Scales: Ways to Know a Scale: Aural Comprehension

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Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is an extremely effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale…

Let’s do some serious ear training by singing the Bb Major Scale in a variety of commonly-used musical patterns…

Linear, Acscending…

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Linear, Descending…

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Tip: It is absolutely essential that you sing these studies out loud.


Do-X-Do, Ascending…

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Do-X-Do, Descending…

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Tip: At first, it’s okay to play the notes on the piano as you sing, but the ultimate goal is to be able to hear-feel each note in your mind’s ear without help from your instrument.


Broken Thirds, Ascending…

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Broken Thirds, Descending…

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Tip: It is critically important that you play and sing these studies slowly enough to allow the sound-feelings to make an impression on your mind’s ear.


Triplets, Ascending…

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Triplets, Descending…

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Tip: Do not try to hear the interval between successive notes. It’s okay if you do, but be receptive to the unique sound-feeling of each note with respect to the key center Do.


Diatonic Triads, Ascending…

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Diatonic Triads, Descending…

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Tip: More complex patterns are possible as well, but the 80-20 principle tell us that your precious time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that you want to play for your study-practice material.

learn more… How to Study-Practice Scales: Performance

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