Whether you perform, listen to or mix music, knowing the intervals and chords behind what you hear is an essential skill that all musicians need to have. The good news is that you can train your ears - beginning right here - in this course by Gregg Fine.
Our music theory expert, Gregg Fine, has put together a fun and entertaining workout for your ears! In this first instalment in the Ear Training Series, Gregg dissects musical intervals and shows you how to get better at identifying them. He covers musical modes, both for the major scale and the melodic minor scale and tests your progress with some interactive exercises that you can run through at any time! Gregg also explains how scales are built, and helps you train your ear with more exercises that give your ears a solid workout.
Finally, he takes it to the finale with an introduction to transcription - a fantastic way to develop your ear and learn music! Gregg also gives a real life example of a short solo that he transcribes using his DAW of choice, a musical staff, and some serious listening!
As a musician, your ear is arguably your most powerful tool. So educate your ears with this first course in our fascinating new series on Ear Training by Gregg Fine.
Section 1: Section 1: Intro and Benefits of Ear Training
I really enjoyed doing this course. In fact, I've been going through all of Gregg's series on music theory. Even though much of it is already familiar, it's fantastic review - and there are some pretty basic things that somehow had passed me by before.
Gregg's style is extremely engaging and he keeps things, on the whole, at an easy-to-get level. I think it must be difficult to make music theory fun, but Gregg has pulled it off, in my opinion.
Regarding this course in particular, I think if you don't already have a solid familiarity with modes you might find some of this a bit of a slog. I already know the (major) modes well so those exercises were quite do-able but I completely get some of the complaints that the jump in difficulty level is too steep. There could have been more elaboration / examples on what distinguishes the modes.
The stuff on melodic minor modes was really fantastic. I wasn't familiar with Dorian b2 or Locrian #2, for example, and I found the way they were introduced really efficient. (Again though, this is arguably because I already have an understanding of modes more generally).
Thanks very much, Gregg. These courses have clearly been put together with a genuine love of the topic, and that makes them all the more enjoyable to participate in. Can't wait to get started on the Jazz Theory ones :-)
Larry Blue wrote on April 11, 2020
There's no explanation on how best to practice and utilize these exercises. It starts out fairly basic and easy enough to follow, but then accelerates very quickly and it's impossible to keep up unless one's ear is already moderately developed.
Jasper Reemer wrote on March 3, 2017
As I was going through the art of ear training, I was finding this transition to be smooth and easy. Furthermore, towards the end of the sectional videos I feel more confident in my ability for having a keen ear for how ear training is performed and done.
Andrew wrote on August 8, 2015
Surprisingly enjoyable course for me. This is the best way to learn modes and scales! I have been taught those several times in my life but they were too complex so it never really stuck with me. This does!
Raymundo wrote on January 10, 2015
I love this course, I have good pair of speakers that help a lot to learn the recognition.of the notes.
Ren wrote on December 10, 2014
Ear training via MPV, beat that for the value. The variety of courses available is vast, I'm hook on MPV, a fan I am.
duder75 wrote on December 9, 2014
Good coverage nicely executed. Helped me brush on a few topics i had forgotten. Nice
Dan wrote on November 11, 2014
This course helped me to hear the tonal quality of several scales. Some of them are harder to find for me so i'll need to redo some of the tutorial, but in general, it is now easier for me. The modes sections was a bit fast for me.
Woxoji wrote on August 21, 2014
Excellent course! I've been taking piano and theory lessons recently and this sped up my learning curve immensely. Looking forward to mastering some of the principles presented and moving on to the next course. The instructor was excellent. Thanks AskVideo.Com and MacProVideo.com!
Thomas Nieminen wrote on July 30, 2014
Even if I'm not that familiar with note charts and different kinda scales this was very education course for me. Now I know something and this course gave me a good start to discover more. Thank you very much!