Aural Comprehension: Ear Training Recommendations

Feel free to give Absolute Pitch a try, but whether AP is your bag or not, you absolutely must invest your precious time and energy understanding and developing relative pitch. Why?

Because it is the way that the overwhelming majority of we humans hear and enjoy music!

Solfege or Interval Ear Training?

Solfege and Interval ear training are both important and complement each other:

  • Solfege ear training is useful when an enduring sense of key center Do provides the melodic-harmonic context.
  • Interval ear training is useful in any context, but especially when the tonal center is ambiguous or undefined… or when a change of key center occurs.

Five Minutes a Day

Ear training in the form of sight singing and playing by ear should be an integral part of our music making each and every day. Regular exposure and conscious attention will refine and fine-tune our pitch perception in an ever-expanding sphere of awareness… slowly and steadily building a library of sound memories and practical performance skills. To that end, Piano-ology integrates ear-training into the study of scales, chords, chord progressions, transposition, improvisation, and more. In doing so, we will align the ways that we think about the music with the ways that we experience the music in context.

Where to go from here? I recommend studying Scales and Solfege next.  Enjoy the process!

 

About Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!
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