Ear Training


Ear training gets short shrift among music students. Who wants to be occupied with such a mundane task when you can spend your time learning Herbie Hancock licks? Consider this: the benefits of well trained ears are huge. With a well developed sense of inner hearing, every facet of the music will be more immediate and accessible to you. Whether you are transcribing, comping, improvising- whatever- well trained ears will allow you to assimilate and manipulate melodic lines and chords with ease.
Learn to identify the seven diatonic intervals by associating them with the first two notes of standard jazz tunes. Test yourself with a randomized quiz to gain speed and accuracy in hearing these most basic intervals.
This lesson follows up the Diatonic Interval Ear Training lesson with the five chromatic intervals: the minor 2nd, minor 3rd, augmented 4th/diminished 5th, minor 6th and minor 7th. Learn how to associate these intervals with the first few notes of standard jazz tunes and then take a quiz to test your ability to hear them. An additional quiz tests you on all twelve intervals, the eight diatonic intervals from the Diatonic Interval Ear Training lesson and the five chromatic intervals from this lesson.
The natural tendencies of pitches to resolve plays a major role in the strength and integrity of melodic lines. These tendencies, most evident in approach patterns- the two to four note patterns that link melodic phrases together at chord changes- supply energy to melodies and drives their forward motion. In this lesson, learn to hear diatonic and chromatic tendency tones by studying how Hank Mobley uses them in his solo over his tune "This I Dig of You" from his 1956 Blue Note release "Soul Station" and learn how to harness these notes to create strong and natural improvised lines.