Get acquainted with polyrhythms, their uses in music, how to count them out, and why you should incorporate them into your repertoire.
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.
Free articles about Ear Training
Musical U interviews The Curious Piano Teachers’ Sharon Mark-Teggart on the immense value of curiosity in both learning and teaching music.
Explore common chord progressions, what makes them so powerful, and how they’re used in popular music to make a song stick.
We talk to Piano Cub’s David Asher Brown about how to maintain a strong commitment to your musical practice – especially in self-directed learning!
We look at three more common uses for the word “tone” in our second part of this series about the multipurpose music term.
We interview Keenan McKenzie to learn about the creative process behind his traditional yet fresh take on swing music and his advice for aspiring musicians.
Learn how you can develop your voice and improve your singing with Jeremy Fisher of acclaimed vocal education website Vocal Process.
Get acquainted with the Lydian mode and the Lydian Chromatic Concept – and learn why the Lydian scale, rather than the major, is the true “base” scale.
How can we use neuroscience as a tool for memorizing and mastering music? Learn about the magic number and its applications in efficient learning.
We interview our own Andrew Bishko on his varied and fascinating career – which spans decades spent exploring, performing, creating, and teaching music.
Musical U interviews Jimmy Rotheram on improving academics through music education – and how he implemented his ideas at a poorly-performing school.
Open your ears to the beautiful complexity of polyrhythms, and learn how you can internalize these rhythms and put them to use in your own songwriting.