Category Archives: Aural

Aural Practice Methods

Active Listening

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You learn far more when you listen than you do when you talk. Effective listening is a core requirement for better practice. This method will help you develop your listening skills. Firstly choose three contrasting pieces of music. In order to get the most benefit from this method try to choose music that you would not normally ...

The Eyes Have It

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Link your ears to your eyes so that you can hear what you see. You can use this practice method anywhere! You don't need an instrument, just a sheet of music. Look at the notes and imagine what they would sound like. Look at how big the gaps or jumps are between the notes and hear ...

Complete Listening

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The most effective practice takes place when we listen completely. All too often however we fail to hear accurately the notes, pitches, rhythms and music we produce. We are so busy focusing on technique that we miss the music. To be a complete listener you need to practice your listening and develop this skill like any other. Begin ...

Over Ear

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Making everyone within an ensemble really listen. You will need a conductor or other bystander for this method and will also need to be playing in a group. After the group has played through a section of music the conductor will nominate one member. That member will then need to tell the conductor what another member of ...

Ear We Go Again

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Translate what you hear to your instrument and to paper. To use this method you will need something to play back a recording on (CD/mp3 player), some manuscript paper and a pencil. Firstly pick a piece of music you like or know well. Using your music player, listen very, very carefully to the music - try to ...

Follow The Leader

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This method will improve your all round ensemble and listening skills. You will need a friend or a group of players for this method. Pick one person to be the leader. This person to pick a note to play. The rest of the group must copy exactly how the leader plays this note ie Loud, Soft, harsh, smooth etc. The ...

Copy Cat

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Use this method to improve your ability to play back notes and rhythms To use this method you will need a friend (or your teacher) to practise with. Once you have your friend do the following: Pick one person to be the leader - you should take it in turns. Face away from each other (or close your eyes) ...