If you've just stumbled upon Ear Training HQ parts of this article may be a tad confusing. If you're thinking right now “I thought tonic was a drink you had with gin and what's internalisation?!” I recommend you take a look at our free lesson series Ear Training Made Easy. It covers the foundation that this lesson (and a lot of others) are built on. Once you learn the info in Ear Training Made Easy the wonderful world of ear training will open up to you.
In a previous lesson I covered the first step in developing relative pitch: learning to sing the tonic. To learn to sing it you’ll memorise the way that it sounds – a process I call internalisation. If you haven’t internalised the tonic yet then get to it! (Find out the fastest way to do it here…)
Once you’ve successfully internalised the tonic what comes next?
Well… Once you’ve done this successfully it’s time to do it all again!
Internalise the other scale degrees from the major scale: the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh.
Repeat the process you just went through with the tonic with each of these scale degrees so you can sing any scale degree confidently.
Once you’ve internalised each one you’re well on your way to developing a strong sense of relative pitch!
I know it might sound like a lot of work but trust me, once you internalise even the first couple of scale degrees you’ll start to see just how big a difference training your ears will have to your playing and you won’t believe it took you so long to get started.
And if you really want to play music by ear and you want to internalise these scale degrees as quickly as possible don’t forget you can invest in 80/20 Ear Training. You’ll get complete, permanent access to internalisation exercises (remember, they’re the fastest way to internalise the tonic or any other scale degree) and tests for each of these scale degrees (as well as the scale degrees of the minor scale) so you can internalise each one as quickly and effortlessly as possible. And you can download those exercises onto your computer, tablet, smartphone or mp3 player and you can even burn them onto CDs so you can practice anywhere!
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