US School Director, Professor John Amaral, and his colleagues have
developed a series of innovative self-instructional materials to guide
you to mastery of your ear and your chosen instrument.
These tools take advantage of the technical developments of the past 30
years to introduce innovative music learning paradigms still neglected by
most music educators.
Originally developed in 1977, various elements in the BigEars eartraining
system were tested with Berklee College of Music students, and later
greatly revised for students at the US School of Commercial Music.
BigEars is now separately available as a set of 12 CDs with an
accompanying textbook and workbook. When you work with BigEars to acquire
Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch skills, you will hear music in
new and extraordinary ways.More about BigEars
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EarGym, available by subscription on the World Wide Web, embodies new,
efficient teaching paradigms only possible with computers: Tailored
Iteration and Persona Strategies. EarGym develops skills within the
context of a series of games, unifying eartraining, performance training,
and repertory to provide a seamless musical education. Each game focuses
on a single skill, iterating and adapting exercises to the user's
performance to maximize learning efficiency.
Students can access EarGym through any web browser, and Java code
drives the system's responses. You may start training your ear
online with only a computer keyboard and a mouse, but to take
full advantage of the system you should use a MIDI instrument
connected to a computer through a MIDI interface.
More about EarGym. . .
Try EarGym for PC
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Users must install Java Virtual Machines, QuickTime, and QuickTime for
Java, all available free on the web
Improvisation is the creation of new music; the spontaneous expression
of the depth and variety of human emotion. JoyOfImprov provides a clear,
practical program for developing the vocabulary and technique for music
JoyOfImprovTM is a 12 to 24 month foundation course for music improvisation
on all instruments. In the course, 52 lessons emphasize practice rather than
theory. The course develops all the foundational abilities needed to improvise
in the Blues and Jazz idioms, but is not limited to these styles.
Based on many years of study of the methods of master teachers, and
further research, development and testing with hundreds of students,
JOITM has been developed for beginning,
intermediate and advanced players. Also, players with beginning
reading skills will benefit greatly from working with the JoyOfImprov CDs.
More Books, CDs, MIDI, video and DVDs to unlock and develop your improvisatory capabilities . . .
Kevin Eubanks and John Amaral Book/CD Pack:
"Kevin Eubanks, Creative Guitarist" performance guide and CD.
An essential foundation for Jazz Guitar improvisation,
which includes informed advice from Kevin about how to run a band and
work in the music business. An in-depth approach to the music concepts
and unique techniques of this great jazz guitarist. Includes: Lead Sheets
For Five Original Compositions, Chord Forms, Chord Scales,
Melodic Development, Approach Techniques, Technical Studies,
Harmonic Development, and more.
Kevin Eubanks Collection (guitar):
Artist Transcriptions of 12 selections from the albums 'Turning Point,'
'Spirit Talk,' and 'Spirit Talk 2,' including: Inside · Livin' ·
Aftermath (Part II) · Earth · and more
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