We all know that ear training is something we need to too.
But, like cleaning the house, sometimes we don’t feel like doing it. It’s not always fun. And it feels tedious.
This harmonic ear training exercise is sure to keep things fun. You’ll learn faster, and master the feeling of your intervals.
In this bass lesson, you’ll learn how to hear notes in chords, which will also be super helpful for hearing bass notes.
Here’s a fun way to quickly hear notes in chords
Ear training might not be the most fun thing to do. But, we all know we need to do it.
Here’s a harmonic ear training exercise that will keep things fun and get you hearing the notes in chords… quickly.
- Start out by playing a random 3 note chord shape on your bass.
- Listen to that chord and see if you can toggle between hearing each chord tone. Starting from the bottom note, then the middle note, then finally the high note.
- Sing each individual chord tone you are hearing.
- Once you are able to do that, try singing notes that connect these chord tones.
- Play those connecting notes that you sang. This will start connecting the melodies you are hearing in your head with your fingers.
- Once the sound of the collection of notes is in your ear, try singing melodies from those notes.
- Play those melodies that you sang.
This is a great exercise that will sync your ears with your fingers and get you hearing notes in chords.
Start slow. Later on, when you get better at this, practice this exercise to a metronome. The goal would be to get your ears hearing chord tones accurately and in tempo. Developing this skill will help you in a jam session or when you need to improvise on the bass.
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I have found Armen Donelian’s ear training books to be the most comprehensive and applicable to improvising. Check out this book on Amazon: By Armen Donelian Training the Ear: For the Improvising Musician [Paperback]