Last week I began to do some more work on ear training. My first teacher started be letting me sing notes with the piano. Back then, I found it dreadful, I wanted to play piano! Now I think I see some good points for doing it.
What I have been doing since watching this video
, was trying to imitate the guy, but it was damn hard the first days. After a week, I began to hear the similarity between all "do, re mi's" on the piano, and was able to hear and recognize more and more notes. The most difficult ones to distinguish are do, mi, sol - as the are matched to each other, 3rd, 5th. What you train this way is relative pitch
, and maybe you even discover that thing work out without playing that first "do", that's absolute pitch (right?)
It is a great feeling when it start to work. I only work with the white keys for the moment. But the same thing should work with all keys mixed, black&white.
I great excise I found is to sing from "do" to "do" within 1 octave (your reach), and play at the same time the notes on the piano, but in random octaves (a "do" in this octave, a "re" in another octave, a "mi" in again another octave and so on). This way you have to listen for similarities between the notes heard. It is rewarding if you start to hear it. I hope this will help me in the future on the piano.
I would like to hear for more exercises on the piano to practice ear training.
many thanks, Johan