A contentious subject among musicians!
Some musicians love them.
Others hate them with a furious passion!
How do you feel about intervals?
Most musicians have struggled with interval recognition at some point…
Sadly most give up, and relegate it to that part of our musical brains labelled “dull, difficult, music theory”.
What’s so great about intervals?
Meet two musicians:
Ask Musician A about intervals, and they tell you that intervals are just a “theory thing”. You learn how to spell them correctly with sharps and flats, and you get the general idea, and that’s that. You never really use intervals…
Ask Musician B though, and you hear a very different story – their eyes light up, and they tell you excitedly how intervals let them start understanding harmonies, and picking apart chords, how they could never play tunes by ear well until they really got intervals into their ear. They talk about intervals as a tool: a really useful part of their musical toolbox…
What’s interesting is this:
More often than not, Musician A is also the one who’s a bit frustrated in music. Who feels totally dependent on sheet music to be able to play anything. Who hasn’t really become the “natural musician” they wanted to be.
Musician B… they’re the one who seem relaxed in music, who can do things like work stuff out by ear seemingly effortlessly. They seem to understand music in a clear, concrete way and have control over it.
In a lot of ways, this is the general story of ear training and how it can empower you as a musician.
One of the most significant and useful aural skills you can learn with ear training is relative pitch.
And intervals are the building blocks of relative pitch.
We ♥ Intervals
Intervals hold a special place in our heart!
RelativePitch was our first iPhone app, and the origin of the company – and it’s an interval training app. So learning to recognise intervals has always been a key part of the Easy Ear Training approach.
Through talking to music students who’ve used RelativePitch over the years or read up on interval training here on EasyEarTraining.com, we’ve learned some great ways to make learning intervals less painful, and more useful.
We’ve compiled all our best material on intervals into one: “Learning Intervals”, the second audio-enhanced eBook in our new “Greatest Hits” series.
This is the first book in our new Greatest Hits series, which collects the very best we publish here on EasyEarTraining.com, to create clear specialist guides on a range of ear training topics – in a handy, all-in-one, audio-enriched eBook.
You can download the eBooks in PDF or EPUB formats, meaning you can use them on your computer, Kindle, iPhone/iPad/iPod, other eBook readers, or even print out a copy for handy reference.
You can read, listen and learn in whatever way suits you best.
Is “Learning Intervals” for you?
If you want a good ear for music, you’ll need a strong sense of relative pitch, and intervals are one of the fundamental ways to improve your sense of relative pitch.
“Learning Intervals” is designed to offer new and useful material for both the absolute beginner, and the seasoned interval trainer.
It features 3 different methods for learning intervals, which you can combine to create your perfect personalised approach. It includes all the best tips we’ve picked up for learning intervals, and answers the #1 request music students have when learning intervals.
Here are some comments about the book we’ve had back so far:
Whatever your past experience with learning intervals, “Learning Intervals” can give you a fresh start and new ways to make your training really effective.
Find out more here – and if you have any questions just let us know in the comments.
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