What exactly is ear training?
You’ve heard musicians talk about it. Your teachers have recommended it. And if you’re a regular to Jazzadvice you’ve seen it pop up in more than a few posts…
But I’m guessing the thing that’s made the biggest impression on you was being in the presence of a musician with truly amazing ears.
That gifted player that can pick out the melody to any tune in a matter of seconds. That can simply grab their instrument and solo in any key without a second thought. That can improvise over an unfamiliar chord progression in the blink of an eye.
Somehow these players have trained their ears to become finely tuned sound processing machines.
But what does the term “ear training” mean for the rest of us and how exactly are you going get your ears to that level?
Is it a class that you take?
Is it learning that an interval like the perfect 4th sound like “Here Comes the Bride?”
Or is it something more…
The truth about ear training
If you look at how most schools approach the subject of ear training you’ll find the same few topics:
Interval recognition, sight singing, rhythmic dictation, solfege…
All good information to know and useful for the musician that is going to be reading or even sight reading music.
But is this practical for an improviser?
Is this enough training for someone that wants to get onstage and perform music on the spot? To create solos … Read More