Ear Training Exercises - Beginner

Exercise 1

Part 1 - 2 bar melody over Cmaj7

Transcribe this 2 bar melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple Cmaj chord.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.

  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 8 intervals, for the first 7 intervals, the lower note is C, last one a mystery note.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

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!

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

Exercise_1_-_Beginner.pdf (83.5 KB)

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

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Sorry guys, delay with the new weekly exercises, going to be posting them in the next 2 days!

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Exercise 2

Part 1 - 2 bar melody over Cmaj7

Transcribe this 2 bar melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple Cmaj chord.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.
  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 6 intervals, the lower note is always C.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

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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This exercices are awesome ! I could do it all day long !
Should we transpose it in minor keys ??

Thank you, I’m glad you like the exercises, if you’re done with the beginner level, please try the intermediate!

No need to transpose to minor keys, there are going to be exercises in minor keys in the future!

Keep up the good work, more coming next week!

-T

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

Exercise_2_-_Beginner.pdf (76.9 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 - 2 bar melody over C

Transcribe this 2 bar melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple C triad.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.
  • The melody has only notes from C-blues scale.
  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 6 intervals, the lower note is always C.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

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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I need to do these regularly, as I got all the intervals wrong :cold_sweat:
Thank you for a very helpful resource

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New exercises coming every week!

Also while waiting the new ones, you can check out the earlier ones. If you want to work on the intervals or ear training in general, go and check out the 5-minute masterclass (link attached to the exercises)

Please let me know if I can help in any way,

All the best,

-Tuomo

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Hi Tuomo, my apologies in advance for what may seem like a stupid question, but, when doing the interval exercises and transcriptions, we can actually play what we hear on the piano first before writing down, is that right ? I was trying to hear it in my head, and then write down, and made lots of mistakes.
I tried again just now with playing it first, then writing down, and got them all correct. Which is the right way to do this ? The exercises are great, thank you

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Hi Natasha, you’re totally doing the right thing.

The goal is to learn to hear without the instrument, but in the beginning it is helpful to use the piano, after a while you WILL notice how you need the piano less and less, as your ear starts to remember and detect different intervals/sounds by itself.

Here’s a link to that 5-minute masterclass I mentioned earlier, in the video I explain different techniques you can try to get you more familiar with different colors of intervals.

Thanks, keep up the good work!

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Not a stupid question at all Natasha!

I like to listen first, then write down my guess, and then use the piano to check if I was right.

That way there is an element of pure aural recognition, and then also using the piano as an additional aid.

As @tuomo says, soon you will able to detect the different intervals purely from aural recognition which is the end goal.

When we have worked on this skill, it makes transcribing lines and melodies much easier and so it is time well spent for our musical development.

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks beginner exercises:

Exercise_3_-_Beginner.pdf (75.9 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.

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 - 2 bar melody over C

Transcribe this 2 bar melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple Cmaj7 chord.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.
  • The melody has only notes from C major scale, and they are all between middle C and the C octave higher
  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 6 intervals, the lower note is always C.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

The basis of learning music and especially improvised music is to be able to recognise different intervals, melodies and harmonies.

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 beginner exercises:

Exercise_4_-_Beginner.pdf (73.8 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 - Basic blues ending in the key of C

Transcribe this blues ending from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple C triad, then the ending in tempo, and last slowed down.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.
  • Notes move MOSTLY chromatically.
  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 6 intervals, the lower note is always C.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

The basis of learning music and especially improvised music is to be able to recognize different intervals, melodies and harmonies.

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 beginner exercises:

Exercise_5_-_Beginner.pdf (78.1 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.

If the beginner level feels easy, it’s still good to go through them weekly so we can avoid every gab in our 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 - 2 bar melody over C

Transcribe this 2 bar melody from the audio track provided below. In the audio track you will hear first a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the relation of the notes in the melody to the chord tones, especially the root, C.
  • The melody has only notes from C major scale, and they are all between middle C and the C octave higher
  • 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 - Intervals

Transcribe the following 6 intervals, the lower note is always C.

Tips:

  • Hearing intervals is crucial for further development. I suggest you find a song for each interval, which has the interval in question, for example for tritone, I think of the theme song from The Simpsons.

This method and all others mentioned above are explained in the following lesson on ear training and transcription:

https://www.pianogroove.com/jazz-piano-lessons/ear-training-transcription/

The basis of learning music and especially improvised music is to be able to recognize different intervals, melodies and harmonies.

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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