I was looking around a website from an old friend of mine in Brantford Patrick Feely and I came across a link on his guitar page directing me towards an ear training website. The site is called Good-Ear and it has some real neat lessons on it that will test and help you to expand your overall musical knowledge. Most importantly it fine tunes your mind to help you understand what it is that you are listening to when you try to figure out songs by ear.
When I first started the basic lessons on Good-Ear, it reminded my of my early days when I wanted to focus all my attention towards ways that would help me grow as a guitarist/musician. I feel that working on ear training made me become a more well rounded guitarist.
When I was around 15, following being kicked out of Pylis, I was feeling a little bummed out. Shortly after shaking off the Progressive Rock blues, I decided to pull up my pant legs and begin to focus on another musical chapter in my evolution as a guitar player. This new direction brought me to my classical guitar playing era, which in turn brought me to ear training.
My ear training helped me out a ton when lifting songs off an album or just to the radio. Today I can have a song playing in my head then grab my axe and figure it out in mere seconds. This something that I highly recommend everyone to try!
Sure some people out there will argue against this discipline that it is a waste of time but I hope that I can nudge some people out there to follow this path or just explore what ear training can do for you and have some fun! Remember, the worst thing that can happen is you learn something!
So for all you adventurous types out there, take the test and tell me what you think.
Keep on Jammin’