7

Q: I understand your approach to ear training and I believe it will work in my case. For example, I could never figure out how to superimpose the sound of a minor 3rd when trying to sing from a 3rd degree to a 5th degree in a key. I just knew the sound of the … Continue reading

Questions about Ear Training Books 1

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? (1) What's the difference in the Ear Training One Note/Ear Training Two Note series and the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing? (2) Is the material … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 8

Q: I plan to start practicing with your Ear Training One Note CD. I think it looks to be a really good method and I am excited to begin. However, I have a couple of questions that I hope you can answer for me first. 1) You state that one is supposed to just listen … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training

Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training Q: I recently bought one of your books about ear training entitled Ear Training One Note Complete Method and I'm a bit confused about certain aspects of the method you talk about in the book. You suggest learning what each of the 12 … Continue reading

Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training

Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training Q: I still have one simple question. You say to listen to the CD with all of the notes. So, should I just put the cd in and listen from the beginning straight through for fifteen minutes or so? … Continue reading

Ear Training Listening Plus Singing

Ear Training Listening Plus Singing Ear Training Listening Plus Singing Q: I recently purchased your Ear Training One Note Complete with all three cd's. I have read some of the beginning and I am trying to take it all in slowly. Is it really necessary for me to have the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training … Continue reading

Questions about Ear Training Books 4

Q: You state that ear-training is essential for a guitarist who wants to improve himself. Please explain how is this so. Second question: If I work on my ear-training using all the books you have listed at your site, will I be able to play any song just after hearing it from some source, either … Continue reading

Questions about Ear Training Books 5

Q: I just started working with your One Note Complete ear training CD, and it's really helping me. But as a classical pianist, I'm wondering if I should develop perfect pitch instead of relative pitch. Does it matter? Should I work on both kinds of pitch? A: Hard question to answer. I would do both. … Continue reading

Questions about Ear Training Books 6

Q: I'm wondering how to apply your concepts of one note ear training to hearing chords? Are you training to hear the individual tones and then construct the chord in your mind? How does that work? A: This is all contained in the Two Note Ear Training books but a brief explanation: after much practice … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 12

Q: I am making headway with the Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing, but one puzzling thing keeps occurring with pre-hearing a scale degree (tension signature) and singing it over a key drone.......it takes time to hear it! I wonder how much time should be allowed from … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 13

Q: I am a music theory professor in a small liberal arts college, and I am quite intrigued by your various methods of ear training. I have recently examined Ear Training One Note Complete Method and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. Since this method is very unlike most methods used in colleges … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 15

Q: In your Ear Training One Note Complete Book all the work is done around a major tonality. How does your method apply to minor tonalities? A: Thanks for contacting me. There are many types of modes in music - major and minor being just two. All notes sound the same against any tonality. This … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 15

Q: Hello. I am 14 years old and live in Japan. Now I am learning Chopin's Ballade No. 1. In Western music, the tonic has a special meaning. It makes a home base in music, and then the music is developed from this point. Pianists give a special touch to the tonic on piano. But … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 16

Q: I told you in a previous email that I did not know all the notes on my guitar fretboard. I can figure it out, but I don't know all the notes automatically. Anyway, I have been working with the ear training one note beginning cd, and guessing the tones and trying to relate them … Continue reading

Questions about Books 1

Q: I browsed your site and read about several of Bruce Arnold's books on amazon.com. I've been playing the guitar for a little over 2 years. I took lessons for about 8 months, but my teacher left the state and I've been floundering since then. Your books look interesting and get rave reviews, but I … Continue reading

Modulation 1

Q: I have two sections of a piece of music and they must be in different keys with a modulating chord at the end of section 1 which fits both sections. Can you explain this to me please? A: In music you will find chords (usually dominant chords i.e. 1,3,5,b7) that will allow you to … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 17

Q: I have a quick question on the Ear Training One Note. Since I am completely new to ear training when I listen to the cd I'm a bit overwhelmed, the only tone I can really recognize is the low E - probably because it's the first note I hear when I tune my guitar! … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 18

Q: I purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete, and have been working with it for about a month by limiting the exercises to only the diatonic major scale. I have never seriously done ear training before, and have been pleased with my progress in note recognition in a relatively short time. The root, second … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 19

Q: I have purchased your ear training books. I have a few questions: How do you work out chord progression via ear? Do you have a daily training program? Is it OK to use a CD player with ear buds to listen to the CD? A: You will begin to learn how to hear and … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 20

Q: I have purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete Book. After a very short period of time (a few hours spread out over a day or two) I found I could get over 90% correct at the advanced level. However, I'm not sure I'm really "getting it" and I am wondering what you would … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 21

Q: I'm 42 and just picked up playing guitar again after a break of more than 25 years. I never had any ear training and don't have a natural sense of pitch - I even find tuning the instrument correctly to be a challenge - so I bought the Ear Training One Note Complete book … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 22

Q: I just got your book and I believe it´s an interesting approach. I just have one question: What about modal or minor scales? The harmonic minor maybe close to his major relative, but will the notes have the same feel? Will the G sound the same on A minor or C major? And how … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 23

Q: There's a free software called 'Functional Ear Trainer' and it is taught this way: Hear the chord progression and resolve the note to the tonic whether up or down. For the diatonic notes, the bottom 4 notes resolve downward and for the top 4, the notes resolve upward. After a period of time your … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 24

Q: I have been working with your Ear Training One Note Beginning for about two months now and I believe it's working well. However, I would like to describe to you my practice regimen and see if you think its okay or if I should alter it in any way. Here it is: I have … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 25

Q: I'm trying to improve at jazz/blues piano and I'm currently using your One Note Complete Method. Even though I'm improving at the tests on the CD it still hasn't gotten any easier for me to recognize chords and modulations (which is what I really need). I need to develop my relative pitch skills more … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 26

Q: When I do the Ear Training One Note Complete exercises at random, I find that I try to derive the current note based on the previous example, regardless of the octaves involved. Is this the same as doing interval training and/or is it a bad thing? Also, I made a new CD out of … Continue reading

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Q: I am wondering how your ear training/sight singing course would work with children and young teens. I teach piano from beginning to advanced levels, and it seems your concepts would greatly benefit students who have not yet formed "bad habits" of listening, such as those promoted by so many conservatory curricula and contemporary method … Continue reading

Left Handed Guitarist

Q: I am left-handed and a few years ago, I took guitar lessons from a teacher who told me to play right-handed. I found the going extremely difficult, either because I was playing right-handed or simply because I had no talent. Now I would like to try again, this time, playing left-handed. Would your book … Continue reading

Single String Studies for Guitar Question 1

Q: I am working on your Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One Book. I am just about finished with studying the key of C on each string. I spent about a 15 min. per session for 7 days on each string. I review each string from time to time, especially ones that seemed more … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 29

Q: About a year ago I made a commitment to myself to work on my ears everyday. I decided to start by learning intervals. I knew that some people were hearing intervals by association to the beginning of songs. Like you, I figured that it was not the best way to go at it. I … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 30

Q: I have been working with your Ear Training One Note Intermediate and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing books for some months now. I am noticing improvements in my hearing. But anyway, my questions are these: 1. In the Ear Training One Note Intermediate I now have about 90-95% accuracy, but when … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 31

Q: I've just received my copy of Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. I have two questions, I'll start with the easy one: in the ear training CD I can't help listening to the fundamental at the end of the cadence: the last chord is in root … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 32

Q: I was listening to your Ear Training One Note Beginning CD yesterday and think I got what you're trying to teach me to do. Recognize the notes you play in relation to the chords played. It sounds simple but it's more difficult than that. I just wanted to confirm a couple of things. First … Continue reading

Questions about Books 2

Q: My son just started college this year and is taking music theory. This is the first interest in music he has expressed, besides having a car stereo that is rated on the Richter Scale rather than in decibels. Music isn't his major but he sounds like he wants it for a hobby. I'm overwhelmed … Continue reading

Question about Books 3

Q: I have never played a musical instrument before and have decided to learn to play the guitar. I started with Guitar for Dummies, because someone gave me the book. I still haven't mastered playing chords, which is the first part of the book. The problem here is trying to remember where to place my … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 33

Q: I've been working for one and a half month with your Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. In my last message, I told you I couldn't help hearing the fundamental and applying an interval. As strange as it may seem, I've solved this problem by starting … Continue reading

Two Note Ear Training Question 1

Q: Could you give me a practical scenario to help me understand how the Two Note Ear Training workouts will be applied to real musical situations? How do you use this modulating 'do' in the 'automatic' sense your method is aimed at, in your present work and can you give a recent example from one … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 34

Q: I just received the Ear Training One Note Beginning Level. I am very excited at the possibility of really learning how to hear. I tried an ear training course (or collection of notes to play) some years ago based on playing a single chord tone at first and singing it back, and somehow I … Continue reading

Question about Books 4

Q: Are there books that train you to hear chord progressions? A: My ear training method prepares you step by step to hear more and more complicated aural situations. You can't learn to hear complicated chord progressions before you can hear one note, two note, modulations etc. You have to build up to hear multiple … Continue reading

Question about Books 6

Q: I have:

Ear Training One Note Complete
Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One
Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One

I am ready to start. What kind of schedule should I use to practice? I take the train to work so I have an extra hour and a half away from the guitar to do the exercises in the workbook.

Question about Books 7

Q: I have previously studied classical guitar, especially Spanish master's pieces by Tarrega, Torres and Segovia, and some Brazilians like Villa Lobos, obviously as an interpreter. Needless to say, in a pretty much mechanistic way since I feel my knowledge in music theory is rather too modest, not to say mediocre. I've read outstanding reviews … Continue reading

Solutions to One Note Ear Training Problems 35 not done

Q: I recently purchased Ear Training One Note Complete and have been working with the program for about two weeks. At this point I have a question: Since we are learning the sound of various pitches as they relate to a tonal center (key), shouldn't we be referring to the notes by their scale degree rather than their note names? The sound of the third degree of the scale will remain the same in all keys but note positions will change in every key won't they?

Question about Books 9

Q: I'm really enjoying the Rhythm Ear Training Course. Getting a lot out of it. Do you have anything geared specifically toward sight-reading? Anything geared specifically for bass, as I play bass and guitar? A: Nice to hear from you and glad you are enjoying the Rhythm Ear Training Course. I have a ton of … Continue reading

Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation

Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation Q: I've used the Ear Training One Note Complete and the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing off and on over the last couple of years. I've gotten pretty good at hearing notes in real … Continue reading

Ear Training One Note Extreme Course

Ear Training One Note Extreme Course Ear Training One Note Extreme Course Q: Dear Bruce, Yesterday I bought one of your ear training products which was: Ear Training One Note Extreme, Could you help me with some ideas on how to use it? Is it different from the other One Note products? Does it works … Continue reading

Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD

Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD Q: Dear Bruce, I'm working on the Direct Applications Ear Training Series. I‘m finding Major tonality MP3s easier than the Dorian. In Dorian my ear seems to hear in C major and this is really getting me upset. Any suggestions? A: Thanks for … Continue reading

Ear Training Exercises Bass Players

Ear Training Exercises Bass Players Knowing What to Study to Develop Ear Training Exercises Bass Players Q: Hey Bruce, Do you have any idea how I can develop ear training by combining multiple music theory books with what I'm doing now? I want to get best schedule for the most effective growth "_blank" rel="nofollow">Key Note … Continue reading

Music Practice Schedule Ideas

Music Practice Schedule Ideas Music Practice Schedule Ideas Q: Hi Bruce! First of all thank you for all the great books! I was curious about how to develop my ability to pre-hear notes and your books are the solution. I can't thank you enough for making these available and for patiently answering questions. I've read … Continue reading

Muse Eek Publishing Members Area

Muse Eek Publishing Members Area Muse Eek Publishing Members Area Q: When I signed up on line for the Muse Eek Publishing Member's Area, I only provided the Essentials book title due to space for input. Should these other links work, or do I need to do something to access all 3 book links in … Continue reading

Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training

Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training Q:I'm not sure about how to organize the assignment in Fanatic's Guide Sight Singing Ear Training Volume One on page 16, there are 11 possible 2-note groupings. Should I work with all the groupings in all 12 keys with Fanatics Guide Sight Singing … Continue reading

Ear Training Music Courses Advice

Ear Training Music Courses Advice Ear Training Music Courses Advice Q: Any Ear Training Music Courses Advice about the right products to acquire and the best way to work with them will be highly appreciated. First, I'd like to give an update about my ear training studies. I contacted you for the last time about … Continue reading

Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes

Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes? I'm wondering whether you think I might just listen to the ear training exercises without guessing the notes for a while, because I feel like all my incorrect guesses as this stage may be reinforcing the wrong stuff. Do you think … Continue reading

Choir Ear Training Practice Method

Choir Ear Training Practice Method Choir Ear Training Practice Method Q: I'd like to know what you recommend I start with on Choir Ear Training Practice Method. I already sing in choir and sight read and play the piano, but need to have an awareness of pitches. I'd like to get to the point where … Continue reading

Optimize Ear Training Practice Time

Optimize Ear Training Practice Time Optimize Ear Training Practice Time Hi Bruce, It has been a while since we last corresponded on ear training. I went ahead and purchased Ear Training One Note Complete and Contextual Ear Training very recently. It has been a week now at beginner level and my success rate is around … Continue reading

Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass

Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass Q: Hello. I want to first say thank you for your time and I highly respect your ability as a musician and am a fan of your music. I have a few questions about practicing electric and acoustic bass. I was also wondering if you … Continue reading

Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books

Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books Q: With both the Direct Application Ear Training and Key Note Recognition, as soon as you name the note then it is "obvious". I don't understand why. Also if I use my computer instead of iPod for Key Note Recognition, being … Continue reading

Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone

Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone Q: I had contacted you about a year and a half ago with ear training questions. I'm progressing with everything. I'm studying with Garry Dial the "Charlie Banacos lessons". My question relates to using a recent assignment as an additional ear training exercise. … Continue reading

Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits

Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits Q: Thanks for your help. I definitely don't want to develop bad habits so I appreciate you keeping me on the right track. I play in a band and often have to listen to recordings to learn guitar parts. Unfortunately these aren't one … Continue reading

Contextual Ear Training Without an Instrument

Contextual Ear Training Without an InstrumentContextual Ear Training Without an InstrumentQ: Thanks for your quick and detailed response. I will look into those two singing books and buy one in the next couple of days. What I understand, from your descriptions, is that everything in the Contextual Ear Training book is in the Fanatic's Guide to … Continue reading