Learn A Highly Effective Ear Training Exercise for Bass Players

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In this video, I’ve got an effective ear training exercise for bass players like yourself!

  1. You can perform this exercise on your bass. So, you don’t need to use a piano. You don’t need a computer. And you don’t need a partner!
  2. You will quickly notice results if you perform this exercise for even just a few minutes daily.
  3. You will be able to isolate and hear the root motion of chord progressions more clearly when transcribing music or jamming with the people!

Effective Ear Training Exercise for Bass Players

There are many ways to practice ear training. And what I’m about to show is one of the most effective ways to practice ear training, next to transcribing music.

This exercise involves harmonic ear training.

And here’s how to do it.

You start out by playing 2 notes at the same time.

Before you even start trying to sing these notes, you main objective is to be able to hear each individual tone and toggle between hearing the low note and the high note in your mind.

If you are having trouble hearing one of the notes, eliminate that note, then play both notes at the same time again.

Then toggle between hearing those 2 notes in your mind again.

At some point, you will find that you can hear both notes and control which notes you are able to focus on in your mind.

Start out by focusing on a specifc interval.

Then, try playing random intervals.

Once you are comfortable doing this, the next step is to try 3 notes.

Start out by playing a specific interval. So, all three notes are spaced out by the same interval.

Then, try different triads, major triads, minor triads, diminished triads, and augmented triads.

Then, try playing random three note voicings.

Keep in mind, for this exercise, it’s more important to be able to hear the notes and control which notes you are able to focus on hearing, than it is to naming and identifying the intervals.

Music is more about listening and noticing, than it is about labeling and naming.


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