A game to develop your ear

How this works:

  • In these progressive call-and-response exercises, I’ll play something and then leave a space for you to play the same thing. Try to get in the mindset of a little kid playing a game of Simon and having fun.
  • Each exercise will start simply with single notes and then develop into more complex patterns. But pay attention! I will return to single notes here and there to keep you on your toes.
  • These exercises will improve your ear, train you to pick up tunes more quickly and pave the way towards adding variation and improvising.
  • All exercises can be practiced with bowing, plucking singing or humming. In some cases, I’ll specifically suggest doing it a certain way.

Here is a video lesson on how this works: Fun With Call-and-response.

If you find this useful, then go here for more games and exercises: Call-and-response Central.

Exercise 2: G0, G1, G2

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Exercise 3: G0, G1, G2

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Exercise 4: G0, G3

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Exercise 5: G0, G1, G3

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Exercise 6: G3, D0, 1

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Exercise 7: G0, G1, G2, G3, D0

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Exercise 8: G Pentatonic

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Exercise 9: G Major

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Exercise 10: G0, G2, D0, D3

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Exercise 11: G1, G3, D1, A0

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Exercise 12: Kerry polka phrases

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Exercise 13: Kerfunken phrases

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Module 1.4 Progress

Lessons complete in Module 1.4:

All exercises can be practiced with plucking, bowing, singing or humming.

Unless this is extremely easy for you, I recommend practicing each of these exercises at least twice. The more you practice this way, the more the fiddle will become an extension of your body and your voice.


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