Would it be amazing if you can achieve the ability to Play What You Hear?

5 days to grand start. Now you have a great opportunity to join one of a kind Play What You Hear Program. This program is something else and it will take you to the next level. No more "How I can play that?" questions... You listen and execute. Simple as that. But to get to that point you need build the skills. Spend your best 15 weeks of learning from next Sunday.

Tomi Paldanius will teach only 2 groups max.20 people and these seats are going fast. Group 1 (EU 5pm CET) is almost full but the Group 2 (US 9pm Eastern) has some more space left.

It is 60 lessons/15 weeks intensive course with 3 hours of tuition every week added with great homework lessons to work with. Each lesson is downloadable after the session in a case you miss the LIVE class.

We get emails and contacts from people who don't understand the highest value of this kind of unique approach. That's why we wanted to show little taste what is coming up. We attached here the first homework that every Play What You Hear Program member/student can do before logging in to the first session on Sunday.

Lot of interesting information below for all of us...

Homework - S1 - Sound (dB and Hz)

AllEars method part 1 is about Sense of Music. The motivation to learn music starts from the sound itself and what we feel after we hear it.

To understand music, we need to understand the sound.

Sound is a mechanical wave. This wave happens when we have certain amount of pressure against certain kind of density. Basically we tune the guitar string to a density and use pressure (= pick the string) to make the sound. The medium is the string. It vibrates like any other medium which brings us the sound (Car, boat, wind, plane, microwave and so on). To make that sound louder (or more quiet) we use different ways to achieve that goal. With acoustic guitars it is the body with the sound hole. Each wood specie has different way to reflect the sound. With electric guitars we use pickups, amplifiers and speakers to amplify and modify the sound.

Two most known sound terms when measuring sounds are decibel and hertz.

Decibel (=dB)

Tells us how loud something is (Loudness). We can hear near 0dB sounds already.

Whisper is around 30dB.
Normal conversation 65dB.
Acoustic Guitar practicing 65dB.
City Traffic 85dB.
Subway Train 95dB.
Motorcycle 100dB.
Rock Concert 115dB.
Jet Engine 140dB.
Shotgun 165dB
Loudest animal (Blue Whale) 188dB.
Loudest possible sound 194dB.

The 90 to 95dB range is considered as a danger zone. If you listen to sounds that loud long periods, you might have hearing loss soon.

125dB will be already painful.

140dB even a short time can cause damage to your ears.

180dB Hearing tissue will die.

Frequency  (Hertz=Hz)

Every sound has a loudness or power (=dB). Every sound has also a frequency (f=frequency). That is basically how high or low the sound is. When we hear city traffic, we hear different sounds together and it is difficult to hear 1 certain frequency. When we go little more faraway from the cacophony of the sounds, we can hear better, one even traffic sound frequency which is the sum of many different sounds. Guitar strings work kind of the same way with many frequencies together but one as the most recognizable. More about that little later.

Sound can be also something humans cannot hear but can feel it.

Humans can hear sounds from 20hz to 20000hz. Term (Hz=Hertz) tells us how many cycles the medium have in one second. As a guitar player you can see this by yourself by closely watching the guitar string when you pick it. You can see how it vibrates. Each string and fret vibrates certain amount. For example 6th string open E note vibrates 82.407 times in one second. 6th string E notes frequency is 82.407. If you play E string 2 seconds it makes 164 cycles (up down and back to the center).

Did you know that the floor toms of basic drum set are tuned almost to 6th string E around 85hz?

Why the drums then don't sound like guitar?

Well then we go back to the acoustics and different kind of materials used to build the instruments. We also have different instrument groups. There is many factors which change the sound. Not just the instrument we are playing. It is also the technique we use. How we touch the instrument. We can make special effects to imitate something with our instruments. Our imagination can only bring the limits what we can do with sound.

Here is a picture what looks like 1Hz frequency as a wave. It would be pretty big guitar string with very low density to make it vibrate only 1 cycle in 1 second.

Now to the actual homework. Do this before joining the first lesson on 3rd of June.

1. Listen very carefully one day all sounds you hear and try to memorize or write them down to paper.
2. How many different sounds you heard and how you feel when you hear them. Are certain sounds annoying, funny, relaxing. If you listened music, how the music affected you?

We will go through the answers at the first session on Sunday.

Happy listening and see you soon.