Ear Training: How to Learn Guitar Faster

Upcoming Webinar: Ear Training – How to Learn Guitar Faster  Oct 22, 2011 1pm EST (Sign Up)

A Startling Discovery

I’ve been teaching guitar to children for many years. They were the original inspiration for the games on this site. The challenge was, how do I get kids excited about music theory and ear training? Fast forward five years. I’m beginning to see some startling results. Namely this: Students who work on theory and ear training learn to play the guitar faster.

This was an amazing discovery for me. Yes, I always knew that learning music theory and ear training was important, but I was told that reading music and traditional methods of learning were slower than the tab approach to learning guitar.

I have had several amazing experiences recently that have turned this idea on its head. What I found was that students who played Woody Says (an ear training game) frequently, have the ability to hum a note and instantly find it on the guitar. Like most students they would get to a point in a song where they played a wrong note or forgot the next note. But, unlike the average student hunting for the next note, they would hum the missing note and wham! They were able to play it immediately.

Because of this connection between sound and fingers these students learned faster than the students who didn’t play the games. I came to this realization: Students who have connected the sound of music to the locations on the guitar learn music faster.

I have a student who can sing a melody and name the finger numbers needed on the spot. How? Woody Says and Ear Training!

It Can Work For You Too

Ear training and music theory can have the same effect on your guitar (or bass) playing. You can learn to play guitar with less struggle. Sound and the fretboard can become one reality instead of two separate worlds. The games on this site can have this effect on your playing.

To jump start your journey into ear training I’m putting together a series of online webinars (classes) on ear training.

  • The first webinar will focus on interval ear training. Even if you’ve no idea what an interval is, you’ll do just fine. I’ll also introduce Woody Says and get you started on it.
  • The second webinar will focus on the musical alphabet, half and whole-steps, scales, and intervals. These are the essentials of music theory, and what you use 90% of the time. I will also cover playing intervals on the guitar.
  • The third webinar will tie the ear training and the music theory together. This is where amazing things start to happen, and you’ll start to see your abilities take flight! I’ll finish up with how to play Woody Says in blind fold mode, the ultimate challenge.

If you are interested in learning the guitar faster sign up for the webinar today! Click here to register. The first webinar will take place October 22, 2011, at 1 pm (EST). The webinar is free to GuitarGames.net members, but limited to 25 students.

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