The musician and his Ear

The musician and his EarThe musician and his ear: 3 basic tips
We all know the famous phrase “listen before speaking”. In practice, many conflicts or discussions between our peers are due to misunderstandings for not taking the time to listen to the other or, on the contrary, not being heard. This has transcended all social fields; It is common to see politicians or celebrities screaming at full throttle in televised debates, to endure the horns sounding desperate in traffic, to live amidst the collective anxiety to explode rather than to understand. In the midst of a society so diverse, agile and chaotic, the mere fact of listening has become an art, a privilege of those who know how to do it.
1.- Your friend, the ear.
It is interesting to know that hearing is the first of the five that the human being develops before birth. To hear rather than to speak is established as a hierarchy both social and anatomical. And, of course, it also applies in the musical field. In the artistic development of a musician it is vital to learn to use the ear because this will be his main tool during his career. Whether it is a singer using his vocal cords or a pianist using his hands, all members of an ensemble are joined by a common denominator, the ear. If it is well trained, it will be the most objective instrument of the band.
2.- Listen before you play
A common mistake in beginning musicians when playing new repertoire is that they do not stop to listen to at least one pass of the whole piece. Throwing loose chords or the right patterns in the middle of a song without knowing it in its entirety may sound convincing, but not professional. Why? Because playing a sequence of chords or rhythms is something that any amateur can do. However, understanding the interaction between all the elements of a song, identifying its specific functions and conducting its own instrument to achieve a sound that identifies or fits with the group is only achieved by the artist who listens to himself and, with The same dedication, to others.
3.- It is not only a sound, it is an intention
This point is the result of the previous one, it is different to know how an element sounds in a song to recognize its function within that context. As in a conversation where there is an exchange of information between two or more people, in music the instruments converse under a specific role. For example, the singer not only tones notes, but fulfills the function of transmitting a message or an emotion. For its part, the battery not only sets the rhythm, but depending on the song, transmit energy or calm. Understanding the intention of each artist through their sound, as of each participant in a conversation, is achieved thanks to the attention given by hearing. As a reflection, there is a greater benefit to listening to the highest possible references and opening spaces for a more productive result. If there is someone who must master the art of listening in a world full of shrill noises or eager horns, he is the musician.

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