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The Music lesson - Class #2 - Learn your first two songs by ear

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8 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Welcome/Introduction to the Course

    • 2. First Songs by Ear -Twinkle Pt.1

    • 3. First Songs by Ear -Twinkle Pt.2

    • 4. Melody #10 First song by ear! no watermark

    • 5. Melody #11 Find two notes no watermarl

    • 6. Melody #12 Low Medium High test no watermark

    • 7. Melody #13 Find three notes no watermark

    • 8. Melody #14 Twinke twinke by ear no watermark


About This Class

In this course we will be learning our first two songs by ear. After a demonstration level where we watch Daniel learn the first part of Twinkle Twinkle Little star by ear We will go though the process of learning an introduction song. This will be followed by more ear training exercises and quizzes in preparation to learn the song.  We will then watch Daniel finish the second pat of the song and finish with my teaching you set by step how to play the entire piece. Please note that although Daniel learns the song in G major (for reason which are explained in the 1st video) I will be teaching you in the standard key of C major.


In this new "Series" I am taking a different approach to the traditional online education experience. Each course will contain a curated series of lessons to achieve a musical goal. Instead of simply presenting the information to you in the typical online format (Me- teacher talking to you , giving information and supplying tests and downloadable documents to you - The student)  At the beginning of each course, I will first show a video of a one-on-one lesson with a student who is learning the same material. It is my intention to demonstrate the challenges and rewards one can encounter during the education process.  My test students name is Daniel and he is a great guy and very funny.


1. Welcome/Introduction to the Course: Hello, everyone. My name is Michael Emenalo, and I'm here today to talk to your boat and exciting new course that just created called. The Music lesson in this series, of course, is I'm gonna be taking a different approach than traditional online education experience or me. The teacher teaches you how to do something that will be included. But I'm also going to give you a real life. One on one case study One of my students has graciously accepted to be videotaped while I teach them different music concepts. Now, this concept could be what a court is or how to find a certain note in the piano or a scale or how to play a certain song. Uh, but the fun part is, is that after you have watched and experienced my student go through the process, I have then chosen a series of selected, curated classes from previous courses that have made to learn this singular concept. Now it's a lot of fun seeing a student go through this, you'll be able to see the challenges, the pitfalls where they succeed, what's easy, what's hard. And hopefully it'll give you the student a little more empathy for other people learning as well as yourself. In this course, we're going to be learning our 1st 2 songs by ear. The 1st 1 is a very simple melody, which is a great primer for learning about pitch recognition for learning about note repetition. Then we're going to do a couple your training exercises just to get your ears working a little more. And, ah, this is all gonna lead up. We're going to learn the first real song, which is Twinkle, twinkle Little Star. Yes, I know you may be wondering why that song at a Kids song, but in reality this song is so well known it's already in your ears. So it's a great song to work on all. Everything we've done so far for the exercise is to be able to pull those notes Order of your ear and onto the keyboard. Okay, it's a great lesson. Let's get to it 2. First Songs by Ear -Twinkle Pt.1: didn't blow. It is really the same time. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Theo. Place on by here. So the first thing you have to do is teacher how to find a note. So, Daniel, close your eyes. Okay? I'm gonna play it out. Okay? You can open your eyes. Thing that note. Uh, a little high. Close your eyes. Uh hmm. Good. Mm. Great. Okay, you have it. Now find it. I'm gonna give you a clue. It's await note. Just make it easier for you cause you never Daniels never done this before. You're gonna find a note on the piano. You sang it. You're gonna find it. No. Mm. Close your eyes. Sing it. Ah, no. Okay. Sing it in play. Mm. Okay. I'm gonna play another note. Same thing. OK. And the first I'm gonna ask is the second note higher or lower than the first play. I'll play the first. Don't they play second? Then we'll do that. First child. Do that the entire cake. It's fire. Now the second note. Close your eyes. Sing it one more time. Mm. Your look, your little flat flapping. You're just a little low. You saying this? Can you want to see. Oh, ok, now, remember the first night? Mm. You don't know? That's okay. First knows. Sorry. I like woman time. Yeah. Mm. Great. OK, what was the first note? You don't chicken again. Just just so you get in there with my eyes. Cliff. No. Played against. Mm. That's great. Okay, you know what the first note is? Okay. Find the second. No, no, no. Start again, Dr. Friend of that, it could be in here. All you know, it's higher is higher. Which means it isn't that it is so hard to write this note. So I think it's No, that's all right. Yeah. Gonna play, then. You confirm it. You play what you did. No. Yeah, that's right. Yeah, it's those is those notes. Okay, so wait, Let me find them again. Here, In here? Yeah, that's it. You did it. You actually found to those of piano Never happened before. Okay, I'm gonna play the third note, this whole song. No, No. So it's okay. You're I have confidence in here. I'm just going to play the third note. Okay, but the other two close your eyes. OK, That's higher. Sing it. Oh, my time. Mm. Now, that's the note before. That's that's right. So it's higher than that. Okay, here we go. I mean, it's not much higher than that. So it's likely that goes Okay, I'm gonna sing it and then you sing. Uh uh. No, you're talk for me to go that high. Okay? That's a funny note for you. OK, You know, do you transpose is right now. Okay. To make it easier for you, Transposing is Okay, So here's a person that I'm gonna give it to you. Since you've already proved you do before, it's the person that you're not gonna be. Actually, you just think, uh, perfect. Uh, okay, Steve. Fine. So I'm going to find, you know, Is it this one? Yeah. That was very, uh uh, No, Bob. Okay. Super. Yeah. So those will be the first to note with song. Okay, the third note, I started third notice from that note. Yeah, because basically, and what I'm teaching him is how to hear note, sing it and play the note. This is the essence of playing music by here. Is that what you hear in your ears and what comes out of your voice and what the instrument's sound is making are all the same. Because then you really your body is in tune with the instruments into your boys. It This is what play my music by here is in the future. I'm gonna get this more about how this affects your memory of this effects your use of your using this sense versus other senses. But right now we're gonna learn something. So the 1st 3 notes are can you just play this knows getting your ears. Okay. So, law, those now here is the actual rhythm that this is going to go to. I will play this. Okay, this is by far. By the way, this is super super common Children zone. Is that so? Go. Can you play it? Can you play? How much? Uh, did I start? Right? Yeah. Uh, okay, OK. It's what song is that? You know Ah, It's if I play one more, Know your purse or just before you recognise its weight. Ah, a little star. So yes, we will take a little shop. Little twinkles It's this twinkle songs The twinkle song. It's a zoo. We used to call it. Yes, it's also the alphabet song. Did you know that? Twinkle, twinkle, little star A B C D E f g Did you know that? Huh? Huh? Okay. From this point, now you know the song. It's in your ears. You know, the beginning notes I What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna play those first part of it myself. Don't look. And then I want you to sing the next note. Okay, That would come. Then you're gonna find that okay way. Mm. Exact. So find that note. Mm. That's that's it. That is it. Okay, so now you know that. Play the song. I gonna sting what? I want to play. Okay. Uh, but uh huh. Okay. You had every sir. Okay, I have a hint. It's what? The note you've already played le so I go, OK, You don't think that's an Italian thing? That's okay to do that again. Just get that in your super. What's next note? Don't play to sing it Exactly, Uh, singing a plate. That's it. Okay. You know, checking. Do it. Yeah, keep going. Now. E gotta start again. Okay. Whoa. No, no. Well, you know what? Take it back. We're gonna sing it, Play it have you tell me, Are those notes at the end ascending or descending? And by these two definitions, ascending means that pitch is rising. You're going his way And by descending the pictures lowering its that I can play it. Close your eyes, OK, you're descending. Exactly. Okay, so you know you're going that way. Was the last note the same as the first note? I think it is. OK, I'm gonna put again confirmed and e one lower. Wrong. It was the same. It was the same. On the right is this eight is the same and this is very typical. Most songs started end at what is called the tonic. What's the tonic you say? Uh okay, that's what the tonic is. Okay, so that yeah, that's what the tonic it is, huh? Not gin and tonic. I was just gonna say, Oh, we were just going to say because it's time for leading. Okay, I'm gonna play it once more and then lets you play the whole song you're looking now because we're learning with her ears with their eyes. Right. So as you notice, as you were descending in the second part of this melody, you played each note two times. Right? Okay. Wrong. Okay, The first note is this. And you know what? The next lesson we're gonna learn the names of those in the piano. OK? Gotta be a little labels on the Noah later. Play the dams. You know what, Robbo? Seriously, good for you. I'm impressed. I'm not just I used all the fingers take you, used all the fingers. And in fact, one of the things about this song is yes, it is the 1st 5 notes off a major scale. No one. Do you have to have a major scale? It was more okay. Uh huh. No, you were right. You just You have to I have to remember it in my head, right? Exactly. Do Mm. Thistles correct. Put it all together just to really crystallize in here. Okay. Dant intent, intent and downtown Downtown down. Uh huh. Um um Ah, cool. We're gonna leave it there for now. Next week. We're going to finish off this on this guy's doing it by ear this year. This year And this one Thanks 3. First Songs by Ear -Twinkle Pt.2: I'm savoring doing. No kidding. Four keys at the same time. Welcome back to part two. Twinkle, Twinkle. Nothing. Stop Dance it. Okay, so this will, I assume, is gonna move along a little bit quicker. So in the first part, Daniel learned the first part of Twinkle Twinkle 100% by ear. And one thing I do want to notice that most people, when they play this song played in the key of C major, which is up here. But Daniel is playing in the key of G major. Because if you go online and look at the notes, it's most likely going to be up here. It's okay. Any song could be played in any key we chose, yet it That's good. That's how in hockey games they go, you just transposing courts. That's good to know. So there's a future for me. Yet you think is the path this is This is a path. All right, so he's playing in the key of G and we're going to continue on S o. Daniel played the first part of the song, please. Okay, here we go. See the teacher. Ready? Yeah, Right on. Hey, last heavy last stop. Okay. I knew we were going to use the same technique. I'm gonna play the first note of the second part of the song, and then Daniel's gonna sing it and find it. And then to see how far along you can go all in your own eso did it in. Okay, Ready? No case. Find this note. Mm. No, that's OK. So listen to the contour by the contour. In this case, we're ascending and descending Are as I play a group of notes. Are they going down? Are they going up? Your contour being a contour? My eyes were closed. Okay, so we're heading down. Not good. How many outs were per how many notes were played and too perky. Right. Play each note two times. Okay. I don't even know. I, uh there's no when you're learning assigned by ear. There is no strict rule on how you do it. But you try to find patterns, things that are happening over and over. And in this song, there's a lot of repetition. Note. Repeat a lot. And especially in lyric vocal music. Often you have notes that repeat over and over and over. And if you play if you take the lyrics out. Songs concerned, like, kind of boring or thin, then you for the words. And it's like, Okay, fun fact. Okay. Shot down with my hair undone in the front seat of his car. Nice. I'll play this again. Okay. You know what the first note is, remember? Mm E. Okay, So what's that first note you played earlier? Uh, yeah. No. Yeah. So how does that Melody Perko? I'll sing it. Le Check this out. It does the exact same thing again, Govan Beginning the song. So you got that first part of the song, Okay. And then the second part is shorter and repeats twice so you can buy it. All right, let me give it a world from the beginning from the beginning. All right, One part two. They're repeats. The last part of the song is identical to the first part. Huh? Uh huh. Um, that's the entire song. You have done it. Okay, try try to play the whole song. This this is great. All right. Don't remember. First note. Yeah, right. Yeah. OK. Every detective twice super that struggle thing. A little start. Whoa. Yeah. Hey, actually, this is kind of cool, Euler to some a year. Wow. You know what? Did you actually think you could do that? Or did you even any concept but necessary, OK, I mean, I've never been able to find a key again after having played it once. OK, OK, so that's a big deal. Okay, This Okay? Cool. Okay, so fun fax. Let me do some fun Factor Said let your ears cool off. Okay? Twinkle, twinkle Little star is actually all I'm gonna get all the names wrong. So we'll do a little blip over, and you can see what it is. Originally, it was a French folk song called Ah Volusia, Dear a caricature. I don't remember what it waas from the 17 forties. I think Mozart heard that folk song, and then he made he popularized to an extent. Uh, he did 12 variations. So the 1st 1 is the data that, uh And then it goes on against more, more ornate. The version that we see now a twinkle twinkle with his weird words was from 1/19 century British woman name James. Something I don't remember anyway. So you've got that that that's the sort of the history, That song it became twinkle, twinkle. It was the alphabet song A B C D e f g h i J k. It's also Bob Black chief any well, yes. Well, well, well, well, well, well. A lot of songs, especially Children's songs. You just keep putting different words on. And that's kind of how that song played out. Is this interesting to you? Wow, I could go Max to bed many different ways when he was a little boy. If I had only done that, If you're okay, I actually know here's something interesting. Now, another thing about this So what's happening again? We're talking with Contour. The contours stays the same in the different songs. So So twinkle, twinkle little star Bob Black sheep Have you any will now in this one in baa Baa black sheep I play this note port actually have you any right because it fits, but the contour stays the same. It's in the same in my life, at three. For versus drank. Oh, twinkle Vento, Start by about cheap anyway, so the framework is the same. But in any lyrical music, you've gotta have one note per syllable. With that I have. No, you have not. What have you been doing? Not thinking. You have been thinking about that. I'm awake now. It's a wig. Well, that's Ah, that's the big word of the moment isn't being awoke, but anyway, so that's was like a B C D e f g. It's exact same twinkle, twinkle, little star. But then to fit the lyrics of ABC A B C D e f g h i j k than l A menu. So you end up having four of those notes lyrics. Dr. Melody, you have to have, as I said, one note per syllable. So if I'm going to speak every if I said every, that would be two things. Every so I would say every every time I speak a word every time I suijk word that by saying , uh so, uh, it was horrible. You know what I'm trying to do? You're trying to kill me early, Okay? Every time I sing a song, then I 12 singalong is prettier. That was a little prettier. I think we're gonna end this episode with the cat. This is spider declines. Low spying get way are near. Finally in the show. Congratulations. Good night. That's how you play. Twinkle, twinkle, Little star e I want to go back to my gin A former victory of Absolutely. Like I played it once, You know What? Could you played again? As this episode finishes, let's give it a world. No, it's OK. Ah, I don cherry did. I don't know. I, uh 4. Melody #10 First song by ear! no watermark: Okay, in this lesson, we're going to learn how to play a song by here on its simple is for we're gonna be doing a song that only has three different notes in it. So what you're gonna need is your instrument in your ears. Of course. So I'm gonna play this melody and all they want you to do. Is it? Listen to it. I'm gonna play it again. Listen and try to sing along to it. And then third time, I do it. I'm gonna play it. And then I want you to sing the first note of the melody. Okay, so I'm gonna play it and we'll see how this plays out. Recognize it? Fun fact. It is actually the most common melody in the world this melodious found in more different cultures around the world than any other song. That was your fun fact. Okay, we're gonna listen again. Try to sing along with it. Oh, sorry. Okay. Can you sing the first note of it in your head? No, I really tried to sing along. Um, okay. Now I want you to sing the first note of that song here. Uh, the next step you now need to go to your instrument and find that note. I'm gonna sing it again. Uh, if you're having trouble finding that note on the piano or guitar, whatever instrument, what I suggest opened up your app singing the app. And that will tell you what Know what it is, and then go over to your instrument and play that note. Uh, okay. Now what we're gonna do, I'm gonna play the first to know to that melody. I'm gonna sing them. Uh, okay. You already know what the first note is. Is the second note lower or higher than the first note? Okay, Now, same thing. Find that second note on the piano. Okay, I'm going. Teoh say that we found the 1st 2 notes. Now I'm gonna play the song again and listen for repetitions you'll find. As I said, there's only three notes in this song, which means that they're gonna be repetition of notes. So I'm gonna play it now. That first part love you. Notice similarities between La Jolla and La La Jolla. Aziz probably noticed these were the same pitch is just like the rhythm is a little different. So go to your instrument and try to play that first part. Okay, We're gonna continue on. I'm gonna play the song one more time and we're gonna learn the third little of it. So that the 1st 3 part law law law long. No. As you may have noticed, that third little grouping was the same as the second grouping Law. Love, love, love, love, love, love. The last grouping. The question is, what's this note? This is a new note that you haven't heard yet in the song. So sing it, find it and then incorporated into the entire sum. Okay, now I'm gonna play the song one more time. Let's see if we can play together. So I will count. 1234 And then we'll start. 123 Okay, we're now going to do the same melody on the guitar. In case if you were practicing this on guitar, same pitches, same note names, different instrument. You can play along the piano too. Well, 1234 Okay. You've just learned how to play your first song by year. Congratulations. 5. Melody #11 Find two notes no watermarl: in this lesson. We're going to learn how to find two notes on the piano and it's gonna work like this. I'm gonna play two notes, different notes. You listen to them, you sing them in your head, you sing them aloud is the first step, Then try to figure out is a second note lower or higher than the first. So as you've seen the two notes, do you feel in descending? Do you feel arising? The third step is gonna be the same as we have been in an earlier lesson. You're gonna find that first note, sing it. They go around in the instrument until you find it. Then you do the same thing for the other note, at which point you have found with notes. Okay, some simple. I were Teoh go through a couple times to give you a feel of the technique, and then you will do some more in your own. Here we go. Okay. You seem to nose. Then try to figure out is a second law or higher in the first? No, it's descending down. Third thing. Find that first note. So we're gonna sing it the know your instrument just start plucking around. Do you find it? No. So it is a G. Now we're gonna sing those two notes again. Okay, We know that the second notice lower in the first, and that second notice any and that very simply is how you find two notes on the piano. I know it's not that simple, is what I just did. But that is the technique that he will build up over time as your ears become stronger. Okay, Now, I'm going to play some more examples in the piano slowly and give you the time to work through this process. Next set of notes Next , two notes. Uh huh. Ah, uh, next two notes Oh, oh, - we owe Oh , ah, uh 6. Melody #12 Low Medium High test no watermark: Hi. This lesson We're going to be listening to groups of three notes and finding what order I play. For example, I will do something like this. I will say Here are the three notes and as you've seen them, there is a low medium and high note. So what we will do? What I will do is I will play the three notes and in order. And then you tell me what they are. Here's the 1st 3 notes. I'll do it again. No. Next three notes. Oh oh, saying three notes Different order. Different order again. Three new notes. Uh uh, Here's another order. I'm going to do a four note pattern this time. So tell me 1234 Low, medium, high, medium exception. Uh huh uh, different order. Ah Ah, Another order. Ah ah, Another group going to do four does now. Four notes of the same grouping. Okay, This time I'm gonna do a five note pattern with three notes. Not gonna play them before and see if you can do this. Five notes. Low, medium high. Ah! Ah, There's another grouping. Ah Ah, Same idea. Different notes. Same three notes. Different pattern. I hope that wasn't too difficult for you. After a while, the notes sometimes begin to all blend together and your years. That's needed a bit of time to clear up onto the next lesson. 7. Melody #13 Find three notes no watermark: this lesson is going to be similar to the previous lesson. The only difference is you're not going to be finding three notes, so I will play three notes you sing. 123 It's the same process. Is the second Notre third note go up or down, Or is it the same? So I'll be playing different groups of notes and you find them gate. Good luck. I have faith. Uh, most important, of course. Find that first note than the other two notes will be related to that first note somehow. Listen, sing find. Uh huh. Uh uh huh. Oh, Uh huh. Oh, Uh huh. Uh, uh huh. Oh! Oh. Hit the first north is a black note. Uh uh. This last one is going to be a little trickier. So really sing it and we just be careful The pictures. Uh oh. Huh. Oh, uh uh uh Oh, 8. Melody #14 Twinke twinke by ear no watermark: It is time to learn how to play another song by year and we're once again going to go back to a Children's classic twinkle, twinkle little star also known as Baa Baa black sheep also known as the alphabet song The reason why we're using a song like this is that it is already in your ears. These this melody just permeate society. So it's gonna be much easier for you to take a song like this which has already been internalized and find the notes So I'm gonna play it once and is always Listen first don't try to find anything notes and listen to the song You've internalized it and then you especially number one find the first note So now I'm gonna play it way . Okay, couple things No. Right off the bat. The first note and the last note are the same. Let's find that note. Uh huh. Deposit Do you find it? Now? The most difficult thing about the song is finding the second note. So once we find the first note in the second of the rest of notes are all kind of fall into place. So here comes the first to note sing them in the question. Does the second note rise? Does it descend? What? No. Is it? Let's find it. Uh huh. Pause until you find it. Now, the third note is it higher or lower? In the second note, I'll play the 1st 3 notes. You find the first few notes. Okay. Now, as you've noticed No, no, no. All three of those notes are reached. Repeated twice. Okay, positive. You find those three notes. Okay, Now we're going to find the fourth note, which is going to be the same. It's one of the 1st 3 notes. Listen. Okay, play around on the keyboard. Do you find it? No, no, no, no, no. Now, before touching the keyboard to find the next note to sing that expert in your head and was your notice, all four of these notes are descending. So this song is so you can think of the song doesn't work like that. Sing the song of the second part of your head, second part in your head again. And now see if you can find all those notes moving around until you have them. Okay. Gonna take a little break? I'm gonna say pause for you to find this whole first part. Okay, so if you found it, let's play together. I'm gonna count 1234 and then we play one to Ah Huh. Okay, Now, here's a good thing. But this song this song is in four parts. Part one and part four are identical. Part two in part three are identical. Which means if you have already played this first part, you've already learned half the song. So now we need to learn part two. Here's what park to sounds like. That's part two. So what is the first note? A part to play it? Sing it. You're already played this note before. Hopefully won't do hard to find and again the contour of this part of the sun. No, no, no. It's a descending melodic patterns. Here's that first note of the second part and again, you have each note repeat twice as it descends. I'll play it the whole apartment, peeps. Okay, now, if you have that in the first part of the song which you may or may not forgot by now you have all the information needed to play the song. So I'm gonna play the whole song and see if you can play along and again over. If you can't play this right away, this I'm giving a lot of information. But after you've watched this video, then you can go back by yourself and play that whatever speed you want until you feel comfortable. But for now, I'm gonna play the song one more time. And then you have just played Bob Black Sheep, ABC. Twinkle, twinkle, little black sheep. Here we go one to three four. Oh, - that's it. That's how you play that song. Now, if you want to, you can write down the names of the notes to help you remember for later, Uh, but it's always better. The song is now in your head.