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How To Learn Any Tune By Ear // Violin Basics

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hey everyone welcome back to the toon

project today we're talking all about

ear training whether you're a beginner

or you've been playing the violin for a

while but have only ever used sheet

music to learn from I'm going to give

you some practical tips for learning by

ear on the violin all the tutorials that

I create on my channel require some

level of learning by ear so if that's

something that you've been struggling

with or just want to learn more about

and become better at then just keep


I'm gonna play a short melody now and

then later in this video to see where

you're at in the beginning and then

where you're at at the end so I'll play

the melody now just see if you're able

to repeat it back we're gonna do kind of

a call-and-response exercise see where

you're at with your training and

learning a melody by ear and then we'll

reassess later on


so if you were able to play back that

whole melody without any problems then

fantastic if not if you're able to just

catch a note here and there or maybe you

weren't able to catch any of the notes

that's totally fine just stick around so

the first tip I have and maybe the most

obvious one is to just simply listen so

you know when you're hearing a melody

for the first time that's being played

to you and you want to repeat it the

best thing and the first thing that you

can do is listen to the melody just

really try to absorb it internalize it

do whatever you need to do to just

really hear every single note of that

melody the next thing we would want to

do is to find the first note of the

melody just the first note we're

starting small here so if you can

identify that first note of the melody

then chances are it'll be easier for you

to comprehend and understand what the

rest of the notes are surrounding the

melody the next tip I have is to sing

the melody out loud whether it's a

shorter melody or a longer one just try

to sing out loud as much of the notes as

you can remember and pay attention to if

the pitches go up higher or if they go

down lower that is gonna really help you

out with being able to actually play

this melody and translating it to the

violin the next thing we would want to

do is to listen for space between the

pitches so if you're familiar with

playing scales then you should

understand what step-wise motion sounds

like so notes moving in stepwise motion

basically there's no spaces in between

everything is an order and you know it's

not like an arpeggio where we have

spaces in between there's gaps within

the melody so in this case listen for if

it sounds like you're playing a scale if

it sounds like the notes are all moving

one after the other ABC for example

rather than from A to C or if there is a

jump maybe from A to C maybe from A to D

just as an example you might be skipping

over several notes or just one really

try to listen for that

and you can do so especially when you

sing that melody back like we talked

about earlier so once you do all of

these things and follow all of these

tips then you are ready to actually play

the melody on the violin

so that melody that I played in the

beginning of the video I'm gonna play it

back now and just try your best to

recall everything that we talked about

and just to follow those steps that we

talked about in recalling this melody

and we'll see where you're at


if you were able to recall most of that

melody or maybe even all of it that's


good job great for you and if not that's

totally okay just like with any other

technique or exercise it just takes

practice so just keep working at it and

follow these tips and you will be in

great shape

so the notes that I played and that

melody just to go back over to make sure

if you were correct I played an A then B

then C sharp then I went back to be back

to open a and then C sharp then B then a

okay so we started off in stepwise



so all of those were moving an order

open first finger second finger first

finger open and then we skipped B so

that was our jump or our leap in the

melody and we went straight to C sharp

and then the next two notes were in

stepwise motion okay so another thing to

listen for is in this case we did have a

C sharp but it could have very well been

a seed natural so just listen for that

if you find that maybe something sounds

a little bit more major maybe it sounds

minor listen for those details as well

when you're singing it back to yourself

and that'll definitely help in your

ability to recall it on the instrument

those are my ear training tips I hope

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you in my next video happy practicing is

I started on open a and then I played a

B then C sharp