LJS 78: How to Master Hearing Intervals and Level-Up Your Ears

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Welcome to episode 78 of the LJS Podcast where today we are starting a new series in September called Ear Training Month. Ear training is extremely important for all musicians to work on. Our first lesson is on intervals and how to master them. Listen in!

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We are kicking off a brand new series this month called Ear Training Month. When it comes to becoming a better musician of any kind, ear training is on the top of the list.

Having great ears can make all of the difference between a mediocre and a great jazz musician. The fundamentals of ear training are essential for playing what you hear in your head and developing the infrastructure needed to have killer ears.

Ear Training Month is preceding the launch of our brand new ear training course called “How to Play What You Hear.” This course was created to help students practice ear training in a structured way using 4 important steps.

Over the next 4 episodes we will be covering those 4 steps which are:

  1. Master Intervals.
  2. Recognize Chords.
  3. Recognize Chord Progressions.
  4. Translate What You Hear to Your Instrument.

This is a really important series. I hope you’ll be listening in over this next month.

By the way, if you want to get notified when “How to Play What You Hear” is released in October, sign up for our list.

In this episode

  1. Intro to Ear Training Month and why ear training is important.

  2. Intervals and why they are important to learn.

  3. How to learn intervals, recognize them and sing them.

Listen to episode 77: How to Navigate Major 1-6-2-5 Chord Progressions

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Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publications “500 Jazz Licks” and “Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar.” To learn more, visit www.brentvaartstra.com.

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