Learning Songs by Ear- Live Course

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Starting September 6th, 2016 and live each Tuesday for the following 10 weeks. Take the necessary steps to ending "tab life" for good by learning to identify progressions, scales, and common melodies with this ear training course.

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Learning to play with tablature can be a frustrating adventure! Tabs are frequently inaccurate, incomplete and hard to find. You know what never lets you down though? Your ear! And this series is all about learning music with nothing but your built-in equipment. We will spend the first 5 weeks learning how to recognize and play melody by ear, and then move on and spend 5 weeks on chords and chord changes. By the end of this course you will be able to learn songs by ear!

Get access to this live course with a full JamPlay Membership, which includes access to all past live courses and over 5,000 on-demand lessons. This also includes all teaching tools, chord and scale libraries, along with gear giveaways, teacher reviews, and daily live lessons.

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"Simple Pentatonic Melodies"

Watch the first session for free! Join now for full archives and all live courses.

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About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

5,000 Lessons

In 2016, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

79 Instructors

Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

Live Lessons

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!


Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

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Full Course Schedule

View the full course schedule below. And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the instructor and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Session 1

9/6/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Simple Pentatonic Melodies

The quickest and easiest way to start your ear training journey is by learning simple melodies. In this lesson we start with the simplest of all scales, the pentatonic, and give you some very basic melodies to play along with.

Session 2

9/20/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Blues Scale Melodies

This week our melodies get a little more complex and we will add some new notes to form the blues scale. These melodies might seem basic, but learning these basic skills now will drastically improve your ear training abilities later.

Session 3

9/27/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Major and Minor Melodies

Now we will enhance our ear training prowess by learning melodies from the full major and minor scales. You are well on your way to learning guitar solos completely by ear!

Session 4

10/4/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Melodic Minor Melodies

Now things are getting challenging. This week we will learn some melodies in the melodic minor scale. This adds another dimension of difficulty, but will really increase your comprehension when listening to actual music.

Session 5

10/11/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Harmonic Minor Melodies

This week we finish up the melodic portion of our course with the harmonic minor melodies section. We will practice 5 seperate melodies and give you a bit of challenging homework. The next five weeks will be dedicated towards learning to hear chords better.

Session 6

10/18/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Intro to Chord Progressions

Now it's time to learn how to identify chords and chord progressions by ear. This lesson is all about learning and understanding root movements, which is a key skill.

Session 7

10/25/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Power Chord Progressions

Trying to learn a rock or metal song by ear? This week we look all at identifying power chords and power chord progressions without tab.

Session 8

11/1/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Barre Chord Progressions

Barre chords are often referred to with the harshest of expletives for their physicai difficulty. Worry not, even if you can't yet play them well, you can learn to hear them and understand what is going on musically.

Session 9

11/8/16 at 8pm EST Get Access

Open Position Chord Progressions

This week we focus on ear training with open position chords. While these are generally some of the easier chords to play, hearing them, and more importantly knowing what you hear, can be a little more difficult.

Session 10

11/15/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Slash Chord Progressions

Slash chords add flavor and fun to any song. While the extra note on the bass can sound amazing, it definitely makes hearing them well a bit of an ordeal.