To begin building this important skill, start with very short fragments - three or four notes of a simple melody. Try to sing the phrase and convert the tones of the melody to scale numbers. Visualize how the melody will look and feel on your instrument. Soon you will be ready to move on to longer, more complex phrases. Notice how the longer phrases are often made up of shorter melodic patterns that you already know. As your ability increases, you will eventually be able to mentally practice and compose music away from your instrument.
Parrot Phrases will greatly increase your visualization skills. By regularly training your ear with this game, you will soon be able to mentally 'see' exactly how to play all kinds of melodies on a piano or guitar.
When you hear a simple melody, can you immediately play it back on your instrument? Parrot Phrases is a 'call and response' game where you listen to a melodic phrase and then 'parrot' it back using a virtual guitar or piano. The phrases start simple and gradually build in speed and complexity. See how accurately you can play what you hear!
Three Tones (Major)
Melodies often contain common patterns - groups of 3 or 4 notes that tend to appear together in the same order. This game will help you recognize melodies aurally by training your ability to catch these short patterns. It is similar to Parrot Phrases, but uses all keys and a wide range of instrument sounds.
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