Semitones and Whole Tones (Guitar Lesson)

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Don Ross

Semitones and Whole Tones

As we begin to look at intervals, we start with the smallest classified interval, as semitone, and will look at 2nd and 3rd intervals as well.

Taught by Don Ross in Play Songs By Ear seriesLength: 18:52Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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BethGBethG replied

Excellent lesson! Very interesting and well explained.

icksterickster replied

Nicely explained.

Russ1946Russ1946 replied

Great lesson should be gone over again to pull out intervals of two and three.

Russ1946Russ1946 replied

Yes, I agree with jbooth totally . Great lesson by a very good teacher. I need more of this kind of stuff very very practical. Where have I been everything I have learned over the past years is starting to make sense now. WoW what a mind opening experience.

woodchuckjamminwoodchuckjammin replied

great lesson on dissonance, consonance....stuff that sounds good or hey, that adds tension. we've all heard it did you know? I didn't, and eager to learn more about these intervals I've heard in music. Mainly rock and blues.....but now I'll be listening to catch it in other stuff. This teacher dude rocks. Doesn't bore me, he knows the why when and how. Just be patient thru the stuff you already know and I guarantee you you will fill in some gaps in the stuff you wanna know

jboothjbooth replied

Thanks for the comment. We are very happy you are enjoying Don. He is an awesome guy, and an even better musician!

Play Songs By Ear

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Your ears can be one of your most valuable assets as a musician. In this series, Don is going to show you how to translate what you hear into what you play. This series is designed to build your confidence and equip you with the valuable skill of playing music by ear.



Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Don gives an overview of what to expect from this series.

Length: 4:20 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
The Sound of the Major ScaleLesson 2

The Sound of the Major Scale

Utilizing the visual element of a piano keyboard, and your ears (of course), Don walks through the intervals of the Major Scale.

Length: 12:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Semitones and Whole TonesLesson 3

Semitones and Whole Tones

As we begin to look at intervals, we start with the smallest classified interval, as semitone, and will look at 2nd and 3rd intervals as well.

Length: 18:52 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The 4th & 5th IntervalsLesson 4

The 4th & 5th Intervals

Don continues to explore the concept of intervals, now looking at the 4th and 5th scale degrees.

Length: 16:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The 6th & 7th IntervalsLesson 5

The 6th & 7th Intervals

In this lesson, we're going to look at the last two intervals in a Major Scale, the 6th and 7th.

Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Memorizing IntervalsLesson 6

Memorizing Intervals

In this lesson, Don teaches some helpful tools for memorizing the sound of the intervals.

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Building Blocks of a TriadLesson 7

The Building Blocks of a Triad

Join Don as he breaks down the intervals that go into making a major or minor triad.

Length: 24:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Recognizing Major and Minor Chords by EarLesson 8

Recognizing Major and Minor Chords by Ear

In this lesson, Don works on the skill of hearing the difference between a Major and Minor chord.

Length: 14:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Major I, IV and V ChordsLesson 9

The Major I, IV and V Chords

In this lesson, Don examines three chords that are perhaps the most ubiquitous chords you'll find throughout mainstream music. Learn to recognize these chord intervals by ear.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Recognizing the I, IV and V Chords by EarLesson 10

Recognizing the I, IV and V Chords by Ear

Continue strengthening your ear with Don with some listening exercises based around the I, IV and V chords in C Major.

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Overview: The Chords of C MajorLesson 11

Overview: The Chords of C Major

Building off of what we've learned about the major chords in C Major, Don walks through all the diatonic chords and lays the groundwork for building progressions.

Length: 17:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Listening Exercise:  Chords SequencesLesson 12

Listening Exercise: Chords Sequences

Using our chord knowledge, we will start working on recognizing chord changes by ear through a number of listening exercises.

Length: 25:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
TranspositionLesson 13

Transposition

Transposition, is a vital skill for any versatile musician. In this lesson, Don introduces the basics and demonstrates how it's done.

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recording with Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums.

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