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Take This Ear Training Intervals Quiz

Welcome to episode 235 of the LJS Podcast where today I put you to the test. Instead of the regular format of tips and tricks for becoming a better jazz musician, we’re doing an ear training intervals quiz and I want to see how well you do.

Listen to episode 235

Today’s episode is a bit more of an experimental episode where I am going to be putting you to the test. 

We are going to be going outside of our normal format of tips and tricks for becoming a better jazz improviser and we are going to instead be doing an ear training interval recognition quiz.

I want to see how well you do at recognizing intervals, ascending and descending.

Now, ultimately as jazz improvisers, we want to be able to play what we’re hearing in our head. That’s really the goal. 

But that doesn’t come naturally to everybody. Certainly, it doesn’t come naturally to me. 

And ear training fundamentals such as interval recognition are ways that we can work out our ears, help us become more critical listeners, and help us know what we are actually hearing. 

So, this is a great skill to have. Ear training is something that everybody should do a little bit of and so, we’re going to see how well you do and see if you need to be doing a little bit more of it.

In this episode:

1. Intervals Ascending

2. Intervals Descending

Important Links

1. LJS Inner Circle Membership (Access to ear training course)

2. Video: How to Train Your Ears to Hear Intervals

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

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Hello Brent
    I got 24/24
    I am still working at getting better at picking up Jazz material from recordings, and being able to hear chords, and all.
    So still lots of work to do!

    Thanks a lot for this podcast, great content as usual.
    Every time I listen I get more motivated and better at practising Jazz music.
    You’re the man!

  2. 20

    I took a music theory class in high school and we spent a long time learning to recognize all the intervals and sing them. 7ths and the ascending tri tone got me.

  3. I got 24/24. Did some interval training a couple of years ago, but you’re right – descending intervals are still harder. My method is just singing the descending intervals like they were ascending. Works good for me!
    It would be great with some practice in singing the intervals, though.

  4. I got 22 right but I cheated a little on some by using Garage Band to play the pitches. However being able to reproduce the pitches by hearing them once only was very pleasing. Great fun Brent!

  5. I got 17 (I took your ear training course a couple of years ago. Some I aced! but guess I need to review some of those tricky ones)


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