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Connect Ear Training to Real Music

Connect Ear Training to Real Music

Goal Three:

Of course you don’t just want to practice scales and arpeggios it’s also important to connect Ear training to real music. Let’s start with a chord progression and melody that everyone would know. That would be a Blues progression. You can pick whatever melody you want for the “head,” but choose something easy like “Sonny Moon for Two” by Sonny Rollins. First you need to commit the chord progression to memory.

| C7 / / / | F7 / / / | C7 / / / | C7 / / / | F7 / / / | F7 / / / | C7 / / / | C7 / / / | G7 / / / | F7 / / / | C7 / / / | G7 / / / |

To connect ear training to real music tart by putting on a C MetroDrone® on 50 BPM and play the note of each arpeggio:

  • C7 = C, E, G, Bb
  • F7 = F, A, C, Eb
  • C7 = C, E, G, Bb
  • C7 = C, E, G, Bb
  • F7 = F, A, C, Eb
  • F7 = F, A, C, Eb
  • G7 = G, B, D, F
  • F7 = F, A, C, Eb
  • C7 = C, E, G, Bb
  • G7 = G, B, D, F

You may have to do this out of time to start, but as you improve try to play the arpeggios in time. That should take a few weeks to master at a slow tempo but it will help you Connect Ear Training to Real Music

Next step to connect ear training to real music is to start singing the roots of the chord progression. Again, put on a C MetroDrone® at 50 BPM minute and first sing out of time.

  • C = Do
  • F = Fa
  • C = Do
  • C = Do
  • F = Fa
  • F = Fa
  • C = Do
  • C = Do
  • G = So
  • F = Fa
  • C = Do
  • G = So

Eventually you want to be able to sing this in time with the MetroDrone® in C. This is an important last step in connect ear training to real music and that should take a couple of more weeks. Once you have completed this I would get the Fanatic’s Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing because there is a complete method that you would follow to make this exercise more challenging.

The Historic Precedents Of This Kind Of Music Education

You might enjoy checking out the “Music Education Genealogy Chart” located on my artist’s site. You will clearly see the historic progression of pedagogy that is the basis for Muse Eek Publishing Products. Great musicians throughout history have been studying the ideas presented by Muse-eek.com which derives its content from a a lineage that stretches back to Scarlatti!

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Connect Ear Training to Real Music

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