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#1764163 - 10/03/11 08:31 PM Ear Training Exercises?
dave james Offline
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Registered: 09/27/11
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hi all,
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for ear training exercises. I've tried a number of online programs (flash based), and they all appear to be ear quizes. I'm horrible at them. I obviously need to practice or train my ears.

Any suggestions on ear training excercises?

Thanks!
PS: My goal is to be able to play by ear. I believe what I'm after is teaching myself relative (not perfect or absolute) pitch.


Edited by dave james (10/03/11 08:46 PM)

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#1764170 - 10/03/11 08:38 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: dave james]
Scott Coletta Offline
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Registered: 01/07/11
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I've worked with alot of ear training methods in playing jazz, teaching and in college and hands down the best one I've come across is Bruce Arnold's series. Here's the first 3 volumes:

http://www.amazon.com/Ear-Training-Note-Complete-Method/dp/1890944475

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#1764172 - 10/03/11 08:42 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: Scott Coletta]
findingnemo2010 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Scott Coletta
I've worked with alot of ear training methods in playing jazz, teaching and in college and hands down the best one I've come across is Bruce Arnold's series. Here's the first 3 volumes:

http://www.amazon.com/Ear-Training-Note-Complete-Method/dp/1890944475




have to check that out. i myself have been looking for a good book/cd for ear training. berklee press has one out but it seems too complicated for me and at college level. i saw another one on amazon.com from musicians institute i thought id look into.
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#1764182 - 10/03/11 09:05 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: Scott Coletta]
dave james Offline
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Registered: 09/27/11
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Originally Posted By: Scott Coletta
I've worked with alot of ear training methods in playing jazz, teaching and in college and hands down the best one I've come across is Bruce Arnold's series. Here's the first 3 volumes:

http://www.amazon.com/Ear-Training-Note-Complete-Method/dp/1890944475





Thanks for the fast reply. Can you describe what the CDs do? Are they piano exercises for the ears?

Thanks!

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#1764187 - 10/03/11 09:12 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: dave james]
SAnnM AB-2001 Offline
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Over the years, I've spent a lot of money on many different ear training methods.....books, CDs, iPad/phone apps...etc. And now I'm starting to think that maybe the best way is to actually LISTEN when playing..... Scales, arpeggios, .. Play with eyes closed and really listen. And Play your pieces SLOWLY sometimes with the sole purpose of listening to the chords and progressions as they relate to the key of the piece. Also figuring out by ear songs you know is helpful. I actually took one month of singing lessons with ear training in mind. I think it would really help for those who had time to practice ..... I couldn't seem to divide my time to allow for singing AND piano so I didn't continue.
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#1764227 - 10/03/11 10:10 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: SAnnM AB-2001]
Scott Coletta Offline
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Originally Posted By: SAnnM AB-2001
Over the years, I've spent a lot of money on many different ear training methods.....books, CDs, iPad/phone apps...etc. And now I'm starting to think that maybe the best way is to actually LISTEN when playing....


This is definitely important too.

The cd's in Bruce Arnold's one note method play a 2-5-1 chord progression on the piano in the key of C to set your ear in that key. Then a random note is played. You have to try to figure out what note is played. So it's definitely all about relative pitch. If you read the intro in the book it explains very well how the method works. It's not easy but it can be done. I was able to do the 3rd volume with about 99% accuracy within a couple of months and have sinced move on to the Key Note Recognition.

Another great book is Hearin' the Changes by Jerry Coker. It doesn't have a cd but it gives you a good organizational process for learning to hear chord progressions.

http://www.amazon.com/Hearin-Changes-Dealing-Tunes-Ear/dp/B000BP541O

I made recordings of the progressions in the book if anyone is interested.

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#2240813 - 03/03/14 05:05 PM Re: Ear Training Exercises? [Re: dave james]
only Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
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Loc: Banned
by far one of the best resources for ear training exercises!

The Ear Training Guide - Essential Ear Training Exercises ( http://www.eartrainanywhere.com/store/products/ear-training-guide-essential-ear-training-exercises/ )

has a whole lot of ear training exercises and real-world scenarios in which those exercises would help you the best!

hope that helps!

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