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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634006401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634006401
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Duffy on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book around christmas time on a whim. I was possesed by a vague, passing interest to learn how to sight sing and so dolled out the cash. I'm glad I did.
This is the best tool for developing one's ear I have ever come across. For a book whose main aim is to teach the student sight singing and conduction, its effects on general musicality are profound. After two months of not-so-steady practise I am able to sing any major scale melody and my melodic ability on guitar has undergone vast improvement.
I can only express my shock at the effectiveness of this course. Steve Prosser's method is neither the most logical nor well explained method out there but for reasons beyond my understaning, it works. The book is based on solfege singing, and every note is learned through its relation to do. It is divided into 10 workshops, each comprised of four parts: rythmic studies (to learn conduction), sight recognition studies (to learn solfege on different scales), sol-fa studies (direct ear training) and melodic studies (sight singing).
There are few words of advice given throughout the book and for the most part they are not needed. This course is all about work and steady improvement.
I would heartily recommend this to any musician.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Keri Chryst on 11 Feb. 2003
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Designed for either group or private instruction, this book's strength is in its simplicity. Organized into simple "lessons" with corresponding excercises, or "workshops" which allow the student to apply what he/she has learned. Each workshop is successively more challenging, allowing for the student to move at his/her own pace, while incorporating elements from each of the lessons. The progression from simple excercises to more difficult ones is very intuitively paced. The only reproach is that it would be helpful to have even MORE excercises in each workshop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Muso on 9 Mar. 2013
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Potential buyers should some important notes from the inside cover : -

"Essential Ear Training assumes a basic understanding of music theory. Students using this book should be able to: -
- read notes in treble and bass clef
- recognize all key signatures
- read a variety of rhythms and time signatures and
- recognize all major and minor scales and modes"

This is not a beginner, but an intermediate-level student.

As an illustration, Workshop One (Lesson Four) has a series of sol-fa singing studies, where the student has to be already able to sing pitches in different keys ,e.g.
1) Do Re Mi Fa Mi Re Do = Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do =
Do Ti La Sol La Sol Fa = Mi Re Do Ti Do Re Do

2) Do Mi Re Do Mi Fa Sol = La Fa Sol Fa Mi Do Re =
etc.

The preface adds
"If this book is used in a classroom, instructors are encouraged to use material from the Workshops to supplement other material they have developed themselves."

Some of the workshop exercises are duets rather than solo, which reinforces that this is more classroom type of material than a book for self-study at home.

As a student, you should buy this book if advised by your music teacher, or if required by a course of study, in a situation where you will be supported by instruction.

My wife is a degree-qualified music teacher - she thinks this book is useful and well-structured.

I am a beginner - this book has been no help to me at all.

If I had known the content, I would have realised that this book was not appropriate to my level - a classic example of the problem of buying books unseen on Amazon. Buy a book with a CD, specifically intended for your level.

(Incidentally, pay no attention to the number of stars awarded - Amazon would not let me leave that blank - I am not qualified to assess the material in this book, which is way above my level.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hobalong on 15 Feb. 2013
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I've been using this bok for about a month now, doing about 1/2 an hour a day. There's still a long way to go with the course but i'm already a lot better a spotting intervals in music. The sol-fa and conducting method used for ear training in this book really do work! Highly recommended.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Maudonnet on 13 May 2005
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The Moveable Do taught at Berklee and explained in this book is a great resourceful tool. You don't need to have absolutely pitch to hear the notes right. The book explains that the Moveable do technique helps develop recognition of notes no matter what key. It also brings great exercises to practice your ability to read in all keys. It reinforces the need to solfege in order to listen well. The rhythmic exercises cover the different time signature and common rhythmic phrases used in today's music. This great book helps you develop yourself to be a solid musician.
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