Ear training is something that jazz musicians should be working on because having a great ear is ultimately what’s going to help you become a great improviser.

And the fundamentals of ear training, like intervals, can be very helpful for having the building blocks of ear training under our control.

So in today’s video, I’m going to be doing a quiz to see how well you do at recognizing intervals both ascending and descending. Excited to see how well you do!

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The quiz: Ear Training 101: Take the Intervals Test

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  1. 24/24, but I have been doing the "How to Play What You Hear" course, so I'm kind of semi-pro at this by now! Still had a bit of a wobble on the Maj7 descending, but on those deep descending intervals I try going down an octave and coming up again.

  2. 21/24 , not bad. Minor 2nd is jaws, minor 6 is the start of Shostakovich symphony V and tritone is the ugly one but mostly I sing up from the lowest note of the two

  3. 24/24. I recognise intervals either from familiar tunes, or by counting from whatever I perceive as the root. The Maj and min 6ths do require me to think more carefully than the rest – ascending Maj 6 I hear as 'My bonny lies over the ocean'; descending Maj 6th I tend to hear as part of a Maj triad – 3rd to 5th below root. Minor 6th ascending I hear as 'The Entertainer'; descending minor 6th I hear as 'Where do I begin'.

  4. 24/24. I too hesitated at min 6th, both ascending and descending, but ended up calling both of them correctly. For maj. 6th (asc. or desc.) I always call to mind the guitar intro to the Beatles' "Two of Us" from the Let it Be album. That helps me with the min. 6th too; I say to myself "Hmm that sounds 6th-y….but wait it doesn't sound like the intro to Two of Us; so it must be a MINOR 6th." Hahaha.

  5. Great quiz! I hesitated at the ascending m6, and first time through mistook ascending m7 for M7 (when we got to #12 the real asc M7, I realized my error and went back to re-listen. No problems with the rest of them, but I have been working on this stuff for many years.

    Interesting that you sang a major triad perfectly in parts, but then sang it as an augmented triad at about 12:40 – 21:41 in the video. Still great respect for you, Brent (I heard even the prolific and remarkable youtube music educator, Rick Beato, do pretty much the same thing in one of his videos).

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