For me, personally, there is no better feeling than when I’m trying to learn a song and all of a sudden…I get it. I get the riff or I’ve found that weird chord that’s happening. I also love the feeling of finding a pattern in a song. It makes me feel so proud of myself (That sounded slightly narcissistic but whatever).
But for someone who’s just started their ear training, this can be extremely difficult. Trust me…I remember being there. And because of that, I’m going to share with you one very effective, very easy, probably very well known rule. This rule is pretty much error proof and I’ve discovered that very recently. So, prepare yourself…. to sing.
Yep! Sing! I’m really not joking. Whenever I have to learn a new bass line, I sing it and slow it down dramatically. Singing lets you control the riff. Another thing I love about singing, other than slowing the riff down, is that you can focus on notes you don’t know. You can find that note that’s hard to find and keep singing it until you figure it out. Another tip I use, is that when I find that note that I can’t quite figure out, I sing it over the root (or the first in the scale). That helps me determine what kind of interval it sounds like.
This is a very basic (very effective) tool to use when learning a song. Try it out the next time you’re trying to learn a riff (Challenge yourself more by staying away from tabs or youtube) and see if it works for you. Do you have any things you do when trying to learn a song? Let me know and I’ll post them in another post! Facebook me, Tweet me, or leave a comment below!