Develop your relative pitch

by Dan Davies, Ben Minal, April 30, 2016

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This week's new lessons are going to help you train your ear! Ear training develops your understanding of the distance between notes, which we refer to as "relative pitch". Training your ear to understand relative pitch is hugely important as a musician, particularly when you come to write music or collaborate with others. 

Having a well-trained ear that enables you to pitch a note on the spot is going to help you in a range of applications from singing backing vocals to writing great harmonies.

In this new pack of 12 lessons, Hannah will take you through all of the intervals within an octave: The minor 2nd, major 2nd, minor 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, tritone, perfect 5th, minor 6th, major 6th, minor 7th, and major 7th.

Ear training isn't just useful for singers. Being able to understand how notes work so that you can apply the knowledge to any instrument is incredibly useful. As a guitarist, understanding relative pitch will make it much easier to figure out scales and chords, and will give you more freedom on the fretboard when it comes to writing.

Ear training isn't a skill that's going to come quickly, so make sure you spend the time practicing these intervals so that you can identify them within an octave.

Start training your ear

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