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EAR TRAINING - AURAL TESTS - AURAL EXERCISES - MUSIC TESTS


We know that music is divided up into bars and you have a certain number of bars in each phrase. Phrasing is the thing that helps music 'breathe'. At the end of each phrase we have what is called a cadence - normally the final 2 notes of each phrase.

Below you will find links to over 40 different ear training cadence tests.
Each of these tests contains 10 questions and at the end of each test you will be given a mark and a percentage. Feel free to repeat each of the ear training tests as many times as you wish.

In this section, you will be tested on all four main cadences- perfect, plagal, imperfect and interrupted. The questions are selected at random and can be in any key. In each of the recorded examples, you will be given the root chord before the cadence is played.

hint:

To distinguish between the cadences try and think in the following terms:

1. If the first chord is chord V then we know that the cadence will either be perfect (will move back to chord I) or interrupted (will move elsewhere - usually minor).

2. If the first chord is not chord V then we know the cadence will either be plagal (ends on the root) or imperfect (will end of chord V).

Use the following table and notes to help you recognise the cadence:

 
CADENCE
HINT
Perfect

This is the most final
sounding cadence and
is often used at the end
of a piece of music.
It moves from
chord V to chord I.

Plagal

This also has a final feel,
but not as final as the
perfect cadence.
It is sometimes referred
to as the 'Amen' cadence
because it is used for
the Amen at the end of
prayers within a mass.
It moves from
chord IV to chord I.

Imperfect
This cadence sounds
incomplete because it
does not finish on the
tonic.There is a stong
unfinished urge and a
desire to move to the
tonic chord after an
imperfect cadence.
It moves from any
chord to chord V.
Interrupted
This is also known as
the 'surprise' cadence.
It sounds incomplete
and often ends on a
minor chord instead of
major.
It moves from
chord V to any other.

Cadence Test 01

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