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Fanjin M.
Sunnyvale, California
Learn to hear notes, intervals and chords with ease! If you like, learn to get a perfect pitch too!
============================== We could train the following areas by doing exercises in class! ============================== Intervals: In this exercise, you will hear two notes in sequence. Your goal is to identify the interval between the two notes. Chords: In this exercise, you will hear a chord. Your goal is to identify the type of chord that you heard. Scales: In this exercise, you will hear a scale. Your goal is to identify the name of the scale that you heard. Chord Progressions: In this exercise, you will hear a chord progression. Your goal is to identify each chord that you heard. Perfect Pitch: In this exercise, you will hear a single note. Your goal is to identify the name of the note. Scale Degrees (functional): In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by a single note. You must identify the scale degree of that note relative to the key established by the chord progression. This is also known as "functional ear training". Intervals in Context (functional): This exercise combines the "Intervals" and "Scale Degrees" exercises. In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by two notes. You must identify the major scale degrees of the two notes relative to the key established by the chord progression as well as the interval between the two notes. Melodic Dictation: In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by a short melody. You must identify the major scale degree of each note in the melody. ========================= Benefits of ear training! ========================= 1. PLAY WHAT YOU HEAR The ability to play what you hear, that is to express melody and harmony that you can hear in your musical mind is (to me) the pinnacle of 'real' musical expression. You can let your fingers run all over the fretboard at a million miles an hour, but I much prefer music that is coming from 'someone's soul' and that I think in reality is when someone is expressing an idea that was formed in their musical mind. It's personal of course, some people express range by thrashing their guitar real hard and others play simple and let their voice release the emotion, but expression is where it's at and I think learning to express music is the kind of skill that should be the goal of the whole learning guitar journey! 2. ACCELERATED TRANSCRIPTION SKILLS When you get stuck into Ear Training and learn about the relationship of intervals (distances between notes) and how to play those intervals on the instrument it becomes a lot easier to transcribe (figure out and write down) things you hear. It's how all the great players you like learned and how I learned too! There were very few TAB books and no internet so we all learned by listening to records (and later tapes and Cds) and figuring out by trial and error what was going on (and I strongly recommend that you check out my Transcribing Course too!). After some time doing Ear Training your ears will recognise the intervals and your fingers will just go there and you'll find you can play what you've heard on a track fairly easily - there are other challenges involved of course, but Ear Training accelerates how quickly you'll develop your transcribing skills! 3. STRONGER EARS With training, you'll be able to squat clean your bodyweight with your ears! One of the things I hear back from students that do this training is that they hear music differently, they hear the individual elements of a song and not just the whole, they can focus on each instrument better and be able to refine their hearing which helps with transcribing - and importantly - it makes the whole listening experience deeper! :) While the ear isn't really a muscle it develops and gets stronger as you train it. You'll hear musical textures in more detail and enjoy music better! 4. UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU HEAR This links in with Music Theory which is something I recommend you work on too - but the combination is SUPER POWERFUL! You'll hear chord progressions and melody and recognise them and be able to manipulate them. I have learned songs on the way to a gig by listening to them and recognising the chord progression, I don't have Perfect Pitch (the ability to name notes by hearing them) but I have solid Relative Pitch so I can recognize the relationships between chords and notes but not know the key... however it's pretty easy to work out the key once I have the instrument in my hands and as you improve you'll find you notice other clues like open strings which might give away the key! 5. CONFIDENCE IN YOUR MUSICALITY Many people without Ear Training or Music Theory don't feel as confident about their own musicality and that often shows in performance, so developing your ear will help your confidence which in turn will help your performance and musical 'swagger' which makes your playing more enjoyable (believable?) for the people listening to you! 6. SINGING IMPROVEMENT There's no doubt that spending time doing the exercises in this course will help your ability to pitch in tune consistently because these exercises are given by singing teachers to help students improve their pitching! I'm not a great singer but I saw great improvements in my own pitching when I started working on the exercises in this course regularly. So you get singing and ear training development combined when you do this course - awesome 7. FRETBOARD FREEDOM This is an incredibly big deal if you can get there - and the kind of interval ear training we do in this course will really help you break out of visual patterns we use on the guitar. I interviewed and hung out with the great Larry Carlton and asked him about how he plays so effortlessly all over the neck and he said that all that scale pattern and position stuff doesn't matter when you just playing sounds that you hear and are expressing them. He's an incredible musician so for sure he could work out what he was playing at any point if he cared to, but it really struck home with me and I now often play with eyes closed and just really focus in on the melody and sound and try to forget about scale patterns or any of that stuff and I find it helps me 'channel' my musical mind better! Note: for lesson rescheduling or cancellation, please give at least 24 hrs of notice in advance, as stated in the official Takelessons policy.
About Fanjin M.

Let me help your soul flow with music! As a classically-trained singer, a piano player, a ukulele player and a native Chinese speaker, who also used to work as an engineer in the IT industry and did psychology research, my own life has been blessed with colorful and diverse experiences, and as a result, I embrace people with all kinds of ideas from different walks of life as well! So, hi, dear you, welcome! I value open, authentic and compassionate communication, and deem it as one of the most important part in teaching. I like to have fun and be playful during teaching, because I would love to see my students have their interest in a new skill kindled, not burned out by ineffective, pushy plans or unrealistic expectations. Most important of all, my biggest wish is to serve you professionally as a teacher with love and joy. Let us meet your goals together! Note: for lesson rescheduling or cancellation, please give at least 24 hrs of notice in advance, as stated in the official Takelessons policy.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2019

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Fanjin M.
Sunnyvale, California
Learn to hear notes, intervals and chords with ease! If you like, learn to get a perfect pitch too!
============================== We could train the following areas by doing exercises in class! ============================== Intervals: In this exercise, you will hear two notes in sequence. Your goal is to identify the interval between the two notes. Chords: In this exercise, you will hear a chord. Your goal is to identify the type of chord that you heard. Scales: In this exercise, you will hear a scale. Your goal is to identify the name of the scale that you heard. Chord Progressions: In this exercise, you will hear a chord progression. Your goal is to identify each chord that you heard. Perfect Pitch: In this exercise, you will hear a single note. Your goal is to identify the name of the note. Scale Degrees (functional): In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by a single note. You must identify the scale degree of that note relative to the key established by the chord progression. This is also known as "functional ear training". Intervals in Context (functional): This exercise combines the "Intervals" and "Scale Degrees" exercises. In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by two notes. You must identify the major scale degrees of the two notes relative to the key established by the chord progression as well as the interval between the two notes. Melodic Dictation: In this exercise, you will hear a short chord progression followed by a short melody. You must identify the major scale degree of each note in the melody. ========================= Benefits of ear training! ========================= 1. PLAY WHAT YOU HEAR The ability to play what you hear, that is to express melody and harmony that you can hear in your musical mind is (to me) the pinnacle of 'real' musical expression. You can let your fingers run all over the fretboard at a million miles an hour, but I much prefer music that is coming from 'someone's soul' and that I think in reality is when someone is expressing an idea that was formed in their musical mind. It's personal of course, some people express range by thrashing their guitar real hard and others play simple and let their voice release the emotion, but expression is where it's at and I think learning to express music is the kind of skill that should be the goal of the whole learning guitar journey! 2. ACCELERATED TRANSCRIPTION SKILLS When you get stuck into Ear Training and learn about the relationship of intervals (distances between notes) and how to play those intervals on the instrument it becomes a lot easier to transcribe (figure out and write down) things you hear. It's how all the great players you like learned and how I learned too! There were very few TAB books and no internet so we all learned by listening to records (and later tapes and Cds) and figuring out by trial and error what was going on (and I strongly recommend that you check out my Transcribing Course too!). After some time doing Ear Training your ears will recognise the intervals and your fingers will just go there and you'll find you can play what you've heard on a track fairly easily - there are other challenges involved of course, but Ear Training accelerates how quickly you'll develop your transcribing skills! 3. STRONGER EARS With training, you'll be able to squat clean your bodyweight with your ears! One of the things I hear back from students that do this training is that they hear music differently, they hear the individual elements of a song and not just the whole, they can focus on each instrument better and be able to refine their hearing which helps with transcribing - and importantly - it makes the whole listening experience deeper! :) While the ear isn't really a muscle it develops and gets stronger as you train it. You'll hear musical textures in more detail and enjoy music better! 4. UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU HEAR This links in with Music Theory which is something I recommend you work on too - but the combination is SUPER POWERFUL! You'll hear chord progressions and melody and recognise them and be able to manipulate them. I have learned songs on the way to a gig by listening to them and recognising the chord progression, I don't have Perfect Pitch (the ability to name notes by hearing them) but I have solid Relative Pitch so I can recognize the relationships between chords and notes but not know the key... however it's pretty easy to work out the key once I have the instrument in my hands and as you improve you'll find you notice other clues like open strings which might give away the key! 5. CONFIDENCE IN YOUR MUSICALITY Many people without Ear Training or Music Theory don't feel as confident about their own musicality and that often shows in performance, so developing your ear will help your confidence which in turn will help your performance and musical 'swagger' which makes your playing more enjoyable (believable?) for the people listening to you! 6. SINGING IMPROVEMENT There's no doubt that spending time doing the exercises in this course will help your ability to pitch in tune consistently because these exercises are given by singing teachers to help students improve their pitching! I'm not a great singer but I saw great improvements in my own pitching when I started working on the exercises in this course regularly. So you get singing and ear training development combined when you do this course - awesome 7. FRETBOARD FREEDOM This is an incredibly big deal if you can get there - and the kind of interval ear training we do in this course will really help you break out of visual patterns we use on the guitar. I interviewed and hung out with the great Larry Carlton and asked him about how he plays so effortlessly all over the neck and he said that all that scale pattern and position stuff doesn't matter when you just playing sounds that you hear and are expressing them. He's an incredible musician so for sure he could work out what he was playing at any point if he cared to, but it really struck home with me and I now often play with eyes closed and just really focus in on the melody and sound and try to forget about scale patterns or any of that stuff and I find it helps me 'channel' my musical mind better! Note: for lesson rescheduling or cancellation, please give at least 24 hrs of notice in advance, as stated in the official Takelessons policy.
About Fanjin M.

Let me help your soul flow with music! As a classically-trained singer, a piano player, a ukulele player and a native Chinese speaker, who also used to work as an engineer in the IT industry and did psychology research, my own life has been blessed with colorful and diverse experiences, and as a result, I embrace people with all kinds of ideas from different walks of life as well! So, hi, dear you, welcome! I value open, authentic and compassionate communication, and deem it as one of the most important part in teaching. I like to have fun and be playful during teaching, because I would love to see my students have their interest in a new skill kindled, not burned out by ineffective, pushy plans or unrealistic expectations. Most important of all, my biggest wish is to serve you professionally as a teacher with love and joy. Let us meet your goals together! Note: for lesson rescheduling or cancellation, please give at least 24 hrs of notice in advance, as stated in the official Takelessons policy.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2019

Education

Vocal Pedagogy

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Teaches ages 12+

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Fanjin is so patient, positive, and uplifting. She really wants your inner self to shine uniquely. She is helping me to just let go and explore.

Posted Mar 17, 2022
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I believe Fanjin only Video was on Vocal Breathing. I was very impressed with her knowledge. I wish she did more Videos or Live Classes to help me decide if indeed her style is what I'm looking for. Even though her breathing video was very good, I'm trying to decide who I want for one on one, and I think the more exposure I have with Live Classes or Videos of that teacher on a variety of subjects, the better I can decide.

Posted Jan 25, 2022
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Voice Teacher
Feb 2020 - Present
Take Lessons
Teaching singing on TakeLessons, both online and at student's home.
Vocal Teacher Training Program
May 2019 - Dec 2019
New York Vocal Coaching
My past teaching experience was mostly designing singing exercises for students in 1-1 singing sessions, each session one hour long, working with my voice pedagogy coach Justin Stoney at the same time. I focused a lot on making sure the exercises are working in the correct way and is in line with what that the singer wants, and at the same time giving them lots of encouragements, and pointing out where are the possibilities waiting to be discovered in their voice.
Vocal Pedagogy
May 2019 - Jan 2020
New York Vocal Coaching
Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering
Aug 2013 - Apr 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology
Chinese
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Advanced Voice Teacher Training
Jan 2020
New York Vocal Coaching
First Place - Community Singing Competition
Jun 2006
Xi'an Dongxin City Garden
First Place - Chinese National Writing Competition
Mar 2005
Chinese National Writing Competition
California Association of Professional Music Teachers
Mar 2020
CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.
Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2020
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Ear Training
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Pricing
15 minutes
$15
30 minutes
$30
45 minutes
$45
60 minutes
$58
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30