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The simplest ear-training exercise ever

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The simplest ear-training exercise ever

Have someone who is musical play a note on the piano, and don’t look at the note they played.  Somewhere in the middle of the keyboard is good.

Now hear it in your mind. Hum it so you hear where it lives in your voice. Have them play it again. Keep it locked in your mind. Hum or sing it.

Now turn around and try to find the note. Start by playing any note. Now, ask just two questions:

1. Is this note higher or lower than the one you are trying to find?

2. And by how much?

If you get confused, turn around and have them play it again. Hum it again.  Take your time. Repeat till you nail it.

This simple exercise is the beginning of tremendous relative pitch and ANYONE can do it. If you can’t hum the note at first, just have them help you till you find it in your voice.

Your voice is basically just a muscle. (Well, other stuff too!) Making it vibrate at different frequencies makes different pitches, higher or lower.

This is the most basic element of ear training: hearing and reproducing a pitch.

You can make it get progressively more difficult too!

Don’t be fooled by how simple this is. Try it for 10 minutes a day for a month. Do it a lot and you will become great.

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