Ear Training Blog By Bruce Arnold
This Ear Training Blog concentrates on the Ear Training/Aural Recognition side of your music education. It explains different elements of my teaching approach which will in turn help you raise your music mastery. I will explain different courses that I have written and why they are important and which deficiencies they will address. I will also discuss common mistakes students make when working on ear training.
Why Follow This Ear Training Blog?
There are obviously a ton of books and music education sites available today. So what makes my Ear Training Blog and my way of teaching better or different? In my 45 years of teaching music I have taught countless students. One thing I've consistently found is that my methods work. That's because contrary to the many sites that have a “one size fits all” format (which seldom works) mine is holistic. This means that I have a variety of ways to teach ear training skills no matter what your deficiency.
I Know It Works Because I Experienced It Myself
My courses are successful because I personally experienced the trauma of realizing I had been taught music incorrectly in my beginning years. This meant I had to unlearn and then relearn a multitude of things later on, wasting valuable time in the process. So I know how it feels to have wasted so much earnest practice on the wrong thing, and I now know what to do about it. That's because I was lucky to have found great teachers who really knew how to help me. These musicians “passed the torch” of their experiences on to me. I found answers that fixed my problems, and now helping my students to reach their potential is one of the greatest satisfactions of my career.
An Example of Misguided Teaching:
I spent about a decade learning "interval ear training" and although I got "A's" in the class when I got on the bandstand I heard nothing. This made me realize that there had to be another way to recognize musical elements instantly, because the great musicians that I was playing with obviously had that ability. This is what lead to my Ear Training One Note Complete Course which contains a basic concept that will help you to hear what all 12 notes sound like in a key center. It's not about hearing the distance between each note i.e. the interval method taught at most schools. The course explains the method in very simple terms, and gives examples of why interval training will not work. Contextual ear training is the KEY if you are trying to hear what's inside your head or what someone else is playing.
You Are Unique
So back to what makes my method different from those offered on other sites. As I mentioned, my approach is not “one size fits all.” When you work with me you get a program tailored to your specific needs. Maybe you can hear only a few intervals and occasionally identify chords, or you just know your ability is too limited to work well with other musicians. Whatever the case, I believe you will find "Contextual Ear Training" to be just the ticket to improve your ability. You will experience a transformation wherein you can identify what you are hearing inside your head, as well as what others are playing, as they play it.
The Available Ear Training Courses
Check out the Ear Training Books that are currently available to see the scope of this method. You can improve you aural recognition skills with the many products found on this page. By following and interacting with this Ear Training Blog you can determine which combination of courses is best for you. Sometimes you may need to do a personal Skype lesson with me if you feel you have really specific issues to address. As you move through the many levels of the "Contextual Ear Training" method you will have many questions. Hopefully through this Ear Training Blog, the Muse Eek FAQs and the Ear Training Facebook Group you get the best advice possible.
Epiphanies Through Interaction
The most important thing is to communicate through your comments and questions. I am there to help you by answering pertinent questions. I also recommend joining our Ear Training Facebook Group where you will find many other students using this method. These students get together via Skype and work on ear training together. You will improve more quickly if you have an ear training buddy to help and challenge you. And participating in the group can help you gain more confidence that you can overcome your problems.
You Can Do This!
Interacting here or in the Ear Training Facebook Group will help you to see that many people have the same problems that you are experiencing. It will also help you to maintain a positive attitude. This is crucial when working with a method that requires you to use your memory. Ear training is really about you developing a memory of the sounds you hear. By maintaining a positive attitude you help your brain remember faster. So keep your chin up! You can do this! I've never had a student that couldn't develop amazing aural comprehension skills. The key is keeping at it and keeping a positive attitude.
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!