5 - Ear Training & Concepts

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5 - Ear Training & Concepts

Do you have Perfect Pitch (absolute pitch), Relative Pitch (identify the pitch of notes relative to other notes), or need help with developing your ear training skills? Master your skills with UMT's Ear Training & Concepts!


Whether you are a musician, singer or both, Ear Training exercises are essential for you to develop your listening and ear training skills. To improve your ear’s ability to learn how to see what you hear and hear what you see, simply start with the Basic Ear Trainer level, followed by the Intermediate and then Advanced levels!

Listen and identify Intervals, Clap back Rhythms, Melody Directions, chords, modes and more! Learn concepts to identify Key Signatures, scale degrees, music notation and symbols. Explore the written language of music through sound.





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Lessons in this Class

# Deck Name Num. of Cards

1 - Basic - Interval Ear Trainer

The objective of "Interval Ear Trainer" is to help you master ear training skills to identify the sound of intervals. An interval is the distance in pitch between 2 notes. Listen and identify each interval sound as: minor 2, Major 2, minor 3, Major 3, Perfect 4, Perfect 5, minor 6, Major 6, minor 7, Major 7, Perfect 8. BONUS: tritone (3 whole tones - 3 whole steps). A tritone is the interval between the Perfect 4 and Perfect 5 (Aug 4 or dim 5). UltimateMusicTheory.com


2 - Basic - Clapback Rhythm Ear Trainer

The objective of the "Clapback Rhythm Ear Trainer" is to help you master basic rhythm clapback skills in 4/4 time. Each card is one measure using the following note and rest values: half, quarter and eighth. You will hear one measure of the basic beat and then the rhythm. Clap back the rhythmic pattern that you hear while counting out loud (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +). Listen to the answer, then clap and count the rhythm again. UltimateMusicTheory.com


3 - Basic - Melody Direction Ear Trainer

The objective of "Melody Direction Ear Trainer" is to help you master your ear training skills in identifying the sound of melody direction. A melody may have an ascending pitch, descending pitch, repeated pitch or a combination of more than one direction. Listen and identify the melodic interval direction of each four note melody. UltimateMusicTheory.com


4 - Intermediate - Key Signatures

The objective of "Key Signatures" is to help you quickly recognize the Key Signature (sharps or flats) for each Major or minor key. A Key Signature is a specific number of sharps or flats placed on the staff (written after the clef and before the Time Signature) that indicate the pitch for those specific notes. Identify relative Major and minor Keys. Identify Parallel or Tonic Major and minor keys. UltimateMusicTheory.com


5 - Intermediate - Scale Degrees and Triads

The objective of "Scale Degrees and Triads" is to help you identify the type/quality of a triad (three note chord) as Major or minor. A Major triad (in root position) consists of a Root, Major 3 and Perfect 5. A minor triad (in root position) consists of a Root, minor 3 and Perfect 5. Major and minor triads are built on specific scale degrees of the Major and harmonic minor scales. Roman numerals are used to indicate Major (upper case) or minor (lower case). UltimateMusicTheory.com


6 - Intermediate - Closely Related Keys

The objective of "Closely Related Keys" is to help you identify all of the closely related keys for any given key. A closely related key is one that shares common tones with an original given key. These are the original key's relative Major or minor, the keys both up (Dominant) and down (Subdominant) a fifth from the original key, in addition to their relative Major or minor keys. UltimateMusicTheory.com


7 - Advanced - Chord Ear Trainer

The objective of the "Chord Ear Trainer" is to help you master your ear training skills in identifying the sound of chords. A chord may be three or four notes. The chord is determined by the combination of intervals between each note of the chord. Listen and identify each chord sound as: Major, minor, diminished, Dominant, Major seventh, minor seventh, diminished seventh and half diminished seventh. UltimateMusicTheory.com


8 - Advanced - Music Notation and Symbols

The objective of "Music Notation and Symbols" is to help you learn the universal language of music faster! The language of music theory is used to indicate how a composer intends for a composition to be played. Understanding the musical signs for notation, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, etc. in written music enables us to communicate and perform music more expressively. UltimateMusicTheory.com


9 - Advanced - The Seven Modes

The objective of "The Seven Modes" is to help you learn the seven basic diatonic modes built on the Major scale. Upon mastery of this deck, you will be able to identify a mode by the intervals of the scale degrees by which it is constructed, through the visual and the audio. All seven modes are shown in the key of C Major for simplicity, but regardless of key, the intervals between each scale degree remain the same. UltimateMusicTheory.com


10 - Advanced - Ultimate Chord Challenge

The objective of "Ultimate Chord Challenge" is to help you identify the type/quality of chords. This training deck is composed of a multitude of written chords in multiple Key Signatures, some with added accidentals for increased difficulty. In naming the chords, you will not only improve your ability to understand how the chords are built, but you will also develop your sight reading skills. UltimateMusicTheory.com


11 - Advanced - Non-Chord Tones

The objective of "Non-Chord Tones" is to help you identify the different types of non-chord tones, how they are used and the theory behind their use. A non-chord tone is a note which is not part of the accompanying harmony. They may be diatonic or chromatic additions, usually used to smooth out a melodic line or to create a more interesting melody. UltimateMusicTheory.com


12 - Advanced - Harmonic Cadences

The objective of "Harmonic Cadences" is to help you quickly and correctly identify harmonic cadences. A cadence is defined as a harmonic or melodic configuration designed to create a sense of resolution. It is a chord progression that includes at least two chords, acting as a conclusion to a phrase, section or piece of music. This deck will introduce you to the various harmonic cadences used in Western music theory. UltimateMusicTheory.com