Name: The Melody Master
There were only two instruments that I ever tried to learn in earnest in my life: the guitar and the piano. In both cases, my mind was made up because those were instruments we had at home. Had it been down to me, I would have gone either for the drums or the bass guitar. And I know it is not late to pick either now, but I no longer have the time and (what’s more important) such a starry-eyed outlook on music to go for it. And today I’m also aware that creating music is not my forte.
Could a site like this one have helped me when I tried to learn the piano? Well, the basic premise is letting you mastering how to play the instrument by ear. Back then, I was absolutely reliant on sheet music. And I think that was my problem. You took the sheet music from me, and that was it.
And I don’t know if this site could have worked out for me or not, but I can tell you for sure that (had it been available back then) I would have loved to at least check it out. It is full of online exercises and games that you can try out, and (on the whole) these will let you learn how to distinguish the intervals between notes, how to memorize the pitch, how different chords are constructed…
The site even includes a beginners game that consists in telling if a given note is higher or lower than the other. That is the first thing you must master when trying to play something by ear. To some (lucky) people, that comes naturally. Others have to work on it to make it grow. Well, this site will let them do it. And at no cost.
I have already included a site for budding guitarists some time ago, so I feel that it is only fair to include this one now. Sites such as these simply highlight all the facilities that aspiring musicians have nowadays. Sure, there is no substitute for innate talent. But perseverance can make what is innate in some become (somehow) present in others. They might not become virtuosos, but they might replicate what their heroes do to some extent. And you know, that will surely beat playing air piano or guitar in the end.
Cheers for the review, Emilio.
If you or anyone can think of another exercise which will be beneficial to playing the piano by ear, then let me know. Send a comment from http://www.TheMelodyMaster.com or email me at TomVeitch@TheMelodyMaster.com .
The Pitch memory game came from customer feedback, and if the idea sounds good, we will make a game from it.