Welcome to the final part of this series on singing. In the first part I explained why singing is the number one tool for ear training. In part two I listed 3 reasons to embrace your inner cat and forget about being scared of singing and in part three I explained how to learn to sing in tune so you can cure that ‘tone-deafness’ your music teacher told you you had.
In this final part I’ll send you on your way to other parts of EarTrainingHQ.com. The way that you’ll use singing to train your ears will depend on what you’re trying to achieve, so below I’ll give you some directions depending on what you’re looking for.
There are two main areas of ear training. Learning to recognise the notes you hear in music by developing relative pitch and learning to hear each note in music more clearly – a skill I call musical hearing.
You can use singing in a number of different ways depending on which one of these you’re focusing on (although I recommend developing both!). This is the point where this lesson series branches out. You’ll find links below to different lessons that focus on each of these different applications of singing in ear training.
If you’re not quite ready to start singing just yet – possibly because you’re not a confident singer
There are two techniques that I recommend when you’re developing relative pitch.
Listening ear training exercises
Listening exercises are a big part of many ear training methods. It’s definitely a big part of mine. My flagship course, called 80/20 Ear Training is made up of over 400 of them!
If you choose any course or app that uses listening exercises, singing will help you to make sure you’re clearly hearing and internalising the sounds you hear in the exercises.
It also makes it easier to recognise the notes you hear. For example, if you’re struggling to recognise the scale degree of a note when you first hear it in an exercise, singing can often make it pop out at you.
If you’d like more information about 80/20 Ear Training and how those audio exercises work I suggest you check out Ear Training Made Easy. In it you’ll find out about the big mistakes musicians make with ear training, what to do instead and how I’ve designed 80/20 Ear Training to make sure you get the best possible results in your quest to train your ears. Click here to check it out!
With sight singing
Sight singing is an age old ear training technique. It’s been around for so long because it works.
With sight singing you’ll look at written music and then try to hear the melodies internally so you can sing them accurately and confidently.
When doing sight singing (just like with all ear training), the most important thing is to approach it correctly. To find out how to do that, you’ll have to wait a little bit (sorry!). Some lessons on sight singing are coming soon!
Developing your musical hearing is all about singing.
When you hear a fast or complex melody can you sing each note? Or what about when you hear a chord? Can you make out and sing the bass note, the top note and the notes that are sitting between the two?
For more information on how to improve your ability to tune into each individual note in any of these contexts, you can take a look at my lesson series on musical hearing here or find out about the course I’ve designed to make it as easy as possible to develop your musical hearing: Hear. Sing. Win.
CONTINUE TO: Hear. Sing. Win.
The brings us to the end of this lesson series on singing. I hope you found it helpful. Use any of the links above to find out more about how you can use singing to train your ears and if you have any questions please leave them below or get in touch via email!