"Perfect Pitch" is often considered the "holy grail" of musicianship, but a highly developed sense of "Relative Pitch" is much more valuable to the piano student and enables them to play the keyboard in any situation by ear.
Jacksonville, OR (PRWEB) November 11, 2010
"Ear Training 101", a powerful music program for piano lesson students has just been upgraded and released by Music Unlimited Inc, a publisher of online piano lessons.
This music program is unmatched in its ability to teach piano lesson students the ability to hear melodies as well as harmonies and then transfer them onto the piano. The program works off of the tried and true adage: practice makes perfect. Music Unlimited Inc. CEO, David Sprunger, is the executive producer of this game, and his skill on the piano really shines through.
The basic premise is simple. The program plays one note, which is highlighted on the piano student's screen, followed by a second "mystery" note. The student is then asked to click on the correct second note. In the first level, the notes won't be farther apart than a whole note, but in the higher difficulties, any note on the screen is fair game. The most recent upgrade of this music program engages the student with up to 4 notes.
There is both an online version of this piano lessons program, as well as a downloadable version for both PC and Mac.
The game includes two modes: Melody and Chord. In Interval mode, the notes are played one after the other, with the piano lesson student choosing second note by ear. In Chord mode, a second challenge is added: up to four notes are played at the same time on the online keyboard. The program shows the student the location of one of the notes, and asks the student to find the other notes by ear. This teaches the valuable skill of picking out chords by ear.
The piano student's score is tracked by measuring two things, the percent of the correct answers, as well as the time it takes to complete the level. Sprunger says that he included the timer because in a real life situation, a keyboard player must be able to act almost instinctively, picking out correct notes without stopping to think. There's even a handy leader board to keep track of your best scores.
The game has a wide range of difficulty, and with 22 skill levels, anyone from a first year piano student, to a "Master Musician" can take something away from this program.
A box in the upper-right hand corner of the screen holds some pretty important instructions from Sprunger, including an explanation of perfect pitch and why it's not the "holy grail" of musicianship. Instead, Sprunger details how a highly developed sense of "Relative Pitch" is much more valuable to the musician, and why every piano and keyboard student must master the technique of playing by ear. He defines "Relative Pitch" as the ability to recognize a note perfectly in tune relative to another note. This, he says, is what "Ear Training 101" teaches.
For this and many other piano lessons by David Sprunger and Music Unlimited, check out their website at http://www.PlaypianoTODAY.com