Music Theory & Ear Training

I truly believe that having both a deep understanding of Music Theory and a strong ear are two skills that every musician will benefit from. That’s why I designed the Ignite Musical Training program for you. It tells you everything you need to know, step-by-step, so that you can master these seemingly daunting subjects.

And for all EXECUTIVE & UNLIMITED MEMBERS here at The Bassist, the entire Ignite Program is already included with your subscription! Just click below to get started. AND Here’s a helpful word of advice: DON’T SKIP ANY OF THESE LESSONS! Ignite was designed to walk you through the program step by step, so if you jump around you’re going to miss something important! Also, don’t forget to download the PDF FILE’s for each lesson. You’re gonna need them!

Lesson #1 – Introduction to Music Theory & Ear Training

Let me take a moment to demystify this whole idea of Music Theory and Ear Training. Over the years, ...

Lesson #2 – Music Theory Fundamentals

Let’s get started with the basics. I know this lesson is going to seem long-winded, but trust ...

Lesson #2 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #2 Dictation Practice-Test

This is might be your first dictation test, so don’t worry! This one is just for the sake of p...

Lesson #3 – Elements of Rhythm

Rhythm is essential to music. In fact, it’s probably the most important of the Three Pillars o...

Lesson #3 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #3 Dictation Test

Ok, we’re off! Your very first real Dictation Test. This one actually counts, so do not watch ...

Lesson #4 – Intervals

Intervals are the DNA of all chords, melodies, songs… You name it – I guarantee it uses ...

Lesson #4 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #4 Dictation Test

As if Interval Identification and Rhythmic Dictation wasn’t enough, we’re going to add C...

Lesson #5 – Triads

You’ve heard them before, and chances are you even know a lot of them already. Today we’...

Lesson #5 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #5 Dictation Test

You know the drill – but this time we’re adding Hybrid Rhythms to our Rhythmic Dictation...

Lesson #6 – The Essence of Key

What key is this song in? What does that even mean? Why do I need to know it? How do I figure it out...

Lesson #6 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #6 Dictation Test

Dun dun duuuuunnnnn! Melodic Dictation. Y’all are in the big leagues now, so get ready! Do not...

Lesson #7 – Seventh Chords

Like their cousin, the triad, these chords have a very specific formula that we’ll be dissecti...

Lesson #7 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #7 Dictation Test

You know what to do! Do not watch this video unless you’ve finished watching the Lesson #7 lec...

Lesson #8 – Diatonic Chord Sequences

Sounds complicated, I know, but it’s actually much easier than it sounds. It’s one of th...

Lesson #8 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #8 Dictation Test

No more Chord Quality Identification. Woo hoo! Instead, you’ll be learning how to take Harmoni...

Lesson #9 – Compound Intervals

As if staying within a single octave wasn’t enough, these intervals are going to stretch you e...

Lesson #9 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #9 Dictation Test

All I can say is, “Good Luck!” Do not watch this video unless you’ve finished watc...

Lesson #10 – Modes & Other Scales

A lot of people brush past this stuff for two reasons: 1) it’s boring, and 2) it’s unnec...

Lesson #10 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #10 Dictation Test

Time to put on your Big Boy and Big Girl pants, because you’re on your own for Rhythmic Dictat...

Lesson #11 – Chord Extensions & Alterations

This stuff can get complicated and can also be easily skipped over by people who think, I don’...

Lesson #11 Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Lesson #11 Dictation Test

Uh oh… Odd meters. I hope you know how to count past 4! Do not watch this video unless youR...

Bonus Lesson – Reading Chord Charts & Lead Sheets

Bonus Time! Let’s look at some other approaches to reading music that don’t provide near...

Bonus Lesson Listening Aids

Listen to the following examples to help train your ear to hear and identify these sounds (you’...

Bonus Lesson Dictation Test

All bets are off; I’m going to throw the book at you in this one, so don’t cry if itR...

Dictation Practice-Test Revisited

Congratulations, you did it! You should be very proud of yourself for making it all the way through ...