Pitch and Harmony

Relative Pitch and Solfa Training

  • The Importance of Ear Training for Musicians - Ear training is an integral part of our musical studies. We are developing our mind's ear so we can accurately hear and identify the musical elements we hear.
  • An Approach to Ear Training - With ear training it is useful to have a basic methodology for building our skills. We are developing our relative pitch to recognise notes by ear.
  • Learning to Recognize Intervals - When you learn to recognize intervals you build your core sense of relative pitch which lets you play by ear, improvise and create your own music.
  • Learning to Recognize Triads – Part 1 - Triad chords are the basis of all chords, so they are a great way to start chord ear training. Learn how and get started recognising major and minor triads.
  • Learning to Recognize Triads – Part 2 - Triad chords are the basis of all chords. Once you master major and minor triad chords, you should learn how to recognise augmented and diminished triads.
  • Working With Seventh Chords - Once you're comfortable with intervals and triads, we can start to work on seventh chords (popular in jazz, blues and pop music) with seventh chord ear training
  • Inversions of Major and Minor Triads - We've previously covered how to recognize the different qualities of triad - major, minor, augmented and diminished. We can also learn to hear their inversions.
  • Inversions of Diminished and Augmented Triads - Diminished and Augmented chords each have distinctive sounds and you can use the intervals within them to help you reliably recognise their inversions by ear.