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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This music is just for you and you already know how it sounds.

Make any needed adjustments and rest your ears. I’ll listen and decide whether the student is ready for this material and if so, I’ll write out the chord progression or transcribe the solo into tab or standard notation for the student.

If you keep hearing the A note first string, fifth fret every time an F chord is played, chances are the capo is at the third fret. You won’t be looking around for it, your fingers will intuitively go to the right notes with no mistakes. If you are studying one particular artist, some things may start coming easier. 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.

The process may take only a few minutes, but transcriptions may take up one entire lesson or more. The basic techniques are the same no matter what system you use.

Certainly, Tony Rice could do it, but it is much more common in swing styles. By putting the record on the ol’ turntable and doing a lot of huntin’ and peckin’.

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By combining the effects of the variable speed and half speed controls, I can find a place where the music is slower flstpicking the low guitar notes are understandable. To learn to play the guitar really well, you must develop your ear, and you MUST spend some of your time eaar from tablature, teachers, trxining lesson videos, in order to challenge and exercise your hearing. Ralph Schut updated their profile Apr They bring a cassette recorder to their lesson, and we record a couple of simple songs onto the tape.


Just get the numbers on the right tab line or notes on the staff. Tricks of Transposition by Joe Carr After many years of teaching guitar, I realize I have been holding out on my students. One was by Joe Carr and was printed in Volume 3, Number 5.

Unfortunately, I do trainibg have tabs for Man of Constant Sorrow – the video you saw was recorded by somebody who had requested me to teach them the song – I only played it…”. Traibing any given note can be played several places on a guitar, finding the right one can be a big job for the transcriber. That’s right, you got an ear for music! Ear skills can be improved with work. Many times I write as I go and then I’ll have to learn the solo from the paper at a later date.

If you hit a wrong note, and you know it’s too high, guess what? You’re not as confident or adept at finding notes on it as you are on your voice. Half-step modulations one fret also occur G to G. From guiar, to voice, to guitar.

In age 14I figured out my very first lick, and boy was I proud ok, shocked. Listen for the characteristic sounds of each instrument for clues as to the tuning. Play what you have done so far over until you can play it without stopping and compare it to the full speed original.

Try for the first note only if necessary. That innocent little suggestion that Joe Rogers gave me ineventually led to me becoming the National Dobro Champion in The trick is that you have to hear the octave drop and adjust for it when you search for the note on your instrument. You humm that note? Many older mountain songs have a single progression for the verse and chorus i.

Flatpicking Guitar Ear Training Course

I asked Joe who taught it to him, and he said that he figured it out by listening to the record. InI discovered the first and only company that was putting a half-speed switch on a cassette machine, which was a far cry handier than the ol’ turntable methodso I bought one and became a dealer that same day, determined to tell the world about figuring out licks off of records.


OK, I’ve decided to come clean. This issue we are going to talk about some dangerous waters where beginners rarely dare to tread. I started placing large 2-page spread adds, suggesting to figure out licks, and after about 10 years, a few other dealers started following suite as a result of customers calling them in response to my ads.

You take one note at a time, until you’ve gone from beginning to end. Give a man a fish, he has a meal; teach a man to fish, he has a livelihood. A large number of bluegrass and old-time country songs use these three chords in different orders. So how did your voice find the note? He said, he was just curious and decided to try it, and it worked. The “G” shape, for example, has a characteristic sound no matter where the capo is placed.

This is the essence of musicianship in it’s purest form.

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Be aware that guitarists sometimes tune down the E string to D when playing in this position. Anyway, this process is called “matching a tone”. If the last chord is I, which it almost always isthe next to last chord is most often a V chord. I have sometimes written entire phrases in two or three positions and learned each one to see which one made the most “sense. Listen to the solo several times at full speed.

Once you have made it through a verse and a chorus, most of the work is done.

Ralph Schut left a comment for David Bullock “Hello David, sorry for the late reply vourse I had not visited this site for years. The sad part is that while the student goes away happy, I haven’t really helped him become a self-sufficient musician.