Using your ears is a very crucial aspect to being a good musician but what does that mean exactly? How does one train their ears to be better at identifying aspects of music? Tony will help to unravel some of the mystery here using the tune "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" as an example.
- Welcome to our first ear training lesson.…This is a very important thing, to work on your ear…and a lot of what's here,…most of what's here is all just kind of laid out for you,…I explain everything, there's tablature.…But it's also very important to…use your own imagination, your own ear,…and kind of learn where the notes are…on the fingerboard, especially…in bluegrass, you're in G a lot of the time.…Not all the time, but (strums banjo)…what I wanna do is…take the melody of Will the Circle Be Unbroken,…and break it down, and have you just kinda,…it'll be kind of a call and response,…I'm gonna turn on the metronome in a moment here,…and I'll play just a few notes of the melody,…and then I'll give you 20 seconds or whatever,…to just try to find those same notes,…and that'll go into the next few notes,…or three or four notes, depending on where…or when it will be in that case,…and then try to figure out what those notes are,…and we'll go right through to the end of it,…and then I'll play it one more time with the whole thing,…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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