Listen Up: How to Train Your Ear
Some musical education can help expand your audio experience and have you hearing tunes in a whole new way.
ear training
November 05, 2007 by Robert Archer

Shuffle beat is the last on Maggio’s tempo list. “This is hard to describe, but a good example is ‘Pride and Joy’ by Stevie Ray Vaughn,” he says. “The beginning of ‘Stray Cat Strut’ (by Setzer’s group Stray Cats) has a shuffle feel, and ‘Rosanna’ by Toto is a great shuffle song.”

The final step in the transcription of music is dissecting the tones that make up chords. One of the ways to develop the pitch recognition skills that musicians, recording engineers and producers use as part of their jobs is to build mental benchmarks to compare tones.

A list of songs that can be used as reference points for your new audiophile tuning may include these selections from Maggio:

  • The key of A — Beethoven’s “7th Symphony.” The first movement is in A and it modulates into E in a standard Sonata form.
  • The key of B — “Pinball Wizard” by The Who
  • The key of C — “Let it be” by the Beatles
  • The key of D — “The Song Remains the Same” by Led Zeppelin
  • The key of E — “Stuck in a Moment” by U2
  • The key of F — Beethoven’s “8th Symphony” (starts in F and modulates to C by the end of the exposition)
  • The key of G — “Time of your Life” by Green Day

So now that you have some reference material, some recording knowledge and some new terms to consider, go ahead and listen to your music collection again, for the first time.

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Robert Archer - Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.

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