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The Beginner's Course

More work on our ear training - don't skip over it - those that stick with the program get the most out of it!

The key to learning music well is to use your ears. Don't forget that music is about sound and listening so this part of your guitar study will help you a lot more than you will realise initially.

REMEMBER to stop the vid right after the chord you are trying to identify because...

The Last Thing You Hear, Stays In Your Ear!

Take it slow and don't expect results too quickly, it will take some time develop your listening skills.

Chord Quality Recognition (CQR)

In this test, we are still working out if chords are major or minor. I will be playing either D or Dm and you have to work out if the chord played is major or minor. Try and listen for a ‘happy' (major) or ‘sad' (minor) chord. Like everything else, it's going to take practice, but you can work on this on your own as well. Play D and D minor and listen closely to the difference between the two. Try this with A and A minor too. Listen for the feeling in the chord. After a while it should be very obvious!

Sound Palette: Major or Minor (static root note)


Single Sound Recognition (SSR)

Now it gets a little harder because our palette is a bit bigger—but you can do it—just remember to pause right after I play the chord. Then start playing your guitar and figure out what chord I played. This is a big deal and will really help you start working out songs on your own, because it's the same process. It's a really cool skill to develop and it's nowhere near as hard as you might think.

Chord Palette: E, A, D, Em, Am, Dm, G, C


Chord Progression Recognition (CPR)

Now we're working more on working out our chord progressions, the same as we have been working on already; still just one chord per bar, with four strums on each. Remember you will pause the track after the chord you are working on. Don't try and listen to the whole progression and work it out. That is really hard. Just take it one chord at a time, write them down and then once you've got it, try and play along and check that it's right. Then—and only then—should you check your answers.

Chord Palette: E, A, D, Em, Am, Dm, G, C

1. |__________|__________|__________|__________| 
2. |__________|__________|__________|__________| 
3. |__________|__________|__________|__________|




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Lesson ID: BC-138