Does Your Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments
Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments
Q: If I hear a piece played on the piano, can I transcribe it to the guitar after working through your ear-training series? In other words does your ear training instantly transfer to all instruments?
If I were to begin with your series, I guess I should go with the following books:
I notice that you have lots of other ear-training books on your site. Could you give me a breakdown on each book to help me decide whether I should get the book or not.
The other books are:
- Key Note Recognition
- Ear Training Two Note Series
- Lines Volume One: Sight Reading and Sight Singing Exercises
- Scale Analysis
- Contextual Ear Training
- Rhythm Ear Training
A: This ear training method will help you understand and express your inner music and help you transcribe and understand the music you hear from external sources.
To answer your question about being able to transcribe piano music and play it on guitar: You certainly will know what notes the piano player is playing. You will definitely need some music theory knowledge to make the music playable on guitar. You will notice that I have a couple of Music Theory Workbooks. I would start with Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One that will help you to understand this process.
You are correct to start the ear training with:
- Ear Training One Note Complete Series
- Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing</li>
- I would also add in Contextual Ear Training which you can do anywhere because the answers are included in the MP3s.
My recommendation is to get Ear Training One Note Complete, Contextual Ear Training and one bundle of the Rhythm Ear Training and spend the next few months on those books. When you starting getting around 50% correct answers with the One Note Ear Training you should add in some Direct Application Ear Training Products. If you are also practicing an instrument I would add in MetroDrone and the Jam Tracks Volume One so that you are working on your ear training and time when you are practicing things like scales etc...
You asked "would I be able to transcribe music from one instrument to the next?" using my ear training method. The answer is yes the Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments. One common problem students have is an inability to initially transfer their ear training ability on let's say a piano to a guitar or other instrument. Sometimes a student Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments needs work with a few other instruments in order for their ear to get accustom to these instrumental timbres. I've created the Instrumental Color Series for this. Once you are getting over 50% with the Ear Training One Note Complete Series you should go to the Ear Training One Note Complete Series pages and listen to some of the examples. If you are having trouble start working on a few different instruments each day to help this ear training become usable on all instruments.
I think it is also important for you to understand that all Western Music is based around 12 notes. All instruments play these 12 notes so it doesn't matter which instrument is playing the notes; you will be able to transcribe any notes you hear. But you need to have a good knowledge of music theory in case you need to rearrange chord voicings or octave ranges so these notes fit on other instruments. The Music Theory Workbook Volume One I previously recommended will help you start this process.
You should also consider starting on the Scale Analysis book once you are getting around 50% correct answers on the Ear Training One Note Complete Series. You need to understand how all of this ear training is going to relate to playing over a chord progression and the Scale Analysis course will give you worksheets to fill in each week to help you understand this important aspect of ear training.
I hope this helps you understand music and ear training. There are a lot of books mentioned here. I would take your time in adding in more work. Really most of the books I've mentioned won't take you more than an hour a day to do them all. You just need to do little 5 to 10 minute periods out of each course in order to improve all these different weaknesses in your musicianship. Many of these exercises can be done as you commute or other down time so doing even more than an hour a day should be that hard. BUT, work up to this over six months or so.
It is also recommended that you read Bruce Arnold's Blog at his artist site. It contains more discussion of the musical topics found in these FAQs as well as other subjects of interest. You will also find the "Music Education Genealogy Chart" located here which shows you the historic significance of the music education products found on the Muse Eek Publishing Company Website.
Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments