Weekend Ear Training Bootcamp for Guitarists

Recognise chords, work out songs, riffs and solos and get closer to the music you hear in your head

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You’re a guitarist who wants to learn to play what you hear but doesn’t know where to start

Imagine finally having the skills to focus in on and identify elements in the music you love, so you can learn to play it more accurately with more feel.

  • Don't know where to start with figuring out guitar solos?
  • Struggle to recognize the types of chords you hear?
  • Immediately grab TAB instead of working out songs for yourself, only to find that the TAB isn't correct?
  • Hear music in your head but are frustrated you can't translate it into playing it on your guitar?

Ear Training Bootcamp gives you the techniques and exercises so you can begin to train your ear to recognize notes, riffs, chords and melodies. Decipher songs and solos by your favourite artists and start to unlock the songs and musicality inside you.

Do you ask yourself: Why, after playing guitar for so long, can I not “hear and recreate”?

Because, quite simply you've never practiced any techniques that focus on your ears. Oh sure, you've practiced A TON OF STUFF for your fretting and picking hands but nothing else, that's why you're struggling.

This course sets you on the path to finally harnessing the power of your ears, fingers and brain and train them up so you can take it to the next level as a better listener, and a better musician.

Imagine listening to a riff or melody and being able to put your hands on the fretboard exactly where those notes are

Ear Training Bootcamp teaches the methods to do just that, saving you the time and the frustration of aimlessly fumbling around on the fretboard blindly hunting and guessing at what notes should be next.

From “total newb” to nailing songs on YouTube

Ok, I just made that up because it sounds good, but by practicing these Ear Training techniques you will:

  • Work out songs, riff and solos waaay quicker than you're doing right now
  • Be able to pull apart, analyze and understand what you hear to then know what to play
  • Be confident to learn a song without a dependency on TAB
  • Become closer to the music you love

Specifically for guitarists – no piano examples!

How many ear training videos or apps have you seen that use piano in the examples?

Too Many!

While the fundaments of Ear Training are common to all instruments, if you want to learn to recognize and decipher guitar parts (which you do). YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO LISTEN BY LISTENING TO GUITAR PARTS!

This course is full of both acoustic and electric guitar examples with guitar tones from clean country to filthy metal distortion. Because THAT’S what you need to develop and attune your ear to. Check the Steinway Baby Grand at the door and let's get started.

Ear Training Bootcamp is a weekend course to help you begin to "hear and recreate" the songs you want to learn

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Class Curriculum

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Comments from Students

Goes from the Ground Up
“I like that it goes from the ground, without taking any major leaps that might leave a gap in knowledge. I also like that it provided a lot of resources to reinforce the knowledge you're showing.”

Very Helpful
“The interval identification lessons were very helpful. Also loved the blues part and major and minor pentatonic.”

Small digestable chunks of good information
“I liked the way that the course was presented. The logical flow of content was appropriate and I didn't feel like anything needed to be rearranged. The length of the videos was also really good. They were small, digestible chunks of good information.”

What it's like to sit in with a guitar teacher in real life
“I like the the tone of the videos. It's a good simulation of what it's like to sit in with a guitar teacher in real life. The lessons are also quite similar to Leavitt's modern method books but with a much more accessible presentation.”

No Jargon
“No jargon, good pacing, examples given, participation requested amongst peers, various teaching methods employed.”

He told me what to practice and it worked
“I can go through at my own pace. He told me what to practice and it worked!”

I liked the depth and pace
“I liked the depth and pace set by the course, it helps break down the differences between major and minors, specifically the changes in the notes.”

Your Instructor

Phil Roberts
Phil Roberts

I've been playing guitar for 33 years and teaching for over a decade. I came of age before the internet so everything I wanted to learn on guitar, I had to learn by ear.

This has given me powerful skills that are vital to any guitarist and I'm keen to pass them on, if you're prepared to do the work.

I'll guide you through the methods and exercises to train your ears and help you enhance the connection between your ears and your fingers

Originally from the UK, I now live in New Zealand. I've toured in bands to Europe and the United States and right now, I play in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show.

Get your ears to boot camp, cadet! Let's get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ear Training?
It's general term to describe various methods and techniques for honing your ear to recognise certain elements in music and having the skills to be able to play them shortly after hearing them.
I've got an ear training app, why is this any different?
This course goes deeper than just recognising intervals – which is what most apps help with – after you've nailed "hearing" the intervals, you move on to learning how to recognise chords, riffs and solos. The course culminates in transcribing some original songs, so it's a start-to-finish learning experience. Also, most apps just use piano sounds for interval training. You need to listen to guitar parts to learn to recognise guitar parts (both acoustic and electric, clean and distorted). This course has examples with both.
I don't know any music theory, can I still do this course?
Yes, you can - you don't need any music theory knowledge. whatsoever. I've written this course from the ground up so I'll take you from zero and lead you through each module in a simple and logical fashion. And you'll learn some theory on the way.
I have an awful singing voice, can I do this without singing?
Singing is an essential part of ear training as you're trying to align the notes sung with your voice with the notes on your fretboard and vice versa. So no you cannot do this without singing. However, your singing voice doesn't have to be heard by anyone else except you. If you're self-conscious about your voice, there's plenty of opportunities to practice the exercises in private: in the shower, driving on your way to work, while on a hike or a run around the block.
Is this suitable for beginners?
Yes, if you've been playing for more than about 6 months, you should be able to manage. Remember: This a course to help you strengthen your listening skills and your musical ear, not a guitar playing course – so your technical level is far less vital.
When does the course start and finish?
There is no start or finish date, you can work through the modules at your own pace and your access does not expire.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you think the 3 months I spent creating this course was a total waste of time, tell me in the first 14 days and I will give you a full refund. No questions asked.

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