Ear Training Exercises - Advanced

Exercise 1

Part 1 - Melody over a cadenze in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody and the bass notes from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj chord. After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through all the keys.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass movement, that will give provide you the harmonic movement .

  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Cmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement and possible modulations, then try to hear the possible 2 5 connection.

  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.

  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_1_-_Advanced.pdf (104.5 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted tomorrow!

Exercise 2

Part 1 - Melody over a cadenze in the key of Fmaj

Transcribe this melody and the bass notes from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Fmaj chord. After learning the melody in the key of F, take it through keys Bb, G and Db.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass movement, that will give provide you the harmonic movement .
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Cmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement and possible modulations, then try to hear the possible 2 5 connection.
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
    *Extra hint: the cadenze might not end to the tonic of the key.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_2_-_Advanced.pdf (110.3 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

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Exercise 3

Part 1 - Blues melody in C over C7 (I7) - F7 (IV7) - C7 (I7) - C7 (I7) with swinging 8-notes

Transcribe this melody and the bass notes from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple C7 chord. After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys F, G and Bb.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass movement, that will give you the harmonic movement .
  • Try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following 4-part harmony in the key of Gmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Gmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, melody note and possible modulations.
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
    *Extra hint: the cadenze might not end to the tonic of the key.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Brilliant exercises Tuomo.

Nice idea to add some blues-based melodies for us to practice transcribing.

I do have a question about part 1 melodic exercise:

F and Bb are the most common keys for the jazz blues tunes I play. I have already transcribed the melody in C and then transposed into these 2 keys as a priority.

I also know a handful of blues tunes in G, and Eb. So I will do those next.

Onto my question:

I find it tricky to transpose blues licks into some keys, for example the keys of Db, Gb, and B.

The fingering sometimes gets tricky and awkward for me (this may be due to a lack of practice in those keys :grin:)

Is a worthwhile exercise for me to transpose my blues melodies into all 12 keys?

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@Hayden,

the goal is to play everything in every key eventually,

I totally can relate to the problem with the blues material and ‘non-jazz’ keys like B, Gb, E, D, A etc.

What you can do is to figure out the best fingering possible for every key, then practice it very slowly and with full control of the hand movement and fingers, and eventually little by little it will get faster and starts to ‘fit’. Once you do that with one or two blues lines, it will get easier, and will improve playing other material in those keys as well.

Thanks,

-T

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_3_-_Advanced.pdf (114.5 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

When you feel like you are in a dead end and simply can’t hear what’s going on, don’t hesitate to help yourself with piano, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 4

Part 1 - Melody over 1 6 2 5 cadence in Bb with swinging 8-notes

Transcribe this melody and the bass notes from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Bbmaj7 chord. After learning the melody in the key of Bb, and if you have time, take it through keys F and D.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass line, that will give you the harmonic movement .
  • Try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between, and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Extra Question

The melody is a part of a well known bebop song, can you name the song and composer?

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following harmonic movement in the key of Cmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, melody note and possible modulations.
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_4_-_Advanced.pdf (112.2 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

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Guys, if you have trouble downloading the answers, right-click the file and open to another window, should start downloading automatically!

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

When you feel like you are in a dead end and simply can’t hear what’s going on, don’t hesitate to help yourself with piano, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 5

Part 1 - Melody in G over G7 (I7) - C7 (IV7) - G7 (I7) - G7 (I7)

Transcribe this melody and the notes on the left hand from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple G7 chord, then the line in tempo and last the line in slower tempo.

After learning the melody in the key of G, take it through keys F, Eb and C.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass movement, that will give you the harmonic movement .
  • Try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’. Try to relate to chord tones.

Part 2 - Transcribe the blues ending

Transcribe the following blues ending in the key of Bb. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Bb6 chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement and the melody notes (highest notes).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord/note in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_5_-_Advanced.pdf (86.5 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

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Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner/intermediate as well, these exercises are built to support each other.

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can avoid every gap in the knowledge!

Also, for the blues endings, if you go through all last weeks exercises (Ex.5), you will find 3 different blues endings, which all support each other and are good to study!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 6

Part 1 - Melody over 1 6 2 5 cadence in Fmaj

Transcribe this melody and the bass notes from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Fmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo and last the line in slower tempo.

After learning the melody in the key of F, and if you have time, take it through keys Eb and G.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the bass line, that will give you the harmonic movement .
  • Try to hear the relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots, F(I), D(VI), G(II) and C(V)
  • Try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between, and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following harmonic movement in the key of Gmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Gmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, melody note and possible modulations.
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement
  • Extra hint: the cadence might not end to the tonic of the key.

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Thanks Tuomo.

Nice line over the 1625.

It’s great how the same material can be used on different harmony.

The arpeggio you start with over Fmaj7:

I like to play it over ii-7 chords, for example, here’s a 251 in C major using those exact same notes over the D-7:

It’s a useful arpeggio pattern and I’ve heard it in lots of recordings. My ears pricked up when I heard it in your transcription exercise!

I also transcribed your full 1625 line:

Now to take it around all 12 keys! :face_with_monocle:

Thanks for these great drills and tips :+1:

Thanks @Hayden!!

That’s is the key, as you know, good melodies are used over many different harmonic situations.

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_6_-_Advanced.pdf (103.9 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner/intermediate as well, these exercises are built to support each other.

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in the knowledge!

Also, for the blues endings, if you go through all exercises No. 5, you will find 3 different blues endings, which all support each other and are good to study!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 7

Part 1 - Triads Over C

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord.

Tips:

  • First, transcribe the first note of each separate triad, that will give you a good basis where to start
  • Try to hear the relation of the notes to the chord tones, C, E G and B.
  • Try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between, and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmony

Transcribe the following harmonic movement in the key of Gmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Gmaj chord. The exact voicings preferred, but if it feels too difficult, write down anything you can hear, it’s a process anyway :slight_smile:

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, melody note and possible modulations.
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use logic and memory.
  • When transcribing exact voicings, remember that the inner voices/ tensions usually move in half steps or whole steps, creating guidelines inside the harmonic movement
  • Extra hint: Last chord is Gmaj

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks advanced exercise:

Exercise_7_-_Advanced.pdf (88.5 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

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Thanks Tuomo… great exercises.

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