ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Technique 1: Attentive Listening
Prepare yourself to listen with your full attention, clearing your mind and putting away other tasks.
Engage your senses, most notably your hearing; if you need to close your eyes, this may help.
Listen to the music, keeping a soft focus with your attention on what you are hearing.
Do not try to control what you pay attention to; allow your attention to notice what it notices.
You will inevitably get distracted. When that happens, simply bring your attention back to what you are hearing slowly but deliberately.
Outlined in Podcast #1
Technique 2: Hearing Ideas
Engage your attention, as is specified in Technique 1.
Listen for the starts and ends of musical ideas, the smallest building block of music above individual musical notes.
When you have heard a complete musical idea, assign it a signifier, which can include:
Anything else that works!
Be as descriptive as possible, trying to make your note match as closely to what you heard as possible.
Outlined in Podcast #2
Technique 3: Grouping
Activate the musical ear by hearing ideas and noting them.
Compare the similarities and differences in the signifiers that you have assigned to individual musical ideas.
When two or more adjacent musical ideas share similarities, mentally group them as one unit.
When two adjacent musical ideas are starkly different, start a new group.
Use your best judgement when grouping, knowing there is no right or wrong answer; almost all ideas have some similarities and some differences, and that is okay!
utlined in Podcast #3
Technique 4: Mapping
Activate the musical ear by noting ideas and grouping them.
Begin to find similarities in your groupings, and listening for where the main landmark points fall in the music.
Start creating a mental map of the landmark points, listening hierarchically for which landmark points seem to be the most important.
Fill in the distance on your mental map between landmark points with as much detail as you can, noting the many ideas and several groups that contribute to the space between each landmark.
Outlined in Podcast #4