Ear Training Part 3

I have not yet figured out how to organize these blogs, and it would be nice if I could figure out how to get these in some type of order. Until then, there is a menu or you can look for ear training part 1 and 2. 


This is a continuation on developing relative pitch.


Back to our reference note, C and a third up would be an E. And so a minor third up would be an Eb.


One last thing. The eight step up is the same note as the first you started on, ample and one would call it an octave up.


So. with C as our reference note, what would be the 9th note? 12th?


In the example, the first line uses a C as the reference note

the second line uses a G as the reference note

the third line uses an A as the reference notes


To work on this 

get your reference note, and sing another note and figure out how many steps away that note is

get your reference note , pick a step and sing that note

get reference note 1 and sing a step – pick a different reference note and sing the same step as before – if reference not 1 is a C and you chose the 6th step which is an A – then if you chose G as reference note 2, then the 6th step would be an E.


When you are able to accurately hear the notes and the distance (or steps) away from each other, then you will start being able to feel and hear all this without a reference note.


An example of how I use this technique when learning or faking a tune ( faking is being on a gig and someone calling a tune that there is no written music for. Many times you have never heard of the tune. And play it anyway – deciding like chess moves what the next chords and arrangement could be. 

So I hear the melody if there is one, then the chords, and I hear how many steps away the bass or root of the chords is away from the melody. So, it doesn’t matter what key the song is in, as I am just going by steps. 

Another example is copying or transcribing or learning parts of a recording.

Making sure your pitch is accurate. This goes for all musicians, – just because you play a fretted or a reed instrument does not mean your pitches may be completely accurate. 

Allows you to play what you are hearing.


yes, this takes some work.


Simple audio file of example



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