Skype Guitar Lessons -Ear Training

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One of the ultimate goals as a player taking Skype Guitar Lessons should be ear training. To hear a note or phrase and immediately be able to play it. Either from in your head or from a song playing.

This takes a long time to not only develop but trust in a performance setting. I’ve always been impressed when I see musicians do call and response when two soloists are trading leads. The first one plays a line and the second one plays the same line back. That is great ear development.

I decided to go on a quest to acquire these ear training skills. It turns out there isn’t a big secret that you have to dig deep to discover at Skype Guitar Lessons . It’s right under your nose. This discovery led me to develop Mark Marshall’s Method for Productive Guitar Practice.

It took me years to appreciate ear training for guitar. As a young musician I had mentors who told me about it, but I was young and foolish. I wanted to get right to desert. I didn’t want to work on the “boring” stuff. It turns out you can’t just survive on “desert” for 3 meals a day on your quest to guitar-dom.

Ear training is one of those skills that you will see little increments of progress. You’ll keep practicing and practicing and feel like you’re not getting there, but with consistent Skype Guitar Lessons you’ll all of a sudden climb a level. It will require some dedication, but the rewards are huge.

In Practice

Last night I was in Flagstaff, Arizona on tour with Abby Ahmad. There are some spots in the set where we play against a drone and I improvise. I never play the same thing from night to night because depending on the environment, I hear different things.

For this specific situation I like having the freedom but It’s important that I know what intervals sound like before I play them. If I choose to play a tritone I’m going to want to know how it’s going to create tension.

For the Flagstaff set I heavily relied on my Skype Guitar Lessons ear training. Not only for melody but for expression of the notes. I sing along in my mind with every note. I think about every slide or bend. My fingers are simply the vessel to deliver the message my mind is sending.

Think about when you’re having a conversation with people,.you choose certain words to get your point across. You may even stress certain words in a way to deliver your statement. Playing music is no different.


Students often ask me how to create better phrasing. This is obviously a deep subject, but often the first thing I notice in students having phrasing issues is they’re not singing in their head. Their mind is not master. Don’t let your fingers run the show. Your fingers are the assembly line, your mind is the engineer.

I know this can seem a little dangerous until you’ve developed the skills. Skype guitar lessons are designed to set you free. The goal is to create a bridge between your mind and fingers.


The first step is note recognition from pitch and rhythm. You should hear music like you hear language. After all it is a language. You’re going to have to know what a major third sounds like in the way you know the word run.You’ll have to know what 16th notes sound like in the way you recognize the word dog.

There really isn’t a secret to it. It’s not that different from learning words when you were in the first grade. You don’t learn every word at once. You build slowly. There are only 12 notes in the western scale. That’s not impossible. But it will require persistence.

If you use Mark Marshall’s Method for Productive Guitar Practice you will develop a solid practice routine and see consistent improvement. Skype guitar lessons makes it easy and accessible.
You must not get impatient though. This is not an instant gratification skill. It’s an investment and a worthy one at that.

My Story

Ear training opened up doors for me no theory could have unlocked. Theory is really just a translator. It’s not necessarily the spark for creativity but the documentation of it.

It was a real eye opener when I moved to NYC. I suddenly found myself around a lot of top notch players who used their ear predominantly. I was taken back about how quickly they could create and execute parts. I was able to hear parts in my own head, it just took me much, much longer to get them out.

There was a roadblock. You would think ear training would have been an obvious skill I would have acquired, but it wasn’t. It’s the most vital skill I’ve developed.This is why I’ve spent so much time developing this method at Skype Guitar Lessons.

How can you be a cook if you don’t understand the taste of the ingredients? To understand what cinnamon is does not mean you’ll know how to effectively use it’s flavor. Applied to music that means: just because you know what a scale is does not mean you’ll effectively be able to use it.

Paint by Numbers system

A lot of guitarist play “the box” and just riff on it. Paying no attention to the character each note has against the chord. It’s the musical equivalent to senseless rambling. I’m not talking about Robert Johnson’s Ramblin’ on My Mind either!!

You wouldn’t just take a bunch of random words from the dictionary and say them out loud to someone in a conversation would you? If you’re answer is yes then you may have a future in pan handling on the NYC 23rd Street platform.

Pairing Skype Guitar Lessons with Mark Marshall’s Method for Productive Guitar Practice is an effective system for recognizing pitches and rhythms.

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