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Developing your aural skills is one of the most important things when it comes to guitar playing. If not the most important thing.
It’s something I still work on after all these years of playing. Each time I invest time into ear training it pays off big time.
The ability to identify chords, chord progressions, notes and melodies by ear or creating melodies from the mind and translating it to the fretboard is the greatest asset and resource a guitar player can have.
And to take it even one step further, combining good aural skills and knowledge of music theory will make you invincible. It’s the ultimate combination and makes you a complete musician.
But today we focus solely on the quality of listening. There are many ways to improve your aural skills, but here is a list of the most essential ones:
1 Transcribe songs.
Figure out chords, chord progressions and solos by ear. Work out the pitches and rhythms of a song. Use software like Transcribe to slowdown, loop and change the pitch of the song to make transcribing easier. You can use Anytune to transcribe songs on your Ipad.Continue Reading