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I am developing software for acquiring musical fluency (http://toneme.org/)

At the same time I am attempting to acquire such fluency.

What I think would help me beyond measure would be a daily practice of taking a melody and naming the notes in that melody. Maybe doing this for 10 melodies each day.

The result I'm looking for is to have 12 groups of seven notes in my head.

Is there are some resourse that lists popular melodies by key?

(I'm not asking for the list here, I am enquiring about existing resources)

Also, is anyone aware of some list from which I could extract the melodies in digital form, and thus simply import a huge wodge of training material into one of my training games?

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closed as off topic by neilfein, Dr Mayhem, American Luke, Matthew Read May 23 '12 at 14:59

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Which of these three questions do you want answered? This is unclear and confusing; vote to close. –  neilfein May 23 '12 at 2:08
What is the third question, out of curiosity? –  P i May 23 '12 at 2:11
PS Thanks for the welcome to the site! –  P i May 23 '12 at 2:12
You might find this answer useful: music.stackexchange.com/a/886/1344 –  luser droog May 23 '12 at 2:46
Welcome to the site! I agree with neilfein that the question is a bit unwieldy, but I think it can be clarified. Can you specify your question to whether you're asking if such a resource will help you acquire some kind of fluency, if you're just looking for the resource in particular, or if you're looking for a digital archive of some sort? If you are asking for a recommendation of some resource, make sure it is very specific and objectively answerable or it will still be in danger of closure. –  NReilingh May 23 '12 at 3:04

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Ear Training

You are asking for a method of studying ear training. This is a well-recognized musical discipline taught in all music schools. See my post here:


Over the years there have been many computer software programs designed to help you develop ear training skills. I have no experience with the current generation of software for this; perhaps you could do a Google search on "ear training software".

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I think the biggest problem with this question is the assumption that a melody is tied to a key. A melody may be transposed to any key.

Three Blind Mice in C major begins E,D,C.

Three Blind Mice in D major begins F♯,E,D.

And so on.

Melodies are tied to modes, which are the set of intervals between the notes in the melody, relative to the root note. It's probably best to study this kind of thing from a structured book, rather than the cacophony of Internet advice.

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