Beginning Ear Training

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $16.99
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 64
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-87639-081-5
  • SKU: 50449548
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2007

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These time-tested exercises will help you to play by ear.

Beginning Ear Training introduces the core skills of ear training. Step by step, you will learn to use solfège to help you internalize the music you hear and then easily transpose melodies to different keys. You’ll learn to hear a melody and then write it down, develop your memory for melodies and rhythms, and to transcribe live performances and recordings.

Listening is the most important skill in music, and this book will help you to listen better.

Learn to:

  • Learn melodies by ear
  • Sight-sing music notation
  • Internalize rhythms and melodies
  • Improve your pitch and timing
  • Transpose without using notation
  • Use solfège
  • Transcribe and notate recordings and performances

“This is a great ear training book! Learning music by ear and developing musical memory are crucial steps in improving musicianship. Even experienced musicians need to be reminded of that. This book has exceptional ear training workouts, and Gilson articulates his concepts very well.”

Helio Alves, GRAMMY® -winning pianist/composer (Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Claudio Roditi)

“A beautifully crafted instruction manual. Gilson breaks down the basic rudiments of ear training and makes it accessible for any level of student. I would recommend this book to any aspiring musician.”

Bill Pierce, Chair of the Woodwind Department at Berklee College of Music, Saxophonist (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Tony Williams Quintet)

“I wish I had a book that was this comprehensive when I started my career. It is understandable and fun to practice. I highly recommend it. “

Renato Neto, Keyboardist/Producer (Prince, Sheila E, Diane Reeves, Rod Stewart)

“This is one of the best ear training materials out there. It is a book that can be of great help to music students and professionals.”

Jetro da Silva, Professor at Berklee College of Music, Keyboardist/Producer (Whitney Houston, Patty Austin, Gladys Knight)


Gilson Schachnik

Gilson Schachnik teaches ear training at Berklee College of Music. He is an active keyboardist, composer, and arranger, and has…