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GL365 Academy – Ear Training Introduction

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  1. Suhail Gulati on December 18, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Hi Carl!

    I’ve heard some musicians say that musical ear is developed at a young age. I know it does get difficult as one ages but is it achievable?

    I’m 28 years old, decent enough Blues player and currently exploring Metal. The problem I face is composing. A lot of ideas (both rhythm and lead) float in my head but I’m unable to replicate those on my instrument. If I’m able to replicate some of them, I get stuck on how to move forward and complete it.

    I asked this question in one of your Youtube live chat. Please let me know. I’m very eager to write my own music.

    • Carl Brown on December 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Hey Suhail! You can absolutely develop your ear at any age and to a very high degree at that.

      I think younger people are more adept at developing perfect pitch, but for relative pitch, which is the skill that what will enable you to freely compose, improvise and transcribe music can be developed at any age. And there is no limit to where you can take it. You ear can keep improving into a very old age. 🙂

      It is relative pitch that you will learn in this course.

    • Douglas Friedrich on December 26, 2019 at 5:33 am

      Hi Carl. Just did first lesson. Love all that you do and you have a lifetime member here.

      But I’m not sure about this whole Solfege thing. If music really is math and hearing, I found that adding language letters to musical intervals to be an unnecessary additional translational step that my “LIMITED ” BRAIN (LOL) had to devote reaources to.

      Even when I did the exercises, I transcribed in my mind the intervals as a
      opposed to the Do-Re-Mi’s.

      Im gonna keep going but that’s just my fresh eye look at this from someone with over 30 years under me fingers and one with prior theory training.


      • Carl Brown on December 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm

        Hey Doug, I think if you give this form of ear training a bit more time, you will see just how much more valuable it is than interval training because you are studying ear training in the way your brain actually hears and is affected by music. If you have time, watch this recent live academy chat where I go in-depth into why this way of ear training works.

        Also, the solfege syllables are there for you to be able to identify every note within a tonality using just a one syllable word. They have been used for centuries. That way, you can sing melodies with these syllables. You just need to give a bit more time.

  2. read admire on December 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Carl I cant find the pdf for the solfege exercises

    • Carl Brown on December 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Hey Read, there is no PDF for that chapter. The entire thing is just an audio ear training session.

  3. Shalina Taylor on July 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Hey Carl,

    Ive learnt so much from your videos, if im able to reach the level of playing I aspire to reach you are going to be the reason…

    Cheers to you.

  4. Kenneth Berger on September 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hi Carl,

    Great lesson. Thanks. I am curious – are proofs for these “formulas” to determine the sharp/flats taught in music theory class. Do they exist? Is it like math (calculus, algebra, geometry) where proofs are taught along with empirical examples to show it is correct. Obviously it sounds right/great ( i.e. empirical) but is there a science behind it. In other words, can these “formulas” be determined without listening to the notes?

    Thanks again.


    • Carl Brown on September 13, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Hey Ken, sorry but I don’t know what you mean as “proofs”. 🙂

  5. Jamison Cremeans on September 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Hey Carl, I’ve been listening to TOOL a lot lately (you should do a lesson on Vicarious btw) and their use of time signatures is very interesting and I’ve been wanting to learn more about them. Do you have any lessons on time signatures and differences between them/ how to use them effectively? Thanks!

  6. Luke White on October 8, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Carl, I absolutely love this site there is so much information! I was wondering how long did you practice a day when you were truly honing your craft???Because I want to be a pro guitar player, but I don’t know how long i should practice a day. Ive been aiming for 6-8 hours, but I don’t want to hurt my hands and overdue it, but I alson dont want to not practice enough. I usually split my practice session in half, with half of it working on your different course, and the other half working on songs Ive gotta perform with my band. When I do 6 hours I do 45 min each for the categories ear training, improvisations, chords/progressions, and technique, and then the rest of the 3 hours i work on songs. And then for 8 hours I do an hour on each category, and then I spend the rest of the 4 hours on the songs. Any advice??

    • Carl Brown on October 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

      Hey Luke, great to hear your are putting so much time and dedication into your playing!

      Personally, when I was a teenager and had to attend school, I usually could play no more than 2-3 hours a day and it was mostly technique exercises.

      When I graduated school at 17, it allowed me to REALLY focus on my playing and overall musicianship. I probably spent the next five years playing guitar or studying theory/ear training 8-10 hours a day while also teaching at a local music store.

      Over the years my practice has varied quite a bit. For instance, when I moved to LA in 2000 with my band, I became pretty burned out on rock/metal guitar and switched my focus to classical guitar and composing music for orchestras until about 2007 when I started playing rock again. I was still getting probably 8 hours a study/practice in a day at that time. These days, I am lucky to get an hour or two to work on my own stuff because I have more responsibilities for GL365 and life in general.

      The key is not to burn yourself out. Keep your mind open for other styles or areas of study that might interest you so that you can always be studying something fresh and it will make you a well rounded musician. That is why I cover such a large variety of styles on the site, because I was always looking for new things to learn about music. 🙂 Keep up the good work!


      • Luke White on October 9, 2019 at 9:39 am

        Cool, thank u for the advice carl!!

        • Luke White on November 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm

          Hi carl i love this cite, i was wondering if you were thinking of creating a category with a full on study on frusciante, hendrix, mayer, and ray vaughn’s style of guitar playing. Fully delving in on their songs and they’re different techniques/tones. Just an idea. Once again thanks for this site it has truly helped me improve. My technique has vastly gotten better because of this site so thank u so much.

          • Carl Brown on November 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm

            Hey Luke, thanks a bunch for the feedback on the lessons!

            I have been getting some requests to put more lessons in the legendary styles category of the academy and all of those players would make for great topics. My plan now is not to do a huge amount of lessons on each artist, like I did with Eric Johnson, but instead to do maybe 2-3 videos for each artist focusing on the most definitive parts of their playing styles. I will get to work on it!

            Thanks! Carl…

  7. Luke White on November 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Ok sounds good, thank u carl for this site it is awesome. I’m learning loads of information! Thank u!

  8. mo ki on December 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    hi, i just heard the intro for ear training .
    where can i listen to the lessons ?

    • Carl Brown on December 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Hey there! In the sidebar, just click on the musicianship level one drop down menu and you will see all the chapters systematically laid out. 🙂

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