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Posted by Rob Perl on January 13, 2000 at 11:34:22:

In Reply to: Ear Training.. posted by greg on January 12, 2000 at 19:08:54:

: O.k., I can play fairly well, read through charts pretty good, and jam pretty good, but my ears just ain't happening. If someone could give me some really good pointers in improving my ability to actually hear and understand what I am listening to that would be great (i.e. recognize chord changes, pick out bass lines on tunes better, etc)....How helpful would an inexpensive keyboard be for this??? thanks in advance...


The most important pointer I can give you is to think relatively. Rather than thinking E A B, you can think 1 4 5, for example.
Take a song you know and change the key; then without playing it, write down the chords in the new key. If you do this this by trying to hear the chords and thinking relatively, rather than add or subtract the difference from the original key, you'll start to sharpen your ear.
After you're through, play it on your bass and see how close you came. You can also do this with songs you're familiar with, but don't know or remember the chord changes to.

If you keep doing this, you'll get to a point where you can hear a song and tell the chord changes as you hear them.

Good Luck,


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