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Ear Training Process mistakes

Ear Training Process Ear Training Process mistakes Ear Training Process Ear Training Process Q: Hi, Bruce. I'm working with the One Note and Contextual Ear Training courses. (Though I purchased them a while back I've only recently started a consistent routine.) In One Note I started at the Beginning level – initially getting 100% of … Continue reading

Scale Soloing Important Considerations

Scale Soloing Scale Soloing Important Considerations Scale Soloing Important Considerations Scale Soloing Important Considerations Q:I'm an avid student of your method, I bought your books a few years back. Right now I'm just trying to focus and perhaps try to record licks that best suit each phrases or chords of the song. The problem comes … Continue reading

Ear Training Recommendations Toddlers Kids Teenagers

Ear Training Recommendations Toddlers Kids Teenagers Ear Training Recommendations Toddlers Kids Teenagers Ear Training Recommendations Toddlers Kids Teenagers I've had a few parents who bought Ear Training for Children. Here is some feedback on how the program is working with their children. I thought was exceptionally helpful and insightful. (I had to smile when I … Continue reading

Young People Ear Training Course

Young People Ear Training Course Young People Ear Training Course Young People Ear Training Course Q: I have two kids 7 and 10 years old and wondering about your Ear Training for Children Course. I understand the singing of the melody and all the different versions where you sing note names, letter names and solfege. … Continue reading

Kids Singing Harmony Ear Training

Kids Singing Harmony Ear Training Kids Singing Harmony Ear Training Book Q: I noticed there was harmony listed on your track list on the website.  I’ve always been fascinated by vocal harmony but have no idea what it’s about. A:  The construction of vocal harmony is generally different from instrumental harmony.  Instrumental harmony is built … Continue reading

Kid Ear Training Book Plus MP3s

Kid Ear Training Book Kid Ear Training Book Q: Could you tell me what you have available for a kid ear training book or course. I want to get my son started with learning music. He is 6 years old A: We just released a book called Ear Training for Children and Others Young at … Continue reading

Memorizing Guitar Scales Efficiently

Memorizing Guitar Scales from Essential Scales Book Memorizing Guitar Scales from Essential Scales Book Q: I've bought "Essential Scales". There is so much information, that I'm confused. I.e. I'd like to master C-major scale. I have it written down, and intervals structure is also memorized. Then I grab my guitar and play listed 3-notes per … Continue reading

The 10 Most Commonly Used Guitar Scales

The 10 Most Commonly Used Guitar Scales?Guitar Scales KnowledgeQ: What are the Most Commonly Used Guitar Scales?A: Each style of music has it's important scales. Here is rundown:1. The Major Pentatonic with scale Degrees: 1,2,3,5,6 is commonly used in Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass and even Jazz.2. The Minor Pentatonic with scale Degrees: 1,b3,4,5,b7 is commonly … Continue reading

Guitar Scales Knowledge Beginner

Guitar Scales Knowledge Guitar Scales Knowledge Q: I want to learn how to improvise. I know very few Guitar scales and hoping to find a book or video to help me organize and learn the important scales. A: Depending on the style of music that you want to learn there are different scales that are … Continue reading

Switching Guitar Chords Beginner

Switching Guitar Chords Beginner Q: Hello, I'm having problems switching guitar chords. I'm a beginner as a guitar player so I need real basic help on coordinating this for both hands. Do you have any recommendation on something that would help this issue? Switching between guitar chords as a beginner is a real common problem … Continue reading

Guitar Strumming Coordination Help

Guitar Strumming Coordination Help Guitar Strumming Coordination Help Q: I need help with guitar strumming coordination. Do you have a book that would help? I just can't seem to play the chords and strum at the same time. I think it's a rhythm problem but not sure. I been trying for a few weeks now … Continue reading

Beginning Guitar Book Recommendation

Beginning Guitar Book Recommendation Beginning Guitar Book Recommendation Q: Hello, I'm looking for a beginning guitar book recommendation. I would like to learn some rock and folk chord progressions. I would also like to learn a bit about music theory. Since I'm a beginner I'd also need some basic information on such things as; how … Continue reading

Guitar Chord Progressions Book

Guitar Chord Progressions Guitar Chord Progressions/em> Q:Hi, I'm looking a book for Guitar Chord Progressions and also one that shows how to play these chord in tablature.  Do you have anything like that? I also need to brush up on how chords are built and hopefully learn a bit more about how chords are combined. … Continue reading

Hearing Singing Minor Keys and Other Key Centers

Hearing Singing Minor Keys Hearing Singing Minor Keys Q: Dear Bruce, I keeping practicing over your material and I can already see great improvement, I find some tracks on the Dorian Direct Application CD to be harder than others. This is especially true with the A Dorian and E Dorian. Have you got some advice … Continue reading

Moveable Do Fixed Do Solfeggio

Moveable Do Fixed Do Solfeggio Moveable Do Fixed Do Solfeggio: Optimize Ear Training Practice Time Q: While working through the exercises for the "Fanatics Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing" and "Hearing Chord Progressions" I have been utilizing the "movable do" form of solfege. I have been using the “do” based minor which you appear … Continue reading

Optimize Ear Training Practice Time

Optimize Ear Training Practice Time Optimize Ear Training Practice Time Hi Bruce, It has been a while since we last corresponded on ear training. I went ahead and purchased Ear Training One Note Complete and Contextual Ear Training very recently. It has been a week now at beginner level and my success rate is around … Continue reading

Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD

Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD Direct Application Ear Training Dorian CD Q: Dear Bruce, I'm working on the Direct Applications Ear Training Series. I‘m finding Major tonality MP3s easier than the Dorian. In Dorian my ear seems to hear in C major and this is really getting me upset. Any suggestions? A: Thanks for … Continue reading

Ear Training One Note Extreme Course

Ear Training One Note Extreme Course Ear Training One Note Extreme Course Q: Dear Bruce, Yesterday I bought one of your ear training products which was: Ear Training One Note Extreme, Could you help me with some ideas on how to use it? Is it different from the other One Note products? Does it works … Continue reading

Ear Training Exercises Bass Players

Ear Training Exercises Bass Players Knowing What to Study to Develop Ear Training Exercises Bass Players Q: Hey Bruce, Do you have any idea how I can develop ear training by combining multiple music theory books with what I'm doing now? I want to get best schedule for the most effective growth "_blank" rel="nofollow">Key Note … Continue reading

Music Practice Schedule Ideas

Music Practice Schedule Ideas Music Practice Schedule Ideas Q: Hi Bruce! First of all thank you for all the great books! I was curious about how to develop my ability to pre-hear notes and your books are the solution. I can't thank you enough for making these available and for patiently answering questions. I've read … Continue reading

Muse Eek Publishing Members Area

Muse Eek Publishing Members Area Muse Eek Publishing Members Area Q: When I signed up on line for the Muse Eek Publishing Member's Area, I only provided the Essentials book title due to space for input. Should these other links work, or do I need to do something to access all 3 book links in … Continue reading

Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training

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 … Continue reading

Ear Training Music Courses Advice

Ear Training Music Courses Advice Ear Training Music Courses Advice Q: Any Ear Training Music Courses Advice about the right products to acquire and the best way to work with them will be highly appreciated. First, I'd like to give an update about my ear training studies. I contacted you for the last time about … Continue reading

Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes

Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes Developing Ear Training Skills Without Determining Notes? I'm wondering whether you think I might just listen to the ear training exercises without guessing the notes for a while, because I feel like all my incorrect guesses as this stage may be reinforcing the wrong stuff. Do you think … Continue reading

Choir Ear Training Practice Method

Choir Ear Training Practice Method Choir Ear Training Practice Method Q: I'd like to know what you recommend I start with on Choir Ear Training Practice Method. I already sing in choir and sight read and play the piano, but need to have an awareness of pitches. I'd like to get to the point where … Continue reading

Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass

Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass Practicing Electric and Acoustic Bass Q: Hello. I want to first say thank you for your time and I highly respect your ability as a musician and am a fan of your music. I have a few questions about practicing electric and acoustic bass. I was also wondering if you … Continue reading

Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books

Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books Progressing Ear Training with the Right Books Q: With both the Direct Application Ear Training and Key Note Recognition, as soon as you name the note then it is "obvious". I don't understand why. Also if I use my computer instead of iPod for Key Note Recognition, being … Continue reading

Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone

Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone Singing Correct Pitches over a Drone Q: I had contacted you about a year and a half ago with ear training questions. I'm progressing with everything. I'm studying with Garry Dial the "Charlie Banacos lessons". My question relates to using a recent assignment as an additional ear training exercise. … Continue reading

Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits

Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits Transcribing Music Without Developing Bad Habits Q: Thanks for your help. I definitely don't want to develop bad habits so I appreciate you keeping me on the right track. I play in a band and often have to listen to recordings to learn guitar parts. Unfortunately these aren't one … Continue reading

Discerning Modulation from Ear Training

Discerning modulation Discerning Modulation from Ear Training Q: Thanks for the info. I've got the Direct Application CD Volume One Major and Dorian that I listen to, as well as the Ear Training One Note Complete and the Instrument Color series. I'm finding that for the alto and tenor sax the timbre of the instrument … Continue reading

Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation

Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation Modulating, Hearing the Context of a Note in Modulation Q: I've used the Ear Training One Note Complete and the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing off and on over the last couple of years. I've gotten pretty good at hearing notes in real … Continue reading

Contextual Ear Training Without an Instrument

Contextual Ear Training Without an Instrument Contextual Ear Training Without an Instrument Q: Thanks for your quick and detailed response. I will look into those two singing books and buy one in the next couple of days. What I understand, from your descriptions, is that everything in the Contextual Ear Training book is in the Fanatic's … Continue reading

Beginning Ear Training with Little Experience

Beginning Ear Training with Little Experience Beginning Ear Training with Little Experience Q: I recently purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete book and just started doing the exercises. I have a weak ear and am only getting ~10% correct. I am wondering if I should just continue working at it or should I focus … Continue reading

Focusing on Hearing the Major Key before the Minor Key

Focusing on hearing the Major Key before the Minor Key Focusing on hearing the Major Key before the Minor Key Q: I have a few questions: I got the Contextual Ear Training course to supplement the Ear Training One Note Complete course I'm working on. You say the following in a blog post. For the … Continue reading

Practice Session Lengths for Ear Training

Practice Session Lengths for Ear Training Practice Session Lengths for Ear Training Hi. I am a few days into Ear Training One Note Complete beginners. I am very enthusiastic about this, because - whatever success I may have with it - it is the first kind of ear training that makes intuitive sense to me. … Continue reading

Listening for Notes in a Scale as Opposed to Intervals

Listening for Notes in a Scale as Opposed to Intervals Listening for Notes in a Scale as Opposed to Intervals Q: I just picked up my guitar tonight for the first time since starting Ear Training One Note Complete. I tuned the low E string with a tuner. I usually tune the remaining strings by … Continue reading

Contextualizing the Key for Ear Training

Contextualizing the Key for Ear Training Contextualizing the Key for Ear Training Q: I've been playing guitar for 25 years but embarrassingly still feel like a hack because I play mostly licks and patterns I've memorized. I'm 40 now and don't know if it's too late for me to develop my ears to the point … Continue reading

Choosing Ear Training Workbooks for Beginners

Choosing Ear Training Workbooks for Beginners Choosing Ear Training Workbooks for Beginners Q: What do you recommend beginners start with choosing ear training workbooks?  Do you suggest doing only the Ear Training One Note Complete book or doing the Contextual Ear Training as well.  Before finding your website I visited a site that had a … Continue reading

Ear Training Without Instruments

Ear Training Without Instruments Ear Training Without Instruments Q: Thanks for your quick and detailed response. I will look into those two singing books and buy one in the next couple of days. What I understand from your descriptions is that everything in the Contextual Ear Training book is in the Fanatic's Guide to Ear … Continue reading

Improving Ear Training for Beginners

Improving Ear Training for Beginners Improving Ear Training for Beginners Q: I recently purchased the Ear Training One Note e-book and just started doing the exercises. I have a weak ear and am only getting ~10% correct. I am wondering if I should just continue working at it or should I focus on only some … Continue reading

Purchasing Ear Training Courses

Purchasing Ear Training Courses Purchasing Ear Training Courses Q: I started teaching myself Absolute Pitch about 8 months ago, i then bought your one note ear training course about 2 months ago. The course is great but once i got used to the piano timbre (within about a week or so) i was able to … Continue reading

Practice Session Length for Ear Training

Practice Session Length for Ear Training Practice Session Length for Ear Training Q: I have a decent amount of knowledge in terms of theory, but I have a terrible ear as my first serious experience with ear training began a few days ago with the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. If this … Continue reading

Metrodrones Function as a Practice Tool

Metrodrones Function as a Practice Tool Metrodrones Function as a Practice Tool Q: Thank you for taking the time to provide such a thorough response.As for the relative minor, I probably sound stupid, and I notice now that I worded that sentence somewhat poorly. I wasn't saying that the minor key was a minor third … Continue reading

Scheduling a Video Lesson with Bruce Arnold

Scheduling a Video Lesson with Bruce Arnold Scheduling a Video Lesson with Bruce Arnold Q: Hi Bruce, I'd like to schedule a video lesson to learn more about your ear training techniques, make sure I am going the right path, and learn the most efficient ways for developing. How could I schedule a lesson? Thank … Continue reading

Contextualizing Key Centers in Music

Contextualizing Key Centers Contextualizing Key Centers Q: These questions are concerning "The Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Reading Volume 1. How does this work for minor keys? I realize that the natural minor keys are similar to the major key a minor 3rd higher, but I'm still confused because a minor 3rd in … Continue reading

Jam Tracks to Practice Jazz Chord Progressions

Jam Tracks to Practice Jazz Chord Progressions Jam Tracks to Practice Jazz Chord Progressions Q: I’m thinking I should start with these books for now: New York Guitar Method Volume One, New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One, Ear Training One Note Complete, Contextual Ear Training and MetroDrone Is Sonic Resource Guide organized in a … Continue reading

Guitar Teaching Books for Theory and Ear Training

Guitar Teaching Books for Theory and Ear Training Guitar Teaching Books for Theory and Ear Training Q: I need your advice on which books/CDs to purchase for me personally & for teaching purposes. My background is blues/rock (self-taught – by ear) and, much later, I studied classical guitar technique. I also studied functional harmony for … Continue reading

Improving Ear Training and Sight Singing

Improving Ear Training and Sight Singing Improving Ear Training and Sight Singing Q: Hi Mr. Arnold. I just bought the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. I saw it online, and I did some research and was very very intrigued by it. First, a little background. I am a guitarist who's been playing … Continue reading

Fingerpicking versus Flatpicking

Fingerpicking versus Flatpicking Fingerpicking versus Flatpicking Q: You have been giving me some great ideas on learning the guitar from the ground up. Thank you very much for that. My feeling (not even an intention yet) is that ultimately I will be a finger picker.  Thus, I will not be doing any (or much) flatpicking … Continue reading

Ear Training Similar to Riding a Bicycle

Ear Training Similar to Riding a Bicycle Ear Training Similar to Riding a Bicycle Q: Thank you so much for the detailed reply and the words of encouragement. Please pardon me for asking one last question - assuming someone gets to your level of "hearing" harmony, does the ability go away without regular practice or … Continue reading

Practicing Ear Training in Other Keys

Practicing Ear Training in Other Keys Practicing Ear Training in Other Keys Q: 1) I know that the Direct Application CDs are in various keys, but are there any one note products in keys besides c major? 2) Is it possible to understand chord progressions against a key center in the same way as notes? … Continue reading

Recognizing Musical Intervals on the Fretboard

Recognizing Musical Intervals on the Fretboard Recognizing Musical Intervals on the Fretboard Q: I just had a quick question for ya. I've recently acquired your Music Theory Interval Recognition program. I understand its pretty straight forward. My question is when the question is stated do you picture the note on your neck in your mind? … Continue reading

Trouble with Ear Training Drills

Trouble with Ear Training Drills Trouble with Ear Training Drills Q: I just purchased your Ear Training One Note – Intermediate Level, and have a question concerning your choice of requiring the student to call out the note of the pitch they hear (on the mp3s), rather than its relationship to the key. I see … Continue reading

Planning Practice Time for Ear Training

Planning Practice Time for Ear Training Planning Practice Time for Ear Training Q: I'm working with your Ear Training One Note books and I was wondering: 1. Should I stick with one note for an extended period of time before moving to the next or should I keep working with all notes? 2. Will it … Continue reading

Beginner Guitarist E-book Tips

Beginner Guitarist E-book Tips Beginner Guitarist E-book Tips Q: I just purchased your 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist e-book. The following reference is quoted on page 4 but the website doesn't exist. Is there another url to get to this information? More specifically for both left and right hand technique I recommend downloading the … Continue reading

Positioning Questions for Guitar

Positioning Questions for Guitar Positioning Questions for Guitar Q: I bought the Guitar physiology course and I am working through the videos. I do have a couple of questions (I'm only about half way through so I apologize if you answer these later in the course). I am playing an acoustic nylon string guitar. As … Continue reading

Contextual Ear Training versus Interval Ear Training

Contextual Ear Training versus Interval Ear Training Contextual Ear Training versus Interval Ear Training Q: I have found a few errors in your workbook.  For example, the hard copy Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One, Page 115, 4th line, first chord. Chord is a Cadd9. On the staff it is written as C D … Continue reading

Repeating Missed Notes During Ear Training

Repeating Missed Notes During Ear Training Repeating Missed Notes During Ear Training Q: OK, I'll try one session a day doing all notes in Contextual Ear Training. I'm already doing so for Ear Training One Note. I actually had a few questions: 1) In Ear Training One Note do you recommend repeating wrong notes 3 or … Continue reading

Minor Key Direct Application CD

Minor Key Direct Application CD Minor Key Direct Application CD Q: OK I'll avoid focusing so much on the cadence and just let it sink in. I'm confused about Contextual Ear Training. In your ear training guided tour is says to add one degree at a time. So what I'm doing is adding notes to … Continue reading

Hearing Diatonic Notes versus Non-Diatonic Notes

Hearing Diatonic Notes versus Non-Diatonic Notes Hearing Diatonic Notes versus Non-Diatonic Notes Q: With regards to perfect pitch I've found that the more I focus on the cadence the more I hear 'seveness' than 'beeness'. So it seems to be about mind frame to some extent. I play piano and synths so I'm used to … Continue reading

Hearing Notes Absolutely Versus Contextually

Hearing Notes Absolutely Versus Contextually Hearing Notes Absolutely Versus Contextually Q: I've been at it for 1.5 months now and I'm making slow but steady progress.  I'd say about 25% doing all notes in all octaves. One thing I've realised with Contextual Ear Training is that  when I learn a new degree it seems to confuse my perception … Continue reading

Saying the Note Immediately During Ear Training

Saying the Note Immediately During Ear Training Saying the Note Immediately During Ear Training Q: Thanks for your quick response. I see most of the help files you've included relate to Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing guide. Although I don't have that book the general ideas are still useful. I purchased the … Continue reading

Improving Ear Training with Daily Practice

Improving Ear Training with Daily Practice Improving Ear Training with Daily Practice Q: Hello. I first bought Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One from the truefire.com site. I then went on to buy Ear Training One Note Complete and because I'm really bad at this (after many years of playing guit.) I thought it … Continue reading

Bass Guitar Practice with New York Guitar Method Volume 1

Bass Guitar Practice with New York Guitar Method Volume One Bass Guitar Practice with New York Guitar Method Volume One Q: I just bought New York Guitar Method Volume One, I'm a completely beginner and would like to focus on bass guitar. Does it make sense to start with New York Guitar Method Volume One … Continue reading

Applying Ear Training to the Guitar

Applying Ear Training to the Guitar Applying Ear Training to the Guitar Q: Since I have both books we can work with Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One. Regarding my other questions, would you recommend adding on the non-diatonic notes at this point in time? Right now I'm training only with the diatonic notes, … Continue reading

Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training starts in C

Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training starts in C Fanatics Guide Sight Singing Ear Training starts in C Q: I am working out of Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing, Ear Training One Note Complete, and Key Note Recognition (I've worked through one note advanced, but a few times a day I still … Continue reading

Knowing When to Move on to Ear Training Two Note

Knowing When to Move on to Ear Training Two Note Knowing When to Move on to Ear Training Two Note Q: I've been working on my singing exercises more and have been making some headway. I am currently working on all the diatonic notes, and am able to imagine a note in my head after … Continue reading

Different Temperaments for Ear Training

Different Temperaments for Ear Training Different Temperaments for Ear Training Q: I'm quite intrigued with your  Ear Training One Note Complete method. I am a singer who does a lot of medieval music (I also sing more recent music).  Therefore, I wonder how your method would help or hinder me in adjusting to mean/just temperament when … Continue reading

Key Based Ear Training Versus Interval Based Ear Training

Key Based Ear Training Versus Interval Based Ear Training Key Based Ear Training Versus Interval Based Ear Training Q: Thanks for the quick reply. My experience counters your theory: After practicing resolving to the tonic I was able to eventually eliminate this step in my identification of the note. I have also done some interval … Continue reading

Scalpel Picking and Sarod Picking Versus Typical Picking

Scalpel Picking and Sarod Picking Versus Typical Picking Scalpel Picking and Sarod Picking Versus Typical Picking Q: Hi. I want to thank you for your resources. I own 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist and have checked out Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One from my library. I've been working my way through both. … Continue reading

Avoiding Resolving to the Tonic During Ear Training

Avoiding Resolving to the Tonic During Ear Training Avoiding Resolving to the Tonic During Ear Training Q: I have a question regarding the Functional Ear Trainer program. You answered a question on this program previously: There's a free software called 'Functional Ear Trainer' and it is taught this way: Hear the chord progression and resolve … Continue reading

Perfect Pitchs Downside in Hearing Music

Perfect Pitchs Downside in Hearing Music Perfect Pitchs Downside in Hearing Music Q: I just bought both the Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Sight Singing books and I am beginning to sift through them. My question is: I already have perfect pitch. Will this program be more difficult for me as opposed … Continue reading

Long Term Plan for Ear Training

Long Term Plan for Ear Training Long Term Plan for Ear Training Q: Hi Bruce!  I am about to purchase the 5 items I mentioned earlier. I know this is a bit far away, but I wonder about the following for my long-term plan.  I know both the Key Retention Builder Series as well as the … Continue reading

Guidance for Contextual Ear Training

Guidance for Contextual Ear Training Guidance for Contextual Ear Training Q: I've been working on Ear Training One Note Complete Beginner & Contextual Ear Training for about three months now. After using an interval approach for about three years, I thought I had gotten a good grounding on ear training, but after trying to apply … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Workbooks for Ear Training

Choosing the Right Workbooks for Ear Training Choosing the Right Workbooks for Ear Training Q: Thank you for your help. I appreciate it. I haven't purchased yet, for I won't be home until Monday & it's easier to download there. But I do have a few questions before I get started, if you don't mind: … Continue reading

Earbuds Versus Speakers Affecting Ear Training

Earbuds Versus Speakers Affecting Ear Training Earbuds Versus Speakers Affecting Ear Training Q: Doing these exercises Direct Application CD Volume One Dorian with headphones, there are some exercises like Db where I always fall flat for a halftone. I hear 1 but it's b2. This with all the tones in that exercise. When I take of … Continue reading

Mental Process of Hearing Scale Degrees or Solfege

Mental Process of Hearing Scale Degrees or Solfege Mental Process of Hearing Scale Degrees or Solfege Q: I bought the Ear Training One Note Complete guide. I want to make sure I'm approaching it right. When I listen, sometimes notes sound like something to me: e.g. a bell, a shimmer, a chisel hitting rock-- basically I … Continue reading

Exploring Memory Capabilities with Ear Training

Exploring Memory Capabilities with Ear Training Exploring Memory Capabilities with Ear Training Q: I've been working with the Ear Training One Note Complete for a few weeks now, so I thought I'd check in with you on my progress. If I use a pitch pipe to sound the major second over a drone chord, I … Continue reading

Recommendation on Changing Workbooks for Ear Training

Recommendation on Changing Workbooks for Ear Training Recommendation on Changing Workbooks for Ear Training Q: I'm determined to improve using the Ear Training One Note Complete , so I will definitely keep at it. If I may, could I ask for one clarification: To do the exercises you suggested, I need some way to find … Continue reading

Learning Non-Chord Tones During Ear Training

Learning Non-Chord Tones During Ear Training Learning Non-Chord Tones During Ear Training Q: I've been using your Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and Ear Training One Note Complete CD's for about six months. At first I found the exercises extremely difficult, but I've made significant progress, and I can now identify the … Continue reading

Potentially Learning Perfect Pitch Before Ear Training

Potentially Learning Perfect Pitch before Contextual Ear Training Potentially Learning Perfect Pitch before Contextual Ear Training Q: Although I am not in this category, & I have read the David Lucas Burge spiel on relative pitch vs perfect pitch, I am still a bit confused by this. I notice your site recommends your students starting … Continue reading

Choosing Levels in Ear Training One Note Complete

Choosing Levels in Ear Training One Note Complete Choosing Levels in Ear Training One Note Complete Q: I have read the FAQs & plan on purchasing your Ear Training One Note Complete & Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. I graduated from a performing arts HS, was decent on my instrument, was a … Continue reading

College Students Using Muse-eek Books for Courses

College Students Using Muse-eek Books for Courses College Students Using Muse-eek Books for Courses Q: I am a professor at a community college and have a few questions concerning your books. I hope that you might have a few moments to read my message and respond with your input. I have been teaching ear training … Continue reading

Working on Key Note Recognition CD

Working on Key Note Recognition CD Working on Key Note Recognition CD Q: I've been continuing to work on the advanced Ear Training One Note Complete CD for the past couple of months and I'm at the point where I can recognize the sounds of all 12 notes and get a consistent above 80% average. … Continue reading

Relative Pitch in the Context of Workbooks

Relative Pitch in the Context of Workbooks Relative Pitch in the Context of Workbooks Q: What about relative pitch? Is that dealt with in the Ear Training One Note Complete or Contextual Ear Training? A: Relative Pitch means relating one pitch to something else. Two main types 1.  Ear Training based on intervals. (two notes … Continue reading

Transferring Ear Training from One Key to Another

Transferring Ear Training from One Key to Another Transferring Ear Training from One Key to Another Q: But all the CDs in the Ear Training One Note Complete book are in the key of C, so wouldn't I be memorizing it against C? Meaning if they were in F Major, I'd be memorizing it against … Continue reading

Adequate Level of Ear Training for a Professional Musician

Adequate Level of Ear Training for a Professional Musician Adequate Level of Ear Training for a Professional Musician Q: In the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing book, I am memorizing the sounds of all 12 notes against a key center. But in the Ear Training One Note Complete book I'm memorizing them … Continue reading

Correctly Practicing 'Intervals' During Ear Training

Correctly Practicing 'Intervals' During Ear Training Correctly Practicing 'Intervals' During Ear Training Q: I have not been practicing everyday out of the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. I usually hit it had for about a week, and the singing always goes pretty well, but hearing the intervals. I get discouraged after about … Continue reading

Identifying Notes on Other Instruments and Speakers

Identifying Notes on Other Instruments and Speakers Identifying Notes on Other Instruments and Speakers Q: I have been using the Ear Training One Note Complete method for about 4 months and in that time my average has gone up from about 7.5% to about 50%. I am very pleased with the improvements in my ear, … Continue reading

Minor Keys for Ear Training Development

Minor Keys for Ear Training Development Minor Keys for Ear Training Development Q: Ok that helps explain it a little better... But you say the reason the Ear Training One Note Complete CDs are in the key of C is because all scales are the same, but what about minor keys? A minor chord progression, say … Continue reading

Aurally Identifying Notes via the Context of the Key

Aurally Identifying Notes via the Context of the Key Hearing Notes Aurally via the Context of the Key Q: Ok, I've been listening to the Ear Training One Note Complete, I'm quite lazy to be honest, but I'm slowly beginning to see improvement, but I think the one thing that hinders it is my understanding … Continue reading

Rhythm Work in Fanatics Guide and Other Ear Training Books

Rhythm Work in Fanatics Guide and Other Ear Training Books Rhythm Work in Fanatics Guide and Other Ear Training Books Q: I'm interested in getting back into choral music singing, and I was never anything beyond a beginner. You recommended the following to another singer: Ear Training One Note Complete, Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training … Continue reading

Pause During Ear Training One Note Training Complete

Pause During Ear Training One Note Training Complete Pause During Ear Training One Note Training Complete Q: I have the Ear Training One Note Complete with CDs. I started listening to it after reading it. I listened to it for about twenty minutes last night before I went to bed, and I've listened to it … Continue reading

Practicing Music with a Confined Schedule

Practicing Music with a Confined SchedulePracticing Music with a Confined ScheduleQ: Here's what I own:Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume OneMusic Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume TwoJazz and Blues Bass LinesComping Styles for Bass Guitar Volume Two: FunkSingle String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume OneSingle String Studies for Bass Guitar Volume TwoRhythm PrimerFanatic's Guide to … Continue reading

Confusion on how to Sing the Correct Pitches

Confusion on how to Sing the Correct Pitches Confusion on how to Sing the Correct Pitches Q: My apologies for my confusion. Today, I decided to re-read both books, the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing, Ear Training One Note Complete and  all the FAQs to make sure I'm doing this right. I'm sorry, but … Continue reading

Working One Key or Multiple Keys for Ear Training

Working One Key or Multiple Keys for Ear Training Working One Key or Multiple Keys for Ear Training Q: When learning Ear Training One Note Complete, is it better to stick to one key at a time and work on multiple tones within that key, or study one tone and jump around to all 12 … Continue reading

Series for Developing Perfect Pitch

Series for Developing Perfect Pitch Series for Developing Perfect Pitch Q: I've recently bought the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and Ear Training One Note Complete. As I was reading the FAQ section at the back you mention how perfect pitch can be developed but didn't totally recommend Mr. Burge's approach. I … Continue reading

Classically Trained Musicians Learning Ear Training

Classically Trained Musicians Learning Ear TrainingClassically Trained Musicians Learning Ear TrainingQ:  I'm 18 and I have played classical piano for 4 years. But my ear isn't good and now it doesn't improve. I started to study contemporary keyboard, rock, jazz, fusion 4 months ago. I don't improve much because I don't know how I can … Continue reading

Music Theory Workbook Guitar Video Course's Length

Music Theory Workbook Guitar Video Course's LengthMusic Theory Workbook Guitar Video Course's LengthQ: Hi. I am almost ready to buy!!! Can you please tell me how long it will take to watch your Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Video Course one time thru, and how many times an average person may need to view it/study/practice before he … Continue reading

Correcting Ear Training Mistakes During Practice

Correcting Ear Training Mistakes During PracticeCorrecting Ear Training Mistakes During PracticeQ: Just wanted to clarify ways to go about correcting mistakes while listening to the Ear Training One Note Complete CD, using the following example - the CD plays a D note, but I guess E.1) I can focus on playing the correct answer (D) on … Continue reading

Repeating Cadences in Ones Head During Ear Training

Repeating Cadences in Ones Head During Ear TrainingRepeating Cadences in Ones Head During Ear TrainingQ: I started working extensively with the beginner CD for Ear Training One Note Complete this week. Due to the pause between the cadence, I find it helpful to repeat cadences in my head during the pause, which makes it easier … Continue reading

Applying Ear Training to Guitar Playing

Applying Ear Training to Guitar PlayingApplying Ear Training to Guitar PlayingQ: I've done some extensive reading through both the FAQs in the Ear Training One Note Complete book and online and have found them to be very helpful. I was hoping you could clear up a few more things for me before I get started. I just … Continue reading

Perfect Pitch Trainings Effect on Relative Pitch Training

Perfect Pitch Trainings Effect on Relative Pitch TrainingPerfect Pitch Trainings Effect on Relative Pitch TrainingQ: One more question. I also have Graham English's Absolute Pitch Power. If I complete that program, is Ear Training One Note Complete still necessary to develop a good ear?  Or is it overlapping in objectivity? (I'm studying classical music.)A: Hopefully, … Continue reading

Tonic Acting as a Crutch in Ear Training

Tonic Acting as a Crutch in Ear Training The Tonic Acting as a Crutch in Ear Training Q: A couple questions: I believe I'm using the 'crutch' you touch on in the FAQ section in the Ear Training One Note Complete book. What I'm doing is listening for the C in the last iteration of … Continue reading

Younger Children Ear Training

Younger Children Ear TrainingYounger Children Ear TrainingQ: I am just starting out teaching guitar. I have a student that is only 7 years old, and I would like to eventually teach him your Contextual Ear Training. The trick is keeping him interested and motivated. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about doing … Continue reading

Singing Notes in Ear Training Two Note

Singing Notes in Ear Training Two NoteSinging Notes in Ear Training Two NoteQ: I've been doing the Ear Training One Note Complete for about two years now, and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing for a year. Last week I reached 80 percent for the first time on one note! I have a … Continue reading

Emotional Impact from Ear Training

Emotional Impact from Ear Training Emotional Impact from Ear Training Q: I have a concern about the effects of this ear training on my musicianship. You often say that the goal of this training is to hear music in a different way. As I have progressed through Ear Training One Note Complete, I have noticed … Continue reading

Identifying Fewer Notes in Ear Training for Progress

Identifying Fewer Notes in Ear Training for Progress Identifying Fewer Notes in Ear Training for Progress Q: I'm not expecting to see the end of the tunnel in two days :) I did not intend to sound like that. Those two days just got me thinking into how I can make this learning process more … Continue reading

Overwhelmed by Ear Training One Note Complete book

Overwhelmed by Ear Training One Note Complete book Overwhelmed by Ear Training One Note Complete book Q: I just recently started learning the guitar a few months ago, at age 35. First off, let me tell you that I appreciated your book 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist and Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume … Continue reading

Audio Book Version of Ear Training Note One Complete

Audio Book version of Ear Training Note One Complete Audio Book version of Ear Training Note One Complete Q:  Is the Ear Training One Note Complete book an Audio book/CD (that I can listen to while driving/jogging, because I won't be able to use a paper-bound or Kindle version)? If yes, does it come as … Continue reading

Moving on to the Key Recognition CD

Moving on to the Key Recognition CDMoving on to the Key Recognition CDQ: I'm working on my last week (Key of G) of the 6 note Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing exercise with the Big Metronome (3 times a day for 10 minutes). I'm now able to sing the exercises up and … Continue reading

Transcribing Music to Improve Sight Reading

Transcribing Music to Improve Sight ReadingTranscribing Music to Improve Sight ReadingQ: So far I have been playing rhythms, melodies and progressions that are already written.  What about writing down in notation what I hear or create? Is this something I should already be working on?A: You can start transcribing anything you find of interest. If … Continue reading

Enlightenment from Ear Training One Note Complete Method

Enlightenment from Ear Training One Note Complete Method Enlightenment from Ear Training One Note Complete Method Q: Wow! It finally sunk into my thick skull. A mode is a tonality and not just one scale in one position like I thought, the 7 different positions you show for each mode are all in the same … Continue reading

Tonality of Modes and Their Degrees

Tonality of Modes and Their Degrees Tonality of Modes and Their Degrees Q: When I hear E in A Maj I think 5. If I were to hear C in G Maj, I think 4, no confusion. Here is the confusion: I have a video by Vinnie Moore that says F lydian is in the … Continue reading

Difference between C Ionian and D Dorian

Difference between C Ionian and D Dorian Difference between C Ionian and D Dorian Q: When you said play all the scales in one key each week did you mean A or B? (A) DIATONIC- key of C Maj. C Ionian, D dorian, E phrygian, etc. Or did you mean: (B) C Ionian, C dorian, … Continue reading

Scale Degrees Sound the Same Regardless of Key Center

Scale Degrees Sound the Same Regardless of Type of Key Center Scale Degrees Sound the Same Regardless of Type of Key Center Q: I have been using your Lines Volume One: Sight Reading and Sight Singing Exercises and Ear Training One Note Complete books. I have had correspondence with you before and your insight was great. … Continue reading

Practicing Different Keys with Ear Training One Note

Practicing Different Keys with Ear Training One Note Practicing Different Keys with Ear Training One Note Q: In using Ear Training One Note Complete , I do not only spend time in the key of C major but in all keys equally. Is that what I am supposed to be doing (I hope so because I … Continue reading

Completion Time for Each Muse-eek Book/CD

Completion Time for Each Muse-eek Book/CD Completion Time for Each Muse-eek Book/CD Q: Lets say each of the books/CDs of yours that I purchased are classes I am taking at a University. In which order would my classes be and for how long? I presently have all the time in the world for music, but … Continue reading

Questions: Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training Sight Singing

Questions: Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing Questions: Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing Q: I am working from Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing for 4 (15 minute) sessions a day. After each 15-minute session I do a 15-minute session of Ear Training One Note Complete Beginner. Currently … Continue reading

Key Context and its Importance in Ear Training

Key Context and its Importance in Ear Training Key Context and its Importance in Ear Training Q: I've recently begun working with your Ear Training One Note Complete Method and also just ordered the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing which I'm looking forward to. I feel like I'm getting a good handle … Continue reading

Applying Ear Training Major and Minor Keys

Applying Ear Training Major and Minor Keys Applying Ear Training Major and Minor Keys Q: First of all, terrific product, Ear Training One Note Complete! I bought all three CDs and have worked my way through the Advanced Level. I can identify the pitches with over 95% accuracy. (I will occasionally mix up D# and … Continue reading

Question: Ear Training One Note Complete

Question: Ear Training One Note Complete Question: Ear Training One Note Complete Q: I recently purchased your Ear Training One Note Complete and was wondering if it would be beneficial to go back and re-listen to tracks I've gotten wrong in order to help 'correct' the ear. Or would this do more harm than good? … Continue reading

Problems with Leaving Interval Ear Training Habits

Problems with Leaving Interval Ear Training Habits Problems with Leaving Interval Ear Training Habits Q:I have purchased your Ear Training One Note Complete method, it really works. Thanks for your contribution. I believe many people would be benefited from it. However, I got a problem. It is: I can distinguish note A from D, note E … Continue reading

Working Multiple Ear Training Books at a Time

Working Multiple Ear Training Books at a TimeWorking Multiple Ear Training Books at a TimeQ: So I ordered Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing along with Jazz and Blues Bass Lines and The Big Metronome (to save on shipping), and have Key Note Recognition on the way as well. I know that I should wait … Continue reading

Associating Pitches as Color with Guitar

Associating Pitches as Color with Guitar Associating Pitches as Color with Guitar Q: me start by thanking you profoundly for revealing what seems to me a key pillar to establishing genuine musicianship. As you have pointed out many times, the methods you teach are anything but easy. I am really very sorry that my questions … Continue reading

Hearing Scale Degrees on the Radio

Hearing Scale Degrees on the Radio Hearing Scale Degrees on the Radio I recently started Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and was surprised that I was able to identify about 60% right away. I was very pleased! For example when I heard a two note pair played and heard it as 5 and 3 … Continue reading

Removing Interval Training for Key Based Training

Removing Interval Training for Key Based Training Removing Interval Training for Key Based Training Q Five years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which fairly abruptly halted my career as a guitarist. At that time I changed my focus from performance to composition and began getting into the film and media music business. I … Continue reading

Age Does not Affect Learning Ability with Music

Age Does not Affect Learning Ability with Music Age Does not Affect Learning Ability with Music Q: A few days ago I ran into your books via Amazon reader feedback. I am 44, just starting with music (playing the electric guitar, reading, ear training) and struggling my ass off at Music School, where everybody is … Continue reading

Aural Comprehension Classes at NYU and Muse-eek Textbooks

Aural Comprehension Classes at NYU and Muse-eek TextbooksAural Comprehension Classes at NYU and Muse-eek TextbooksQ: A few questions.1. I noticed at the Muse-Eek website that several of your books are required texts at NYU. I will be attending NYU next year at the CAS, not Steinhardt, but am strongly looking into doing a music minor … Continue reading

Fanatics Guide Necessary when Training Ones Ear

Fanatics Guide Necessary when Training Ones Ear Fanatics Guide Necessary when Training Ones Ear Q: I have a couple of questions about ear training. I am a man in my thirties and I have started to play keyboards and some guitar. I already can play melodies by ear, but I have difficulties in chord hearing on … Continue reading

Books to Start with for the Amateur Musician

Books to Start with for the Amateur MusicianBooks to Start with for the Amateur MusicianQ: I came across your books via Amazon and it lead me to your website. I am a amateur musician, I can play guitar (a bit), bass (better at the bass), and can make some decent sounds on piano. I have … Continue reading

Questions Regarding Fanatics Guide

Questions Regarding Fanatics Guide Questions Regarding Fanatics Guide Q: Thanks for your quick and helpful reply. I still have some questions. Well I've been working on the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing for some time now off and on and think I prehear the notes now (I've only just started working on … Continue reading

Questions Regarding Ear Training Two Note Complete

Questions Regarding Ear Training Two Note Complete Questions Regarding Ear Training Two Note Complete Q: I just wanted to ask some questions regarding ear training and Two Note Ear Training basically. I've worked through Ear Training One Note Complete and am on 90% plus on the Key Note Recognition and am just starting the Two … Continue reading

Ear Training One Note with Degrees

Ear Training One Note with Degrees Ear Training One Note with Degrees Q: I've been at the ear training on and off for months with no noticeable improvement. I stick with it for a while and then get frustrated that I can't get anywhere and set it aside. For me, I think it would work … Continue reading

Practice Schedule for Key Note Recognition and Other Books

Practice Schedule for Key Note Recognition and Other BooksPractice Schedule for Key Note Recognition and Other BooksQ: I have just started working on Key Note Recognition today. My accuracy level on Ear Training One Note Complete - Advanced Level is around 95%, therefore I decided to start working on Key Note Recognition. I feel I … Continue reading

Chord Recognition Ear Training

Chord Recognition Ear Training Chord Recognition Ear Training Q: I recently purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete. It is an interesting method and I look forward to improving my hearing. It seems your ear training technique goes on to cover 2 notes, 3 notes etc but I wondered why you don't teach ear training … Continue reading

Guidance Through lots of Information

Guidance Through lots of Information Guidance Through lots of Information Q: I have obtained the following books: Guitar Technique Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volumes Two Ear Training One Note Complete Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing Rhythm Primer Rhythms Volume One String Theory Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One Rhythm Primer: started … Continue reading

Rhythm Work Books that are Good for a Beginner

Rhythm Work Books that are Good for a Beginner Rhythm Work Books that are Good for a Beginner Q: I have been working with http://muse-eek.com/ear-training-one-note-for-musicians-book-with-audio/ and http://muse-eek.com/ear-training-and-sight-singing-for-musicians-book-with-audio/ for several months now, and although slowly, I am progressing as time goes on. Even though I am at a VERY beginning level still, I have found a … Continue reading

Guitar Practicing Question and a Comment on Ear Training

Guitar Practicing Question and a Comment on Ear Training Guitar Practicing Question and a Comment on Ear Training Q: I know that I sent an email about practicing, but I just want to say that I've made tremendous progress with the Ear Training One Note Complete  Intermediate Level training. After three days I'm getting 95% of … Continue reading

Hearing Notes Relative to the Context Key

Hearing Notes Relative to the Context Key Hearing Notes Relative to the Context Key QI have been working through you Ear Training One Note Complete training book for about 6 months now and seem to be making progress. I am working on Key Note Recognition and continue to hack at one note advanced (for which I … Continue reading

Reaching the Level of Playing with Jazz Musicians

Reaching the Level of Playing with Jazz Musicians Reaching the Level of Playing with Jazz Musicians Q: Hello, I am a student at Harvard College, though I am taking this year off to pursue other interests. High on my list is Jazz guitar. The reason I'm contacting you is to ask your advice. I've been … Continue reading

Adding Notes One at a Time with Ear Training

Adding Notes One at a Time with Ear Training Adding Notes One at a Time with Ear Training Q:Thanks for answering my questions so promptly -- it shows that you care. As I mentioned, I've been working with your Ear Training One Note Complete training course for about 2 weeks now. At first, it was pretty … Continue reading

Ear Training Books Expensive

Your Ear Training Books Expensive Your Ear Training Books Expensive Q:  I believe your ear training books are too expensive and why shouldn't I just use online apps to study ear training? A: Yes, I can understand your concern. Having been a poor, starving musician at one point in my life I can relate. First, I would recommend … Continue reading

Key Note Recognition Series Exercises and What They Are

Key Note Recognition Series Exercises and What They Are Key Note Recognition Series Exercises and What They Are Q: If I were to consider purchasing another book in your series, like the Two Note' series, can you advise: are the exercises the same, except two pitches are sounded after the cadence instead of one? What … Continue reading

Question regarding Music Theory Workbook All Instruments

Question regarding Music Theory Workbook All Instruments Question regarding Music Theory Workbook All Instruments Q:  I am working in Music Theory Workbook for All Instruments. course. Specifically "00 Lesson.pdf" on page 01. Whereby, I'm being directed to a full chord explanation on pg. 20 and Interval's Exercise on page 22. Problem being, I can't seem to … Continue reading

Question Regarding New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book 1

Question Regarding New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book 1Question Regarding New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book 1Q: I've been slowly working my way through the New York Guitar Method Ensemble Book One. I've gotten pretty comfortable with the Single String Studies on page 20, and rhythm exercise 1 on page 16.I'm having a pretty rough … Continue reading

Reducing 12 tones for Ear Training

Reducing 12 tones for Ear TrainingReducing 12 tones for Ear TrainingQ: I was just going over my 25 Ear Training Tips and was glad I did. I find ear training so difficult. I am re-approaching yet again J Right now I am working on discerning semitones and tones from each other and being able to … Continue reading

Ear Training Impact on Live Pitch Singing

Ear Training Impact on Live Pitch Singing Ear Training Impact on Live Pitch Singing Q: I have just purchased the Fanatic's Guide to ear training and sight singing. I am excited to learn the material, most of the examples in the introduction referred to musicians playing in a session with a band.  I am a singer, … Continue reading

Setting up a Guitar Practice Schedule

Setting up a Guitar Practice Schedule Setting up a Guitar Practice Schedule Q: Can you help me with setting up a guitar practice schedule? A:  It's going to be a multi step process to get you going.  First I want you to read the Guitar Technique book and go to youtube and look at some of the video from Guitar … Continue reading

Improving Guitar Sight Reading

Improving Guitar Sight Reading Improving Guitar Sight Reading Q: I am wanting to learn to read music and play the guitar better. A:  I think in your case I'd go for the New York Guitar Method because it's going to give you a combination of learning to read music, theory exercises along with a lot … Continue reading

Chord Workbook Questions

Chord Workbook Questions Chord Workbook Questions Q: I'm studying your chord workbook vol 1 where you state the add 9 is a structure that replaces the 3rd with a 2nd. I've read elsewhere that the sus 2 is the structure that replaces the 3rd with the 2nd and the add 9 is the 1,3,5,9 structure. … Continue reading

Questions Regarding Books by Bruce Arnold

Questions Regarding Books by Bruce ArnoldQuestions Regarding Books by Bruce ArnoldQ: I'm really enjoying the Rhythm Ear Training Course. Getting a lot out of it. I have a few questions regarding books though.  Do you have anything geared specifically toward sight-reading? Anything geared specifically for bass, as I play bass and guitar?A: Nice to hear … Continue reading

Referring to Notes by Scale Degree Instead of Note Name

Q: I recently purchased Ear Training One Note Complete and have been working with the program for about two weeks. At this point I have a question: Since we are learning the sound of various pitches as they relate to a tonal center (key), shouldn't we be referring to the notes by their scale degree rather than their note names? The sound of the third degree of the scale will remain the same in all keys but note positions will change in every key won't they?

Sight Singing Abilities for Singers

Sight Singing Abilities for Singers Sight Singing Abilities for Singers Q: I am a singer, wanting to improve my sight singing abilities (to improve my capabilities as a session singer). I am not quite sure about which of your books I should get. I have had some theory and can squeak by with sight reading... … Continue reading

Guitar Workbook for Improving Chord Classification

Guitar Workbook for Improving Chord ClassificationGuitar Workbook for Improving Chord ClassificationQ: I have previously studied classical guitar.   Specifically, Spanish master's pieces by Tarrega, Torres and Segovia, and some Brazilians like Villa Lobos.  Needless to say, in a pretty much mechanistic way since I feel my knowledge in music theory is rather too modest. I … Continue reading

Making a Practice Schedule for Ear Training

Q: I have:

Ear Training One Note Complete
Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One
Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One

I am ready to start. What kind of schedule should I use to practice? I take the train to work so I have an extra hour and a half away from the guitar to do the exercises in the workbook.

Scheduling Practice Time for Ear Training

Scheduling Practice Time Scheduling Practice Time Q: I bought a guitar very recently and am very much motivated to play it. I looked around for resources and books and found your books on amazon. First I bought 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist and then Music Theory Workbook Volume One following some of your advice … Continue reading

Chord Progression Training Workbooks

Chord Progression Training Workbooks Chord Progression Training WorkbooksQ: Are there books that train you to hear chord progressions? A: My ear training method prepares you step by step to hear more and more complicated aural situations. You can't learn to hear complicated chord progressions before you can hear one note, two note, modulations etc. You … Continue reading

Discouraged with Difficulties of Ear Training

Discouraged with Difficulties of Ear Training Discouraged with Difficulties of Ear Training Q: I just received the Ear Training One Note Beginning Level. I am very excited at the possibility of really learning how to hear. I tried an ear training course (or collection of notes to play) some years ago based on playing a … Continue reading

Applying Two Note Ear Training to Real Music

Applying Two Note Ear Training to Real MusicApplying Two Note Ear Training to Real MusicQ: Could you give me a practical scenario to help me understand how the Two Note Ear Training workouts will be applied to real musical situations? How do you use this modulating 'do' in the 'automatic' sense your method is aimed … Continue reading

Real Music Heard with Ear Training Application

Real Music Heard with Ear Training Application Real Music Heard with Ear Training Application Q: I've been working for one and a half month with your Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. In my last message, I told you I couldn't help hearing the fundamental and applying … Continue reading

Starting an Instrument and Beginning Ear Training

Starting an Instrument and Beginning Ear Training Starting an Instrument and Beginning Ear Training Q: I have never played a musical instrument before and have decided to learn to play the guitar. I started with Guitar for Dummies, because someone gave me the book. I still haven't mastered playing chords, which is the first part … Continue reading

Taking Music Theory While Learning Ear Training

Taking Music Theory While Learning Ear Training Taking Music Theory While Learning Ear Training Q: My son just started college this year and is taking music theory. This is the first interest in music he has expressed, besides having a car stereo that is rated on the Richter Scale rather than in decibels. Music isn't … Continue reading

Improving Cadence Listening Skills with Ear Training

Improving Cadence Listening Skills with Ear Training Improving Cadence Listening Skills with Ear Training Q: I was listening to your Ear Training One Note Beginning CD yesterday and think I got what you're trying to teach me to do. Recognize the notes you play in relation to the chords played. It sounds simple but it's … Continue reading

Solfeggio Symbols to Develop a Sense of the Key

Solfeggio Symbols to Develop a Sense of the Key Solfeggio Symbols to Develop a Sense of the Key Q: I've just received my copy of Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing. I have two questions, I'll start with the easy one: in the ear training CD I … Continue reading

Eliminating Old Intervalic Ear Training Methods

Eliminating Old Intervalic Ear Training MethodsEliminating Old Intervalic Ear Training MethodsQ: I have been working with your Ear Training One Note Intermediate and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing books for some months now. I am noticing improvements in my hearing.But anyway, my questions are these:1. In the Ear Training One Note Intermediate … Continue reading

Using Intervalic Methods for Ear Training as an Issue

Using Intervalic Methods for Ear Training (problem)Using Intervalic Methods for Ear Training (problem)Q: About a year ago I made a commitment to myself to work on my ears everyday. I decided to start by learning intervals. I knew that some people were hearing intervals by association to the beginning of songs. Like you, I figured … Continue reading

Learning Single String Studies for Guitar

Learning Single String Studies for Guitar Learning Single String Studies for Guitar Q: I am working on your Single String Studies for Guitar Volume One Book. I am just about finished with studying the key of C on each string. I spent about a 15 min. per session for 7 days on each string. I … Continue reading

Left Handed Guitarist Questions

Left Handed Guitarist QuestionsLeft Handed Guitarist QuestionsQ: I am left-handed and a few years ago, I took guitar lessons from a teacher who told me to play right-handed. I found the going extremely difficult, either because I was playing right-handed or simply because I had no talent. Now I would like to try again, this … Continue reading

Teaching Children Courses that Involve Ear Training

Teaching Children Courses that Involve Ear Training Teaching Children Courses that Involve Ear Training Q: I am wondering how your ear training/sight singing course would work with children and young teens. I teach piano from beginning to advanced levels, and it seems your concepts would greatly benefit students who have not yet formed "bad habits" … Continue reading

Incorrect Method of Practicing Ear Training

Incorrect Method of Practicing Ear Training Incorrect Method of Practicing Ear Training Q: When I do the Ear Training One Note Complete exercises at random, I find that I try to derive the current note based on the previous example, regardless of the octaves involved. Is this the same as doing interval training and/or is … Continue reading

Recognizing Chord Modulations Plus De-coupling Tones

Recognizing Chord Modulations Plus De-coupling Tones Recognizing Chord Modulations Plus De-coupling Tones Q: I'm trying to improve at jazz/blues piano and I'm currently using your One Note Complete Method. Even though I'm improving at the tests on the CD it still hasn't gotten any easier for me to recognize chords and modulations (which is what … Continue reading

Contextual Ear Training Practice Techniques

Contextual Ear Training Practice Techniques/p> Contextual Ear Training Practice Techniques/em> Q: I have been working with your Ear Training One Note Beginning for about two months now and I believe it's working well. However, I would like to describe to you my Contextual Ear Training Practice Techniquesand see if you think its okay or if … Continue reading

Ear Training Apps Good Bad Survey

Ear Training Apps Good Bad Ear Training Apps Good Bad? Q: There's a free software called 'Functional Ear Trainer' and it is taught this way: Hear the chord progression and resolve the note to the tonic whether up or down. For the diatonic notes, the bottom 4 notes resolve downward and for the top 4, … Continue reading

Ear Training Minor Keys Problems

Ear Training Minor Keys/p> Ear Training Minor Keys Q: I just got your book and I believe it´s an interesting approach. I just have one question: What about modal or minor scales? The harmonic minor maybe close to his major relative, but will the notes have the same feel? Will the G sound the same … Continue reading

Old Folk Ear Training Suggestions

Old Folk Ear Training Suggestions Old Folk Ear Training Suggestions/em> Q: I'm 42 and just picked up playing guitar again after a break of more than 25 years. I never had any ear training and don't have a natural sense of pitch - I even find tuning the instrument correctly to be a challenge - … Continue reading

Fast Ear Training Answers Equals Real Progress

Fast Ear Training Answers Equals Real Progress Fast Ear Training Answers Equals Real Progress/em> Q: I have purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete Book. After a very short period of time (a few hours spread out over a day or two) I found I could get over 90% correct at the advanced level. However, … Continue reading

Hearing Chord Progressions via Ear Training

Hearing Chord Progressions via Ear Training Hearing Chord Progressions via Ear Training Q: I have purchased your ear training books. I have a few questions: How do you work out chord progression via ear? Do you have a daily training program? Is it OK to use a CD player with ear buds to listen to … Continue reading

Turning Off Interval Training for Ear Training

Turning Off Interval Training for Ear TrainingTurning Off Interval Training for Ear TrainingQ: I purchased the Ear Training One Note Complete, and have been working with it for about a month by limiting the exercises to only the diatonic major scale. I have never seriously done ear training before, and have been pleased with my … Continue reading

12 Pitches Overwhelming on Ear Training CD

12 Pitches Overwhelming on Ear Training CD 12 Pitches Overwhelming on Ear Training CD Q: I have a quick question on the Ear Training One Note. Since I am completely new to ear training when I listen to the cd I'm a bit overwhelmed, the only tone I can really recognize is the low E … Continue reading

Understanding Ear Training Modulation

Understanding Ear Training Modulation Understanding Ear Training Modulation/em> Q: I have two sections of a piece of music and they must be in different keys with a modulating chord at the end of section 1 which fits both sections. Can you explain this to me please? A: In music you will find chords (usually dominant … Continue reading

Guitar Education Book Study Recommendations

Guitar Education Book Study Recommendations Guitar Education Book Study Recommendations Q: I browsed your site and read about several of Bruce Arnold's books on amazon.com. I've been playing the guitar for a little over 2 years. I took lessons for about 8 months, but my teacher left the state and I've been floundering since then. … Continue reading

Shuffling Tracks with Ear Training Note One Complete

Shuffling Tracks with Ear Training Note One Complete Shuffling Tracks with Ear Training Note One Complete Q: I told you in a previous email that I did not know all the notes on my guitar fretboard. I can figure it out, but I don't know all the notes automatically. Anyway, I have been working with … Continue reading

Aural Perceptions of the Key Center

Aural Perceptions of the Key CenterAural Perceptions of the Key CenterQ: Hello. I am 14 years old and live in Japan. Now I am learning Chopin's Ballade No. 1. In Western music, the tonic has a special meaning. It makes a home base in music, and then the music is developed from this point. Pianists … Continue reading

Ear Training Method in the Minor Key

Ear Training Method in the Minor Key Ear Training Method in the Minor Key Q: In your Ear Training One Note Complete Book all the work is done around a major tonality. How does your method apply to minor tonalities? A: Thanks for contacting me. There are many types of modes in music - major … Continue reading

Classroom Setting with Ear Training Method

Classroom Setting with Ear Training Method Classroom Setting with Ear Training Method Q: I am a music theory professor in a small liberal arts college, and I am quite intrigued by your various methods of ear training. I have recently examined Ear Training One Note Complete Method and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight … Continue reading

Forming Long Term Memory with Ear Training

Forming Long Term Memory with Ear Training Forming Long Term Memory with Ear Training Q: I am making headway with the Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing, but one puzzling thing keeps occurring with pre-hearing a scale degree (tension signature) and singing it over a key drone.......it … Continue reading

Short Two Note Ear Training Question

Short Two Note Ear Training Question Short Two Note Ear Training Question Q: I'm wondering how to apply your concepts of one note ear training to hearing chords? Are you training to hear the individual tones and then construct the chord in your mind? How does that work? A: This is all contained in the … Continue reading

Developing Perfect Pitch instead of Relative Pitch

Developing Perfect Pitch instead of Relative Pitch Developing Perfect Pitch instead of Relative PitchQ: I just started working with your One Note Complete ear training CD, and it's really helping me. But as a classical pianist, I'm wondering if I should be developing perfect pitch instead of relative pitch. Does it matter? Should I work … Continue reading

Improving Guitarist Skills with Ear Training

Improving Guitarist Skills with Ear Training Improving Guitarist Skills with Ear Training Q: You state that ear-training is essential for a guitarist who wants to improve himself. Please explain how is this so. Second question: If I work on my ear-training using all the books you have listed at your site, will I be able … Continue reading

Ear Training Transcription Advice

Ear Training Transcription Ear Training Transcription Q: Can I use my guitar to help me when I transcribe? Also based on what I understand from reading the Ear Training One Note Complete book when I'm given the I IV V I cadence this gives my ear a sense of key. When I hear the note … Continue reading

Ear Training Listening Plus Singing

Ear Training Listening Plus Singing Ear Training Listening Plus Singing Q: I recently purchased your Ear Training One Note Complete with all three cd's. I have read some of the beginning and I am trying to take it all in slowly. Is it really necessary for me to have the Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training … Continue reading

Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training

Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training Do Not Think Intervals When Doing Ear Training Q: I still have one simple question. You say to listen to the CD with all of the notes. So, should I just put the cd in and listen from the beginning straight through for fifteen minutes or so? … Continue reading

Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training

Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training Steve Via Steve Morse Ear Training Q: I recently bought one of your books about ear training entitled Ear Training One Note Complete Method and I'm a bit confused about certain aspects of the method you talk about in the book. You suggest learning what each of the 12 … Continue reading

Ear Training Transfer to All Instruments

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 … Continue reading

Ear Training Intervals Useful

Ear Training Intervals Useful Ear Training Intervals Useful/em> Q: I plan to start practicing with your Ear Training One Note Complete. I think it looks to be a really good method and I am excited to begin. However, I have a couple of questions that I hope you can answer for me first. Mainly are … Continue reading

Ear Training Book Practice Order

Ear Training Book Practice Order Ear Training Book Practice Order Q: I'm interested in starting your ear training courses, but have problem deciding which book(s) to buy. Could you please help me sort out the following questions? (1) What's the difference in the Ear Training One Note Complete, Ear Training Two Note series and the … Continue reading

Applying Ear Training Real Musical Situations

Applying Ear Training Real Musical Situations Applying Ear Training Real Musical Situations Q: I understand your approach to ear training and I believe it will work in my case. For example, I could never figure out how to superimpose the sound of a minor 3rd when trying to sing from a 3rd degree to a … Continue reading

Ear Training Exercise Always Guess Quickly

Ear Training Exercise Always Guess Quickly Ear Training Exercise Always Guess Quickly/em> Q: I'm working with your ear training one note method. It's a very fun book to work with 'cause I had the cd always in the car and practice every day for about 20 minutes. I nearly get right about 80% of the … Continue reading

Popular Music Key Center Sense

Popular Music Key Center Sense Popular Music Key Center Sense Q: I understand that you feel the traditional interval-based ear training to be impractical. I've never done any extensive ear training before. After trying your method for about a month, I noticed that it actually worked, but only in a very specific, limited way. When … Continue reading

Combining Singing Listening Ear Training Recommendations

Combining Singing Listening Ear Training Recommendations Combining Singing Listening Ear Training Recommendations Q: What is your recommendation for combining the Ear Training One Note Complete and Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing aural exercises? Do you alternate lessons from each book daily or do you have another method that will maximize results? Thanks … Continue reading

Ear Training Trumpet Transposition

Ear Training Trumpet Transposition Ear Training Trumpet Transposition Q: I just bought your Ear Training One Note Complete book from Barnes and Noble. I understand the idea of relative pitch and I totally agree with your approach of straight memorization. However, I play trumpet and hadn't really thought about the fact that the book might … Continue reading

Ear Training Resolution Tendency

Ear Training Resolution Tendency Ear Training Resolution Tendency Q: Since last typing at you I've been taking some musicianship, piano, composition, and harmony classes at a local college and I'm loving the challenges...and the learning. I also recently purchased two of your one-note ear-training books. Fanatic's Guide to Ear Training and Sight Singing and Ear … Continue reading

Beginner Ear Training Problems

Beginner Ear Training Problems Beginner Ear Training Problems Q: Hi, I'm having Beginner Ear Training Problems. I recently purchased one of your Ear Training One Note Complete. It's refreshing to find a well written music book. Thanks! I've just begun to try your ear training technique and had a few questions. I was hoping the … Continue reading