Listening and Analysis
The following exercises were created for a professional student. These exercises will work with almost any kind of music. If you choose classical music, I suggest music of the Baroque, Classical or Romantic eras as the scores are easily found online. If you choose pop music, the website www.musicnotes.com has the first page of every pop song that they publish, which you can use to check your answers later. The following lesson is meant to be done without reference to the written scores or your instrument. The scores are only consulted at the end to check your work.
You will need: a pencil, blank manuscript paper, YouTube access, and ear buds.
Listen to the first 10 seconds or so of the piece you’ve chosen. Rewind and listen again. Then start in. Repeated listening will be required.
Instrumentation and orchestration
Next step is to sit with your instrument and figure out the melodies that you are hearing. Then, at the piano, check your chord progressions.
After you have answered these questions download the score and compare your answers.
Have fun. If I can help you, please call me.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.