Ear Training Fundamentals Part 2 - How to play music by ear using scale degrees and chord tones | Michael Emenau | Skillshare

Ear Training Fundamentals Part 2 - How to play music by ear using scale degrees and chord tones

Michael Emenau, Music Maker!

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4 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Welcome to Ear Training Fundamentals Part 2

    • 2. Ear training Fundamentals #6

    • 3. Ear Training Fundamentals #7

    • 4. Ear Training Fundamentals #8


About This Class

In this course, we are going to continue learning the basics of ear-training, pitch recognition, as well as how to finds chords and melodies. We will be discussing how to recognize and name groups of notes on the piano by using "relative pitch" as well as the basic concepts behind harmony, tonality, and musical keys.

A great deal of time will be devoted to developing a sense of chord tones and scale degrees (naming notes by where they sit within major and minor scales.

This course is a continuation of Ear Training Fundamentals Part 1. You are not required to do Part 1 first if you are comfortable with the level of this course. If any concepts seem unclear, you can simply review previous course.

Each class will have the same format:

  • Introduce a new concept in ear training
  • Give examples/exercises of how to listen, understand and achieve this concept
  • Take a guided quiz based on what you have learned

What makes this class somewhat unique is that each course will have a specific goal which I will explain with examples, and once you understand the concepts of higher and lower sounds, we then explore very simple pitch recognition (note naming) quizzes and tutorials.

This is the perfect course for someone who want to learn how to play by ear, but feels overwhelmed by the fast pace of many "play music by ear" courses.


1. Welcome to Ear Training Fundamentals Part 2 : Hello, everybody. Welcome to ear training fundamentals. My name is Michael Emenalo. In this course, you will be learning the basic concepts of your training, the listening techniques you need to be able to listen to and play note by year, we're going to learn how to listen and how to make a connection between our ears and our voice. How do find in different shape pitches? And here in transcribe a series of notes and melodies, we're lost. Be learning about harmony and learning how to hear different types of major and minor chords. Each class will follow a similar pattern. There will be an objective. For example, how do you hear a three note musical sequence? I will then go over the techniques to achieve this objective. And finally, I will give you a quiz. And during the quiz, I will be giving you suggestions and advice to further solidify what you have already learned. I created this course for a very specific reason. Whenever I've had a student who wanted to test the rears, I would just send them to YouTube. There's hundreds. There's thousands of ear training quizzes and tests out there, but there are some students who struggled even with the beginner tests. I looked around a bit and found that really none of the videos dealt with true beginners. Nor did they provide information or techniques and how to get started, how to hear the relationships between notes and how to simply begin to play by ear. In this course, I'll be teaching you the fundamentals, the building blocks of how your training works and the stronger your ears become, the easier music is to play, and that seemingly magic ability to play music by years will soon become a reality. 2. Ear training Fundamentals #6: Hello and welcome back, everybody to your training fundamentals. This is class number class number six. OK, we're getting somewhere. What we're going to do is continue on with the recognition of major and minor chords. But we're this time going to use them to figure out notes. So here is going to be the plan. I'm gonna play a group of notes and you have to tell me whether they are major or minor. So first I will just play them, for example, as a cord. And then you say, Okay, this is Major. That being minor, there's a major chord. There's a minor court. Now what we're going to do is a label with notes of these courts. So if I'm in C major where you're going to call this note the C one because it's the first sort of a C major scale, we're gonna call the second note of the board three because it is the third note in the C major scale. And this note that is the five in A C major scales. The fifth note. It's a Jeep. The reason we're doing that is because we're gonna go from court accord. It's not important right now for you to tell me the names of the notes. I want to know the relationships between the notes. So if if the three notes, that's the one that's a three and that's a five. So the pattern answer. If if I played this, the edge would be 535 All these chords and notes are going to be in closed position, which means they're gonna start on the root note of the cord. So if we are in the key of, if we're doing something in G, that is a G to be in that two D. These are the three notes in G major Chord and groupings will always be in this format whether they're there, were there were there. So the goal will be I will play the cord. You have to figure out, Is this a major minor and then never play a note pattern within that chord? So when you will tell May 1535 or whatever the notes are. So when you listen to the cord, you wanna be able to sing it and notice which one is the lowest know which one is the root ? Okay, that's enough information. Let's see what happens when this when we try this. Here we go. OK, let's just do one. Practice one. Before we get into this, I'm gonna play a chord. Listen, your figure out is this major or minor, that's gonna be one part of the answer. And the other part is, what are the pattern of notes And again? 135 You don't need to name the notes. Just the 135 Okay, here we go. Number one. So ask is a major minor. Now, here's the pattern. Listen to it. Try to sing it. And the answer is 1123 And it's a major. Number two And the answer, one five. Number three. Yeah. Uh, here we go. He, uh the enters 53531 Next one. A major minor. Oh, and the answer next one. Um, remember, you always want to find that tonic Note. That's the one way answer. I didn't pay the tonic this time. There's the tonic. Next. What? And the answer. Moving on, Major Mine And the answer Next one, You're a minor way. And if you can What? I pay them the second time you can try to sing along the answer next one. These are gonna be a little longer now and the enter. Okay. And the last one will make this a long college in trade. I'm gonna play it three times and try to sing along the second of their time and see if you can get it. Major. Minor. Okay, more time. Slow. And here's the answer. Okay. I hope that wasn't too difficult for you. I know this is a different way of doing your training. Ah, but I think it's a very effective when you start to compare, because when you put harmony and melody together, your your your memory really activate gets a lot stronger. So I'm going to continue one mawr with ease in the next couple weeks. So, uh, write in the comments below. Tell me how you did Tell me this is too easy too hard. And I always love your feedback. OK, we'll see you next week. Thanks. Bye. Bye. 3. Ear Training Fundamentals #7: Hello and welcome back. This is your training fundamentals. Class number seven. We're getting somewhere. So what we're going to do is to continue along in the same format. We're going to be playing a group of notes and either major or minor, either in major or minor eso as before. I'm gonna play the cord first. The only difference is the last class we dealt with, the one the three by which are the three notes and a standard court along. What I'm going to do now is add another note, which is the second note in the scale. So if we are, I'm gonna go to Major cause a little easier to see here. A c major chord. One thing right here is the second note off a C major scale way. We're going to be dealing with these four notes, either major or minor. So it's gonna be the same four minutes before I'll play a chord. You've listened to it and then you have to figure out if it's major minor and very importantly, you want to know where the root is, which is this case. There's your route. Do. If I was in G major I would play that chord, which are Listen, you'll sing. Make sure you know where that tonic is And then I will play pattern and you try to play it back. Okay, here we go. Think you can do this? So again, just to before we start this we're not naming the letter names of the notes. It's not C d e e g ce etcetera were naming the numbers in the what these recalled of the scale degrees. I'm going to play a chord. You tell me. If it's major minor, then I'm gonna play the four notes that are gonna be involved, which will be the 123 and five. Then you tell me the pattern. We'll start easy. Well, easy for some people, I'm sure. Okay, here we go. Number one said Major. Minor. Uh, here's the tonic. Here's the four notes played again. Try to sing along. Okay, here's your pattern. Number one and the answer one. Here comes the next one. There's three years before note way. Okay, here we go. Remember, just because we have four notes, the truth serum doesn't mean I'm gonna play them all. Here's the answer. Super. Okay. You know what I'm gonna tell you. The next one is going to be in minor screaming the same to analogies. Just you can hear the difference. So way to go, uh, sing along with it. Here's the other way. Next one always major minor. Here we go Way and the answer Next we go. Take your time. Figure what? That first notice. That's the first note and the answer next month. Here we go. And yet next I m. Pei one more time this one jumps around a bit. And the answer next one. Oh, - and the answer. Okay, We're just tomb or cause I know these are These are stretched on the brain. So to more. Here's the 1st 1 major minor. Uh, most important thing is to find the first note of these. Here we go, trying to sing along with it on the answer thistles. Tricky gets its starting on the tube. So it's not in the court. It's not really anywhere there. And that tonic, that's when you really wanna that is your anchor. So if you can hear that you could really together those two that Okay, one last one. Here we go. Yeah, way and the answer. Okay, Congratulations. That may be in pretty challenging for some of you. Ah, but again, we're trying to find the relations between major and minor and the core notes in the scale notes that relate to each of these keys. So again, as always, tell me these too easy these hard where your challenges Is there anything in particular you would like to know about our to learn in future your training classes? 4. Ear Training Fundamentals #8: Welcome back, everybody to hear training fundamentals. This is class number eight. Are you really this far along? Class number eight? Here's what we're gonna do this time similar to the last class and that we're going to be using groups of notes and using numbers, meaning that instead of saying, for example, see if we're in C major, we're just gonna call it 123 4321 Because, yes, we're gonna be using five notes, the 1st 5 notes of a major scale. We're not going to dealing with minors at all this week because I think that five notes is a lot of notes in different combinations. So what's gonna happen? I'm going to play a chord so you can hear the tonality that I'm gonna play the five notes of the 1st 5 notes of the major scale off Whichever tonality were in, then I'm gonna play a pattern, and you could tell me the names of the notes of the pattern just so that the tonality keeps in your ears were going to do three or four different patterns on one tonality before we switched to another one. Because that is get hard anyway. Uh, here we go. I'm going to talk it through for the 1st 1 and Ah, good luck. OK, so we're going to start in the key of C Major. And that's these notes, too, So I'll be playing the cord. You hear it? Most importantly, you hear what the tonic is because all the other notes are going to be based off of that one. Good. Here comes the first pattern. And the answer. One next one. Ah, so that was the inverse of the 1st 1 Three. Next one. - And the answer one next one. And the answer. It's starting on the five. Okay, one more in C major. Ah, most important thing is to be able to sing along what you're hearing. Mm. And the answer. Okay, We're gonna go to G Major now. Here we go. Way seeing the tonic way and the answer next one. So the hardest thing is finding that first note because right there way Go. And the answer started in a five. Next one. This is not going to start on the one or the five, So find that first note and then after that, it should fight to come and a place. Oh, and started on the three. The third note of the scale. Okay, Where did that one more such finality. Let's do this in the key of B flat. You need to be Oh, here we go. And the answer is, if that was too tricky, listen to this next one. See if you can figure it out. Now that you know that one, the first and last night were the same. Uh, this one is not going to start on the one of the five seeping figured out. Here we go. Two more to and the answer Here comes the last one. Mm. We're going to do this in two more times. A little tricky. - And that's it. You have done another class. How did you do? These are kind of tricky, I realize. And what is really important is to really internalize What is the tonic? What is atonality? And when that it sits in your ears and it's much easier to find the notes that I'm playing , so is always How are we doing? Too easy? Too hard. Anything specific you'd like to learn? Is there anything that I should be clarifying