Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training
Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training
Q:I’m not sure about how to organize the assignment in Fanatic’s Guide Sight Singing Ear Training Volume One on page 16, there are 11 possible 2-note groupings. Should I work with all the groupings in all 12 keys with Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training? Only in the key of C? Also… is there some kind of strategy to effectively integrate the MetroDrone while working with this progression?
Just so you know I’ve bought the following titles:
- Key Note Recognition
- Fanatic’s Guide to Sight Singing and Ear Training Volume One
- Ear Training 2 Note Melodic Piano
- Secondary Dominants
I guess the approach on Key Note Recognitionand Ear Training 2 Note Melodic Piano is the same I’ve been using on Ear Training One Note Complete and Contextual Ear Training; listening to several times a day for a few minutes. I’m not sure about the approach I must use on each individual track of the Secondary Dominants Book. For example, if I’m listening to the jam track “C Melodic Minor Ascending” and reading the page on C Melodic Minor Ascending in the book… what should I do? Sing and play simultaneously all the bars? Sing first and play later (separately)? Improvise with the suggested scales? What’s the best approach?
I also have a few questions about the assignment on Fanatic’s Guide to Sight Singing and Ear Training Volume One. The blues progression in page 17 is supposed to be sung over a C Drone (the key of the progression), and not over a blues progression played with those changes. Also, I’m not sure about how to organize the assignment on this progression; according to page 16, there are 11 possible 2-note groupings. Should I work with all the groupings in all 12 keys? Only in the key of C? Also… is there some kind of strategy to effectively integrate the MetroDrone while working with this progression?
A: You are correct Key Note Recognition and Ear Training 2 Note Melodic Piano are approached the same way as Contextual Ear Training. With the Secondary Dominant book you should sing through each example and then play through each example and then improvise over the progression thinking of the progression the same way as the examples. With the Fanatic’s Guide to Sight Singing Volume One and The Ear Training Blues Progression found in this book you should use either the MetroDrone which I would prefer or a drone and then sing through first the roots of every chord and do the IV chord substitutions as suggested then move into doing the same progression but with two notes per chord. I would start with a minor 7th then work your way down with smaller intervals. You only need to do this exercise in the key of C.
The MetroDrone setting will get longer and longer as you develop your ability. I would start with the MetroDrone playing every two measures for awhile and then see if you can move to the MetroDrone clicking every four measures. You may have to slow the MetroDrone down to do this. You could also use the MetroDrone with the Secondary Dominant book as well as when you are playing anything like scales or arpeggios when you practice your instrument.
I would also highly recommend you get started with the Scale Analysis course. The overall idea of this course is to teach you how this ear training works when you have a chord progressions. Basically Scale Analysis teaches you how you will hear the scales that go over a chord progression. There are two sides to this course. One is filling in the worksheets and the other is doing the ear training exercises that accompany the course. If you could get started filling in the worksheets now and in 6 months or so start the ear training exercises when you get better at the “one note” ear training that would be the best approach. I’d like you to do one worksheet a week which will take about 20 minutes to fill out. There are 36 worksheet to complete in the course so that will take 36 weeks or 9 months to complete. If you can get to the point that you intellectual understand how this ear training works it will help you see what you are working towards and you will also start processing chord/scale relationships in the right way.
Hope that helps you understand Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training
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