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Am I too advanced for your ear training workshops?

Hi Mireia,

I recently purchased IFR's "Sing The Numbers 1" and have found it both meditative and useful in reinforcing my knowledge. I am also interested in further exploring the "melody paths" approach you teach on YouTube with the visuals for the chord tones.

I have a B.A. in music with a strong base in music theory, as well as using solfege. Musically, my goal is to develop a stronger ear with better melodic sensibilities, to create more freely on my instrument (guitar) and improve on my singing voice. I don't know if my musical experience is already beyond the level that your ear training workshops are designed for. Can you tell me the topics covered in each of your workshops so I can decide if they would help me?

Best,
Devin

Mireia's response:

Hi Devin,

Thank you for writing. Let me explain what we do in each of my workshops so you can decide if one of them sounds right for you.

Ear Training for Musical CreativityEar Training for Musical Creativity. The best way to understand the content and objectives of this course is to think of it like a college course based on the syllabus which you already have in Sing the Numbers 1: The IFR Tonal Map. What's additional in the workshop are weekly video lessons, song analysis videos, creative exercises, backing tracks, self-test tracks and of course my own coaching and feedback. So it's a much more intense and immersive experience than the audio course that you have, and most students spend about an hour a day with the activities. But all of this energy is focused on just learning to recognize the seven notes of the major scale in what we call the "first harmonic environment", which is when note 1 is acting as the tonal center. So the best way to decide whether this workshop is right for you is to ask whether you can already recognize the melody notes by ear in any simple melody that sounds like it's in a major key to your ear. If you do not yet have this ability and you would like to master these sounds once and for all, we would love to have you!

Note: You can click HERE for full details.

Recognizing Chords by EarRecognizing Chords by Ear. In this workshop we're going to learn and practice a whole series of activities that will help us learn to recognize chords by ear. For this workshop you'll need to be able to recognize the seven notes of the major scale by ear because we're going to use that skill here, but there are also additional concepts and exercises that are specifically about recognizing chords. One of these exercises is the "Melody Paths" singing exercise that you saw in my YouTube videos. Another big part of learning to recognize chords by ear is to understand the sensations created by each chord. These sensations or harmonic functions are much more reliable than any conscious analysis of the notes, and these sensations are already available inside of us. So you'll learn how to use these sensations to recognize chords by ear. There are weekly lesson videos, song analysis videos, backing tracks and self-test tracks. You'll even do creative exercises where you'll harmonize melodies with your OWN choice of chords! The chords we'll be studying in this course are chords 1, 4, 5 and 6 from the major scale. These are the most important chords in all western music, and they also serve us as references for recognizing everything else. So the best way to decide whether this workshop is right for you is to ask whether you can already recognize chords 1, 4, 5 and 6 in the popular songs you hear on the radio. If you already know these sensations intimately and you recognize them without any hesitation, then you're already beyond the level of this workshop. But if you have any doubts about your ability to recognize these four chords by ear, then I think you will love this course because it ties together so many important things about understanding both chords and melodies by ear.

Note: You can click HERE for full details.

If there is anything else that I could answer for you to help you in your decision, please feel free to write to me at mireia@improviseforreal.com

Thanks Devin!
Mireia