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Guitar Lessons: Beginner
Develop relative pitch - easy step by step instruction.
I have been taking guitar classes quite a while from now and have systematically learnt all scales chords, bar chords and power chords but for learning new songs I have to depend on my instructor and he says that after a while I will develop an ear for songs and will be able to convert them into chords automatically but it has already been six months since i have been learning guitar and I am unable to play a song on guitar when I hear one what shall I do and same is the case in tuning the guitar my instructor says I will develop an ear for that too... please advise me.
The first thing to know is that you can develop your *ear* - which
in reality is your *memory for sound*, a great many people have
been told "you either got it! - or you ain't". Nothing
could be further from the truth.
Okay, the first thing to work on is *relative pitch* this is the
skill all good musicians must develop. Relative pitch means once
you can identify the key of a song you can recognize other sounds
that go with that particular key and therefore work out the rest
of the song.
The best way I know how to develop this is to start by:
(a) Choosing a chord (or note) and recording this sound - if it is
a chord strum the chord once and let the song ring out. When you
record your sound, identify the sample with an ID number e.g.,
sound number 1, sound number 2 etc, don't name the sound, just the
(b) Make a note of the sound ID number AND the name of the sound
e.g., "Em", "C7" etc in a note book so you can
check yourself latter.
The trick is to get this memory training down to very *small*
pieces, so you can't possibly get the answer wrong.
Start with just one sound for your *memory test* then add one more
new sound as your confidence grows. It's about developing your
concentration and ability to focus.
Take your time and be kind to yourself, remember "music comes
when it's ready - not when we're ready".
This is the same process for learning to tune *by ear* which I
recommend - the majority of guitarists cannot turn their guitar
without an electronic turner (meaning they are relying on a
*visual* reference not an*audio* reference).
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