If you are just beginning or an experienced musician, ear training can be a daunting set skills to master. There are several concepts that you will need to become proficient at if you wish to play music by ear. Not only will you need to master the physical aspects of the instrument, but you will need to learn to hear music and associate the sound of the notes and chords to the instrument itself. Learning to master this association is what many musicians have taken many years to acquire, others have just given up.

The good news is you have found the perfect tool that will help you to quickly and easily master the skills you need! By using this app just a few minutes a day, you will naturally accelerate the process associating sounds to the physical movements required to making those sounds. The reason the app is so effective is because you must re-create the sounds you hear and play them back with either your voice or instrument. This forces you to practice associating the sounds you hear with creating them on your instrument, training your hands to instinctively go where your ear hears. This means you are training you muscles to quickly and effortlessly make you fingers create notes or chords, and most importantly - hearing the patterns of music all at the same time! In essance, by using this app, you are practicing playing music by ear in a very focused and controlled way, getting feedback and repeating. Very quickly you will have the skills to learn any song by ear!

We have found is the key to success is doing a little bit every day. Something strange happens when you practice like this. Each day, the new note or chord that seemed impossible to hear, suddenly will become clearer and then instantly recognizable. Note by note and chord by chord, you will get to the place where you instantly recognize how to play songs you have never heard before. The notes and chords will jump out at you. By using this app you will have trained your hands so that not only will you hear music like a trained professional musician but you will instinctively know how to play it too!

The Plan
We typically wouldn’t recommend doing any more than 30 minutes of ear training a day. Just like working out physically, a little practice consistently every day goes a long way. A chord or interval you don’t hear at all on the first day, will be familiar on day two and by day 4 or 5 you will probably just know it. It's weird, but it works!

Turn off beginner mode as soon as possible. Once you understand what the notes/chords the level is looking for, and can play them fast enough, you will find that the fretboard guide in the app will become unnecessary too. You can just concentrate on the sounds.

Be sure to also use the Staff view and Sight Singing games. You will be able to play each game in this view option. This will help you to master basic sight reading too. There are also three extra sight signing games in the Staff view. You will want to master these games! Even if you are not a singer, practicing the singing exercises will solidify your ear training and accelerate your progress. It is recommended to begin the sight singing games at phase 1 and continue using this practice tool.

Finally, this app should just be part of your ear training routine. You need to be learning as many songs as you can by ear - no chord charts, no tab. This will be very hard at first. But, with practice and this app accelerating your skills, you will be surprised how quickly you will be able to do this!

We would recommend taking a phased approach to mastering the ear training games. We will list these phases below:

Phase 1
We recommend starting with Melodic Intervals and Power Chords games and work on them alternately. Follow this same principle of alternating games for all phases of training. We recommend playing each game about three times each and then switch to the other game. This will help keep things interesting and help begin to master different, but necessary skills.

Melodic Intervals
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Position = 1, Scale = Major
b. Practice until you can pass level 6 with 50 and then 100 questions. Once you can do this, you will be able to hear / play the major scale. Ignore level 7 and higher for now. When you pass a level, it will automatically send you to the next level up. If you have the speed set to fast, even 100 questions won’t take but ~3minutes.

Power Chords
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C
b. Pass your way up to level 7 - with 50 and then 100 questions. You will know the "1", "4", "5", and "6m" chords.

Phase 2
Harmonic Intervals
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Position = 1, Scale = Major
b. Pass your way up to level 7 - with 50 and then 100 questions.

Basic Chords
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Key Up
b. Pass your way up to level 4 - with 50 and then 100 questions. You will know the "1", "4", "5", and "6m" chords. These are probably the most important chords to know by ear. With Key Up, each time you pass a game it changes to the next key. You have to pass all 5 keys simultaneously to advance up to the next level. You have to really be “ready” to move on - this is hard at first but worth the effort!

Phase 3
Melodic/Harmonic Intervals
Pass all 12 levels of the Melodic and Harmonic interval games.

Power Chords
Pass through the "2" and "3" chords (level 10)

Basic Chords
Pass through the "2" and "3" chords (level 5)

Phase 4
3 Note Melody
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Position = 1, Scale = Major
b. Pass your way up to level 12 - with 50 and then 100 questions.

Power Chord and Basic Chord Changes
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Key Up, 2 Chords
b. Pass your way up to the levels you have done so far

Phase 5
Triads
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Position = 1, Scale = Major
b. Pass your way though all levels - with 50 and then 100 questions.
c. Change positions and pass through all levels.

Phase 6
5 Note Melody
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Position = 1, Scale = Major
b. Pass your way up to level 12 - with 50 and then 100 questions.

Power Chord and Basic Chord Changes
a. Start with Level = 1, Key = C, Key Up, 2 Chords
b. Pass your way through all levels
c. Add 3 and then 4 chords to the games to increase the difficulty.

Phase 7
Interval/Melody Games
Repeat all games using the different scale/mode and position options

Basic Chord/Power Chord Games
Continue practicing Basic and Power Chord games in all keys and options

Triads
Continue practicing Triad games in all keys and positions


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