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Learn every note on your guitar by ear!
Complete Guitar by Ear is a 2-CD relative pitch ear-training audiobook course with no written text or sheet music. The lessons cover ear training, finger strength, and music theory. Simple enough for the complete beginner; just pop the disc in your CD player and follow along. Total running time: one hour, 41 minutes.
CD 1 is beginner friendly, yet progressive, and features descriptive narration. Starts with a short specified range of notes on the first string. A note is played and held while you match it on your guitar. The range of notes is progressively made larger, adding string after string, note combinations, and exercises. By the end of CD 1, you will have learned every note and note combination on every string of the guitar, plus some very essential music theory and exercises to improve your playing abilities. 36 tracks. 63 minutes.
CD 2 features more music and less narration than CD 1. CD 2 can be used 2 different ways: you can play along to improve your ability to find the notes you hear and build your musical ear, or you can listen to CD 2 anytime, anywhere to help train your musical ear. For example, if you want to memorize the sound quality of a minor third interval, you can put track 4 on loop and listen to the exercises that are played on all strings up and down the fretboard. Do the same for any interval! In the end you will have learned to play every possible note combination on your guitar, as well as identify them when you hear them played in songs. 21 tracks. 38 minutes.
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Comments about MJS Music Publications Complete Guitar by Ear (2 CDs):
I'm an adult beginner on the guitar. I enjoy learning to use the fretboard directly by ear (if only I had started into the piano by playing by ear!) without the burden of translating musical notation into tones on an instrument that is still unfamiliar. My advice to fellow adult beginners: (1) Do each of Mr. Sternal's exercises exactly as he describes them, nothing more and nothing less, and no faster than you can consistently produce good tones. (2) Master each of his small steps before going on to the next one, being patient with yourself and trusting the order of skills through which he directs you. I'll move on to notation (guitar tablature and "standard" notation) only after I own the fretboard!
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