5′ Guitar Exercise: Find Melodies You Know – JustinGuitar – Guitar Lesson [EX-101]

First of my new series of 5 Minute Guitar Exercises is a really awesome tool to help you develop your ear / hand relationship, Find Melodies You Know. It’d not technically difficult and is a brilliant exercise for all players from complete beginners to advanced players that need to develop their ear. Hope you enjoy it, love to know how you get on with it 🙂

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  1. Tarin Sultana Hasmi

    how do I catch the melody if its extremely fast ?

  2. I feel like I just busted out of jail. Or at least my pentatonic box.

  3. 12 people dont think the ear is important in music ;-)

  4. InTheNameOfJustice

    I have been trying to work out the classic Blue Moon melody note by note and it is killing me. I just can't get the damn thing. Grrrrr!

  5. Everyone should speed some time trying to play what u hear in your head!

  6. Thank you Justin! I been meaning for a while to start transcribing, ear training…stuff. You also have courses for these on your website, but which one should I start with first? Ear training? Thank you!

  7. Lol, well I did ok, just banged out happy b day, one, and the power of love. Interesting how certain intervals had me completely stumped! I'll stick at that, cheers Justin

  8. Thank you!! This is so helpful.

  9. Tim Scott (Guitar Mashing)

    This is awesome; I think this is how I play all the time!!!! How often do you find yourself playing the same melody in a different position, when playing a gig, and get to the transition and go where are the next notes? haha

  10. My main problem with this is that I'm literally deaf, not extremely deaf, but it's still really difficult to distinguish between a clear note and a fuzzy one. Either way, this was still a great video a nd I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

  11. Porque no subtitulas tus vídeos ?

  12. Where in Australia do you live?

  13. Some good ones that I have figured out. All in the major scale are: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Frère Jacques, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (Hurrah, Hurrah). Row Row Row Your Boat, Polly Put The Kettle On. These are all as simple as Happy Birthday and great when you can play them. This is what I did first to get used to playing by ear now I can figure out some decent rock riffs. This may seem kinda gay but it is the only way I know how to start to grasp playing by ear. Do what Justin says and it will work.

  14.    I took a music theory class in HS and I was absolutely horrible at melodic dictation and sight seeing so that really scared me off from ever trying to do stuff by ear.
        I might eventually try it, but a big problem for me is fear of failure.  What if I waste too much time trying to transcribe a song and I just realize I started at the wrong fret or I find a really accurate tab that says I'm totally wrong.  I don't want to have to put that work in only to discover that I wasted all that time : (. 
       Also I would have no way of knowing is a chord is a regular type of chord or something special, like in Love Me Tender I might have been able to do most of that by myself if I tried, but there's no way in a million years I would have known about the Gm6 in the chorus

  15. Alobytes Whitestone

    ahahaah GREAT!!! thanks Justin =)

  16. I did it! I played Happy Birthday, not in time, but got all the notes right!

  17. Hi Justin, please check your microphone !
    This vid sound not good (maybe also a little dully)
    I had compared with other.

  18. …its easier for Jazz musicians to do this 'cos they play bum notes all the time and call it…JAZZ!

  19. Being playing for years and not tried this, definitly going to give it a try, well explained. Thank You. : )

  20. THIS is the most important lesson you made,I hope lot of players could understand this, Thanks justin!

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