I have read plenty of different questions related to ear training, even way more answers, but I'm still struggling to obtain a clear-cut answer (provided that it exists). I have taken up on singing lessons a few years ago and although my technique is considered to be very decent during the exercises (it has been confirmed by a few teachers) I kinda fall to transpose these right feelings to singing songs. I have started playing piano a year ago and have a long guitar experience of about 8 years. At some point I thought it might my hearing that stops me from making a progress I expect to see, so eversince I have been trying to pay more attention to that. Here's what I tried:
- Singing notes, intervals (repeating! vocally) – I play a note (or intervals) on the piano and then try to sing (repeat) it. I think it works quite well.
- Comparing intervals – this is what made me think that maybe my hearing is not as good as it should be! Even though I can compare two notes right off the bat and so it is with simple intervals like m2 and M2 I somehow struggle when it comes to, for instance, m3 and M3; my score on an Android app PerfectEar2 is 70/210 what means I am right (whether it is m3 or M3) in ~67% of cases. I have tried using songs as references but I'm not sure this is the way I want to go, as this method doesn't really involve the "context" of an interval, colour and many things that are intrinsic for (for?) a complex approach. I wonder if it makes any sense to keep on guessing and keep my fingers crossed that after one million of attempts I will have made a progress?
- Functional Ear Training – teaches you to recognize a scale degree in context to the tonic of a chord progression. I haven't really spent much time on it, but what do you think? Is it a promising method?
- Transcripting music – mainly melodic lines so as to learn how to sing a song properly. Nowadays I rarely practice it that way, maybe it is worth to dredge it up.
To all who have come through this – a big shoutout. Now here comes my question – could you please give me any piece of advice on how to practice? What should I do? I'd be really grateful.