Thanks for the mention @DavidW
I’ve actually expanded the FTN tracks I made for myself since last posting about them.
Ive been doing the STN/FTN exercises every day (1/2-1hr) and I finally feel like I am just about there in terms of being able to recognize all the notes from the STN course sequences. I think the FTN files have been a big help in getting there.
Once I’d done the STN exercises, I thought that the FTN would be relatively easy - I was wrong.
When first using the FTN tracks, it was like starting from scratch again. It is obviously a completely different skill set and totally separate from being able to verbalize the numbers rather than identify them.
This is an outline of how I use the STN and the FTN files I created, to ingrain the note sounds in my brain!:
Use the STN exercises as intended. I did one module at a time, doing all the exercises sequentially within each module, until I could do them without mistakes on repeated tries.
I’d then move on to the next module.
Use the STN files again from the start, but with subtitles added to a video of the “landscape” showing the number sequence before Mireia sings them and then check my accuracy on hearing it back.
I then moved on to FTN (piano) versions, where subtitles were added to show the correct answer after the sequence plays - and as with DavidW, I found this really hard when I first started.
After doing the sequences so many times, I felt I was getting too familiar with them and had memorized many of them. So, I created the same exercises but with the order randomized (FTN ALT).
As with the STN, I did one module at a time, and once I could recognize all the modules, I went back and did all the exercises from start to finish (over a couple of practice sessions).
The final routine I have been using, is to go through all the STN files and take out every unique sequence (no repeats) for each exercise and combine them all into one.
One for exercises 1-13 (which I’m currently working through) and one for exercise 14-22 (to be created shortly).
I then have a FTN file for each in all the tempos and keys that the STN files use:
80bpm in the key of A (27m)
80bpm in the key of D# (27m)
90bpm in the key of G# (24m)
100bpm in the key of A# (22m)
100bpm in the key of C# (22m)
105bpm in the key of D (21m)
110bpm in the key of C (20m)
120bpm in the key of B (18m)
This works great to do a complete refresh of all the exercises, starting slowly and gradually speeding up.
I also created one experimental FTN using a Bass guitar VST rather than piano so that I could practice listening for bass tones - 90bpm in the key of C (24m).
All the FTN files now have the subtitles encoded into the video itself, so no special software required to play them. I also made them so that I could take them with me where ever I go with the subs text large to be visible on a phone.
I hope the rundown of my practice regime gives folks some more ideas on how to expand practicing using the STN files.
As with the previous post I made, I’d be happy to provide any of the files I have created (as long as you have already purchased STN 1 of course).
Anyone interested, just send me a DM.