Ear Training Exercises - Intermediate

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_12_-_Intermediate.pdf (18.0 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 13

Part 1 - Melody over 2 5 1 cadence in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys F and Ab.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, C (I), D (II) and G(V).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: One of the measures has only chromatic notes

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Gmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Gmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)
  • Extra Tip: The first chord is Gmaj7 with F# in the melody, and last Gmaj7 with B in the melody.

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_13_-_Intermediate.pdf (18.1 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 14

This week we have a theme throughout all the three levels; Pentatonics and 4ths!

Part 1 - Pentatonic melody over Fsus

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Fsus7 chord with a low 5th in the bass, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning it, do a brief analysis of the melody (which pentatonic, how the melody is build etc.)

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the root.
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: First note is G, last note is F

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Fmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Fmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)
  • Extra Tip: The first chord is G-7 with F in the melody, and last Bbmaj7 with D in the melody.

If you have any questions or need more tips, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted next week, the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_14_-_Intermediate.pdf (16.7 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

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Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 15

Part 1 - Melody over 2 5 1 cadence in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys F and Ab.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, C (I), D (II) and G(V).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: Only 2 notes are outside C major scale, they are in the 2nd measure

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Cmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)
  • Extra Tip: The cadence ends with Cmaj.

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_15_-_Intermediate.pdf (17.0 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 16

This week we have a theme throughout all the three level’s melody part; Blues!

Part 1 - Melody over 1 5 1 cadence in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys F and Bb.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, C (I) and G(V).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: Blues scales!

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Amaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Amaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)
  • Extra Tip: The cadence starts and ends with Amaj with G# in the melody.

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

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Great exercises this week Tuomo.

Your ‘themed weeks’ are a brilliant idea for us to focus on a different aspect of our listening skills.

I’ve been working on transcribing and transposing blues-based material so this week’s exercises are perfect timing for me :+1:

It’s also useful to hear your 3 applications at the varying degrees of difficulty (beginner/intermediate/advanced).

Thanks for putting these together :sunglasses:

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_16_-_Intermediate.pdf (22.3 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 17

Part 1 - Melody over 2 5 1 cadence in the key of Fmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Fmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of F, take it through keys Eb and A.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, G (II) C (V) and F (I).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: All the notes EXCEPT 3 are from Fmaj scale

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Dmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Dmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_17_-_Intermediate.pdf (21.6 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 18

This weeks theme on the melody part is triads!

Part 1 - Melody over 2 5 1 cadence in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys F and G.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, D (II) G (V) and C (I).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.
  • Extra tip: Like mentioned earlier, ONLY TRIADS!

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Fmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Fmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s)

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi @Tuomo,

thank you for this week´s exercises. I agree with @Hayden that the themed weeks are a very good idea. Using triads in a melody surely will improve improvising in a way that you don´t use scales up and down so much, but to improvise over triads of the matching scales.

I wonder what next week´s theme will be….

Best wishes,

Christina

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Hi guys, here are the answers to the last weeks intermediate exercises:

Exercise_18_-_Intermediate.pdf (17.5 KB)

Keep up the good work, stay tuned for the new weekly exercises posted in the next few days!

-Tuomo

Hi Guys,

Here are the new ones! Just wanted to say few words about these exercises.

Don’t forget to do check out the beginner level as well, all these exercises are built to support each other!

Even if the level of the beginner feels easy, it’s good to go through them weekly so we can fill every gap in our knowledge!

Please use piano as much as needed for these exercises, the point of these exercises is to keep our ears active every day, that will give you the best result.

Our ears are sort of like muscles that need to be exercised on a daily basis, so even a little bit of ear training every day (10-15min) will give you a huge benefit!

Exercise 19

Part 1 - Melody over 2 5 1 cadence in the key of Cmaj

Transcribe this melody from the audio track provided below. On the audio track you will first hear a simple Cmaj7 chord, then the line in tempo, and last slowed down.

After learning the melody in the key of C, take it through keys Eb and A.

Tips:

  • Try to hear the interval relation of the notes to the chord tones, especially the roots of the chords, D (II) G (V) and C (I).
  • First try to detect the starting and the ending notes of the melody, then any note you can find in between and this way continue ‘filling up the puzzle’.

Part 2 - Transcribe the harmonic movement

Transcribe the following harmonic movement, in the key of Gmaj. In the audio track you will first hear a simple Gmaj chord.

All the voicings are 3-note voicings, meaning they ONLY have the root, 3rd and 7th.

Tips:

  • First detect the bass movement, then the melody (highest note).
  • Always relate to the material you are sure of, for example the chord in the beginning or any part you already transcribed. Use LOGIC and memory (usually tonal harmony moves in 25s or half steps)

If you have any questions, please drop them into the comment box below. Right answers will be posted here the day before new exercises. Enjoy!

Hi Tuomo…I have a question that I’ve been meaning to ask regarding the transcription exercises.

When listening to the melody do you recommend:

  1. listening and using the keyboard to identify the keys (memory) - takes longer

Or

  1. Listening and writing the notes down as you move through the melody? Then using once written down this to transpose in other keys?

Thanks

Hi @paul1523727,

Thank you for writing,

Both ways you mentioned are a good exercise to do. I would stick with the one you feel more comfortable with, but I would recommend to do the transposing just with keyboard without writing them down.

In general, I would try to do the exercises in the following order:

  1. Just listen without keyboard, use the first chord as a reference. Pick up as much you can hear, then move to the next part.

  2. Use piano to help to hear the rest what you could not hear without. Try to detect what you find difficult to hear just by ear and why.

  3. Learn the melody by heart and do the transposing exercise.

Thanks, keep up the good work!

-Tuomo

Many thanks Tuomo for your quick reply and making it clear :grinning:

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Thanks @paul1523727 ,

let me know if you have any further questions!

-T