(PRWEB) December 29, 2013
“Music theory is a language,” says guitarist and educator Bruce Arnold. “You have to be able to speak as if it was your native tongue.” Bearing that in mind, Mr. Arnold decided to teach music theory, the way countless people have learned foreign languages. But instead of learning words and grammar as one exercises, travels or waits on a line, a music student can now learn interval recognition. Using any Personal Electronic Device with an audio Out, the student can access a kind of spoken word flash card, where a question is asked, a moment passes and then the answer is given.
“Music Theory Interval Recognition” contains 306 MP3 files dealing with the interval relationships between notes. For example, the listener is asked, "What is the fifth of G?" Approximately one second later, a voice gives the answer. These MP3s go through all common key centers along with some uncommon key centers, and includes both flatted and sharped intervals. Each file has the answer in its title, so the listener can visually check for correctness simply by looking at the MP3 player’s display. A PDF file containing all the answers to the files is also supplied.
Learning intervals is an integral part of musicianship, and understanding their construction and relationships is one of the basic building blocks of music theory. “Music Theory Interval Recognition” MP3s are geared toward a beginning student who already understands what an interval is, but who wishes to engrain the information until it is a reflex. For those who do not have this prior knowledge, Muse-eek also has published “Music Theory Workbook for All Instruments” and specifically for guitarists, “Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One” and the “New York Guitar Method.”
Flash cards have been used since the 19th century as an effective learning method. By using the same basic concepts of repetition, to short term memory storage, to long term memory storage, “Music Theory Interval Recognition” instills crucial theoretical information using the tools of the 21st century.