The Tonal Centre and the Tonal Chord

When you look at the notes on a particular scale, each note can be labeled with a scale degree. The bottom note on the scale, called the tonic, is the most important note on that scale and can also be called the tonal centre. The tonal centre, combined with the 5th note above it and…

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Chord Progressions: The Importance of Chord Progressions

When it comes to writing a good song, there are several different aspects that make up a good song. Often times, a good song has to be worked on and honed until it meets with the satisfaction of either the songwriter or the performers. While there are many different aspects of the song, perhaps no…

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Diatonic Chords: What are Diatonic Chords and why are they important?

In the world of music and musical notations, one thing that you will find popping up quite a bit is the use of chords within a musical composition. There are virtually an endless list of different chords that you can play, but one particular term that will often come up is the term Diatonic Chords.…

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How to Master the Tonic

Learning to recognise the tonic is one of the most important steps to master if you want to train your ears and play confidently by ear. So read on to find outthe 3 smaller steps that we break the process of learning to recognise the tonic down into. 1. Internalise (memorise) the sound of the…

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Merry Christmas from Ear Training HQ!

I’d like to wish all Ear Training HQ’s members and followers a very Merry Christmas on behalf of the entire ETHQ team!! 2015 has been a year of rebuilding for us – we’ve rebuilt the entire members’ area as well as most of the website, and we’ve made some big changes to how the business…

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Ear Training Techniques: The Things You Ought to Know

There so much ear training information out there that trying to work outwhich ear training techniques to use can be completely overwhelming. Fortunately,if we really look at what’s going on in all those different techniques we can boil them all down to threefundamentalones. And once we understand those threefundamental ear training techniques it’s much easier…

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How to master ear training in minor keys

      The minor key is used for close to half the music we listen to and play, so ear training that focuses on minor keys is absolutely essential if you want to play confidently by ear. If you want to master ear training in minor keys quickly and easily, there are 2 important…

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Relative Major and Minor Scales: The Things You Ought to Know

Understanding the relationships that occur in music does a huge amount to make us better and more confident musicians (especially when it comes to ear training). One simple and incredibly useful relationship to learn is the relationship between the major and the minor scale. Yet so many musicians know nothing about it! So read on…

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ETHQ Update: Building a more musical world

The Song Room

Our mission here at Ear Training HQ is to enrich the lives of as many people as we can with music. We focus on doing that by helping musicians to train their ears, develop a stronger connection with music and transform their playing as a result. But so many people don’t get the opportunity to…

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The Pentatonic Scale: The Things You Ought to Know

Pentatonic scales are probably the most commonly used scales throughout the world – you’ll find them used extensively in almost every culture’s music. Considering every type of music uses them, it’s not a bad idea to understand a little bit about them. So read on to find out everything you ought to know about pentatonic…

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