Diminished Scale Chords

The Diminished Scale is a unique symmetrical 8-note scale that comes in two forms.

Because of its symmetry, hearing the tonality (the root note) of the Diminished Chord or Scale being played can often be tricky.

Adopt this simple ear training practice for hearing Diminished Scales and Chords!

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Two Essential Scales

With these two scales and their modes, you can create almost any chord type!

Hearing chords becomes drastically simplified by mastering these scales and the sounds of their modes.

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Hear Chords

Chords are 3 or more notes played at the same time.

These notes can be any notes.

Triads are also chords. They are call Triads because they are made up of specific intervals, explained on a previous article Hear Triads.

This simple ear training exercise will teach you how to hear any type of chord!

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Major Scale Modes

These are the 7 modes of the Major Scale.

Although the notes of each mode are the same notes, the sound and feel for each mode is unique.

Learn how to derive the chords that belong to each mode of the major scale.

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Inverting Triads

In a previous article Interval Inversions, the concept of inverting intervals demonstrated how a simple shift in a note’s octave can change the sound of an interval.

The same concept can be applied to Triads opening up the possibilities of expressing the same Triad in a subtle new way.

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Feel Triads

Ear training can be intellectual or it can be emotional.

The intellectual route requires your brain to do quite a bit of calculating in order to determine the sound that it is hearing.

The emotional route requires you to simply determine the sound that you are hearing through feel alone.

Feeling music personalizes the music, makes learning music easier, and produces a quicker response time (calculating the distance between intervals has been eliminated)!

Adopt this method for learning how to feel triads and accelerate the process in learning how to recognize them in the music that you are hearing.

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Hear Triads

There are four possible combinations of triads. These triads are created by combining types of 3rds on top of each other.

Each triad forms the foundation for a majority of chords that you hear in most music.

Master the ability to hear triads with this simple ear training practice!

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Interval Inversions

When the notes C and E are played together, the sound of a major 3rd is created.

If you were to drop the octave of the higher note E and played E and C instead, you now have the sound of a minor 6th.

The same sound of the minor 6th could be created by also raising the octave of the low C.

Here is a list of intervals and their inversions. Notice how inverting intervals can affect the mood of your music.

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Basic Intervals

The space between any two notes creates an interval.

Keeping your mind organized can help accelerate your ability to understand and articulate the music that you are hearing.

Here are the basic intervals of music and how they should be spelled.

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Hear Double Stops

To play a double stop on your instrument, simply play two notes at the same time. The notes can be spaced closely or far away. Although this is not yet a chord (3 or more notes sounded at the same time), a chord can become implied.

Double stops are fairly easy to play on most instruments and can support any melody.

This simple exercise can teach you how to hear double stops and establish the building blocks for picking out individual chord tones!

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