Learning to accurately and quickly hear intervals are very important for several reasons. Anytime you’re listening to a bass line and wish to figure it out, well, if you can perfectly hear the intervals between each note, this task becomes a piece of cake.
Similarly, when you want to figure out a melody or line from a soloist, if you can make out the intervals, you can make out the line.
Now, ae intervals the only way to hear bass lines or melodies or lines of a soloist? Of course not, but they are one way – a very helpful way – to begin to hear all this stuff.
Why your intervals aren’t helping you now
If you’ve already done some basic ear training, then you’ve for sure encountered intervals. But, they’re likely not helping you figure out the things you need.
Well, it all goes back to how you learn this stuff to begin with. Most ear training classes and resources treat ear training like a guess and check activity. While it’s good to test your ears this way, that’s not how you learn the information in the first place.
Repetition is the missing link in ear training
The problem with the guess and check way of practicing is that it doesn’t give you enough time on one interval for it to truly soak in. You need to spend a minimum of three minutes listening to one interval to really get any effect.
Ideal, even more time would be spent on one interval. And then, this process would be repeated over many days, weeks, months…and you can pretty much take it as far as you like.
That’s the beauty of ear training. No matter how well you can hear something, there’s always a higher or faster level to be attained.
Building up your interval knowledge
Not only do you have to know how each interval sounds, you need to be able to sing every interval in both directions perfectly without thinking about it. This is not easy, but with much practice, it can be done.
Sit at the piano and play a note. Then, which ever interval you want to work on – perhaps a major third descending – sing that note a major third below the one you’re playing. Do this for a minimum of five minutes.
Then, choose another interval to work on.
Mastering your intervals
Mastering your intervals is not an overnight process. It takes a lot of time sitting at the piano and ingraining each and every interval in both direction until it’s solid.
Then you must learn to sing them.
All this can easily be done by sitting at a piano for 20 or 30 minutes a day and focusing on ear training, but for us, we wanted something we could take on the go that structured all the information perfectly and gave us all the resources we needed at our finger tips. It’s called The Ear Training Method.
If you want to get the ears you’ve always imagined, then you owe it to yourself to check out The Ear Training Method.