from @austincassidy " Out of curiosity, do you just listen to the song and “know” what chords they are or do you play around on a piano until you find them? I’ve been having trouble developing my ear to distinguish chords."
Choose any Beginner hook you like (1 green dot) (Songs that have only I, IV, V, and vi chords.)
then I would change the key to C (without looking at the chords smiley ) and try to play it on your piano. Eventually you will hear it without your Piano (note: for guitar I choose key of G).
What you find is that you will get it after about 200 (realistically that’s a good number to focus on. That’s 7 a day for a month, not too hard) Then move to the intermediate songs that have 2 green dots. (Songs that have only I, ii, iii, IV, V, and vi chords.) By now your ear should be attune to the BIG 4 chords so the other two are quite easy to pick.
Then try the more complex songs. By now your ear knows the BIG 6 and you can pick that it is out of the key which is only another 6 rootnotes to choose from. 5 weeks of hard work should see you set for life in hearing relative chords.
@chris Any chance Hooktheory could develop this kind of tool for use in the ear training section?
Each time I would change the key to C (click on key) and change to “piano” so you can hear it.
Maybe cover your computer screen with cardboard or a book so you don’t see the chords.
That way you get used to hearing just one key. This will help in itself.
Once you are comfortable dont change the key and leave the Youtube playing.
@DrCav What i meant was: When I get used to hearing just one key will I be able to get the relative chords of song in different key?
That’s when I finished practicing, I understood that while practicing i have to use only the key of C.
But I think the only way it’s starting practising and i’ll see .
@DrCav just curious, how long has it taken you to reach your level of hearing? Ive been practicing a lot lately and id say im up to the stage where I need to know borrowed chords etc but have no idea what to do. Any tips?? If you go to my tab “The pretender” by Foo Fighters, and have a look at my original revision you can see roughly where my ears are at. Thanks!
@TomNicks Yeah I saw your Foo Fighters Hooks, very cool.
I turned 39 today and have been playing guitar, bass since I was 10. But not always practising/training.
I think I really took off in my ability to hear where chords were going when I was teaching guitar for a couple of years.
I think there are a few things to note.
You get better/faster at the music genres’ you most listen to/play.
I am much better at chords than melodies (guitar background). I hear chords where some of my classical musician friends struggle but when it comes to melody they can hear and replicate instantly.
Growth Mindset (google Carol Dweck) shows that your approach to your learning will impact how you go forward.
If i’m in a song in A Minor for example, and I’m using the piano chord chart, sometimes the III (C Major) is played above I (A Minor) and sometimes below. I’m talking about the bass note. I notice these thing also in another keys.
For example here http://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/muse/time-is-running-out in the Pre-Chorus and Chorus the C in the III is played below A, but when i create a new tab the C is played above. Does it confuse my ear? And when composing a song is just about how it sound in the context that is played above or below?
Personally I’ve found the MIDI Chord Helper (Desktop Version) to be of great help and a perfect complement of Hookpad when getting to familiarize yourself with the sound of a chord. The chords are arranged by circles of fifths, so diatonic chords will always stick together, relative key relationship becomes trivial, subdominant and dominant of a major key are placed right beside the tonic, and borrowing from parallel major/minor gets very obvious. It supports a much wider range of chords than Hookpad currently does, including 69, dim7, mM7, +5/-5 etc., though some extended chords and added chords are not supported.
Since 200 attempts is very daunting at first. (see the first post).
Try to concentrate on two dozen attempts (24)
Apparently after 24 attempts at a single activity you get to around 80% proficiency.
(I’m not sure the parameters for this observation or evidence for this but it was quoted by Andrew Fuller relating to Brain science and learning capacity).
200 is definitely more like what it will take to master a concept.
In terms of how you listen to songs.
I turn up the bass and begin with the bass notes of chords.
Be very careful with poor computer speakers (laptop speakers) as often they miss the bass guitar frequency which is a big tell-tale signal for the chord in question.
I started learning in fragments. I first trained myself to listen for major key V-I and IV-I cadences and then worked up to additional chords such as ii-V-I, deceptive cadences, etc.
Then I did the same for minor keys, and eventually I started hearing differences and similarities. I also experimented by playing different variations just by listening with my guitar and came up with my own progressions to memorize and see if I could hear similarities with other songs.
That’s great devaski.
That’s similar to what I’m working on at the moment.
I record my self playing chords.
After I play each chord I say the number Eg strum I strum V strum vi strum ii.
I’ve noticed a big difference.
I can make it as fast as I want. Which pushes me but I still understand what’s happening.
Then I do two chords
Strum strum. IV V
Stum strum bVI bVII
Then 3 chords.
I’ve been following Beatles harmonies and introduce the chords in this order.
I IV V vi
Then stranger chords after that.
Then I can listen without a guitar and here what is happening. This is so encouraging!!