Friday, 16 October 2015


Alright. So you've gotten through all of your teacher's prescribed music practicing for the day. You're not done yet! In fact, you're never really done (so sad, but so true). There are always areas of your musicianship that can be polished and re-visited. These 5 tools are a great addition to your daily practice routine. These are some simple, and efficient ways to boost your musical knowledge and skills. You're reading this, so I know you have a computer and internet access... and that's all you need! These tools will seriously put your ears to work. Ear training is important for many reasons. A well trained ear will be very quick to analyze new music. This helps in so many areas. Lifting music becomes much easier. As does improvising. Knowing what an interval is going to sound like in your head even before you play the next note has a massive impact on your overall musicianship. With steady practice with these tools, as well as coaching from your teachers, you will find recognizing intervals, melodies, scales and cord progressions much easier! Interval Ear Training This easy tool is simply a recognizing interval  quiz. Listen to one interval and then choose among several answers. It has score and timer, so you can find out how much time it takes to you to recognize intervals and how good you are. really useful in preparation of melodic dictation. All clefs and keys are available by clicking on settings up on the right. Click Here to access the resource Melodic Dictation Here there’s a very useful tool in order to start playing by ear every theme you want, with a little practice. There is a keyboard on which you have to repeat the 5 note melody  that will be played at start. It has different options such as several difficulty levels, according to the kind of scale used (from pentatonic or even only major chord notes to chromatic)and a change tonality button. Click Here to access the resource Scale Ear Training In composition and improvisation scales knowledge is essential in order to have an original and particular style. You won’t compose too many impressive works if you keep on playing only major/minor scales. Listen to the scale and select the correct answer. All clefs and keys are available by clicking on settings up on the right. Click here to access the resource Chord Identification Now let’s handle harmony ear training. Finding out chords is a basic knowledge that will help you in every aspect of music practice. Playing, composing and improvising is far more easy and dinamic if you understand which chords are used. You can select which kind of chords you want to practice on (triads, sevenths, triads and sevenths) and if they’ll be root position or inverted. Click here to access the resource Chord Progression Ear Training Once you get used to single chord ear training it’s time to take the advance training and start recognizing chord progressions. Simply go to the page, select “progressions” on the navigation menu and you can set your practice [...]

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