Music Theory: How To Recognise Musical Phrases By Their Rhythmic Pattern

Ear training is crucial to becoming a better player and producer. Here, Gregg Fine explains how to listen to the rhythm and phrasing of musical parts to better understand them.  

It's one thing going through the mechanics of learning to play an instrument, but training your ears to recognise musical characteristics is a whole different ball game. While some elements of ear training come naturally, others can be learned with a little help. That's why Gregg Fine is here with this short video from the course Ear Training 103: Rhythm Listening Skills. In it, he explains the importance of listening to phrase length.

Phrasing is the particular way a passage or sequence of notes is performed, and it can be crucial in giving a player their own style - just think how easy it is to recognise a Van Halen guitar riff, for example - that's what phrasing is about. It's the way he plays it. In this video, Gregg uses simple examples to demonstrate how short phrases can share characteristics that make them appear to form longer ones, and hence give the musical performance more coherence overall. For much more on the importance of rhythm listening skills, be sure to check out the rest of the videos in this course!

Watch the full course Ear Training 103: Rhythm Listening Skills in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

Ear Training 103: Rhythm Listening Skills

Rhythm is the foundation that melody and harmony are built upon. In this third ear training course by Gregg Fine, you learn how to hear rhythms, beats, time signatures, phrase lengths, accents and more. Gregg guides you through his patented step-by-step ear training process. He introduces you to all the rhythmic concepts, while cementing the knowledge into your musical psyche, with his excellent listening exercises.

Music is made up of many different parts. Learning how how to hear them all and how they work together is the key to great musicianship. This deep listening skill gives you the ability make solid compositional choices. It helps you analyze your work and make fixes. And, most of all, understanding what you’re hearing helps you to clearly communicate your creative ideas to musicians, engineers and producers.

So learn how to hear beats and rhythms in this 32-tutorial, deep-listening course by ear training expert, Gregg Fine. Educate your ears!

Watch the full course Ear Training 103: Rhythm Listening Skills in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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