Ear Training Course

Ear training is the process of connecting music theory (notes, intervals, chords, scales, melodies, etc.) with the sounds that we hear. In other words, it builds a bridge between the language of music and the sounds that are designated by that language. It enables musicians to master the basic components of musical craft, assists music readers in hearing the music they are seeing and enables listeners to understand the music they listen to. In essence, it is one of the most important skills to be studied by a music student.

Venue: Nathaniel Production House

Do I have to be born with great Ears?

No. Talent undoubtedly provides a head start in ear training, but in the end it is far outweighed by factors such as motivation, diligence and discipline which enable and average musician to develop outstanding skills.

Do I have to know Music Notation?

No. Music is a form of language and like any language it includes a vocabulary. The bigger your vocabulary, the better you understand how to use it, the more freedom you have to express yourself. But when it comes to practical applications, knowledge in music notation is definitely not a prerequisite.

The students will be introduced to the concepts of Pitch, Tonality, Melodies, Scales, Pitch Freezing and Melodic Skips through interactive and concise exercises designed to make the process of understanding easy and effective.

Theory

Overview of Scales (Major, Minor, Blues etc..) and Intervals
Circle of Fifths for Scales and Intervals

Exercises

Singing Practice : Students will learn how to sing scales
Relative Pitch : Students will learn how to compare 2- 3 sounds followed by interval recognition
Scale : Learn how to figure out the type of scale and the root
Tonality : Various Melodies (Popular tunes/Rhyme) are provided and the students need to identify the root note/ tonic centre of the melody
Pitch Freezing
Melodic Skips
Melodic Transcription : Learn how to transcribe melodies by ear

Students will be introduced to the concepts of Harmony using Chords and Voices. We use an emotional as well as logical approach to figure out chords without our instrument and using only our ears.

Theory

Overview of Chords
Circle of Fifths for Chords and Resolution
Chord Inversions and Slash Chords
Common Tone Voicing
Tonic, Sub-Dominant and Dominant

Exercises

Singing Chords and Intervals
Detecting the type of Chord by Emotion
Studying Voicing using S A T B
Identifying a Chord Progression using Bass Lines
Chord Prediction
Tension and Resolution in Chords

Students will be introduced to various Macro and Micro aspects of Rhythm as well as Rhythm Styles of popular music genres.

Theory

Overview of Note Values and Time Signatures
Rests, Tied Notes and Sub-Beats
Swing and Triplets

Exercises

Transcribing Rhythms using Music Notation
Grid Method to analyze Rhythms and Grooves
Working with Accents over a Time Signature
Common Rhythms Styles used in Popular Music (Bossa Nova, Funk, Reggae, Waltz, Jazz Shuffle, Hard Rock and many more)

Students will learn a song based on the assimilation of the concepts learnt over Days 1,2 & 3. This will also help you get out of your shell and comfort zone as a composer and explore various possibilities of Music Creation.

Theory

Harmonization
Song Breakdown

Exercises

Finding the “Strong” beat of a Musical Passage
Given any one – Chords, Tunes or Rhythm, how to compose the other
Learning a variety of songs using just the EAR

Prerequisites

In addition to possessing the essential skill sets to play an instrument (Guitar/Voice/Keyboard etc..), an understanding of Music theory including basic scales, chords and time signatures is required.