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Ear Training - Develop Your Musical Ear on the Piano

teacher avatar Arthur Bird, Piano Teacher & Session Player

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Ear Training - Develop Your Musical Ear on the Piano


    • 2.

      What Is Pitch?


    • 3.

      Let's Test Those Ears of Yours Higher or Lower


    • 4.

      Higher or Lower - Test 1


    • 5.

      Higher or Lower - Test 2


    • 6.

      Higher or Lower - Test 3


    • 7.

      Higher or Lower - Test 4


    • 8.

      Moving in Single Steps (2nd Intervals) Using the C Major Scale


    • 9.

      Find the Note - Middle C to E


    • 10.

      Find the Note - Middle C to G


    • 11.

      Middle C to G - Test 1


    • 12.

      Middle C to G - Test 2


    • 13.

      Middle C to G - Test 3


    • 14.

      Middle C to G - Test 4


    • 15.

      Skipping Around the Piano moving in 2nds and 3rds


    • 16.

      Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 1


    • 17.

      Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 2


    • 18.

      Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 3


    • 19.

      Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 4


    • 20.

      Finding Notes Middle C to the C Above


    • 21.

      Octave C's


    • 22.

      Find the Notes Groups of 3


    • 23.

      Find the notes Groups of 4 notes


    • 24.

      Section 5 Understanding Chords


    • 25.

      Section 5 Major and Minor Chords


    • 26.

      Major and Minor Chords Test Section 5 - Test 1


    • 27.

      Major and Minor Chords Test Section 5 - Test 2


    • 28.

      Major and Minor Chords Test Section 5 - Test 3


    • 29.

      Major and Minor Chords Test Section 5 - Test 4


    • 30.

      Hearing Two Notes At The Same Time - 3rds


    • 31.

      Finding 3rds - Section 6 - Test 1


    • 32.

      Finding 3rds - Section 6 - Test 2


    • 33.

      Finding 3rds - Section 6 - Test 3


    • 34.

      Finding 3rds - Section 6 - Test 4


    • 35.

      Find The Notes - Exerpts From Popular Songs


    • 36.

      Finding Full Chords Process Of Elimination


    • 37.

      Listening To The Individual Notes Of A Chord


    • 38.

      How To Be Sure Major Or Minor


    • 39.

      Find The Chord Test 1


    • 40.

      Find The Chord Test 2


    • 41.

      Find The Chord Test 3


    • 42.

      Find The Chord Test 4


    • 43.

      Adding the Left Hand


    • 44.

      Figuring Out Chord Progressions


    • 45.

      Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 1


    • 46.

      Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 2


    • 47.

      Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 3


    • 48.

      Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 4


    • 49.

      Extended Melodies and Rhythms


    • 50.

      Extended Melodies and Rhythms Using 3rds


    • 51.

      Find The Chord Progression - Popular Songs


    • 52.

      Find The Chords Melodies - Test 1


    • 53.

      Find The Chords Melodies - Test 2


    • 54.

      Find The Chords Melodies - Test 3


    • 55.

      Find The Chords Melodies - Test 4


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About This Class

Have you ever wondered how some people can listen to a song just once, and then just sit down at the piano and play it? 

- This is because they have a well developed musical ear, and can hear the notes played and figure them out on piano. 

This course will help you to develop you’re musical ear, taking you from the earliest stages of piano note recognition to being able to figure out basic piano chords without the use of any aids other than your own listening ability. These skills when developed properly, will open up a whole new world for you in the realm of music. You’ll no longer be restricted to the notes on a page, or have to search the internet for the chords to a song. 

You may also find that having a highly trained ear will help you in other scenario’s whether its playing piano with a band, improvising on the piano, music listening exams, writing songs or even recording in a studio. For example, let’s just say that you are trying to write a song, and have a melody in your head, you need to be able to play that on the piano, or figure out the chord that will accompany it. This course will take you down the right path.

So if you want to learn how to play the piano by ear, take this step-by-step course and have fun developing this essential skill.

I think this is a course that anyone wanting to learn to play music can enjoy, so hopefully i'll see you on the inside.

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Arthur Bird

Piano Teacher & Session Player


Hi, I'm Arthur and I've been playing the piano for 20 years. After achieving Grade 8 with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, I started touring as a session player in theatre shows all over the United Kingdom. As well as this I have lots of experience in recording studios, and with bands have played music all over the world, from the UK, Europe, USA and even Australia. I've been teaching piano for 10 years now, and am an approved tutor with the City of York Arts Council.

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1. Ear Training - Develop Your Musical Ear on the Piano: Hi, my name is Arthur and I'm a professional musician and piano teacher. Have you ever wondered how some people can listen to a song just once and then sit down at a piano and play it straight away. Or how groups of people can get together and improvised music on the spot. Or how songwriters and music producers can imagine achieved in the head. And then with an instrument, make it come to life instantly. This is because they have a well-developed musical ear. To be a true musician, you must have good musical listening skills. I myself was trained classically and so very comfortable with reading music notation. But when it started getting jobs in the music industry, all of a sudden, I have to play by ear, which I hadn't been taught. And so we have to teach myself these skills. And now I want to teach you the skills. This course is suitable for beginners. So if you struggle to figure out anything by ear, It's perfect for you. It would also be useful to know the names of the keys on the piano before starting this course, the course begins with the basics such as being able to identify different pitches and locating individual notes on the piano by ear. It builds progressively and goes right through to figuring out melodies, full chord progressions. The course is designed to help you develop your musical ear in stages. And so throughout, you'll be able to check how you're developing by taking a specially designed listening tests. So if you want to develop as a musician, a songwriter, or just wanted to get better at playing by ear, then you're in the right place. Well, I'm excited to get started. So hopefully I'll see you inside the costs. 2. What Is Pitch?: Let's get going. So nearly every sound you hear has a note or pitch. What does pitched me? The pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. For example, if you blow a whistle, it will have a high pitch, whereas a fog horn on a ship will have a low pitch. If you listen to these different pictures carefully, you can compare them to the notes in the piano and realize that they themselves have a note. So I don't have a whistle or a big ship, the fog Han. But for this, you can use an example of a voice. Even the words we speak have a note. Here's an example. If I say Hi, that has a node, if I elongate the words, you can hit high. So if i find the piano, the word hi, the eyesight to Stan has an out of Russia. Obviously don't speak long vowels, but each word has a no. So that's what pitch means. 3. Let's Test Those Ears of Yours Higher or Lower: Now, as I said in the intro, we're going to start off with the very basics. So the first step we need to take is recognizing note has a high pitch or low pitch. For example, has a high pitch and low pitch. As you can see the further write IQ of the Haida picture. And then for the left, the lower pinch. In this first quiz, you're just going to compare two different nodes and try and decide whether the second note is higher or lower than the first. So here's a couple, first of all, with the piano on the screen. And then I'm going to take it away. That's what it gets harder. Some factor this note which is to say, as you can see, now be higher. Next. And then if, if this bill, our pitch, that's quite obvious, isn't it that you can see it, you can see when it's going up there to the right is higher and lower down. Now we've done a few together. It's going to get a bit harder as I'm going to take you where the piano. So you will have to rely solely on your hearing. And this is what the whole course is about, being able to use just your ear. So if I take away the piano on the screen. But there are few together, first of all, so here's now here. And this, this next higher Oliver series again has a first, second. Ask yourself, is it higher or lower? Now that always higher. We'll do another one. Is higher or lower. That was higher or lower. A female now, let me close together so it might be harder to tell. Next now. Higher or lower or higher. Then you can go to the test. So here we go, higher or lower. So now I'd like you to print off the test sheet provided and then continue to the next lecture. Fill out the answers on the PDF by circling either higher or lower. Then listen to the answers. At the end of each video. There are four tests in this section. Only move onto the next section once you can get at least four out of five, correct? If you can't, by the end of the fourth test, dispose of your original answers and start again with a fresh printout of the PDF. 4. Higher or Lower - Test 1 : For each question, listen to the note, then decide whether the second note, you hey, is higher or lower in pitch than the first. For example, if you look at your sheet now is a test one. If I play the first note and then I play an F above the second, you'd Sacco higher. Some of you may find this easy. So a little bit harder. So as I said before, if you find you are getting four or five, correct? Straightaway, please move on to the next section. If you aren't getting four out of five, correct, by the time you get to the fourth test, dispose of the PDF and staff again and keep on going until you do get at least four out of five, correct. 7. Higher or Lower - Test 4: Okay. 8. Moving in Single Steps (2nd Intervals) Using the C Major Scale: When listening to note, it's important to be able to identify when a notice moving up or down in single steps. And knowing the C Major Scale is a perfect example of notes moving in this way. If you can recognize when a note is moving up or down by the integral of a second, it will make things a lot easier. If you already know the C Major Scale and about intervals, please bear with me for about 30 seconds. So you may have just heard BY mentioned the word interval a moment ago. An interval if the distance between two different nodes, It's just a way of counting between nodes. So if you start on middle C and including that loads, go up one more. So one-step it counting 12. So that's an interval of a second. Figure, three nodes, 1-2-3, safe is an integral of the set C to F. The fourth, 1234, CDJ, fifth, sixth, seventh. So that's what intervals are. And now here's the C major scale played Info. So that's moving, looking seconds each time, single steps, not skipping past any of the white keys. Now if I take away the keyboard and the screen, and now just have a quick listen. Can you hey, how cluster analysis are to each other? So again, this is moving around in the interval of seconds. If I suddenly start to jump around and skip, nodes can have a difference. So there's all sorts of different intervals going on there. Other pursue this. That's what second interval sound like. 9. Find the Note - Middle C to E: Some people will find it more difficult than others to find notes on a piano. So this section is going to help you focus on just a few notice out with I am going to play either middle C, the RA. So these three nouns. And I want you to play each of these notes on your own piano and decide which when I'm playing. For some of you, this might seem difficult, and others make it straight away. So just be patient with yourself. So again, we're using metal saying and what I'm going to do is play the note repeatedly. So try each of these three notes and decide which one sounds the same. So let's get started. Hopefully you've got a D there. That should have been the Middle C. And hopefully you've gotten either. I'm gonna do a couple more, but I'm not gonna give you as long to find a no. Here we go. One was a Middle C. That one should have been E. One was middle C again. And finally, that warm was a day. That was just to help you get used to finding notes on a piano. The next lecture we're going to extend the range slightly. 10. Find the Note - Middle C to G: Now we're going to extend the range for middle C to G above. So these notes, so they said, well you've got to out with j. And again, I'll start off by repeating enough. And your job is to find it. So I'm going to say, okay, we know that bomb was an F. Hopefully you got a middle C for that one. That was a G. Vom wasn't F. Again. Hope funding for that body found a d. Thought while he was a DJ. Thought should have been an a. And finally, a middle C. Now it's time to test what you've just been doing. So go into the next lecture and print off the PDF test sheet. And have a go. 15. Skipping Around the Piano moving in 2nds and 3rds: In section one, we were using the C major scale as an example of moving around in a single steps. In this section, we're going to use an interval of a third to move around or what is sometimes called a skip. So for example, if you start a middle C and you got three steps, so start and say 123. That is an integral of a third. So saint, this starts with an a. And you go three. So staff in that a warm to that hasn't got the interval of third. You could go down an interval of a third as well, say co-star Tom, middle C. And if you go down 3123, so that would be an interval of a third as well. So you've got the second, which is single-step of a third, which is a skip. So now it's over to you. I'm going to play a note between middle C and G. So one of these five. And first I want you to find the note I'm playing. So I'll play that a few times. And then you need to decide with I'm moving up a second step or a third escape. So for example, I might start on an, a, a play a few times. You would find it like in the other exercises earlier on. And then I will either play a single step up or a second, or a skip up, which is a third. So here's what it got like our player. And then I'll play the next note. And you have to decide just by listening, whether that went up a second or a third. You might be able to hit stress aware, if not, you might have to try either the two options. So for example, if I'm playing a C and you would find that identify play this. Well, there's a second note. It my father, if he OK. I found this. Say I then you may have to rewind the video. And when I'm playing that one, you could try plane the, either the D over E because it will always be a second author, Dennis exercise. And try and hey, which one sounds the same? The meu hair, the more you'll get used to it. When he heard that. Try to the second or the third and see which one it is. So I'm going to give you a few now. I gotta take you where they keep odd. Let's begin. So it's the first note under this next one is second or third. That was a third up to the first note. And the next wasn't. Remember, you can rewind the video if you need to hit the notes again. I give you a couple of MA so a single step-up, our escape. I guess the first note was a middle same. Moved up a single-step. The D. Here's the last one, is a second row setup. So first, No, you should have found a D. And the next note, F, which said, we're going to do the same thing again. But this time I'm going to move both ways so I can go down a second or third, as well as to can start on F. And it could go down a third to a day. So you've got to think it could go both ways now. So I'm still going to use the notes between middle C and G for the static notes. So these five, the first note, but bear in mind the next note could go outside the five nodes. For example, if the first note is middle C, and I go down a third, it will take you to the a. So the first note is one of these five notes, okay? But then the second node will take you outside. Let's go. So we'll try some together at the first node and the next one. Okay, so the first thing you should have found a day and the next, move down a third. Okay. I give you another one. Okay. You might have heard it was quite clear sounding wasn't it went from that to that wasn't. But the second step to the F, there's nothing wrong with either C, D, E, F, G. And then the next note, the defined. So first of all, as you go up or down from the note you've found. And then his second or third, hopefully you found a gene. And then the next night was a hey, here's another one. The first note. And then the next note. Is that what, higher or lower? And if you can find out if it's a second or third. Okay, so the first note you should have found at a and then the next note walls. See. Now you've had a go at practicing some of them. It's time to do another test. So what you need to do is listen to the first node, find on the piano, like we were just then. And then listen to the second one, deciding whether it's moved up or down, a second step or third. Escape. But off the pdf and continue to the next lecture to start the test. 17. Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 2: Yeah. 19. Moving in 2nds and 3rds - Test 4: Okay. 20. Finding Notes Middle C to the C Above: Now we're going to start to expand the range of notes you're figuring out. Beginning with middle C and going all the way up to the C above. So full octave, these notes here. So that's the same major scale you've got to work with. Okay? Lie, before. I'm going to play a note a few times. And your task is to find out the note I'm playing just by listening to it. Just a word of advice is almost like a process of elimination of the eight notes. So when you're listening to the note, the time playing, Go through the eight notes and you'll find that one of them will suddenly lock-in. You're listening to it. Nothing. Hang on a minute. That sounds exactly the same. If you not show, it probably isn't the same node. It might be a harmony or something. But if you try on the eight nodes, we will notice when you're playing the same not so give all eight notes again. Let's begin the first now. So that was an F. Hopefully found a day. That was a b as playing a middle C there. That was an F. Hopefully found high C there, so that C above middle C. Next, Now, that was a bay. Hopefully found a day there. That one was an a. And finally, you should have found an E. So there you, I've been working with eight notes there, hopefully getting more and more used to finding these nerves and developing a musical ear. In the next lecture, we're going to look at figuring out different octaves. 21. Octave C's: It's important to be able to distinguish between different octaves of the same note on the piano. If you don't already know. Adoptive is an interval of eight notes, which takes you to the same note but eight notes higher. So if you say start on a day and you go eight notes from there, so 12345678, including the day. That is an octave higher. Now, if I play this C, an octave down from middle state, so this one is the same note, but lower in sound. And if you play the C above middle C, Again, you would hear with the same sounding though. It has a high pitch. Being able to tell which NO2s weights just by listening. It's essential. And so this lecture will help you with this. For this exercise, we're going to call this say lowest saying this is middle C. And this one we call highest. So lower, middle, and higher say. Now if I take the keyboards away, I'm going to play one of the Cs. And your job is to find out which one I'm playing. So here we go. We're gonna my playing or lower, middle, or higher. Okay? If you haven't got it yet, I'll give you the two other options. So these are the two and this is the one. It lower medulla highest. That one was high. I see it as another wall. Is that noaa medulla highest C. So it gave you the other two say can hit. And this is you all. Well, that was the lowest SSE. Which cus this fall, lower middle Ohio. That wall was middle C. Hopefully now you can tell the difference between the different c's. Now you can start to combine what you've learnt so far and the costs. And you'll be able to figure out notes from a much wider range on the piano. I'm going to play one of the Cs, and I want you to find it. Then I'm going to move up or down from that c by either second or a third, just like you didn't before. We'll have it go to a few. And I got to make it a bit hard to in the next lecture. So first of all, on a play lower, middle or high C. And then you need to find the next node. The next node. Okay, so the first note I played was the lowest C. And then you should have found a went down to the a. So if I go another wall, so which saves this low and medulla higher. And then the next note. Okay, so the first night I played was the highest age. And then it moved up a single-step to the date. Let's have a go at another bond together. So, but sees this. And then to find is the first C was the middle C. And then the next note was third to the E. I'm going to give you one less. Well. And then the next note about the first C was the lowest c. And then it went down a single step to the bait, a chain. And now you can move on to the next lecture. 22. Find the Notes Groups of 3: Now that you've done that, I'm going to start adding mall note as well. So this is going to help you to develop your musical memory. I'm going to start off with group 23 notes at a time. And then for the next lecture. I've also silicon to move around in steps. So second intervals or escapes third intervals. So think about it like an echo and you need to actual i'm playing, so I might play. And your job is to copy that's on your piano just by listening. He figured the first, next. And I'm an actor. So just some advice with this. Because I'm moving around in single steps or skips in thirds. Once you find the first node, the next bit will be a bit easier at the first node might be bit harder. So it's really important to concentrate it in the first, not correct. Because once, you know it's going to be moving around, just second affects are close by. So just for the sector size, I'm gonna give you the first few times that if you are a few chunks, is to find it. Because we're Silicon Valley, where if you between the low, middle and high school South for the first time, give you a chance to find it on the piano. So try and find a wastewater. Eventually hopefully be ban on your head up some of the sand. And then once you found that you need to figure out the next year, OK, feel free to rewind it and listened to the first note. Again. If you need more time, I'm gonna play the first note three times, and then I'll show you that three notes. Okay, so let's begin. I'll take you on the piano on the screen and enter first now. Okay, now I'm gonna give you the three naps. And I'm going to give you again. Okay, so the first note was an just above middle C. And then it went up to the a and then came down a single-step to G. I'm gonna give you another one now. But a few times. Now. The founder. That's the first not three knots. And again, the first note was a single step. And then another wall. Now, the first note was and then I'm going to give you one last one. So the first note was a G down a single-step. Next lecture, we're going to move on to the group to try to figure out at the time. 23. Find the notes Groups of 4 notes: Now we're going to take it up another level. You're going to be figuring out fall notes as a time. Now, again, I'm going to play the first note that a few times it get chance to find it. But then after that, the next three notes, I'm going to be still moving around in its second offers. So my play a G, until you find the same, now, rewind it. If you haven't found it by the time I play the next few notes. Once you found the first, not the whole thing. So let's do it. Let's start. I'll take the Galloway. That's the first note. Was j an opposite to the a, and down to the gene again. Okay, let's try this again. Arise. The first note was, Let's do another one. Now. And again. The first note was down single steps. A to g. Match. Wow. And again, I change the first note was down to the sea, to the S. Getting used to this now as a fast now. Okay. And now as the relevant outs on areas again, get the firstname above middle C to the bay, then d. And the last 1. First note. Okay. There we go. The first note was the a, below middle C, and then a single-step. So those are just some more exercises just to help you to develop your musical memory. Hopefully got the majority of them writes. If not, you can always go back over the video and keep on listening to the notes I've dated and figuring them out themselves until you find in the notes quicker. And when you feel comfortable with what you're doing, move onto the next section where we're going to be learning about how to figure out cards. 24. Section 5 Understanding Chords: The trick to being able to figure out cards just by listening to them is first of all, understanding how they work and then being able to apply that when listening. In this course, we're just going to use the more simpler cars, otherwise known as triads. And especially the ones made up of three white keys, hopefully are familiar with costs such as C major, G major, a minor, and D-minor, all white notes. But if you aren't, I'm just going to quickly talk about them. If you do already know these are Monte guitar on that with the listening tests, please skip this lecture. The most common cards are called triads. And this is because they are made up of three nos built on top of one another. Let's start with middle C Again. If you use the intervals of the first, third, fifth, like this, 12345, like so. And play them all at the same time. We'll make up a card. In this case the chord of C major. You can move the shape around and pay the cards. And in these cases you can then the cards according to the name of the notes, your thumb is on. B, a, G major, D minor, F major are because here, the thumb starts on the energy, starts on the a. There are two main types of cards, major and minor chords. You can say that major cards of Amar happy sound, whereas minor cards have a sad, melancholic sound. The difference between a major and minor chord when playing them. It's the mental note or third interval. The C major chord that I showed you a moment ago. Here. If you go down half a step, otherwise known as a semitone, it will turn it into a minor chord. Can hear the difference. So the Psalms kinda sat as compared to the major, which was happy. For C major. Pin a medal on data semitone. She might know. Another example, forgot to G. And G major. G man, happy, sad. Major. F-minor. I'll go on mafia. A minor. A major. 25. Section 5 Major and Minor Chords: It's incredibly important to be able to hear when a chord is major or minor. So I'm gonna go through some cards so you can just get used to having the difference between the major and the minor. So first of all, I'll take whether keyboard and a play card. So that's a major. And that's a minor. So happy, sad. But it's a minor. As a major. It's a major minor manager card, MasterCard. So I'm just going to do an exercise that width d now. So you can get used to the difference between the major and the minor. So I'm going to play both the major and the minor of the same COD. And I want you to answer out loud whether the first chord is major or minor. So I'll play a chord, but I'll give you the other one. And then I want you to answer the first card. So the first one was a manager when it got through? The first one or the other option. Okay. So the first card was a major. Hopefully got major that I'm going to do another one. The first card and then the next one. The first card was hopefully you said minded to another wall. And then they're they're up shell in case the first card was Major. Now we're just gonna do a couple. Well, I'm not gonna give you both options. I'm going to try and guess straightaway. Ready? So say out loud it become the first card. That was a minor. And I'll give you another one. That was another minor. Because the major I'm gonna give you one more and then we'll go on to the tests. That was a major manner was okay. Time to go into the tests. Now again, try and get at least far out to five before you move onto the next section. 26. Major and Minor Chords Test Section 5 - Test 1: In this test, our play a card, and you have to listen and then decide what the MIT to major or minor chord. So color correct answers on the test sheet provided. 30. Hearing Two Notes At The Same Time - 3rds: In this section, you're going to learn how to work out more than one note at the same time. We're going to start off with thirds. Again. I've got to start with using the white notes for the time being. So if I start from middle C and I play the E above, this is a third. So you go from say, three to the third. You're going to have some cluster gonna dominate, but they're in harmony with each other. They go well together. Can move that around. So the reason why they're in harmony with each other is because they make up part of the triad cod that were talking about before. If you start on middle C. And he go one note to the day, that makes a second interval, one to plenums together. It will sound like a class like this. So when just using a white notes that's as close as he can get together. Now if we go back to the third interval, again, it will sound in harmony. So you've got a second, third. Now going to take the piano away and give you some examples. And I want you to listen and ask yourself if it's a second. Our third. I will give you the answer a few seconds after. So it has if you wanna go in, okay, so I'm going to give you a second or third interval. Here's the first knot. And now with interval as it clashing, or was it the harmony? That was a second. I'll give you another 1. Second or third. So second has another one sided harmony, or is it crushing? That's a third. Here's another one. That's another third. So hopefully you can tell the difference there between the clashing second or the third. Now you've got use of sound of second, third. It's time to do some more listening exercises. So I'm going to give you two notes with an interval of a third. And I want you to figure it out by ear. For example, I'll give you. And I NSC obviously won't tell you. And it will be your job to figure not sour. And I'm not gonna give you them one at a time. But at the same time. I'm just at the start. What I'll do is I'll play the lower note. Slightly louder too, so make it slightly easier at first. So as you're doing it in, it's trying to hold up not in your mind. And try and find that the same way you are finding single notes earlier in the course. You may find that it helps him home the naught on their breath while trying to find them. So once you've found the bottom note, you'll just need to add the set above. So you find that now. You've got 123. And you should have the correct two nerves. So I'm going to take it away and let's have a go. So here is the first fad. To define them. These are the two nodes that should have been hours playing an E and a G. Let's do a few miles so you can get used to rap. K should have found that it was a baby. And the date so low note with bad. But try and listen out for the low enough the moment that you'll find easier to find. High and oxygen is counted three. With all. Hopefully you found that DNS. Then one ball. Who finally that was low a chain and a bane. Hopefully again use a haven those Third Style and figuring them out. So that was something known as a test. So I'll see you next lecture for the first walls. 31. Finding 3rds - Section 6 - Test 1: In this test, your job is to find a third intervals. All the third Dante will be whitened ups and please write in the notes below. Okay. 35. Find The Notes - Exerpts From Popular Songs: It's timestamp putting what you've been learning into practice using some famous songs. So I'm going to play excerpts from famous tunes. And just like the fact that note exercises earlier in the course, you're going to try and figure them out. So I'm going to place two twice, but it's fine if you don't get it straight away, feel free to rewind the video if you need to, or even pause it after to say the first know tau2 to figure them out and then move on. So you can learn in your own time. Remember, as you're doing this each time, you're developing your musical listening ability and also your musical memory. Because the more you do it, the molecule that you said, Remembering sequences of nerves. And other thing. We're going to be working within just a few octaves just to make it slightly easier. So we're not using the whole piano. It's working from around metal Sea area for a lot of them. And the highest it goes is up to the a of here. So it's just within a few hours of this area. So middle C is here and just surround here. Okay? And just one other thing is going to get progressively harder. So we'll start off with a few easy ones. And then I'll get a little bit harder as we go along. Okay, so let's begin the first one. This is a famous classical piece. Just bone a little bit of advice for yet, again, as I'm playing it, folks on that first note. So maybe if I just say I stopped playing the tune, maybe pause the video to folks on getting that first now. And then you can often figure out the rest from there. It'll be closer. So the first of call is getting your first note. Let's begin. And fifth separate with the notes on the strain. Say if God. So let us say that wall. Again. And here we are. I'm going to show you it out. So you've got metal stays here and it's actually starting on, wants to put on the D. And I don't want the F. And that was it. And they recognize that is by Dallas, the start of the song. Hello. Slightly over flares that one wasn't it? Okay, let's do another one. This one's a little bit jump here. So it's a couple of facts in there. So I'm going to show you it and he's trying to figure it out. There is again, one last time, slightly slower. I remember this one might be one that you might need to pause. I think going through it to figure each pothole. Was John Legend. All of Me. The chorus. I'm gonna show you where it goes. I, from the E above middle C. Let's try another. When you listen. And so I just think there's a single steps part from end on ultimate slowly just this time, just in case you haven't gotten it yet. And that might be one that you might need to pause and listen to a few times. That was Fleetwood Mac, that's shared. Use in the F1 and all that stuff. And this one just above middle C. And if someday below. Ok, so this is the last one in this section of the course. From a film. Hardness will start again. So again, feel free to rewind it and pause as many times as you need to. Again. This time, super slow. You've probably recognized that if I'm from the Harry Potter films, here it goes, I'll show it. It goes like okay, so there's a few fair muscles that you hope to figure it out then remember the more you do this, you'll get at it. Okay, and in the next lecture, we're going to be looking at finding full cards. See you that. 36. Finding Full Chords Process Of Elimination: Being able to listen to and figure out full carved by ear can take you from being a restricted piano player to being able to play any slab there. You won't have to rely and publish music of scour the Internet for versions of songs which are often wrong. It will also make you a far better musician. As the mall songs, he figured out the mall, you will understand how great songs are created. And music in general will become a lot clearer. Is a long journey. Being able to listen to any song and play it straight away and can take gears. But this section will take you another step close to that. We're going to stick to only using cards with white notes for these exercises. So you have a selection to choose from. If he opened up to while the calleds, it would get far too difficult, too quickly. So the cars were going to be working with C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G major, and a minor. These cards, you can play an incredible amount of songs anyway. And the majority of the most famous songs of all time can be played using these cards. Before we get into figuring out chord progressions from songs, I'm going to help you to listen to a card and figure it out. So there's a couple of ways to figure out the full cards. There's the process of elimination, which can work in lot of cases. Then there's listening to each individual note and building it up. Which takes patients or the skill can take a lot of time to develop. But this is one of the skills we've been developing in this course. So first of all, the process of elimination. Let's try that. So I'm going to play a card, which could be any of the ones I mentioned a moment ago. Basically, any of the court with three white notes. I'm going to repeatedly play the card, and I want you to play each of the cars mentioned until you find the one that sounds the same. I want you to test all of the chords out with a card I am playing. Some of them will sound very classy, and it will be immediately obvious that they're not the same card. While others may sound similar because they may share a couple of the same notes. For example, C major, a minor. So if you play them together, because they've both got a C and an a. But if you go through all six cards, hopefully you'll be able to hear when it is exactly the same card. So let's do a few together so he can get used to it. I'm going to play a chord repeatedly. And I'm gonna keep go in. A public place may be eight times. And then they'll give you a chance to try. 06 of the cards. I bet a few metabolites, daughter, you've got the correct one. I am going to start with literally just this area, one of these six columns. And then we'll do up to that at all. You've caught outside of this what octave will spread out a bit. But let's begin sorted the array. And here we go. The first card. Now remember you can always rewind a few date and time. Hopefully you did. It shouldn't be a major. That's the cauda was planned. So hopefully you've got an F-Major. Well, do few Moll and didn't get to stretch away. That's fine. But to trialled, call it disturbed. Otherwise, O Canada was a divider today called Let's do another one. Hopefully you tried all the costs and joins. There was an a minor thus do wilma Was a C major COD. Okay, so that was the ones within the octave with just these ones here. Now what to do the same exercise, but we're going to extend the range. So suddenly calls with three white notes, but I want you to get ESA, not only finding the COD will also find in the correct octave. Because remember, just say if I play C major here, and he fled to symmetry here, it will sound the same. But there's difference in total. My response, this one to this chord here is lower. If you weren't looking at cos of, so you can see at the moment, but that's another thing you need to listen out for now. The octave that is the COD I'm playing high. Allah asks alpha as well as high, suddenly called parallel Sony call. Try and get the correct outcome as well. So let's do a few of us. That the first college that was a G, But it was the old below middle C. So not that one. This one here. Let's take another wall. Tableau was an ass, which f was it? Mill says here, box if above the say. And then up to the Facebook dot. Well, it's an effect that's still couple mode. So I was the low, a minor cold, submit essays hair, and an octave down the C below, and then two notes below that, a. And let's do one more. Here we go. Alright, last fall there was a mighta just above middle C. So we've been going through some of those simpler calls with the process of elimination. That's something you can use when listening to. If you wanted to figure out a song by a or you can just try the cards and tries to ether in steps. That's what we've been doing, the white collars, but we will look at some of the other kind of card as well soon. And next we're going to look at listening to the individual notes of a chord, which is another way of doing it. See you in the next lecture. 37. Listening To The Individual Notes Of A Chord: Now I want you to try listening to the individual notes to figure out the card. So it's the same process is figuring out the thirds that we did earlier in the course. Over this time. There's one extra note to deal with. I'm going to play a chord, but I'm going to emphasize the bottom note of the car in front. So I'll probably play it twice along with the rest of the cards. So for example, I'll do this just to get you used to picking out an individual note. So again, I don't need to find that one not in the cards. And we're just using the same cost as we have been before. The basic free node, white triad cots. So here's the first card. And your job is to figure out the individual know that I repeat. Within the car, I'll take the piano away and try and find that not repeating in the card. Okay, so the note you should have found was d. Okay. Now I'm going to play the card again, but I'm going to emphasize and other of the two nops. So try and find this one. I'll saw a cancer that might you should have found wasn't a that funnel for painting. And he might be able to figure this one out already, but I'm gonna do a get anywhere. So the last thing I need to look for is, have, I said this node was, and now it gives you the D minor chord. I mean, what about a foul bed is, when I've cleared the day, you might have already had just found that Descartes anywhere. But sometimes you need to do this, figuring out more complex cards. So I just want you to get used to picking out individual notes. It was just an exercise. So I'm going to go through a few more examples together. So remember, each time you go through this process, you're developing your EMR and more. So let's do a couple more. So I'm gonna play a chord and I would emphasize one if the individual notes. Let's go. Okay, hopefully that you found a G. Now, I wasn't playing the bottom of that, called that, that was another notes in the chord. So when a kid go in, I went to try and find the next note in this COD. So here we go. Already, that was an eight. Above this point, you might be able to tell is a minor cold, but still a little off. Okay, should have hopefully found that d then just above middle C. There's the first note in his coat. That's fine. Another one. We can rewind the video if you need to find it. That Waltz, The B below the date. So if two dots the cauda, I'm going to get to the last fall and here we go. Alright. The CI bomb, it'll say so altogether it was the chief manager calls. Okay, we're gonna do one more. And then we'll go into test where you blunt. They read a, let's do this and show how the C, Let's do another one. So with that, you should be able to find that it was an, a minor chord. Because I hope you found that useful. And I said It's sometimes, people find it easy, the process of elimination. But it's really good to be able to find individual notes and the car because it might not always be a simple one. So again, this is just helping you take a step towards finding those more complicated calleds by EA. I hope you enjoyed that. Now it's time to do some tests. 38. How To Be Sure Major Or Minor: We've only been using the cards with three white notes in this course. So C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G major, and a minor. But this course is about helping to develop your ear. And so here is how to double-check. If the college or listen to is play a major or minor chord. The difference between a major or minor is the middle node or the third interval. If you are, for example, playing a minor and move the middle note up a half step or semitone. It will turn into an a major. If you play a C major, and then drop the medulla down a semitone, it will turn into a C minor. Again, you can hear the difference in sound. Makes you happy. Sad. If you're not sure whether the coach or lithium two is major or minor. The simplest way to check is to try and figure out the alternative. For example, let's imagine he figured out a card, but aren't sure whether it's major or minor. So if you play the triads from a ok, and you're not sure if it's a major or minor? Moves the medulla down. So it's come down a semitone. It sounds clash, it doesn't yet. So that's neither major or minor. So let's go back to the triad and try going up semitone. It sounds like a nice cold right? Now go back to the E triad. It might become obvious that it doesn't let, the first card is played, is minor compared to the happier major. So let's just do one more. So let's say you figured out this card and its link to it. But is it a major or minor? So drops the medulla down. A semitone. Again, that's a car there. So you've got one card and another. The societies have gone up until a down. It's not quite a normal car sounds so you've got that and that. So then you just need to ask yourself which ones. Happy, which from SAT, major, minor. So the difference between major and minor is the third interval in the middle. So that's how to check. Move the middle note up or down, and listen out for the changes. 39. Find The Chord Test 1: It's test-time again. So in this test I'm going to play a card and it's your job to figure it out by ear using which ever of the two methods you found easiest. Or you could do a mixture of the two. And also, like we did early on in the class. If you could try and put whether it's major or minor, you can get some extra bonus points. So remember, Major being happy sounding cars and mine have been sad. So major, minor. Ok, so if you can get the major or minor as well, that'll be great. And again, we're just using the three white triad chord as well. So there's no black notes. Alright? Remember, if you need more time to figure out the notes, you can pause the video or you can rewind it. And also trying to get at least four out of five correct. Before moving onto the next section. Here we go. Ok. 42. Find The Chord Test 4: Okay. 43. Adding the Left Hand: When figuring out caused by year, more often than not, the cold would be clade in the right-hand. And for the moment, the easiest way to play with both hands is to add a single note in the left-hand, whichever colored you play, and the root node to the college and your left hand. So if you're playing a C major chord, play a single center to the left hand. And that if you figured out that the card is a G-Major, play, a single left-hand G notes, and so on. So, so if it's an, a minor, play, a minor and right under angular. So let's just get the idea. And that's just seek us out, play with both hands. 44. Figuring Out Chord Progressions: So you've been learning how to figure out individual chords, and now it's time to looking at working out called progressions. If you were to listen to a song, figure out the cards. Obviously you don't have much time but before the chords change. And when I first, I doing this myself out, have to pause and rewind the song again and again. To help you develop finding cop regressions, I'm going to give you a few examples, but pleats caught a few times slowly at first, so you can find it. Then I'll move on. It might be useful to cut off some paper and a pencil so you can write down each call. It hasn't going along and eventually you won't need to do that. You're just remember it, but just in case that's if you need it. So here's the first chord progression. Again, we're just going to be using the clause we'll be using in this course, the white triumphs. So hence you first want to try. I can't say. I started off with an F major above middle C and a single lifetime, like we've talked about before. That each 14 times. An e to the a minor both far times, again, single step down and to the G major. And that afresh off again with a thought on the F major. I cannot suffer. Go another one. If this is moving too fast for year, whilst I play a card, you can pause the video and try and find a if you need more time. Okay, that bond of starting with middle C chord, C major, they're going up a single-step. The D minor, then a skipped to the F-Major. Again, I was playing all these far times. Folk that I went up to the G-Major. One last one, a case. I started off with the C major chord. And then I went up to the G major. And then I went to a mine and x denotes play them out four times. And then it went back down to the C major manufacturer that I'm going to play. Each card only walks, but I'm going to leave a gap between them. So feel free to pause and rewind if you don't get it right to where. And I'll tell you the names of the chords after each chord progression. Let's begin. Okay, so I start off with an ash major, Todd. And I went down to a C major. And I went back up to a G major. And then a single card step up to an a minor. I started off with an a minor chord, so hopefully you got that. And then I went down to the Ebola, just single cause set down. And then again down a step to the F-Major, And then down to the sea. Hopefully you're getting the hang of this. And we're gonna give you one more and then we're going to test it. But the test is going to be using some famous chord progressions. Here's the last one. I guess I started off with a D minor. I went down a step to the sea. Then it jumped up to the F-Major. And then I finish off for the G-Major. Hopefully you're managing, define those chord progressions. I was showing you there, right? Yeah. Next it's time to test what you've been learning. So please move on to the next lecture. 45. Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 1: Let's test those skills you've just been developing. All you need to do is work out the chord progression and writing the answers on the tests treat the codes may be prayed for different amounts of time. But I want you to figure out the different cogs in the progression. Not how many times each card is played. Let's begin. 48. Figuring Out Chord Progressions - Test 4: Oh. 49. Extended Melodies and Rhythms: It's important to develop your musical memory as well, especially when playing by ear. So early in the course you are copying groups of three and then four single notes. In this lecture, we'll be working on not only extended melodies, but rhythmic changes as well. So just so you can get you some coffee and rhythmic changes. First of all, we're just going to do an exercise where I play a small melody and you copy it like an echo. But just so you can focus on getting the rhythms, I'm gonna play it, and I'm not going to take away the keyboard. They can focus on copying. Well, I'm doing with a monthly. For example, I'll go and they'll copy stressor where? Ikea. So we're just going to do a few of these so you can get used to the rhythms. And then we're going to take it another step further. Let's begin the OTA. Here's another, but Obama. Okay. So now you've had a go at doing the rhythms I might take with a piano. And that's going to get a little bit harder. So you're going to be copying the rhythms, but as well as taking out the nodes. So first of all, to make it easier at the start, I'm going to play the first note that the melody longer tick if you try to find the place on the piano. And then I'm going to play the melody. But I'm going to start off with some slow ones so you can get used to it. So for example, I will go and then apply the melody shot up to find that out. So let's do some. The first one, j, so that when I start off with a G below middle C, Let's do another one. Is the node find. First of all, here's the tune. Let's do another one here, the first note and the melody. Okay, so I went on the day above middle C down. Okay, so there was some extended melodies and rhythms. Next, we're going to look at some melodies but with two parts in them. So like a two-part harmony. 50. Extended Melodies and Rhythms Using 3rds: Now we're going to look at figuring out some harmonized melodies, but with some rhythm changes as well. And we're going to use the integral of a third, which we've looked at earlier on in the course. The one which is a nice has_many. So I'm gonna play a small melody thirds apart. And you need to try and find out by ear, for example, I'll go. And you've figured that out by a yen and echoes you've got afterwards. And like we did before, I'm going to pick the first part of the melody. Once longer, seek and find the area on the piano and now play the melody. So let's begin. Here's a piano going away and let us start. Okay, so I started below middle C and a the same, and then went up single steps, up again to the same. And I painted it. Let's do another one. Now and here's another day. So sounds of the F and the eye above middle C opened down. Finished off from the steward of the well. Here's a best one. There's a melody. So I started off on the G all the way up here, but let's say both and the G above that. And I went. And lets finish off is one mole. And now here's the melody. So below middle C on the FMEA. 51. Find The Chord Progression - Popular Songs: We're now coming towards the end of the class. So we're going to start putting everything you've been developing in this class together. I'm going to play some chord progressions from famous songs. And now you need to not only figure out the cards, but you need to remember how many times each card is played as well. You also need to listen to the left-hand notes. There will just be single notes and the root position of the carbs played in their right hand. For example, if I'm playing an F, The left hand will be a single note in these exercises. But pay attention to how many times the left-hand notes being played. So if I'm going like this, listen out for the left-hand note being played ones along with the right-hand card, which was just played far time. So just an example. But it may also be a good idea to have a notebook handy to write the car. Do you figure out down? And as we have been doing throughout the whole course, I'm going to be using the same white note triad cards. Although swarms, and remember they can now be anywhere on the piano. So let's do one together first of all. So I'm going to play this chord progression is a famous song by very famous lady, and it'll hit that. And at my play it slowly fire. So listen up to how many tab replenish card and also the left-hand as well. And as I keep on saying, you can rewind it and listen to as many times you bought it until they figured it out. Okay, so I will show you what that was first of all. So a sing-a-long as well so you can hear what sought out was actually played. Never mind. Find some wish. Nothing. Say I'd played that first Pat there. That was someone like you buy a dao. So as you might have just been able to tell then I was going. Foresees the left-hand single seeing health down. And then it was the same for j's. The left-hand single j for i minus the left-hand singular. And four with a left-hand single F. And that whole thing went twice through in the example I showed you. And what you'll find is the model that you figure all songs. The more you'll start to really understand how these top songs a bill, for example, I don't know if you remember that song was a massive hit, like must have been ten years ago now. But as I was playing that song then, this sound popped into my head, saying carbs, just keeps. Man. Yes, Dremel, that cell. So the more you figure by E a, W, or just be able to see into these chord progressions and see that they're all really the same. Anyway. So let's try another one together. Okay, now I'm gonna show you what that was. That was hallelujah by letter code also covered by Jeff Buckley who did great version. And a few of the people along the way. And I'll show you what up to speed and with the signal top secret code, the div, and recognize it. That's what you've just figured out by ear right then and we're going to do one more now. And then you can move on to the final section of the course. We'll be doing a final four tests. First of all, let's do this one. Again up here slightly slower. I will say that you now, in this one you need to listen up because there is a melody part that you need to figure out was, well, let's go. You might have recommends that one that was, let it be by The Beatles Australia with the singing. When the food comes to me, speak in words and hopefully you got that one. Now it's time to move on to the final four tests. So congratulations for getting to this point in the course. And good luck for the final four tests. You get them all correct. 52. Find The Chords Melodies - Test 1: That was Dom stop belief in by the band Journey. I'll show you what it sounds like with a singer. You might tell for me play that, I'll show you what calleds it was. So you should have got C magic cars. Could fall times. G manager, above careful times. A minor pitfall times fans out to the F-Major fall times four cities, four j's again, and went down to the E minor. That's not my bid, a bit harder. And then up to F major. That's the first test hopefully you got correct. See you in test2. 53. Find The Chords Melodies - Test 2: That was the main riff from the sum just WR by Bruno mass. And now I'll show you how it went so you can check it against what you figured out. So we started off on the C, above middle C. And the left-hand plate, the lowest. See here. Now the right-hand repeated all the way through, say, say, g, j, j. And it was just the left-hand that changed. So as the US have the left-hand buffer plus c. So hopefully you managed to find all those notes. Please. Now move on to the third test. Good luck. 54. Find The Chords Melodies - Test 3: That was Valerie by the zoo tons of famously covered by m0 wind house. Here's what it sounds like with a signal on top. Chef, come on home. Well, look BAD is been amassed. Geology and Johanna. And no way to dress. Kill ANOVA. Stopped ME kinda fall out of that array. That array. I'll just break it down for you so you can compare it to what you fit it out yourself. So it started off of the F-Major chord above middle C. And it's just what hit. Then it went single, called down to the E minor, and it went back up to the F-Major, And then back down to the E minor. Back to the F-Major. Again, back down to the E minor, to the J taught for then the left-hand when f. And then it went to a C major, D minor. For the chorus. I thought of the same magnitude that then backup to the d-major. And that's what you should have got. And now time to move on to the final test. Again. Good luck. 55. Find The Chords Melodies - Test 4: That walls, I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith. I'll show you it now with a second so you can hear it in context. It was my daughter, Spade and I tell a lot because the swimming history, Humboldt Bay. Right now, I've got to break it down here so you can compare it to what you figured out yourself. Okay, so it's time for the C major at Harvard that I was doing single notes in the left. And those two C major to G major costs go down. And then went to the D minor, fall times, then down to the F for three. And that, those one tree. And then that whole thing repeats again, that whole section. Salty minus 3S. Then it went back to the same edge or for one called that. And it doesn't list the melody, which hopefully you figured out. Which a DC, either the left half of it down to a G with the right hand was the last time was together. Ok, so that was, I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith. Hopefully, you managed to figure out all those call to notes.