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The Musical Ear Podcast, with Julian Bradley

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Welcome to Julian Bradley's ear training podcast for musicians! Learn to play music by ear using proven practice methods, while avoiding common mistakes that many musicians make. Episodes include ear training practice at the piano, college style ear training tests, and Q+A sessions to help you learn to play music by ear. Julian is a jazz pianist from the U.K. and has a masters degree in music. All episodes are based on Julian's 'Fixed Key Learning' method - where musicians transcribe all songs in the same key (we use C minor). This way you'll learn to spot the common melodic shapes and chord progressions that most songs use, without the distraction of changing keys for every song. Topics include: how to play piano by ear, relative pitch lessons, chord progression ear training, guitar ear training, how to play guitar by ear, and much more!

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Welcome to Julian Bradley's ear training podcast for musicians! Learn to play music by ear using proven practice methods, while avoiding common mistakes that many musicians make. Episodes include ear training practice at the piano, college style ear training tests, and Q+A sessions to help you learn to play music by ear. Julian is a jazz pianist from the U.K. and has a masters degree in music. All episodes are based on Julian's 'Fixed Key Learning' method - where musicians transcribe all songs in the same key (we use C minor). This way you'll learn to spot the common melodic shapes and chord progressions that most songs use, without the distraction of changing keys for every song. Topics include: how to play piano by ear, relative pitch lessons, chord progression ear training, guitar ear training, how to play guitar by ear, and much more!

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The Musical Ear Podcast, with Julian Bradley

Latest release on May 08, 2020

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: 001. 'Fixed Key Learning' Explained (the secret to playing music by ear)

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Discover why most musicians never learn to play music by ear, and the one tweak to your practice that makes all the difference.Julian shares how he learned to play music by ear by doing something counter intuitive - instead of 'practicing in all 12 keys' as we're often taught, he decided to double down on ONE key, which he focused on and studied for 2 years. During this time he learned to play music by ear very quickly, since he transcribed every song in the same key.

Free Ear Training Videos:
Watch Julian's 4 part ear training video series to learn more - Sign up here.

Apr 17 2020

8mins

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Rank #2: Common Chord Progressions Lesson (why playing music by ear is easier than you think)

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Most songs you hear on the radio use the same chord progressions as each other. In fact there's just 4 chords that make up most song's chord progressions.
In this episode I'll show you the most useful 'common chord progression' there is for playing music by ear. Once you know this progression, you'll start hearing it everyday in the songs you listen to.
Topics include chord progression ear training, transcribing bass lines by ear, the 4 pop chords, and more.
Watch Julian's free ear training video series (4 videos) here:
https://www.themusicalear.com/podcast/

May 08 2020

16mins

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Rank #3: Common Melodic Shapes Lesson (why playing music by ear is easier than you think)

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Most songs you hear on the radio use the same melodic shapes and chord progressions as each other. In fact there's just 5 notes that make up most melodies.
In this episode I'll show you the most useful 'common melodic shape' there is for playing music by ear. Once you know this shape, you'll start hearing it in the vast majority of songs you hear. Hearing this distinctive shape in a melody is an easy way to figure out which notes are being played - and then you just have to keep track of the melody wherever it moves next.
Topics include the pentatonic scale, intervals, common melodic shapes, and more.
Watch Julian's free ear training video series (4 videos) here:
https://www.themusicalear.com/podcast/

May 08 2020

10mins

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Rank #4: Ear Training Test at the Piano: 'The Terminator' Theme

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Put your ear to the test as we transcribe 'The Terminator' soundtrack. I'll play an excerpt at the piano (played in the key of C minor). We'll transcribe the melody and chord progression together.
Topics include 'the melody / chord relationship', common chord progressions, interval recognition, and more.
For more ear training tutorials, watch my free ear training video series (4 videos) here:
https://www.themusicalear.com/podcast/

Apr 27 2020

15mins

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Rank #5: 002. How to Practice Playing by Ear (the secret to playing music by ear)

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Most musicians fail at ear training because they practice it the wrong way. In this episode we outline a very clear effective method to practice ear training.
Julian continues to share his own path to ear training success.
This episode is ideal for piano players, guitarists, singers, and relevant to all instruments.

Free Ear Training Videos:
Watch Julian's 4 part ear training video series to learn more - Sign up here.

Apr 17 2020

6mins

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