Jam Tracks Bundle Course and Ear Training
You may wonder what a Jam Tracks Bundle Course would have to do with ear training but let me give you some advice. A lot of people are unfamiliar with key centers outside of major and minor. And there are actually many different types of key centers too numerous to mention here, but here are some common ones that are covered in the Fanatic’s Guide Volume Two.
- Major Triad
- Minor Triad
- Diminished Triad
- Augmented Triad
- Major 7 Chord
- Minor 7 Chord
- Dominant 7 Chord
- Dominant 7sus4 Chord
- Minor 7b5 Chord
- Diminished 7 Chord
- Minor Major 7 Chord
- Major 7#11 Chord
- Major 7#5 Chord
- Dominant 7#11 Chord
- Dominant 7#5 Chord
- Major 6 Chord
- Minor 6 Chord
Learning Key Centers Through The Jam Tracks Bundle Course
All the key centers listed above and the others I alluded to can be tough to hear initially and need to be worked on to get your ear to hear them correctly. This is one of the main reasons why musicians rehearse. They need to hear the new ways that a key center is formed by music that they haven’t heard before. Rehearsing allows them to internalize this before they perform them in public. Musicians with great ears quickly pick up on these new key centers and once they do, they improvise better solos.
Listen Perform and Practice Key Centers
So for those of you who are not out there performing and rehearsing every day, you need alternative ways to gain this experience. The Jam Tracks Bundle Course will be one of the ways to help you expand your harmonic palette so that your ear hears these types of key centers faster. Again, this is why when I have students work with the Essential Scales Course I want them to use Jam Tracks to apply the scales — but I also want them to start hearing these new types of key centers.
Other Helpful Courses to Develop Key Center Perception
This is also why I created the Practice Perfect Series of courses. Again if you are in the situation where you aren’t playing a lot with other musicians and play a variety of styles that would encompass many different types of key centers, you need the courses from:
- Practice Perfect Applied Ear Training Series
- Practice Perfect Applied Jazz Ear Training Series
- Practice Perfect Applied Jazz Standard Ear Training Series
- Practice Perfect Applied Classical Ear Training Series
To recap, If you want your aural comprehension to work with real music you need to work with real music both actively and passively. The Jam Tracks Bundle Course will give you a way to work on typical key center vamps with all the common scales types that you will come in contact with in your life in music. They are fun to improvise over, but even if you just passively listen to them with headphones, it will help your ear to grow accustomed to these key centers and this will greatly aid your ear training skills. I hope this helps you to see how listening to music is important as well as how the Jam Tracks Bundle Course fits into the bigger picture of educating your ear to hear more difficult key centers through the use of real music.
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