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I'm working on training my ears, and I have absolutely no ability to generate a pitch relative to another in my mind. Given C, I cannot move up an octave to the next higher C in my mind-- I can't create that tone mentally. I can recognize it easily, octaves are maybe the easiest interval to identify. But given one tone, I can't generate (imagine) others using mental relative pitch.

Is there any way to improve that ability?

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When I was first learning intervals I was given a list of well known melodies that contain the intervals and you can simply sing back the song to hear what the interval sounds like. Lists like that can be found all over the internet and I would recommend that you find a few different ones that use songs that you are familiar with and can recall easily. HERE is one I found with a quick search on google that is pretty good.

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