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Posted by Ed on January 13, 2000 at 12:00:49:

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...

Coupla things. Getting a keyboard and approaching the same harmonic work on it that you are practicing on bass (you ARE practicing 3 and 4 part chords in all inversions, aren't you?) helps get the sound of the chords in yer ears. But you will want to practice the same sorts of "under fire" situations that you will have on the stand.You don't really talk about what kind of music you play, but for jazz, Jamie Aebersold puts out a series of (rhythm section) play along records. These come with the charts, but it's a nice workout to try to play along with the tunes without the charts to "hear" your way thru them. Aebersold also puts out a more traditional transcription approach to ear training that you might find useful. As Rob says, it's more useful to think in terms of chord function, rather than specific notes/roots. It's gonna be more helpful in the long run to hear something as the ii7 chord (rather than C minor 7) because that tells you a lot about the other chords you will be encountering in the tune.

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