Ear Training day 30

Today I repeated my exercise #9. It went very well so I went on to the next one.

It feels like it is the right time for the last exercise. I was wondering what it should be and I settled on the least complicated way to make it. Ideally, I wanted to make one long dictation. That’s nice idea but it would be too difficult to check my answer. So I settled on writing ten shorter dictations. It’s probably not the best ultimate final test but it will be good enough for me.

The dictations/phrases are more or less random. I didn’t care too much about patterns or about writing the notes in diatonic scale.

I tried this test today and, to my surprise and joy, it went all too well! I’m really happy about it. At last I can confidently distinguish between two close intervals!

All joy aside, it took me embarrassingly long time to reach this level. It is day 30 now and I skipped quite few days so let’s say this attempt lasted for almost six weeks in total. That’s just sad.

Now I’ll take a break before taking another interval. I feel drained. It was definitely difficult and not fun. Furthermore, I tried to do programming attempt while doing this. I learned that it is a bad idea for me to have more than one goal.

Anyway, this final test shows me that I am able to develop my aural skills. It just takes a ridiculous amount of time and effort. Still, it is a goal worth pursuing. I’ll definitely come back to learn the rest of the intervals.



Ear Training day 29

I skipped few days. I didn’t do anything productive and that wasn’t according to any plan. Anyway, I’m back.

That’s why I love this Medium Attempt thing. Before it, I would abandon my plans altogether after few abortive days. Now, I am able to pick myself up and to continue on pursuing my goals. Great success.

Today I went through my ear training exercise #9 and I did very well! That was surprising. Perhaps a little break was a good thing.

Tomorrow I’ll probably start my last exercise/test for minor and major seconds.

Ear Training day 28

I made only couple of mistakes in each of two runs. And twice I got through the exercise without any mishaps. If tommorow I won’t make any errors twice in a row, I’ll declare that I’m finished with this exercise.

Updates aren’t exciting but they keep my eyes on the goal.

Ear Training day 26

I feel a bit more confident with this exercise than last time.

I didn’t specify how exactly I practice this exercise so I’ll do it now. It goes like this:

  1. I hear the first note. Ok.
  2. Second note plays. Nice.
  3. I say out loud the interval between two first notes.
  4. Here comes the third note.
  5. I say out loud the second interval which is between second and third note.
  6. If I get it wrong, I repeat it few times and hum along until it becomes obvious to me.

This way I don’t get to rely on the clues of the whole phrase. I want to be able to hear and distinguish the intervals between any two notes as they are being played. I want to do it without any crutches. My goal is to be able to recognize any melody as a string of intervals and to do it only relying on the previous note.

I do not claim that this is a productive method or goal. It simply the ability that I want to achieve. When I’ll succeed at it, I’ll pay more attention to key and harmony. However, seeing how fast I progress…I won’t have to worry about hearing harmony for a long time.

Ear Training day 25

Not much to write. I went through the exercise #9 and made some mistakes. At this point, I didn’t count them. I surely got much more than half correct but it was far from the perfect score.

All in all, I am happy with this exercise. Some chunks are definitely more useful than others. Despite that, I’m glad I made them. I want to practice all possible variations. I want to nail some basic aural skills once and for all. Even though I progress shamefully slowly, I do get better. That’s good enough for me.

Ear Training day 24

Time for a new exercise!

After trying few ideas, I decided that this one will be a great next step. It’s not too easy for me at this point and not too difficult.

This exercise is made of small three-note chunks. Each chunk contains of mixed minor and majors seconds that move more or less in a random fashion. The answer flashes after each chunk is being played.

It took me a while to make this (as well as the previous one) and I can only hope that I didn’t leave any mistakes.