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Work on hearing melodic phrases With some essential ear training skills, the task of figuring out any tune will become much easier. The nice thing about pop tunes is that you can usually figure out the melody in your head by singing it a few times. These melodies are simple enough and have enough repeated material that a few listens will be plenty to get it stuck in your ear.
These tunes are also a good way to test yourself on identifying intervals, root movement, chord progressions and short melodic phrases.
A little focused attention during your next time through the radio dial can sharpen your ears more than you might think. Two ways to train your ears Ear training is beneficial no matter where you do it. If you have access to music, you can improve your ear. You could be in the car, commuting on the train, at a restaurant, in the waiting room, or watching TV. Take another listen to the video above and this time through listen for the chords and bass line.
Start by listening for and identifying Major, minor or dominant chords. As you listen, also try to identify the tonic chord of the tune. Now try figuring out the bass line. Focus your ears on the root movement and work out each interval one by one. Keep in mind that you can always use a piano or keyboard as a reference tool when learning by ear. Take a listen to the tune Clarity by Zedd: After one listen, you should have the melody in your ear. Without the recording, sing the first phrase slowly: Focus on the first interval and repeat it a few times.
You should be hearing a descending minor 3rd. Next try the second phrase using the same process: Items to identify along the way: What scale degree does the melody start on? Which note is the root? What is the first interval? Are there any scale fragments or scalar motion in the melody? Safe and Sound by Capital Cities: As you begin to analyze the chord progression, ask yourself a few questions: Does the chord sound major, minor or dominant?
Can you hear which chord is the tonic? What is the motion of the bass line? A great exercise is to take a pop melody and change the chordal accompaniment. Take a pop tune and try to reharmonize the melody by exploring different harmonic backgrounds.
This reharmonization process is similar to the one used by the musicians of the bebop era. You want to be able to walk into a jam session and immediately pick up this musical information by ear and this process starts with ear training. Make it a goal to keep your ears in top form. Remember that ear training can happen anywhere. Simply turning on your mind and opening up your ears can make a world of difference musically. Give it a try the next time you turn on the radio, put your ears to the test.
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