Breaking Into Chromatic Ear Training

Breaking Into Chromatic Ear Training With The Arpeggio App By Mattie O’Boyle An important step in ear training is to distinguish between notes that right next to each other. The musical term for these notes are chromatic notes. Once you can work with notes that are separated by two or more steps, than you can … Read more

Playing Bass Notes And Chords In The Melody App

Get Groovin’: Playing Bass Notes And Chords In The Melody App By Mattie O’Boyle In this week’s blog, we are going to check out a cool, easy way to practice adding bass notes into your chord playing. Playing bass lines and melodies in the bass really beefs up your chords and adds a layer of … Read more

Combine arpeggio and harmony ear training

Hearing The Chords By Mattie O’Boyle The Fast Track To Hearning And Playing Chords Most folks learning guitar, piano, harp, accordion, or, any other instrument that plays a lot of chords, need help perceiving the subtle differences between different chord forms; furthermore, they need to practice playing those chord forms back on their instruments. An … Read more

Call and Response Dictations Accelerate Your Ear Training

Call and Response Dictations Accelerate Your Ear Training By Mattie O’Boyle Why do Call and Response dictations help you learn music faster? Well, what is music? That’s a tricky question, with many different answers, but I believe that any answer must include the word sound. Music has something to do with sound. So what is … Read more

TaDiTa – The Key To Awesome Rhythm

The Key To Awesome Rhythm By Mattie O’Boyle South Indian Classical Music – Your Key To Awesome Rhythm Ear training has several different component skills that need to be internalized. One of the critical skills involves the rhythmic complexities underlying even what seems simple songs and tunes. So how do you internalize rhythm and learn … Read more

Drones and Ostinatos

Drones – Ostinatos By Mattie O’Boyle What’s the difference between hearing a melody played on a flute and hearing it on a bagpipe? The drones, of course! And you can hear drones in so many different styles of music from around the globe. I would venture to say, from their geographic ubiquity, that drones form … Read more

Motown, Appalachian fiddle kick offs and blues bass lines

From Motown to Appalchia By Mattie O’Boyle What do Motown, Appalachian fiddle kicks offs and Blues Bass lines have in common? In this video blog we’ll dive deep into a short rhythmic phrase and follow it through a surprising journey across musical genres. At the same time, you´ll discover a technique that can help stimulate … Read more

Open Strings versus Closed Strings

Open Strings versus Closed Strings By Mattie O’Boyle This blog entry is key for string players If you play violin/fiddle, viola, cello, bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin or any other string instrument, you will need to make the choice of playing a the same note on an open string or a closed string. Is there a … Read more

10 common chord combinations for Harmony Ear Training

10 Common Chord Combinations For Harmony Ear Training By Mattie O’Boyle Get ready to learn thousands of songs If you play chords on your instrument, and you play them in popular or folk music (ie: Pop, Rock, Soul, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Metal, Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish etc….), here are 10 common chord … Read more