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Coursera – DYM Lesson 1 videos (6 & 7)

The 6th Developing your Musicianship video from Coursera begins ear training by introducing the major 2nd and major 3rd intervals. These are the two notes that follow the root in a major scale.

6. Major 2nd and 3rd Intervals (4:18)

Professor Russell starts the video by saying that he’d like to focus on two intervals, the first being the major 2nd. He sings “Major 2nd, la, la,” plays an example on the piano, and explains that in this case, he’s playing from C to D. He then shows it on the G (I think this would be G to A) as well and includes a short song example. He immediately moves onto the major 3rd, from C to E. He calls this moving from 1 to 3 and sings to establish the sound.

He follows by doing it on F but sings over what he’s playing, so its hard to actually hear it. Finally, he plays a series of major 2nd and major 3rds. We have to identify what each is (a 2nd or 3rd) but he doesn’t actually say what each was during the video, so we’re left to our own devices to determine if our guesses were correct.

As a beginner to ear training, I’d have appreciated it more if he gave answers to each of the intervals he asked students to identify at the end. He doesn’t need to say which specific notes were played, just if they were 2nds or 3rds. I think that this is important to orient new students who have never listened specifically for intervals before.

One of the students on the forums posted a link to an online ear training program at musictheory.net. I haven’t made time to use it much yet, but here it is, as a reference to all:

7. Major 2nd and Major 3rd Interval Practice (1:47)

The 7th video is a short one with extra practice listening to major 2nd and major 3rds. In this one, the Professor plays some of each of the two intervals. Sadly, it again doesn’t say what each was, so students are left to themselves to know if they were correct. Some of the students on the forums ended up posting the answers to these, and the ones from the 6th video, so there’s some resolution there.

[edit 2.9.15] If you play the videos in the browser instead of downloading them as MP4’s there are several times that the video stops and a quiz question appears. This happens every time you’re asked to identify an interval in the video. After you answer, you’re told if your response was correct or incorrect. By virtue of this, the answers to whether each tone the Professor played (major 2nd or major 3rd) is revealed.


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  1. Pingback: Coursera – Developing Your Musicianship Lesson 1 | Ugly Bass Face

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