The importance of ear training

This session is one of our Guitar Corner sessions with Jamie McCredie. Generally we run them weekly as one hour drop-ins delving into a broad range of subjects relating to technique, theory, know-how, practice or something topical in the guitar world. The sessions are usually suitable for most levels. This one discusses why ear training is essential for the guitarist.

This session focuses on the oft-overlooked subject of musicianship. As the title hints in about using your ears to hear the notes (and recognise the relationship between them) before you actually find them on the fretboard and play them. Music comes from the brain, not the hands. This is a fundamental skill to acquire regardless of the instrument and is a lifelong journey. You can absorb some of it by just playing but the session is about making us aware of where to focus and the scope of the Ear Training courses we’ll run later in the year.

Overview about our series of Guitar Corners

These weekly one hour sessions are designed to give us the tools to self-improve and widen our  knowledge in the following general areas: rhythm, reading music, improvising, understanding music theory, getting good tone, how to play a solo, how to play with a group, how to develop your ear, learning the rules of music through transcribing the history of a genre. Our tutor, Jamie McCredie, will share key things he has learned over years that have helped to make him the professional guitarist and musician he is today.

Relevant materials will be available for each session.

Session suitability
This one is relevant and accessible to all player levels.

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Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

These sessions are more focused on what need to know rather than simply what we would like to know. They’re there to challenge us and widen our eyes and ears to help improve our playing and musicianship. Be patient and diligently work through the material at home.

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