Contextual Ear Training

Contextual Ear Training

Contextual Ear Training is one of our most popular Ear Training Singing Books.

IIf you are just getting started with the Bruce Arnold System of Ear Training, then Contextual Ear Training is an indispensable companion course that we cannot recommend highly enough. 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. There are two versions of the Contextual Ear Training: The version found on this page uses a piano to play the key center and also to give the answer. Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition 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 can be easier, particularly if you choose an edition that is close to your own vocal range, so keep that in mind.

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.

If you are just becoming aware of the this idea of "hearing within a key center" let's look at a little history of ear training for musicians

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 ingrain 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.

Buy Contextual Ear Training and then contact Mr. 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:

Guide Tones

Guide Tones

Theory, Application and Aural Comprehension

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The secret to playing and hearing melodies over chord progressions

Do you want to learn the secret to playing and hearing melodies over chord progressions? If you've been knocking your head against the wall for years and not getting anywhere when trying to play over more than one chord, this "Guide Tones" course is your answer. Creating great melodic solos over chord progressions is one of the toughest nuts to crack. The "Guide Tones" Course breaks through these barriers by presenting you with a logical, holistic approach to developing this skill.

Totally change your understanding of how to play over chord progressions!

This "Guide Tones" class is quite simply the key that opens the door to playing over chord progressions! This massive course contains all the elements you need to understand, apply and hear the melodic lines that make sense over simple or complex chord changes. As you can see below, you get everything you need to take a beginner, intermediate or advanced student to a level where they are truly hearing melodies in a key center, even if the progression contains highly complex chords. Here's what you get:

  • 15 Videos and one 113 page PDF on the theory and application of guide tones.
  • How to apply guide tone lines to chord progressions with 192 chord progression examples.
  • An extensive ear training section which includes ground breaking theory on how to "hear" guide tones and 192 MP3s to use to develop your ability to hear and play guide tone lines.
  • 36 Chord Progressions with four examples of guide tone lines each which shows you how these melodies work with both simple and advanced chord changes.
  • Midifiles of all exercises and recommendations on how to use these files to develop your skills.
  • Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz style for 36 chord progressions at 3 different tempos.
  • Backing Tracks in a Funk Style for 36 chord progressions
  • Walking Bass Backing Tracks in a Blues/Jazz Style for 36 chord progressions

A Course for Any Style of Music

No matter what style of music you like, working with this course will develop your ability to solo over chord changes in just about any genre. The book shows you the relationships between the chords you are working with and those in popular pop tunes, demonstrating how applying yourself to this course makes for better solos on any chord changes in any style.

Guide Tones is one of the Core Courses of the Bruce Arnold System..

The "Guide Tones" course show you how to hear melodies in a key center throughout a piece of music. This simple way of hearing melodies as they relate to a key center and not the interval between each note is actually revolutionary. Without this kind of understanding your ability to play beautiful melodies within a key center will be drastically hampered. This course will also teach you how to identify the notes that are being played when you hear a simple melody moving through complex chord changes. This course also takes you from very simple Blues, Minor Blues and Rhythm Changes to highly sophisticated examples.

Common Questions

 

 

 

 

  • Quite a few of you have been asking me "what is the best way to practice with the Guide Tones Course?"  Here are some recommendations.
  • First, the Full MetroDrone course is a super helpful tool to use in conjunction with the Guide Tones course, and gives you the most options in the long run.  I have included a few MetroDrones already to get you started, but you will eventually want to speed up your ability, which will require the Full MetroDrone Course.  Depending on your level you could start each Guide Tone line exercise differently and over time you might start skipping some steps as you improve.
  • Here is a ground-up approach.
  • Sing the Guide Tone line over a MetroDrone: pick a tempo or use the included MetroDrone files. If using the full MetroDrone course pick a tempo that allows you to sing one note per MetroDrone pulse.
  • If you are not sure you are singing correctly use the MetroDrone with the note and name addition which is included in the course to check your intonation.  When possible try to sing the note before the tone and answer are given.
  • Once comfortable with 1-2 Try to sing the Guide Tone line over the chord changes.  You can do this multiple ways.

 

 

 

  • Here is a list from easy to difficult.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with chords which will give you both the note and the answer in the key center.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with chords only.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with bass and chords in a Funk Style.
  • Sing along with the Guide Tone MP3 with bass line.
  • Things to remember:
  • You are trying to hear all notes in the key center, NOT in relationship to the chords.
  • I recommend using solfeggio for the singing, but note names or degrees can work too.
  • Try to master one Guide Tone Line per week.  You should be able to do this with about 15 minutes of study each day.
  • Try to also apply the Guide Tone Line using your chosen instrument so that you start to improvise around the Guide Tone Line.
  • Keep in mind:
  • The “Guide Tones” Course is teaching you how to hear melodies over changing chords. This will transform your ability and understanding of playing and hearing chord progressions.
  • Be patient! For some of you who are getting only around 50% correct answers on the One Note Ear Training, it will be tougher, but remember that it is getting you to understand how to hear with chord changes, which is important to your understanding of music in general. So don't rush, just learn at your own speed.
  • Most music uses the same kinds of chord progressions over and over, as is demonstrated with the pop tunes mentioned in the course.  So learn one Guide Tone line, and  it will actually work over many chord progressions, in many songs. So by mastering one Guide Tone line you will have done a lot to help you hear music.

 

 

 

 

 

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Listen To This

Muse Eek Publishing Presents: "Listen To This" Adventurous Electronic Excursions by Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold

Featuring:

Judi Silvano–Voice with Live Processing

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider

"The definitive breakdown of musical categorization was delivered in 1962 by Duke Ellington: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” File this album in the Good Music section."

–Steve Holtje, Manager, ESP-Disk

“This is some Beautiful Cosmic Music created by two of the most inventive musicians on the scene today.”

–Joe Lovano, 2016

"Brilliant. Love it; almost a Kraftwerk twist to it."

–Rob Taylor nmblive.com, 2017

Listen To This

The intuitive understanding between musicians is called “chemistry” and Listen To This, with Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold has chemistry in abundance. The duets on this recording, some improvised, some composed, show a duo who are intensely tuned into every nuance as they follow the sonic twists and turns of these 12 striking songs. This is some deep listening.

While Judi Silvano may be best known for her extensive jazz catalogue, her passions extend well beyond, to embrace classical and free improv music. Her background in modern dance also adds an underlying spatial physicality. It is this spatial element that is particularly present on Listen To This, and a likely reason that working with Bruce Arnold proved to be so rewarding.

Hailing from Sioux Falls South Dakota, Bruce Arnold has been exploring the potentials of his beloved electric guitar for years, using the program SuperCollider to summon up atmospheric soundscapes. His added fascination with 12 tone and pitch class theory as applied to improvisation lends his playing a distinctive harmonic and melodic voice. To find out more about what equipment was used on this recording please see bottom of page.

When the two artists decided to see where a duet situation would lead them, both were surprised at the ease with which they created engrossing, evocative music. “I couldn’t believe how comfortable Judi was with pedals and effects she had never used before.” says Arnold. “And what she did with them was so cool, it was great to improvise with; it felt very free to create along with her.” As for Silvano, she says “Bruce has exactly what I look for in a musician- he is literate, sensitive, and incredibly open in his approach.”

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The Tracks

Listen To This opens with “Remembrances” a bluesy rumination that is made sinister by the use of a half step combined with a major 3rd. A free improv that become a story of life's complexity.

The other tracks on "Listen to This" are:

  • Space Lullaby: The welcoming release of majestic arpeggiated guitar chords ring out like church bells to Judi’s soaring melodies.
  • My Neighborhood: Judi wrote this song as an homage to life’s beauties, but it acquired some ironically dark overtones with the addition of processing. Judi and Bruce do some impressive back and forth in the “break.”
  • Cats Are Watching: This track provides some whimsy —ever wondered what the brain patterns of a cat might sound like?
  • Complete Embrace: A hallucinatory art song incorporating poetic fragments into one of Judi’s compositions. There’s no vocal processing, allowing Judi’s rich voice to ring clear.
  • Sioux Falls: Bruce's ode to the running waters of the Sioux Falls.
  • Travel Chant: Judi sings a brief melody as she walks through a crystalline landscape.
  • In The Deep: an extremely ambient interlude with denizens of the watery abyss —complete with sonar.
  • Listen To This: the most abstract of the composed tracks, with various repeating motifs.
  • Great Plains: recalls the huge vistas of the west, and Judi waxes both lyrical and stratospheric.
  • Journey to be Free: From obscurity to clarity, literally.
  • Listen Again: A free improv interpretation of Judi’s composition “Listen To This” with an abundance of live sound processing.

Excerpts from "Listen to This":

  • Remembrances
  • Travel Chant
  • My Neighborhood
  • Cats Are Watching
  • Complete Embrace
  • Sioux Falls
  • In The Deep
  • Space Lullabye
  • Listen To This
  • Journey To Be Free
  • Listen Again

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Michal Shapiro created a video using one of the compositions on this CD entitled "My Neighborhood." This video was honored by the Photoworks Organization Of Glen Echo Park, Maryland, USA and included in one of their video shows. If you order the CD download of "Listen To This" a copy of this video will be included.

Award winning video of "My Neighborhood"

 

The Equipment Used on This Recording

This CD used extensive live audio processing of the voice and guitar. Below is a list of the equipment used:

Bruce Arnold's Equipment:

  • Music Man Silhouette Guitar
  • Mac Laptop running SuperCollider
  • Voodoo Lab Ground Control Midifootcontroller
  • Two Proel Expression Pedals
  • Vertex Volume Pedal
  • BB Preamp
  • Distillery by Tone Concepts
  • Lehle "Dual"
  • 1957 Fender Deluxe Amplifier
  • SonoSax SX-M1 and SX-M2 preamps
  • Great River MP-2MV Preamp

Judi Silvano's Equipment:

  • Mac Laptop running Fishman Triple Play Interface
  • Eventide Anthology X Plugins
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin DUO Audio Interface
  • Gordius MidifootController
  • 2 Mission Engineering Expression Pedals
  • Great River MP-2MV Preamp
  • SoundDeluxe E47 Microphone

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon covers 3 note chords. Typically chord books cover chords build in 3rds. For the first time available anywhere the Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon books explore the other 11 ways that chords can be built revealing a whole new world of sound! Each of the 12 volumes gives you a in-depth explanation of each 3 note chord in addition to études to help you hear how these structures sound over various harmonic situations which can also be used to help you memorize and apply each 3 note group.

Bruce Arnold states that the "Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon" also gives you a crucial information on how you can understand and apply each 3 note chord. It is interesting to note that as you build chords with smaller structures there are more places that these chords can be used as substitutions. This makes these chords especially useful because they can be used in so many more situations that larger chord voicings. A chart is included in each book showing you all the practical ways that each 3 note structure can be used as well as examples in the études.

A money saving Bundle or 12 separate volumes can be purchased.

Here is a breakdown: Click on a title to go directly to the book.

Each book includes a 131 Page PDF, MP3s and Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise. Click on individual instrument if you prefer a single download.

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Bundle

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: BUNDLE

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Bundle is the most cost effective way to study!

The Bundle contains all 12 books in this series. It will give a student a life time of new ideas for playing chords and developing highly original styles of playing within any idiom.

Expand your concept on how to choose which chords you play for each song you learn.

These books allow you to be much for compositional in your choice of chords to use for any song. If the melody of a song mostly contains whole steps and 4ths then why not choose a chord structure that is based on those intervals? 025 or 027 would be great choices in this previously circumstance!

Who should use the Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon?

These books can be used by composers and instrumentalist to create new interesting sounding chords. All inversions are included so a composer or pianist has a readily available list. Guitarist will find chords specifically voiced for their instrument with chord diagrams to help them quickly find the chords. Composers writing for guitar will find exact voicings that they know will be playable on the guitar.

MP3s include bass and drum grooves as well as chords.

Bass and drums are included with all MP3s making them fun and helps a student see exactly what these chords will sound like in a musical situation. Tracks are also included without the chords so that a student can improvise over each track.

Save money with the Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Bundle.

The bundle is a great way to save money. If you buy all the Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon separately it will cost you 239.88. Get them now for the low price seen below.

Get Ear Training Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Bundle download as a preorder for special price. Books added as published

Twelve 131 Page PDFs, 9504 MP3s and 608 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Individual Courses

If you prefer to order single books in this series you will find information on each below:

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Series of 12 volumes on 3 note pitch class sets

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume One "012"

Example of the études found in Volume One

Each group of études found in this book applies an “012” chord to different styles of music or uses “012” is different ways. All études include 3 different tempos to help a student slowly master each exercise. You will find that the faster you play “012s” the more musical they sound so expect a period of development before this combination is fluent.

Most of the études include addition rhythm section MP3 which can be used to create you own improvisation or used with the
"Ultimate Arpeggio" book to play the études found in that study. Overall the best idea to practice the use of “012s” is to:

  • Learn the chord voicings for either piano or guitar by playing them cycle 5.
  • If you are a composer write short études uses the “012.”
  • Learn how to play the études by first starting slow and then increasing the tempo each day.
  • Just listen to the études to get the sound of the 3 note grouping into your ear.
  • Sight sing through the études by arpeggiating the chord voicings or singing the bass lines. Many times students may need to use the MetroDrone to help them maintain the key center.

Below are four examples from the “Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume 1: “012.”

  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course. Bass charts are also included for all exercises except this example.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level Two MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Two, 013

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Two "013"

Volume Two in this series is a MUST OWN course.

"013s" are some of the most beautiful and useful sounds in music. It is also the most versatile chord of the 12 different chord types. Recent research proves that "013" was used extensively by John Coltrane in his late recordings. Proving once again that "013" is a must learn pitch class set because of the great diversity in its application. Below is a quick list of some benefits:

  • "013" can be used as a replacement for any chord type.
  • "013" is an easy chord to play on both the guitar and the piano.
  • "013" can create both a consonant or dissonant sound depending on how it is voiced.
  • There is a large quantity of songs and compositions that have a preponderance of "013s" in their melody
  • Scales such as the Modes of Major, Melodic Minor Ascending, Harmonic Minor and Diminished all have two discreet "013s" in their scale so it can easily be substituted for these sounds.

Example of the études found in Volume Two

There are seven sets of études in this course and each applies an “013” chord to different type of musical situation. All études include 3 different tempos to help a student slowly master each exercise. "013s" are beautiful sounding at any tempo so the learning curve is not as steep and you can start using them in your playing quickly. "013s" are excellent for replacing the tired chords you play. They are also create a great sound when used in a modal situation.

Most of the études include addition rhythm section MP3 which can be used to create you own improvisation or used with the
"Ultimate Arpeggio" book to play the études found in that study. Overall the best idea to practice the use of “013s” is to:

  • Learn the chord voicings for either piano or guitar by playing them cycle 5.
  • If you are a composer write short études uses the “013.”
  • Learn how to play the études by first starting slow and then increasing the tempo each day.
  • Just listen to the études to get the sound of the 3 note grouping into your ear.
  • Sight sing through the études by arpeggiating the chord voicings or singing the bass lines. Many times students may need to use the MetroDrone to help them maintain the key center.

Below are four examples from the “Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume 2: “013.”

  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level Two MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.
  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course. Bass charts are also included for all exercises except this example.

ISBN: 978-1-59489-532-6

119 Page PDF, 504 MP3s and 84 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

Status: In Stock, Digital book is available for immediate download.


Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Three, 014

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Three "014"

Volume Three covers 014 chords which are distinctively evocative.

"014s" are mostly used as a substitute for a dominant 7th chord but can also be used as °7 or -Major7 chords. 014's pair up as a hexatonic scale in many ways and this book covers them all. Below is a quick list of other benefits:

  • "014" gives a sound reminiscent of Thelonious Monk!
  • "014" is an easy chord to play on both the guitar and the piano.
  • "014" creates a mostly dissonant sound so it is very useful when this type of sound is called for i.e. Jazz, Heavy Metal etc...
  • There is a large quantity of songs and compositions that have a preponderance of "014s" in their melody. Most of the work Anton Webern employes an "014" pitch class set. Some other notable compositions are Mr. Arnold's "Numbers" or Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold's haunting blues "Remembrances."
  • Scales such as the the highly used Symmetrical Diminished (1/2 step, whole step) have many discreet "014s" in its scale so it can easily be substituted for these sounds.

Example of the études found in Volume Three

There are five sets of études in this course and each applies an “014” chord to different types of musical situations. All études include 3 different tempos to help a student slowly master each exercise. "014s" are beautiful sounding at any tempo so the learning curve is not as steep and you can start using them in your playing quickly. "014s" are especially useful for replacing the tired dominant chord vocings that you play.

Most of the études include addition rhythm section MP3s which can be used to create you own improvisation or used with the
"Ultimate Arpeggio" book to play the études found in that study. Overall the best idea to practice the use of “014s” is to:

  • Learn the chord voicings for either piano or guitar by playing them cycle 5.
  • If you are a composer write short études uses the “014.”
  • Learn how to play the études by first starting slow and then increasing the tempo each day.
  • Just listen to the études to get the sound of the 3 note grouping into your ear.
  • Sight sing through the études by arpeggiating the chord voicings or singing the bass lines. Many times students may need to use the MetroDrone to help them maintain the key center.

Below are four examples from the “Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume 3: “014.”

  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.

  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off on beats 1 and 3 which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.

  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.

  • Level Two MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course.
  • There are 3 MP3s for each étude each gets progressively faster. Since these études make more musical sense when play at a faster tempo the MP3s below start with the fastest MP3 and then get slower. Keep in mind that there are also midifiles for each example so you can play any exercise at any tempo.

  • Level 2 MP3 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • Level 1 for example above with 2 measure count-off which also creates the key center.
  • You can use these études for ear training, sight reading, transcription or just to listen to ingrain the sound of the note in the key center. Remember you can play these examples at any tempo... Super slow or extremely fast with the midifiles that accompany this course. Bass charts are also included for all exercises except this example.

ISBN: 978-1-59489-533-3

106 Page PDF, 360 MP3s and 60 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Four, 015

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Four "015"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-534-0

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

Status: NOT CURRENTLY PUBLISHED!, Digital book is available for preorder.


Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Five, 016

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Five "016"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-535-7

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Six, 024

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Six "024"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-536-4

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Seven, 025

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Seven "025"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-537-1

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Eight, 026

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Eight "024"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-538-8

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Nine, 027

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Nine "027"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-539-5

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Ten, 036

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Ten "036"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-540-1

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Eleven, 037

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Eleven "037"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-541-8

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon: Volume Twelve, 048

Ultimate 3 Note Chord Lexicon Volume Twelve "048"

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ISBN: 978-1-59489-542-5

131 Page PDF, 792 MP3s and 108 Midifiles plus bass clef part for each exercise.

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