The “Ear” part of the is the ability to identify intervals both melodic and harmonic - melodies and chords and chord progressions. Then to get the fingers to reproduce what the ear hears.
Developing Relative Pitch
Two of the best resources that I personally use for learning and testing my relative pitch are:
- Clarion - This is a Mac software program that will drill your intervals. The really nice part is you can set the intervals to work on. Adding new intervals as you get going. Choose the instruments, scales, and octaves that are most important to you. Set up as many configurations as you like and switch between them instantly.
- good-ear.com -The On-line, Free Ear Training on the Net.
Ear Training is the development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody and harmony. This is a skill by which musicians learn to identify, solely by hearing, pitches, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements of music. The application of this skill is analogous to taking dictation in written/spoken language. Ear training may be contrasted with sight-singing, which is analogous to reading aloud in language. Ear-training is typically a component of formal musical training.
Relative Pitch - The term relative pitch may denote:
1) the distance of a musical note from a set point of reference, e.g. "three octaves above middle C"
2) a musician's ability to identify the intervals between given tones, regardless of their relation to concert pitch (A = 440Hz)
3) the skill used by singers to correctly sing a melody, following musical notation, by pitching each note in the melody according to its distance from the previous note. Alternatively, the same skill which allows someone to hear a melody for the first time and name the notes relative to some known starting pitch.
- Ear Training
Functional pitch recognition involves identifying the function or role of a single pitch in the context of an established tonic. Once a tonic has been established, each subsequent pitch may be classified without direct reference to accompanying pitches. For example, once the tonic G has been established, listeners may recognize that the pitch D plays the role of the dominant in the key of G. No reference to any other pitch is required to establish this fact.
- Intervals Lesson Series
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending. With this series of lessons you finally understand all there is to know about intervals.
- Understanding Intervals
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. They can be played melodically or harmonically.
- Understanding Chromatic Intervals
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.
- Understanding Interval Inversion
Inverting intervals using the Rule of Nine.
Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele
An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player. This material can be used to develop the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.
Material includes: Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences, the source material for improvisation.go to book
Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.
Applying harmonic analysis principles with harmonized scale charts for scale selection and chord substitution.
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.go to book
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