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Learning by Ear. A Different View.
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September 9, 2011 - 11:24 am
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I just stumbled on this site but it really caught my attention as a violin student.

It's good to hear from this other pro saxophone world and the author says something that gets into the depths of the matter:

"Know your scales inside out and then outside in."

I would expect some other kind of insider "cool" remarks but that's it ….. scales dazed

Play by ear? 


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September 9, 2011 - 12:04 pm
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Just read that article from your link. One person's view I guess.. He didn't explain much of the benefits of playing by ear. I've been playing alto sax for quit a long time. I took some lessons as a teenager but went on playing by ear. The reason being I started writing songs. A couple years ago I enrolled in the online Dallas School of Music (for saxophone) to get much better at music theory. I think music theory and ear training are both important. I believe some of us are gifted and some not to hear the notes in your head. So I think the point that guy was making is learn your scales and learn to hear the correct notes, because you won't know if you're the gifted one or not 😉

September 9, 2011 - 12:48 pm
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I'm not sure what it all means but I have already been having a lot of fun with the pentatonics.  I'm surprised how easily it flows.  Nice surprise dancing

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September 25, 2012 - 8:01 am
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Yesterday I downloaded this software.  I have not started using it.  It is available here:

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music have developed a free software for helping their examinees to practice exam. pieces in different tempos.

Share your experience here.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)


September 25, 2012 - 12:08 pm
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Yeah, that webpage doesn't really say much, Oliver. 

Scales, sure.  Simple melodies or bits at first, where you can hear if you are getting it right or not.  Arpeggios.  But I think all that is kind of standard for both sight-reading and playing by ear.

Just playing in the first place is the important thing, I think, however one does it. 

One place where I would have to disagree with him is that he seems to want to make it sound like people who sight read are oriented strictly towards getting paid and those who play by ear are playing just for the love of it, and I don't feel that is necessarily true for either. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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