Mel Bay Flatpicking Guitar Ear Training Course by Brad Davis () – Music. On the audio CD which accompanies the Flatpicking the Blues book Brad Davis of the blues remember to check out Brad Davis’ Blues Ear Training Course. We have had two articles appear in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Pencils and Standard Music or Tab paper OR Computer Notation program.

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After you have determined the key of the recording, the position the guitarist is using, and the chord changes, you are now ready to start breaking down the solo. I have recently compiled my 20 years of counceling people on the fine art of figuring out licks, into a 2-hour video called “How to Figure out Music From Recordings”.

Give a man a fish, he has a meal; teach a man to fish, he has flatpivking livelihood. Play it on the cassette machine Try to humm it.

Flatpicking Guitar Ear Training Course

You will be able to play anything you can humm. We start all of our beginning students with an elementary lick figuring out lesson, on their very first day! Are there left hand techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends?

Ear skills can be improved flatpic,ing work. Your voice is an instrument that you have somewhat “mastered”, because you’ve been humming songs since you were a baby.

They take it home and try to figure it out.

Tips on Ear Training

After you have finished with a section or the whole solo, try to get some feedback from a musical friend or a guitar teacher. Now look for those notes on the guitar. I’ll listen and decide whether the student is ready for this material and if so, I’ll write out the chord progression or transcribe the solo into tab or standard notation for the student. This kind of insight into how a player is thinking is one of the invaluable benefits of transcription work.


And I mean, you’ll be able to play it on the first try. You take one note at a time, until you’ve gone from beginning to end. That’s right, you got an ear for music! Let’s say we are trying to learn a Tony Rice song and solo from a CD.

Use your guitar to find matching notes and chords.

Tips on Ear Training – Flatpicking Guitar Network

Anyway, this process is called “matching a tone”. Its funny that ear skills are among the most important skills for improvising musicians and yet there is very little instructional material available. Man, that was the revelation of my life! Bands with two guitars and multi-track recording make this possible, so check that the solo guitar sounds like it is in the same position. Many times I write as I go and then I’ll have to learn the solo from the paper at a later date.

On stereo recordings, the guitar may be lounder on one side.

If the verse and chorus are different from each other, chances are the chords will do something new at the beginning of the chorus.

Some players prefer to memorize as they go. Hey, what have you just done?


Tricks of Transposition by Joe Carr After many years of teaching guitar, I realize I have been holding out on my students. I’ll start simple and build from there.

After transcribing ten Tony Rice solos or learning them from someone else’s transcriptionyou will have a sense of some of Tony’s favorite “places” on the neck. Don’t get discouraged if your transcription is way off base.

Many older mountain songs have a single progression for the verse and chorus i. The “G” shape, for example, has a characteristic sound no matter where the capo is placed. Although I ask the student from time to time whether he hears a slide here, an open string ocurse, a IV chord here, I do most of the work.

Play Music By Ear

Bob Mesher commented on Joe McColley’s video. Jim Cornwell posted a photo. Songs usually start and end on the I chord. David Gilstrap posted a status “Anyone know if flat pick magazine has Margret’s Waltz in a particular issue? Actually it’s the same thing a tuning up, unless you’re watching a tuning meter.

If you thing you have found the key, let’s now focus on the guitar part. Don’t get me wrong, people lifted licks from records long before I was born, I’m just responsible for bringing the concept “out of the closet”, and Joe was responsible for turning me on to the phenomenon.