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Slash Chord Ear Training Practice Strategy

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Slash Chord Ear Training Practice Strategy Part 1

Practice Perfect Applied Slash Chord Ear Training Volume Three is a course that will kick most everyone’s behind.  Hearing this type of slash chord harmony is not easy and takes multiple listens just to get the key center firmly established.  One approach that I recommend is just to get the course while it’s on sale, pick a track and listen to the version with the drone once or twice a day.  Each track is about 4 minutes long.  Listen to two tracks; pick a singing and a listening track with drone and play it twice a day.  You can listen passively and not even do the exercise, just get used to the sound.  You could even hum along with the root of the key center; that helps too.

Slash Chord Ear Training Practice Ideas

I have found that most students haven’t developed their Key Retention to a level that allows them to hear this kind of harmony all in one key center.  You need a slash chord ET practice strategy because your ability is not going to magically get better unless you take the bull by the horns, and start listening to music that uses this advanced harmony.  So think of your first month with this course as just a four to eight minute assignment that you do each day.  Listen while you are in the car, or commuting.  But please listen, because this is the kind of playing you will definitely encounter with advanced musicians so it’s important that you can hold your own. 

Practice Perfect Applied Slash Chord Series

Practice Perfect Applied Slash Chord Ear Training Volume Three is the final book in the Slash Chord Series covering the three main uses of tertially based Slash Chords. If you are new to this course please listen to some of the examples on the webpage. As I have mentioned before, slash chords are integral to the sound of contemporary jazz. Volume Three in the series covers re-harmonization of a 12 bar blues progression using chord types plus available tensions with the addition of avoid notes.  This 3rd level is what you commonly hear if a jazz musician is re-harmonizing a chord progression with tertial slash chords.  Having a slash chord ear training practice strategy when approaching these three courses will help you improve your ability with the least amount of frustration.

Bruce Arnold Music Education Genealogy Chart

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.