Call and response is one of the best ways to practice ear training. And, it’ll get you on the path to playing what you hear… quickly.
Here’s the basic idea of call and response. One musician plays something (call), and another musician responds (response).
But sometimes, there isn’t another musician around to play with.
So, I’ve put together 22 Call and Response Ear Training Tracks for you to practice playing what you hear. You’re gonna want to bookmark this page.
Here’s the fastest way to start playing what you hear on the bass
There’s only 12 notes in Western Music. But with all the different combinations, playing them all by ear can be overwhelming.
If you want to learn how to play by ear, practice call and and response.
I created 22 Call and Response Ear Training Tracks for you. And it’s free.
You’ll want to bookmark this page so that you can practice this ear training daily.
How to use these Call and Response Ear Training Tracks
The instructions are simple:
- Scroll down to play these ear training tracks. I’ve organized these tracks from easy to hard. Each one builds on the last.
- A simple melodic phrase plays, followed by space for you to play the same melodic phrase on your bass. The goal is to play the same phrase on your bass. Catch the same notes and rhythm of the phrase you heard.
- The music is in tempo. This will teach your ears to hear music in time. It’s one thing to practice ear training through drills and quizzes. But, it’s a whole other thing to practice playing what you hear in time.
- The melodic phrase is only played once, before moving onto another phrase. Refrain from stopping the track and rewinding. Try not to become too frustrated if you don’t repeat the phrase in verbatim on the first try. You will get better at this through time.
- The notes for these phrases revolve around a C Major key center. Even the tracks that contain chromatic notes will resolve to the sound of C Major. Chromatic notes are rarely random in music. So, it is important to teach your ear how to hear where notes have a tendency to pull toward other notes.
Take your time with each track. Start out mastering a few notes. Build to mastering more notes each time. Bookmark and visit this page daily. You will improve with hearing intervals.
Ear training can be daunting if you’ve been struggling with it. Make it groove and try to enjoy playing what you hear. I tried to make each track fun to play along to.
Below are 11 tracks without a drone. There are also the same 11 tracks with a drone.
A drone creates a different experience altogether. Drones can help solidify the feeling of your intervals. By establishing a tonal center, your ears can hear a relationship.
Here are your 22 Call and Response Ear Training Tracks
*These ear training mp3’s are free to use for personal use only.
Ear Training Tracks: Call and Response Without Drone
Ear Training Tracks: Call and Response With Drone
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