Welcome to episode 302 where today I walk you through a in-depth process for how to learn chord progressions by ear. For some learning any music by ear is difficult, but when it comes to hearing chords and chord progressions, it can be even more challenging. You’ll learn some tips to make it easier and a step-by-step process for how to get started.
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You probably heard the advice before that it’s a great idea to, as much as possible, learn jazz standards, jazz solos, and other jazz improvisations by ear. This is because learning by ear is what the style lends itself best to as far as learning how to improvise goes.
Maybe you’ve gone through the process of learning melodies by ear and, despite the challenge, eventually got to the place where you could do that. The problem is, when it comes to learning chords and chord progressions by ear from recordings, it seems like an almost impossible task.
In today’s episode, I will go through a process with you to show how I would go about learning a jazz tune & chord progressions by ear as if I was a complete beginner.
In this episode:
1. Using backing tracks instead of recordings
2. Using a slow-downer to make things easier
3. Step 1: The Bass Notes
4. Step 2: The Chord Qualities