Train Your Ears Well
by Barbara Ann Fackler
21 October 2021

musician's ears need to be trained

We usually begin our Saturday mornings (if you're in Europe, it's around lunchtime) listening to BBC Radio Three, a program called This Classical Life. Today's episode profiles harpist Cecilia De Maria along with host Jess Gillam.

Both, today, talked about listening to a lot of different recordings of their chosen instrument as young students. It reminded me that our ears are our most important instrument. How can you know where you're going without a specific goal?

The playlist on this program is always diverse as well, for example today's playlist:

Edvard Grieg - Holberg suite Op.40 vers. for string orchestra: Praeludium (Gothenburg Symphony
Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi)
Pierne - Impromptu Caprice (Marisa Robles - harp)
Polar Bear - Peepers
Wagner - Siegfried's Funeral March (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer)
Terry Riley - A Rainbow in Curved Air
Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations from Afro-Harping
Allegri – Miserere (Tallis Scholars)
John Williams - Jurassic Park theme

This reminds me of how important it is to have well rounded ears. Listen a lot. Listen to everything. It will improve your playing radically to include your ears.

Find the program here.

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