Packed with over a hundred tips, tricks, ideas, and suggestions, 101 Ear Training Tips for the Modern Musician provides the help you need to improve your musical ear.
From the big-picture challenges of staying motivated and connecting ear training with music-making, right down to the nitty-gritty of intervals, chords and playing by ear, the book is designed to provide the help you need—even if you’re short on time.
The tips are:
- Suitable for all: Whether you’re an ear training novice, in the midst of developing your ear, or even for the advanced students, there are valuable tips to advance your training.
- Bite-sized: These are easy and quick to read, but all ideas that can have a big impact on your training.
- On every essential topic: Whatever your ear training goals are, there will be tips in the book to help you. By exploring tips from other topics too, you’ll develop a well-rounded musical ear.
Topics include: Music Appreciation, Practice, Active Listening, Audiation, Intervals, Chords, Relative Pitch, Scales & Modes, Rhythm, Improvisation, Playing By Ear, and Singing.
Don’t just take our word for it though—here’s what music educators have been saying about the book:
EXAMPLE TIPS FROM THE BOOK
￼Increase your general knowledge about music. Go to a jumble sale/car boot sale/yard sale and challenge yourself to find three CDs for a buck or less, which you know NOTHING about – the more obscure the better.
Take them home and listen through, and then read about what you’ve heard. Look at the CD booklet, or look up the artist or composer online.
Chord Ear Training
￼If you invert an augmented triad you get… an augmented triad!
This means that in terms of pitch, there are only really four augmented triads possible. Saves a bit of effort, huh?
Interval Ear Training
￼Take your favourite music player and choose a playlist with at least twenty songs.
Play the each song only until the first vocal, and stop after the first two notes. Sing the interval out loud, and then try to locate the first note on the piano (or other instrument). Sing the interval again and try to name it as a fourth, fifth etc.
Press ‘Skip’ and go on the next song, and repeat!
Playing By Ear
If you find it difficult to reproduce pieces on your instrument, use singing or humming as a stepping stone.
If you can sing a line of music, you are already playing it by ear – using your voice!
It may then be easier to transition to your instrument. It’s even more beneficial if you can sing the line while tapping or clapping the beat.
FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
The book is designed for musicians of every ability level to use in their own regular practice. It is also a highly useful resource for music teachers, providing fresh inspiration for including ear training in lessons, and new ideas that will encourage students to keep practicing.