Do Aural Exercises Really Matter?

Music Listening Exercises

Do Aural Exercises Really Matter?


Well that was quick. Let me explain.

Music is sound. So the better we can understand what we hear, the more we can learn from what we hear.

Imagine you’re a chef who has never tasted any food. Someone hires you to bake a cake so you’re ingredients list is:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • 300 grams of beef steak

As you can imagine, putting meat into a cake would be quite revolting.

As a guitarist, if you understand the ingredients of what we use to make music, the better your musical palette will be. And how do we develop these skills? By undergoing AURAL EXERCISES!

After all, it is one of the Five Fundamental Techniques.

This doesn’t mean hours and hours of guessing notes. At UGA, we usually conduct short listening exercises that develop specific skills, like pitch or rhythm. It only takes a few minutes and doesn’t have to be performed every week. Once every 2-3 weeks does the trick and eventually you’ll learn it well enough so that you won’t really need to practice them at all.

Are you have gin trouble with your Aural exercises? Simply ask your tutor for help at your next lesson, or contact us here.

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