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Ear Training Lessons For Guitarists to Develop Relative Pitch and Perfect Pitch

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ear training for guitaristsIn general, most guitarists do not understand the importance of ear training (also known as aural skills). Most of them usually jump into learning songs off tablatures or drilling themselves over and over again with speed exercises when they learn how to play the guitar.

As a result, they tend to neglect one of the most important aspects of being a great musician which is the ability to HEAR.

Ear training forms the foundation of proficient musicianship. It is important to build strong aural skills as it lays out the foundation for music development.

After all, the purpose of playing music is to allow others or ourselves to enjoy hearing the music we play. How many of us can hear a piece of music and decipher it completely?

I can make a bet with you that 90% of the guitarists in the world won't be able to do so. Can you imagine a painter who can't differentiate the different colours on his palette? How can a guitarist achieve mastery of the guitar when he can't even differentiate a C note from a D note?

Let me tell you a fact. The guitarist with better aural skills will be able to pick up guitar skills, guitar rhythms, guitar improvisation skills far better than a guitarist with weak hearing skills. On the other hand, a guitarist without good hearing skills may be able to play the most technical challenging solos in the world. But throw him a progression in a different key and he’ll be stumbled.

Here at, ear training lessons are focused on 2 main areas : Relative pitch and Absolute pitch (perfect pitch). Relative pitch is the ability to identify intervals (major 2nd interval, minor 3rd intervals) whereas absolute pitch is the ability to identify different pitches (C note from D note).

Ear training lessons are provided to help you kickstart in training your ears in these 2 areas. The drills provided here can be repeated as much as possible to focus on getting your ear to hear. By taking the time to sit down and hear, you WILL see immediate improvements in your aural skills and overall guitar playing.

Music is an art. To be exact, it is a listening art that places heavy emphasis on the ears. To fully enjoy and immerse yourself in guitar playing, ear training should be an essential part of your practice routine no matter how "boring" or "monotonous" it may be.

For those people who want to take ear training to very high levels, we would recommend you check out the guitar lessons review sections for the best solid and comprehensive education your ear will need.

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Guitar Ear Training Lessons And Aural Skills Development:

  1. Open Your Ears - Introduction to Ear Training For Guitar Players
    Since this is the first lesson in our musical quest for relative pitch and perfect pitch aural skills, we shall start with something simple. Play a note on the guitar anywhere on the fret board. Now be honest to yourself, can you sing out a note that is the same pitch as that of the played note?
  2. Open Your Ears II - Train Your Aural Skills
    Have you completed Open Your Ears Part I? If you haven’t done so, I want you to complete that lesson on basic aural skills and relative pitch before reading on.
  3. Tricks to Help You Identify Guitar Notes by Ear
    The key to being able to play any song you want, or put on paper any idea that comes into your head is to learn to identify guitar notes by ear.
  4. Learn How to Transcribe Songs by Ear With Some Simple Practice
    The ability to transcribe songs by ear is one that most musicians envy. All of us want to pick up the guitar and either rip some Van Halen licks or split our ear drums cranking our amps to play some Megadeth.
  5. Singing Exercises to Help You With Ear Training
    As with all musical abilities, these singing exercises for ear training will take hours of practice and repetition, but as any musician will tell you, a properly trained ear is invaluable.
  6. Finding Song Keys And Determinine Harmony With Your Guitar
    If you don’t know the notes of the fret board or you just have trouble memorizing them, simply look them up. This is the most important part of learning to find song keys on your guitar, so don’t skimp.
  7. Ear Training Exercises For Guitar Players
    The ability to discern notes and keys by ear is one of the most coveted abilities in music. Some musicians are born with the ability, while other struggle for years to learn it. We are going to go over some exercises that will not only help you to train your ear, but perfect it as well.
  8. Train Your Aural Skills for Better Guitar Playing
    Training your ear is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a guitar player. Not only will it allow you to learn the songs that you want, it will help you to become a better player.
  9. How Relative Pitch Can Improve Your Guitar Playing
    Recognizing notes by ear is a crucial skill for musicians. It can help you to discover new patterns, new ways of playing, as well as allow you to learn pieces and songs by ear.
  10. Review of Perfect Pitch Super Course
    This is a review of a program called the Perfect Pitch Super Course. This has been at the forefront of the absolute pitch market for thirty years.
  11. Review of Relative Pitch Super Course
    The Relative Pitch Super Course, while not a magic spell, can take years of training and condense it into a few months.

Train Your Relative Pitch and Perfect Pitch