Why take a class on music by ear?
So that you are able to hear musical ideas and play them. You also want to be able to play what you hear in your head. Getting to that level of control on the saxophone will make you a much better musician and give you freedom within the music.
It’s fun and becomes easier with a little practice. And once you get rolling, it’s a great skill to have. There’s more freedom in the music, more control, and it’s easier to get in the zone if you have a developed ear.
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Reading music is important too, but listening and being able to play by ear is a vital part of being a great saxophone player. It involves taking in the music and being able to play rather than going from the music to paper to music. Things are lost in that transition…..
The first piece of the puzzle is probably to focus on a small piece of music at a time.
Beyond that, it’s good to know the intervals in music really well. Having a melody in your ear that has each of the intervals is something that can help. Generally, we’re more comfortable with ascending intervals as well. When you combine intervals with several notes, you get chords. And we can hear the characteristics of chords.
However, really, getting the rhythm of something is harder than getting the pitch in my opinion. There are only 12 pitches, but the variation in rhythm and getting the articulation just right seems to be the more difficult part in transcription to me.
We have a 6 week online ear training class specifically designed for learning music on sax by ear…
It’s a systematic approach to learning the different dimensions of music through progressively more challenging pieces. You can work through them at your own pace in the comfort of your home or bring it with you.
The weekly lessons will be sent to via email and you can download all the files through Sax Station. You can see a sample lesson (here).
There are two choices for the class – standard (with the lessons only) and the Premium (with additional challenges). Full details are listed.