Tip 37: Use Inversions to Help with Large Intervals

If you have difficulty hearing large intervals like sixths and sevenths, it can be helpful to use their inversions as a stepping stone to tune your ear in.

For example, if you have trouble distinguishing major and minor sixths, try to mentally change the octave of one note. This will make it into a major or minor third, which you can probably recognise more easily.

Doing this kind of acrobatic auralising can be a little tricky at first, but you’ll find it really improves your ability to analyse what you hear – and helps you get to know those tricky interval leaps!

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