Two of the most important skills to performing music involve hearing and reading. Musicians should focus on both, however developing the ear will outweigh a lot of aspects involved with performance practice. In my own practice, my ear is the most invaluable tool for performing, composing, teaching and researching. No matter the genre of music […]
A few weeks ago, I brought in a chord chart to a student. I marked out many of the chords in pencil and wrote down the right chords. She asked, “How do you know they’re wrong?” I replied, “I can hear that they’re wrong because of all the time I’ve put into developing aural skills.” […]
In my previous post, Experiencing a Practicing Rut?, I wrote about action steps. I jotted out a brief plan for how I would approach ear training. Keep in mind, you can create multiple ones for your practice routine. Visually, this could help you see your goal picture better.