Ear Training?

I was watching one of Josh’s videos on Ear Training (his older channel). I was really interested, and thought, “Yeah, I can do that! I’ll start out with 3rds and 5ths. Can’t be too bad.”

Uh, well it was harder than I thought. I used the website Josh suggested and I’m at about 84%. I thought, how hard can this be, it’s just a triad, but certain pitches fooled me. I really want to “crush it,” but every time I jump on I get 84%.

Anyone else trying ear training? Any suggestions?


I know some people have used this: https://completeeartrainer.com/en/

It’s not very expensive, but probably similar to whatever website you are using. I’m trying to work on my bass fundamentals first and then I’ll start on ear training. From what I have read though, it’s harder for an adult to deal with this than a child. Not that we can’t do it. I just think it requires a lot more effort.


Could you post a link please?


I’m guessing this is the video @kwt7667 is referring to?

My best advice - don’t give up!

My second best advice - come up with a melodic reference for each interval. So if you’re working ascending major thirds and perfect fifths, you need to associate a song with each one.

Like, for major third, you could use the first two notes of When The Saints Go Marching In (“Oh when”).

And perfect fifth, you could use “Twinkle twinkle” from the children’s song of that title.

So then when an interval plays, you just try singing the words from both songs and see which fits.

This is a great page for finding songs to match intervals -

Third best advice - try tweaking the exercise! You could try major thirds and minor thirds, or fifths and octaves, just mix it up until you find a successful starting point to build from. And don’t quit!


That’s the one @JoshFossgreen I am definitely going to stick with it. That’s why I posted. I want this, and I want it bad. I have a buddy who grew up learning music (now a professional in voice and accordion), who has perfect pitch. He tells me from time to time, “You practice 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, and some critic calls you ‘gifted’.” His point was, these things can be taught. It may be that I won’t have perfect pitch like he does, but I think I can do intervals.

I can remember years ago when I first started to sing in choir reading music off the page, and that as the season progressed, my sense of intervals improved. I could see the next note, and subliminally I knew the pitch to sing. I just needed the first note of piece to get going. This is a little different, I’m not reading from the page, but attempting to read with my ear. But, I think something’s there, and like you said, don’t give up. It’ll come.


This is a great attitude. It’s really hard for us to break through that barrier nowadays. We get SO MUCH quickly/instantly with the technological revolution that it’s hard to put effort into things that don’t happen overnight. The good side of that though is that we do have access to great resources quickly/instantly. But you still need to put a lot of work into it to make the most of those resources.


Thanks @JT and, you are right nowadays we do seem to expect things instantly. If we just trust the process, we can get there-- eventually. Some more than others, but that’s ok. I’m just going to keep hitting it.

I believe that the ear training is so much more that what it appears to be. I think it can open a whole new world, like a blind man seeing for the very first time. Ear training, music theory, proficiency with the bass – the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That’s why I want it. I love music, but haven’t been able to make music. I want to get what’s in my head into my hands and throat.

I love this place, and I love this course! So much to learn, and so many folks in here doing their things, sharing.

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