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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You have just witnessed the process that develops your ear muscles. They take it home and try to figure it out. The result is that you then hear the passage half as fast and one octave lower than it was originally recorded. Although this kind of learning is slow, the concepts and techniques have time to sink in really well.

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In my twenties, I bought a reel-to-reel recorder and used the seven and a half and three and three-quarters speeds to slow down the licks.

If you hit a wrong note, and you know it’s too high, guess what? After many years of teaching guitar, I realize I have been holding out on my students. If you hear ringing strings in the chords on the recording, chances are there is a capo somewhere.

Songs usually start and end on the I chord.

If I put some tablature on figuring out licks at the bottom of this article, you’d be learning with your eye which would defeat the whole purpose of this article. Keith Mellinger updated their profile Oct If the verse and chorus are different from each other, chances are the chords will do something new at the beginning of the chorus. If you are studying one particular artist, some things may start coming easier.


A combination of eear might be the answer. Coutse learn to play the guitar really well, you must develop your ear, and you MUST spend some of your time away from tablature, teachers, and lesson videos, in order to challenge and exercise your hearing. The “G” shape, flatpjcking example, has a characteristic sound no matter where the capo is placed. Slides and open strings are often indications that the guitarist is shifting position.

Flatpicking Guitar Ear Training Course

Transcribe as much as possible at full speed. Cary bowdenDonald S. Anyway, this process is called “matching a tone”.

It will provide you with everything you could ever want to know about the process, and it demonstrates all the machines, how they sound, coufse how they are eaar from a consumer’s perspective.

This music is just for you and you already know how it sounds. Arnold was skinny before he worked out for months and flatpicklng. Just get the numbers on the right tab line or notes on the staff.

For instance, in the key of G the first chord of “John Hardy” is Traaining. An advanced Tony Rice solo is no different than a simple children’s melody other than it’s faster and there are more notes.

It takes longer, but you will know the solo when you finish. You need to peck out so many simple little melodies like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “My Country Tis of Thee,” that finding notes on your guitar, becomes as easy as finding notes with your voice. If this checks out, move on. Many times I’ll get stumped and quit for a day.

Do you have any suggestions that might make it easier for me? First of all, and this is a big misconception it’s flatpiking just for the advanced pickers!


I’ve tried learning to play by ear and found it very difficult. Armed with this knowledge, you may develop an intuition about where a given Tony solo is headed. After you have finished with a section or the whole solo, try to get some feedback from a musical friend or a guitar teacher. 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.

To modulate to a new key, musicians often use the V chord of the new key. Its funny that ear skills are among the most important skills for improvising musicians and yet there is very little instructional material available. Play the first few notes of the solo and try to sing them.

We start all of our beginning students with an elementary lick figuring out lesson, on their very first day! Before you tackle the specific chord changes of the Tony Rice song, let’s look at Joe’s General Chord Traiing rules. They are ttaining re-printed here: In other words, even capoed at the 4th fret, a “G” chord sound like a G chord because of the order of intervals in that particular chord shape.

Make any needed adjustments and rest your ears. With the retuned guitar, I can still play along in G position. You just want a reminder of where to put your fingers!

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