Contextual Ear Training Volume Two Voice Edition
Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition
Contextual Ear Training Volume Two Voice continues the series with the singing of two notes ascending.
This exciting new addition to the Contextual Ear Training course: Like Volume One the Voice Edition found on this page uses voices to form the key center, asks you to sing two notes and then gives you the answer with either a Tenor, Alto or Soprano sung voice. For many students who struggle with ear training, the Voice Edition is a lot easier, especially if you pick an edition that is similar to your own vocal range. Having the ability to sing multiple notes on demand is an important skill to hone your ear training skill. Many times within a musical situation you will be asked to play or sing a melodic line. This is certainly true if you are a singer in a choir or ensemble situation. It is also a common occurrence for any instrumentalist where they need to produce a specific group on notes that was either dictated or play. This course prepares a student for this inevitable situation. Whether a vocalist or an instrumentalist the singing of notes is a sure fire way to ingrain the sounds of all 12 pitches within a key center and prove that you actually have mastered this skill. Mr. Arnold usually recommends you work on singing these two pitch exercises in two octaves so it is recommended that in general a man should work with both the Tenor and Alto Edition, and women with Alto and Soprano. With that in mind it is much more cost effective to order the Complete Voice Edition
The exercises found in this course are again similar to the exercises found 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 4752 MP3s found in each of the Soprano, Alto and Tenor Courses. Each voice includes all ascending 2 note melodic combinations at 3 different speeds. Having extremely fast ability with this method is VERY important if you want to realize your full potential. The faster you are will also effect your sight singing ability when actually reading real music. One of the challenges of singing two note melodies is to stay within the key center and not allow the two notes to dictate a modulation to a new key center. If you find this occuring it is recommended that you also work with the Key Retention Builder exercises to strengthen your key retention. Below are some examples of the exercises found in this 2 note melodic series:
Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Soprano
- Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a B Major cadence then asks you to sing a root and 4th.
- Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you a D major cadence then asks you to sing a Flat 5 and 6th.
- Below is an example track from the Soprano Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you a F Major cadence then asks you to sing the 3rd and 5th.
Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Alto
- Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a C Major cadence then asks you to sing the 6th up to the Flatted 2nd.
- Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you an E Major cadence then asks you to sing a the flat 5 to 6th.
- Below is an example track from the Alto Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you an G Major cadence then asks you to sing a Flat 6th to Flat 7th.
Contextual Ear Training Voice Edition Tenor
- Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level One track plays you a A Major cadence then asks you to sing the Flat 2 to fifth.
- Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level Two track plays you a A Major cadence then asks you to sing the flat 7 to flat 2.
- Below is an example track from the Tenor Edition of this series. This Level Three track plays you a C Major cadence then asks you to sing a 3rd to lat 7th.
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.
“Hearing Within a Key Center.” Let’s Take a Closer Look
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
To Start This Ear Training
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.
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.
- Additional Information:
- Soprano Digital IBSN: 978-1-59489-463-3
- Alto Digital IBSN: 978-1-59489-462-6
- Tenor Digital IBSN: 978-1-59489-461-9
- Complete Digital IBSN: 978-1-59489-460-2
- All books have an instructions PDF. Soprano, Alto and Tenor have 4752 MP3 each covering all ascending melodic combinations. The complete edition has 14,256 MP3s
Contextual Ear Training Volume Two Voice Edition
- What people are saying:
- Contextual Ear Training Volume Two has really improved my ear training skills. I’m a singer in a choir and I’m called upon often to sing a phrase given by the director. This book has really improved my ability to not only hear within a key center but my ability to quickly sing back short melodies that are dictated to me in rehearsals! T. Hansen
- I’ve worked my way through most of Mr. Arnold’s ear training courses and find that my ear training skills have improved beyond any of my previous hopes. Thank you for making this series available it has transformed my musicianship! W. Lawrence
- This two note series not only improves my singing skills but helps my music theory recognition of degrees within a key center. I love the vocal aspect of this series it’s a pleasure to hear the beautiful voices and it is a very soothing way to improve my ear training skills.
- This ear training series is so logically laid out! Thanks for all the ear training products that you have made available at such a reasonable price. I live in Wyoming and finding a good teacher is very hard and means I have to travel long distances. I really appreciate a situation where I have the methods I need and can contact Mr. Arnold for recommendation or when I have a question O. Lee
- This series is top notch and over here in the U.K. you have a real fan of your teaching method. Thanks for making this smashing series available! P. Cook
Buy The Contextual Ear Training Series 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% corrert 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
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.
Muse Eek and Bruce Arnold’s Blog
Muse Eek has multiple blogs that deal with ear training and other subjects. Along with the FAQs you should find answers to your questions or useful information. Mr. Arnold also has a Blog on ear training and other musical topics on his artist site. This Blog can be very useful to learn about ear training and other topics related to music and guitar playing.
Some of the topics covers are linked below.
- Ear Training Fundamentals plus common student mistakes
- Kids Ear Training Courses The Best Early Music Education
- Tone Deaf and why you most likely don’t have this condition.
- Ear Training Blog by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing
Helpful Links to other products to use with Contextual Ear Training Volume Two Voice Edition:
Please find links to other ear training products associated with the “One Note Series” below:
- MetroDrone® is single most important addition to the Ear Training One Note Complete course. This multi-practice tool can be used to develop your sense of key with most everything you practice. It also will develop many aspects of your time and feel. You can read more about this here. You can purchase the MetroDrone® course as an iphone app or as downloadable MP3s.
- 25 Ear Training Tips. This course contains 25 videos that talk about ear training, how to practice it, clears up many misunderstandings and generally makes sure you are doing the right thing when you practice ear training
- Practice Perfect Applied Ear Training This series of 10 courses is recommended when you are getting 50% correct notes on any level of the Ear Training One Note Complete.
- Direct Application Ear Training Series is recommended when you are getting 50% correct answers on any “One Note” level. Similar courses to the Practice Perfect Applied Ear Training
- Melodic “Two Note” Method is also recommended when you are getting 50% correct answers on any “One Note” level.
- Instrumental Color Series is recommended when you are getting 50% correct answers on any “One Note” level. It is recommended that you go to this page and test your one note ear training ability with the MP3s that are found on this page. Many times students have difficulty hearing “one note ear training” when other instruments are used. Usually you won’t need to work with all instruments found on this page but please check. This is also a great method to get because it gives you 5 levels of exercises, major and minor key centers as well as exercises in a major and minor key center.