Two days a week an intern from my job stays at our home. She plays guitar too, like me. We are going to try an interesting experiment. Every time she’s at our house, we’ll take fifteen minutes for a simple ‘call-and-response’ exercise. We’ll sit back to back and play a simple backing track. Then we’ll take turns playing a simple melody that the other one has to repeat back. We start very simple, just four quarters notes, using only note 1 and 2 of the major scale. If we manage that without problems, we’ll make it a bit more complicated: adding another note, or a slightly longer melody or a rhythm that’s a bit more varied.
It’s like the ‘singing the numbers’ ear training that IfR offers, but without the numbers, just the sounds.
What do you think, will this help? I’ll keep you posted. The intern has no prior experience in ear training