I came across an interesting essay on playing by ear, in which the author describes a method he called "Call and Response Teaching" (section 2 in the article).
The description is thus:
The easiest way to learn to play by ear -- and probably the best way, for that very reason -- is using a method known as Call and Response instruction. Using that method, the teacher plays a few notes, and you repeat them. The teacher repeats those notes and listens to your response. until you've "got it", and then the teacher moves on.
At the very beginning, you may only repeat one note at a time. But within a day or two you'll be repeating pairs and triples more easily than you would have imagined. After a while, you'll find yourself easily acquiring a phrase at a time. One day, you find yourself learning entire parts, and possibly entire tunes!
This sounds great. It persuaded me to try to learn to play by ear and not just from sheet music.
I'd like to know more about the technique (and I'd love to find software that takes on the teacher's role), but when I look up Call and Response, the standard meaning seems to be:
- one person plays a phrase
- another person riffs off that and plays a different phrase in reply
How can I find out more about "Call and Response Instruction" as described in the extract from the essay above? Does it go by another name more commonly, perhaps?