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Monday, August 08, 2011

Goals, Jazz, Ear Training and Theory

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So I'm pretty much what I like to call pitch and tone defective. Basically I can't sing for shit, but also I usually have trouble picking out songs by ear. Until recently, that is. A week or so ago I was in my guitar lesson and my teacher asked me to find chords in a song by ear. Obviously, I gave it a go but wasn't too sure I was getting them right. However, I managed to pick out every chord by ear (albeit was a four chord Taylor Swift song, but it was still a start). This was also while I had a head cold that stopped me from hearing properly. With that, a little thought started bubbling in my head and I got myself thinking surely if I can do that with a cold I can do it when I can hear things more than 4 meters away. So I have set myself a little challenge of doing ear training every night and check back on my progress every week or two weeks to see if I can't improve my ear.

Along with that I want to pick up my theory knowledge. Now I do have a good working knowledge of theory, but it's pretty basic in terms of the music class I want to take during my senior years in high school. Next year I have decided to study another music course which will bring me to a grand total of 2 classes, a good chunk of my week's lessons. The music I'm doing now is basically practical work and industry skills, the one I want to take up is heavily theory bassed. I've had my hand on William Leavitt's Modern Method For Guitar for some time. I even put sticky note book marks into the pages where the theory I really need is. The only problem I'm having with that is I just want to get through the pages so I can say "Yep, I've done that" But pretty quickly I've realized I'm going through the book without really studying. So this is my second goal study my theory and take it in so I can get my knowledge up to scratch.

The last thing is auditions. Recently my school has decided to introduce a whole new jazz band because the one we have now (which I'm in) has strayed from jazz quite a bit. Now, my guitar teacher was the director of the former jazz band so I didn't really have a formal audition. With the new jazz band being brought in there is a very high chance of the current members having to reaudition. I'm the type of person who doesn't really get nerves until the very last minute and then I start panicking and thinking "I'm not good enough to be here". So my last goal is thinking ahead and preparing myself for the possible audition, as well as getting my jazz playing up to a new and shinier standard.

So there's my goals. This blog is mainly to give me some motivation to do these things and also to track my progress so I know I'm on track. 
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excaliber9 wrote on Dec 13th, 2012 12:38am

Me no sing 4 shit either!


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