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Melodic Modulation

Melodic Modulation

Melodic Modulation is a common problem students have when trying to identify multiple note melodies.  This is a common issue and I've created a series of books to help fix these problems.


Once a student is getting around 50% correct notes on the beginning courses Ear Training One Note Complete and Contextual Ear Training they can start on the Melodic Ear Training. Currently there are three levels to the melodic ear training: Two Note, Three Note or Four Note Melodic Ear Training.

Melodic Modulation Issues

Once a student starts with melodic ear training they quickly find that they are modulating when hearing two or more notes. This is caused by weak key retention and I've created a series of courses that helps to fix this issue.

Books to help with Melodic Modulation Issues

Let me give you a rundown on how these three books will help you with problems where you modulate when hear two, three or four note melodies.

Key Retention Builder Ear Training by Guitarist Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company Melodic Modulation

Key Retention Builder gives you pages of notes to sing in various octaves. These exercises are used in combination with a drone. There are various drone mp3s that slowly wean you away from having to hear a drone to stay in a key center. There is a very good video on the webpage talking about this course. Key Retention Builder  is a very effective course that works fairly quickly to help you maintain a key center in your mind without a drone or repeated cadence being need to reinforce a key. Adding 10 minutes a day of this type of exercise can really help you with melodic ear training and in general with your ability to hear within a key center.  There are more advanced exercises that can be done with Key Retention Builder to give you extraordinary key retention which should be the long term goal.


Melodic Modulation looks at melodies that common make a beginning student modulate.  It is a singing course where you read through various types of melodies to fix issues of modulating when hearing these types of melodies.  Very effective in pinpointing your problems which can also help me to help you with specific issues that are causing.  Again a course where you add in a few minutes a day to sing through melodies that cause issues.  Once sung and no issue is found or it is fixed you don't need to repeat the exercise just continue to the next.

Key To Your Kingdom-Designated Degree-Moduation Sequences-melodic-modulation-by bruce-arnold-for-muse-eek-publishing-inc.

Melodic Modulation and Key to Your Kingdom is actually one of the more interesting ear training courses that I've ever created.  It has a very simple concept which is to hear any note and extrapolate from that note the key center and sing the key center pitch.  These mp3 files can be used by themselves but also could be used with any That makes each file very powerful in strengthening your key retention with any music of your choosing.  Check out the example on the webpage where I use a Led Zeppelin tune as an example.  This course will greatly help a beginner with key retention but it is much deeper than that.  For instance, If you are an advanced student who wants to start superimposing one key center over another.  The exercises in this course will go along way to helping you achieve that ability.  There are many other applications too!

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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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, Muse-Eek.com specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the Muse-eek.com website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.

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