This podcast episode looks at the concept of meter, how it relates to beats and bars, and how to start recognizing it in music.
Ear training is the process of developing your ear for music. If you love music, and especially if you play a musical instrument or produce music, ear training can help you to develop a musical ear so that you:
- Hear more in the music you listen to,
- Understand what you’re hearing, and
- Have more creative freedom and control to express yourself through music.
People often assume that to have a good ear for music—meaning to play by ear, to write songs, to have perfect pitch, and so on—you need to be born with the “gift” of music. This is not true!
Musicality is learnable, and even the most impressive and natural-seeming skills can be learned through dedicated ear training exercises.
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When it comes to romantic music, jazz is king. Check out some top songsters’ heartstoppingly beautiful renditions of timeless jazz classics!
Musical U interviews Dr. Jeremy Dittus, founder of one of the leading schools in the United States that uses the hands-on Dalcroze method to teach music.
What is an augmented chord, and how can you pick it out from a crowd? Musical U teaches you how you can listen for and differentiate these special chords.
Learn all about chord progressions, how they’re created, why they matter, and how you can use them to write unforgettable music.
The 12-bar blues are the foundation that rock & roll was built on. Learn why this chord progression is so memorable, and how you can use it in songwriting!
Musical U interviews Diane Mozzone on her incredible decades-long music career, what she’s learned along the way, and how she continues to evolve musically.
The “hook” is the earworm that elevates the song to the status of “unforgettable”. Learn all about the hook in this podcast episode!
The Musicality Podcast interviews the creators of HookTheory, an incredible tool for songwriters that want to understand the theory behind their music.
Grid notation is an easy, visual way to understand drum beats and create your own rhythms. Learn the basics of this notation with Groove Pizza!
Move past major and minor with an introduction to diminished triads! Learn how they are built, and how you can use your ears to pick them out of a crowd.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not planning on doing opera or fronting a band anytime soon – every musician has something to gain from learning to sing!