How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills by Maria Popova “Respond esthetically to all sounds, from the hum of the refrigerator motor or the paddling of oars on a lake, to the tones of a cello or muted trumpet.” Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain. It can breathe new life into seemingly lifeless minds. But if there is indeed no music instinct, music — not just its creation, but also its consumption — must be an acquired skill. How, then, do we “learn” music beyond merely understanding how it works?
Online Ear Training with Intervals, Melodies, and Jazz Chord Progressions Loading ear trainer audio . . . 100% Use this form to save the current settings (active tab, tempo, options, etc) as an "exercise" which you can return to in the future. Your Saved Exercises Play Mode THE MOZART EFFECT … AND BEYOND BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn't care because all his playmates think he's cool. BARTÓK EFFECT: Child becomes more and more dissonant. Has trouble maintaining harmony with his peers. Difficulty following rules.
Ear training Functional pitch recognition Many musicians use functional pitch recognition in order to identify, understand, and appreciate the roles and meanings of pitches within a key. To this end, scale-degree numbers or movable-do solmization (do, re, mi, etc.) can be quite helpful. Using such systems, pitches with identical functions (the key note or tonic, for example) are associated with identical labels (1 or do, for example). Solfege When you study music on high school, college, music conservatory, you usually have to do ear training. Some of the exercises, like sight singing, is easy to do alone. But often you have to be at least two people, one making questions, the other answering. This is ok, as long as both have time to do it. And if you sit in your room, practicing your instrument many hours a day, it can be nice to see other people :-) But my experience when I got my education, was that most people were very busy and that it was difficult to practise regularly.
Developing a vivid aural imagination The extent to which your aural imagination is developed, largely determines: the quality of lines you play, how you play those lines (articulation, swing feel, inflection), and the sound you play with. Nothing has such an impact on your playing than your aural imagination. If there were a secret to improvising, developing your aural imagination would be it. Ok, ok. I didn’t say oral imagination. You’ll have to go to the other 98% of the internet for that. Universal property of music discovered Researchers at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam have discovered a universal property of musical scales. Until now it was assumed that the only thing scales throughout the world have in common is the octave. The many hundreds of scales, however, seem to possess a deeper commonality: if their tones are compared in a two- or three-dimensional way by means of a coordinate system, they form convex or star-convex structures. Convex structures are patterns without indentations or holes, such as a circle, square or oval. Almost all music in the world is based on an underlying scale from which compositions are built.
Ear Training The idea with the ear training found here is to provide an "ears-only" version available away from the computer. Nothing wrong with working on your ears at the computer (and there are some great resources available), but it seems like some of the best opportunities for this are away from the keyboard - in the car, etc. So, select a voice and type of ear training, try them out in the player, then download the set, and use them in your mp3 player. Jazz Ear Training - Master Your Intervals in 28 Days Being able to quickly hear, sing, and accurately identify intervals is essential to developing your improvisational ear. In this article, I’ve put together a plan for you to master your intervals in 28 days. For beginners, this will give you a much needed foundation. And for more advanced players, it will give you a chance to brush up on your intervals and fill in any gaps that might be there. The goal is to be so familiar with these sounds, that it requires very little effort to process them. You can never know this stuff too well!
Outline of music The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to music: General topics History of music Timeline of musical events – By region or ethnicity ABRSM: Aural Trainer What is ABRSM Aural Trainer? The official ABRSM Aural Trainer is a useful app which features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging. Anyone can use it, but it is designed around the aural component of ABRSM graded music exams. Aural Trainer is not designed to replace conventional approaches to aural practice but to supplement them.
györgy ligeti’s artikulation (with score and audio) – The Hum Blog Score for György Ligeti’s Artikulation Following the inexplicable success of my piece focusing on Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise, I thought it might be nice to shine the light on another seminal work from the cannon of avant-garde gestures within Twentieth Century Classical Music – György Ligeti’s Artikulation. Ligeti will be familiar to most. With Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he is one of the most most noted European composers of the Post-War period.