3-Note Pattern Ear Training

Ear Training: Practicing Singing Every Possible 3-Note Interval Combination.

This blog is a continuation of last week’s blog on ear training. You can find last week’s blog here: Relative Pitch Ear Training: The Most Important Thing To Work On.

Only if you can do everything from last week’s blog up to level, are you ready for the exercises in this blog.
This is the next level of ear training for more advanced students: singing 3 note patterns.

Again: don’t start this exercise till you have trained your ear enough to instantly recognize every interval ascending and descending at any speed.
If you still need work on that, practice your relative pitch hearing for intervals first as described in last week’s blog.

If you master this, you are ready for the following.

The following shows every possible 3-note combination. You will be singing 3-note combinations. You get 3 notes when you stack 2 intervals.
So while last week we practiced hearing & recognizing the intervallic distance between 2 note combinations, now we’re doing 2 intervals (3-note) combinations.

The list below shows EVERY possible 3-note combination.

When you for example want to practice the mi2-mi2 combination, you’d be singing 2 minor second intervals in a row.
If the first note you sang is C, your next 2 notes are C# and D.

Don’t sing note names though. Sing “la la la” or “na na na”.
Hit any random note anywhere on your guitar neck and then sing that note and the note up a fret an

The Complete 3-Note Ear Training Chart.

To make sure you get the terminology in the below chart:

“mi” means minor
“maj” means major
“P” means perfect
“aug” means augmented

In the first row, the first interval is a minor 2nd + a minor 2nd, then plus a major 2nd, then plus a minor 3rd, etc. The first interval is always a minor 2nd, the 2nd interval gets larger with 1 fret at a time

The next row: the first interval is a major 2nd + the 2nd interval gets larger with 1 fret at a time
The next row: the first interval is a minor 3rd, etc…

In the vertical columns: the first interval gets larger and the 2nd interval is constant
In the horizontal rows: the first interval is constant and the 2nd interval gets larger

Here’s the chart:

mi2-mi2mi2-maj2 mi2-mi3mi2-maj3 mi2-P4 mi2-aug4
mi2-P5mi2-mi6 mi2-maj6mi2-mi 7mi2-maj7 mi2-octave
maj2-mi2 maj2-maj2 maj2-mi3 maj2-maj3 maj2-P4maj2-aug4
maj2-P5 maj2-mi6 maj2-maj6maj2-mi 7 maj2-maj7 maj2-octave
mi3-mi2mi3-maj2 mi3-mi3mi3-maj3 mi3-P4mi3-aug4
mi3-P5mi3-mi6mi3-maj6 mi3-mi 7mi3-maj7 mi3-octave
maj3-mi2maj3-maj2maj3-mi3maj3-maj3maj3-P4 maj3-aug4
maj3-P5 maj3-mi6maj3-maj6maj3-mi 7maj3-maj7 maj3-octave
P4-mi2 P4-maj2P4-mi3P4-maj3 P4-P4P4-aug4
P4-P5P4-mi6 P4-maj6P4-mi 7P4-maj7P4-octave
aug4-mi2aug4-maj2 aug4-mi3aug4-maj3aug4-P4aug4-aug4
aug4-P5 aug4-mi6aug4-maj6aug4-mi 7aug4-maj7 aug4-octave
P5-P5P5-mi6P5-maj6P5-mi 7P5-maj7P5-octave
mi6-mi2 mi6-maj2mi6-mi3 mi6-maj3mi6-P4mi6-aug4
mi6-P5mi6-mi6mi6-maj6mi6-mi 7 mi6-maj7mi6-octave
maj6-P5maj6-mi6maj6-maj6maj6-mi 7maj6-maj7>maj6-octave
mi7-mi2mi7-maj2mi7-mi3 mi7-maj3mi7-P4mi7-aug4
mi7-P5 mi7-mi6mi7-maj6mi7-mi 7mi7-maj7mi7-octave
maj7-mi2maj7-maj2 maj7-mi3maj7-maj3maj7-P4 maj7-aug4
maj7-P5 maj7-mi6maj7-maj6 maj7-mi 7maj7-maj7 maj7-octave
Oct-mi2Oct-maj2Oct-mi3Oct-maj3Oct-P4 Oct-aug4
Oct-P5Oct -mi6Oct-maj6Oct-mi 7Oct-maj7 Oct-octave


You could practice this any way you like.
You could pick random intervals patterns that you want to practice, or you could go in order to work yourself through the whole chart.

As discussed in last week’s blog: practice in small sections.
One way you could approach this is to practice each interval combination above for 2 minutes only.

This is though.
“Tough” is good, as that means you are getting a lot of progress happening.
The progress is always in the struggle.

This is also a lot of information and a lot to practice on.
This will keep you busy for a while.


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