Gifted, Grateful, & Growing
It’s a privilege to share some of the steps that I have taken to bridge the gap between my skill in reading music and my life-long desire to play by ear with a command of the keyboard.
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My first breakthrough was sparked by a comment by a professor at Oberlin who encouraged us to internalize the pitches of the scale by singing melodies with syllable names, or numbers. I took him seriously, and before long I was playing melodies of increasing difficult, and in different keys. Another professor added the missing ingredient: Harmonizing ascending and descending scales in all keys, singing Roman numerals. We were also required to transpose music by thinking Roman numeral names which work in all keys. This could seem a bit pedantic to some, but what follows makes this anything but boring.Read More