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Developing Your Ear By Listening to Revolutions

Posted on August 29, 2010

Listen to two notes. The easiest two to start with are the same note, one octave* apart. If you are playing by yourself, you have to be playing an instrument you can PLAY two notes at the same time, like a guitar or a piano. The best place to start is with an open string (not applicable on piano). For instance, on guitar, pluck your “A” string, and then play the next “A” note up one octave. That would be the second fret on your “G” string. Listen carefully to the two notes. There is a revolving sound. That seems like something you would see – rather than hear. I guess you could say you’re going to look with your ears! If they are out of tune with each other, that revolving sound will be fast. The more out of tune the notes are with each other, the faster that revolution will be. If the two notes are in tune, the revolution will be very slow. If you tune one of the strings (like the open “A” string) while they are both still ringing, you’ll hear the speed change. It’s pretty cool! You have to be in a quiet room, and concentrate. If you try this with two instruments, it’s best if they are the same kind, like two guitars. And you both have to put your heads together, and listen as closely as you can to both instruments. * There are eight notes in a major or minor scale. For instance, a C major scale is C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C.