Ear Training
Meant for the serious-minded musician. "Ear Training" is a comprehensive three volume, 11-CD course authored by renowned music educator Elvo S. D'Amante to train you to hear, identify, play and sing scales, modes, intervals, and chords. This study provides the foundation for excellence in music performance, insights into improvisation, and an understanding of melodic and harmonic concepts. It is the optimum study for enhancing one's ear. Musicianship is directly-related to one's ability to hear and capture the essence of melodic and/or harmonic invention.

Great for any musician or singer. You'll begin to hear, perform, and sing music in a new and deeper way. D'Amante begins each chapter by carefully defining and explaining every scale, interval, or chord covered in the exercises. The CDs then present audio exercises which drill the student on each concept of the text lesson. Answers are given on the CD or in the book for immediate feedback and evaluation of what needs work. Isn't it time you trained your ears?

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A word from Dix Bruce:

“If I only bought one volume of “Ear Training,” which would you recommend?”

People have asked me that question for years. "Ear Training" is a great series and each volume provides one part of a well-rounded ear training course. (See the details of the individual volumes below.) I suggest working through them all, but if I had to recommend just one volume, it’d be Vol. II: Twelve Basic Interval Sounds to Master. I loved the process of learning to hear and name all the intervals. And, after working through the book I suddenly began hearing and recognizing intervals in songs, in my improvisations. I also started visualizing the intervals on the different instruments I play. “Ear Training” made me a better player. It improved my singing too by giving me a deeper understanding of pitch.

Vol. III: Capturing the Basic Chord Qualities is the natural followup study after Vol. II: Twelve Basic Interval Sounds to Master. I think Vol. III would be difficult without Vol. II. Vol. I: Scale Forms through Six Basic Tetrachords (a tetrachord is a consecutive four-note passage like C-D-E-F or A-Bb-C-D) is essential also since it teaches the student how to recognize all the different scales and modes, but I think it can be approached at any time during ear training. Together the three volumes get you thinking about, defining, and hearing different musical elements that you might not have considered before.

So, if want to start with only one volume of the three, my recommendation is Vol II: Capturing the Basic Chord Qualities. Follow that with Vol. III: Capturing the Basic Chord Qualities and Vol. I: Scale Forms through Six Basic Tetrachords, in any order.

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Prof. Elvo S. D'Amante

Ear Training Vol. I
By Elvo S. D'Amante

Scale Forms through Six Basic Tetrachords

Book and 2-CD set explains the concept of how different scales and modes are assembled from simple four note groups (tetrachords). Students memorize the scale fragments, learn how they are combined, and how to easily identify any scale or mode. Improves any student's understanding of the rudiments of melody and harmony. Vol. I is the ideal starting point for any musician interested in developing a fine ear. Click antique speaker above for audio samples of CD exercises.
"EarTraining Volume I" 72-page book/2CDs
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Ear Training Vol. I:

° Major Scales
° Minor Scales: Aeolian, Harmonic, & Melodic Forms
° Chromatic Scales
° Modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, & Locrian
° Whole-Tone Scales
° Pentatonic Major & Minor Forms and the Six Basic Tetrachords
• Over 114 minutes of CD exercises.

Elvo S. D'Amante is the former Department Chairman of Music at Laney Community College and the author of other fine books on music theory, including Music Fundamentals published by Ardsley House Publishers of New York and the very successful best seller All About Chords. (See below.)

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Ear Training Vol. II
by Elvo S. D'Amante

Twelve Basic Interval Sounds to Master

"EarTraining Volume II" 108-page book/5CDs
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Book and 5-CD set defines intervals from minor second to octave and beyond. CDs drill the students in a graded set of exercises designed to train them to recognize all ascending and descending intervals. Great for identifying intervals in melodies and chords. For example: What interval forms the first two notes of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"? A descending major third. Same questions for "My Wild Irish Rose"? An ascending major sixth. A truly awesome skill to develop that will open important melodic and harmonic doors. Click antique speaker above for audio samples of CD exercises.

Volume II
Twelve Basic Interval Sounds to Master (seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths, etc.)
• Melodic & Harmonic Intervals
• Numerical Identification
• The Diatonic Major-Key Signature
• Simple & Compound Intervals
• Compound Intervals, Chromatic Intervals, Interval Inversion
• Interval Grouping
• Intervals of Enharmonic Equivalency
• The Twelve Representative Interval Sounds...
• Five compact discs included [360 minutes of Lessons, Studies, & Drills]

Ear Training Vol. III By Elvo S. D'Amante

Capturing the Basic Chord Sound Qualities

Book and 4-CD set teaches students how each of the example chords is built and how to recognize each when played. Graded drills prepare students to identify, sing, and play chords from basic triads, in all inversions, to more involved major, minor, dominant, and diminished chords. Imagine beaing able to identify a Cmaj7, a Abm7b5, a G dim by simply hearing it played! Click antique speaker above for audio samples of CD exercises.

Volume III
• Capturing the Basic Chord Sound Qualities
• Four Customary Triads Plus Two Dominant-Related Triads
• Intervals of the Seventh
• Seventh Chords: Dominant 7; Major 7; Minor 7; Half-diminished 7; Fully-diminished 7 The Minor/Major 7
• 7th Chord Inversions
• Four compact discs included [290 minutes of Lessons, Studies, & Drills]

"EarTraining Volume III" 96-page book/4CDs
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All About Chords
By Elvo S. D'Amante

All About Chords is a truly comprehensive and remarkable book that helps you to quickly understand chordal structures and the in-depth essentials of chord progressions and how they work. Clearly explains why a chord is named, for example, Cm7(b5), and what notes comprise it. Also solves the mystery of the chord "number system" and explains how to identify chord progressions with numbers, e.g. "I-vi-ii-V" or "one-six-two-five." Whether you're a young, promising musician, or an amateur or professional musician working in the field, this practical guide for understanding chords will help insure musical literacy and the pursuit of musical excellence.

• Develops understanding of triads, 7th chords and extensions (9ths,11ths, and 13s)
• Provides chord sets for ear-training drills and exercises
• Contains creative study questions to strengthen and develop understanding
• Includes studies in musical analysis through theory and keyboard drills
• Presents valuable insights on chordal progressions.

Comments from satisfied All About Chords students:

…"A logically arranged format and chock-full of solid, concise, and meaningful materials on chords."

…"I like it!"

…"Really expands your ability to hear and understand chords through very creative exercises."

…"Great suggestions and activities for improving your ear."

…"The only book you'll ever need on chords!"

…"Just the book I've been searching for!" -

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"All About Chords" 120-page book
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