How to Transpose a Melody Quickly and Easily

Have you ever tried to transpose a melody from one key to another? It can be very challenging. It involves some serious mental gymnastics and you need to be able to do it fast if you want to keep up. Fortunately, if you found it difficult, you were probably doing it the hard way. I…

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The secret to making music that tastes… err I mean sounds great

Down here in Australia we’re going through Masterchef madness. I’m not sure if it’s the same where you live but reality TV cooking shows are seriously popular down under. I’ve been watching it from time to time, and like with a lot of things, watching people cook makes me think about ear training. Sound like…

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8 Amazing Guitarists You Didn’t Know Play By Ear

8 Amazing Guitarists You Didn't Know Play By Ear

When I listen to truly amazing musicians play I feel inspired. It makes me want to hit the practice room so I can sound a little more like them. One of the biggest factors that separates the world’s best musicians from everyone else is the way they use their ears when they play (I call this…

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12 Things Every Musician Ought to Know About Ear Training

12 Things Every Musician Ought To Know About Ear Training

Ear training has the potential to completely transform the way a musician plays. Unfortunately, the majority of musicians don’t even know what ear training is, let alone what they can achieve if they add some to their practice routine. So I’d like to share with you 12 things that every musician ought to know about ear…

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How to Learn your Scales In No Time Flat

Learning your scales is an important step to becoming a great musician. Especially if you want to play by ear (a tonality based approach to ear training is based on scale degrees after all). One of the first steps in learning to play the major and minor scales is learning the key signature of each…

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How to Practice Your Instrument and Train Your Ears at the Same Time

In case you hadn’t guessed by now I love ear training and I think it’s super important to include focused ear training in your practice routine. But at the end of the day we don’t train our ears to get better at ear training, we do it to become better musicians. So if you’re looking…

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The Single Moment That Changed The Way I Played Music Forever

C, E, F. In one moment I heard those 3 notes – C, E and F – and the way I thought about music and the way I played changed for good. So what was so special about those three notes? Before I can tell you, allow me to set the scene… I was playing…

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How long does it take to train your ears?

There’s an important question that I get asked regularly by musicians interested in training their ears and becoming better players: “How long will it take me to train my ears, now that I know the right way to do it?” This is a great question. It’s much easier to decide how much ear training you…

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The secret to memorizing music easily

If you wanted to memorize a piece of music, how would you go about it? You would practice it over and over again, so that you start to remember the notes right? Then as you’re getting better, you would look away from the written music while you play, so you force yourself to play from…

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Make sure you’re not making any of these 3 ear training mistakes

This post is an excerpt from our free e-book: “The Ultimate Guide to Ear Training”. If you’d like to read the rest of the guide, you can click here to gain free access! Up to now, I’ve told you about the two main areas of ear training: musical hearing and aural recognition, and how you…

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