Hear Chords On Guitar

Being able to hear chords on guitar can be one of the most challenging things to master.

Often, the only chance we get to train our ears to hear chords on the guitar, is at a jam session or on the bandstand for a gig.

I have been in search for an ear training app that can allow me to consistently practice hearing chords on the guitar. I found it.

Read on for links on where to get it, how it works, and my thoughts about this awesome ear training app.

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Hear Chord Tones With These Two Online Resources

If you can effortlessly hear chord tones, then playing improvised solos over a set of unfamiliar chord changes (particularly during a jam session), drastically simplifies.

Recently, I came across two websites that provide chord progressions and even single chords of various qualities, that can be used to practice focusing on hearing chord tones.

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Hear The Root Note Of Any Chord

How quickly can you hear the root note of a chord?

Being able to hear the root note of a chord is critical to hearing, understanding, and/or reharmonizing any chord progression.

Hear root notes, and you’ll be able to know and play the chords for any song.

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Improvise Over Any Chord Progression

Imagine if your ears were good enough to improvise over any chord progression that you either heard before or never heard at all.

Imagine how good it would feel to no longer have to memorize chord changes, and instead just hear and anticipate where the chord changes are going.

This interactive website allows you to practice this specific skill and do just that!

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Hear Jazz Chord Progressions

Jazz musician John Elliott released a book that simplifies the way jazz chord progressions are heard and internalized.

If you struggle with hearing and remembering the patterns of jazz chord progressions, the method in his book may provide some insight for understanding the chunks of chords that you are hearing.

This method can easily be adopted to develop your ability to improvise over chord changes during jazz jam sessions.

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Hear Functional Chords

Functional Chords are generally found in standard and pop music.

When there is a great deal of predictability in the chord progression of the music that you are listening to, chances are, you are listening to music that is Functional.

Become aware of the essential characteristics of Functional Chords and your ear will be able to quickly pick out and hear chord progressions. This skill also teaches you how to hear what chords are coming next!

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