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Ear Training

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The Ear Training competency is made up of lessons that are designed to help eliminate the disconnect that often exists between what a player hears and what he/she sees on the bass. In other words, it focuses on players’ ability to play or interpret phrases or melodic lines, chord types, rhythms, and other musical nuances naturally and intuitively without having to do so using mere ‘trial and error’ or evaluatory processes. These lessons help to diminish a player’s reliance on shapes and patterns and also helps him/her to communicate more effectively on the instrument.

ETR101: The Importance Of Ear Training

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This lesson discusses the importance of the ear training competency and explains how it can help you to become a better overall musician. Addresses the disconnect that often exists between what stringed instruments hear and what they can play on the fingerboard. Establishes a strategy for practicing and identifies key challenges that need to be overcome if we want to be effective all-around players. Recommended for all levels of players interested in becoming more intimately familiar with their fingerboards.

Course Code: ETR101

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ETR102: Ear Training With Your Bass Part 1: Internalizing Ascending/Descending Sequences

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Covers the first tier of a 3-tiered method for working on your ear training skills using only your voice and your bass guitar. This particular step focuses on internalizing the sounds of complete ascending and descending forms and being able to reliably predict pitches within them. Utilizes the major scale for demonstrating each exercise and gives players a basic and reliable method for becoming familiar with the sounds of musical components. Recommended for all levels of players wanting to establish more of a connection between their ears and their fingerboard.

Course Code: ETR102

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ETR103: Ear Training With Your Bass Part 2: Internalizing Individual Pitches & Intervals

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This video covers the second tier of a 3-tiered method for working on your ear training skills using only your voice and your bass guitar. This particular step focuses on internalizing individual pitches and intervals within a musical form such as a scale or arpeggio. As in the first tier, the major scale is used for demonstrating each exercise and expands on the exercises shared in "Ear Training With Your Bass Part 1." Recommended for all levels of players wanting to establish more of a connection between their ears and their fingerboard.

Course Code: ETR103

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ETR104: Ear Training With Your Bass Part 3: Internalizing Multi-Note Combinations & Phrases

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Presents the third tier of a 3-tiered method for working on your ear training skills using only your voice and your bass guitar. This particular step focuses on internalizing multi-note combinations and phrases within a musical form such as a scale or arpeggio. As in the first and second tier, once again the major scale is used for demonstrating each exercise and this lesson offers the final level of mastery for this approach. Recommended for all levels of players wanting to establish more of a connection between their ears and their fingerboard.

Course Code: ETR104

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