Ear training is Just as important for a percussionist as for anyone else!
Ear training is required in every University and College music program. It certainly was at my university, and I really struggled with it. The problem is, the instructor must teach you a certain amount of material over a given span of time. It’s too easy to fall behind and become lost. I found it really hard to keep up, and I never had any help or ways to practice it at home.
Recently we purchased David Lucas Burge’s Perfect Pitch ear training course, and we were so impressed with it, that we ordered the Relative Pitch Ear Training course straight away.
Ear Training is a lot like mathematics – You have to know your basic addition and subtraction before you try algebra. The great thing about Burge’s course is he starts you out from scratch and then moves you through it step by step. You go at your own pace. And you move to the next lesson only when you’ve passed the lesson you’re on. He’ll drill you up and down, left and right, backwards and forwards on all your chords and intervals, so that by the end of the 41 lessons, you’ll understand the language of music BY EAR — which is the goal of ear training.
I wish I would have had this before my ear training classes in university. I would’ve sailed through instead of having nightmares over them!
As A percussionist I have to tune Timpani all the time, and I have found this course invaluable in helping to raise my sense of relative pitch and improving myself as a musician.
Click here for more information on his Relative Pitch Ear Training SuperCourse.