Ear training for teacher and pupil
by C. A Alchin
ISBN 0404128521 (0-404-12852-1)
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AMS Press, 1982
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Book summary: The aim of this work is to teach the pupil to think in tones and to so train the ear and the feeling that even the tone-deaf may learn to sing, name, write and play what they hear; to harmonize melodies at sight, to improvise accompaniments, and to recognize and appreciate not only the melodic effects of music, but the harmonic and rhythmic as well. The voice cannot express what is not felt, and an idiot is the best proof of the fact that skill of handS oes not reside in the hand alone, but in the mind. Discriminative hearing is indispensable to a musical education, and must precede or accompany all lines of study, that the lessons shall not be like those of a shop or manufactory, a training of muscle only. Every tone in a key has its special character or color, a distinguishing melodic effect, aside from the pitch, which is the result of key relationship, and when the pupil perceives these distinctions he has the basis of harmony, which is the natural outgrowth of this system of ear-training. For the advantage of teachers and students who have a preference, both syllables and interval numbers are used in the exercises. The numbers i, 3, 5, etc., always refer to the degrees of the scale. If the syllables are used, it must be the old system of Movable Do, for this is a system not of absolute pitch, but of key relationship ;the syllables representing not fixed sounds, but the tones of the scale, the names identical with the numbers. Different teachers have different uses for the syllables, and ours is to express key relationship only.
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