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I'm trying to teach exactly this for grade 8 aural tests for some of my piano students, and a useful resource (although pricey, and comes with other stuff you maybe don't want) is the ABRSM book and CD "Aural Training in Practice grade 6-8". Having the CD means you can practice hearing examples and test yourself. It is all classical, but the chords are the ...


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If the song is simple enough (or we just focus on a section with no modulations) and we have a pitch reference (or perfect pitch!), then identifying the key boils down to identifying the tonic and the modality (major, minor, something else). With proper training, identifying the tonic is easy. You just need to find the note that gives the feeling of ...


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Unless those students have perfect pitch - absolute pitch is an accepted term- this is nigh on impossible. They will be able to identify WHICH part of a piece has the tonic in it, but that's a different 'skill'. I say skill as absolute pitch is often an inborn thing, although it can be learned to a degree. Finding that tonic part of a piece:often, but not ...


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For learning melodies by ear, you've just gotta find a starting pitch, believe in yourself, and practice, practice practice, but it helps to try to match it to the audio file. For improvising, for the longest time I thought, "How do people do that?" It's actually very simple. You learn a scale, play notes from it (using the first note a lot, and using a ...



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