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Learning to make distinctions in pitch and/or rhythm when hearing music.

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Transcribing Jazz Piano Chords

Hi I have just started to play jazz piano after many years of classical piano and one of the big things I have to do as a jazz musician is to transcribe (by ear) famous jazz recordings. When I am ...
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Is it important to practice ear training with different instruments/sounds?

In ear-training, specifically interval/chord recognition, is it important to mix up the intruments/sounds we use ? Will it somewhat hinder my learning if most of my ear-training is done through, say, ...
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The discriminating power of experienced listeners

Consider a choir of n singers who sing the same tune in almost perfect unison. When asked how many singers they do hear, test persons may say: don't know more than 3, 5, 10, ... 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ... ...
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Exercises to go beyond basic relative pitch, and notice if any given interval is out of tune, by how much, and in which direction

Some people set a lot of store by "perfect pitch" but I feel that really good relative pitch is more important. What exercises can you suggest to improve this ability? EDIT : perhaps I am not clear ...
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Transcribing as ear training

My favorite thing to do is try and transcribe my favorite solo's. But what I find is that most of them actually start off easy ( and slow ) and can progress with either faster riffs or embellishments ...
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How can I transcribe music by ear?

I have attempted to transcribe an easy piano piece by ear via a score writer software whilst listening to recording, although it is going well - I am unsure whether or not this is the best way to ...
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Will transcribing music improve my ability to play a song by ear?

I have been playing the piano for 2 years and I have a dream to be able to play pop and some EDM music through my ears without sheets. What I used to do was practicing scales with their cadences and ...
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How to Determine a Song's Title with only the Melody [closed]

How do music professionals identify the title of a song when all they know is the melody of that song? For example, I'm having great difficulty identifying the title of the melody played during this ...
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How to differentiate between Plagal and Perfect, and Imperfect and Interrupt cadences

I'm trying to practise my aural skills except I really need some tips on how to properly differentiate and tell cadences. I know the basic characteristics of each cadence, perfect sounds complete, ...
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Hershey kiss Christmas handbell commercial

This is something I've wondered for a long time but could never get a straight answer... There's a famous TV commercial for Hershey Kisses where the kisses are handbells, playing we wish you a merry ...
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What is the method to figure out the key of a song?

What is the method to figure out the key to someone else's song? Let's assume you've never played the song on an instrument and it's not your own song. Is it faster to try to figure out chords and ...
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How to hear the numbers?

There's this guy on youtube that I'd watch, he has a channel called 'Jazz Theory'. Anyway, one profound thing I heard him say is that you're not playing by ear until you can hear the numbers in ...
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Can people can tell exactly in which octave a note is played?

I have done some pitch recognition tests. No note was given, and between questions a very chatty piece of music was placed to erase your mind. I got a 4/20 and for the rest I was off up or down a ...
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Aurally distinguishing between head voice and chest voice

This is a query that does not involve producing a head voice or chest voice, but how to distinguish between them in what I hear. Granted there are ways or techniques in properly creating sound that ...
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What are some good techniques (tips and tricks) to practice Melodic and Rhythmic dictation that isn't really basic? [closed]

I find that a lot of the techniques I use to practice melodic and rhythmic dictation are good but often stay at a really basic level. I want to get better at it but it's hard to stay focused when you ...
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What is the instrument that begins playing at the beginning of this video (dreamworks animation theme) [closed]

at 0:01 of this video a soft-muted sounding instrument begins playing and I can not figure out what it is (the one that plays 3 notes and pauses for a short while). Was also wondering what specific ...
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Why can't I identify major and minor chords?

I am playing violin for 6/7 years now and doing ABRSM grade 7 this year. Problem is I still can't identify chords. Sad/Happy feeling doesn't work for me even a bit. Because of this, I can't identify ...
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Am I Hearing Bansuri Tune Correctly

I am learning to play Tum Hi Ho via this tutorial Harsh Dave sings out the saptak (he doesn't write it), hence there is a lot of pause, slow-play, and repeats to understand the notes. Here at 2:30 I ...
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How can I develop relative pitch if I have perfect pitch?

As someone with perfect pitch, I can do the usual things associated with perfect pitch such as name a note instantly without a reference note, name the key, and name a chord. Sight-singing comes ...
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Transcribing and Ear Training with speakers or headphones

I have these really good JBL Studio monitors that I use in with my DAW. But I have a hard time using them with my ear training/transcribing. I don't know what it is but I seem to be able to pick out ...
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Are there any methods to identify intervals in Solfege?

I have a test in Solfege and I have trouble identifying intervals. I don't have musical hearing and I have never studied piano professionally. Therefore I struggle with identifying intervals through ...
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Is a bass line the same as a bass progression?

In alot of songs there's a chord progression. Say we have a 4 chord progression. Each chord can correspond to a note the bass plays. So now the bass is playing a 4 note progression. Is that called a ...
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How Can Newcomer Learn by Ear

I'm new to Bansuri and am practicing simple, repetitive tunes, such as Om Jai Jagdish Hare A good friend requested I learn below song. I am unable to find tutorials, or even notation anywhere. This ...
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Ear-Training to interpret Tune for Bansuri

I am learning Om Jai Jagdish Hare on Bansuri from this YouTUBE tutorial This gentleman makes lot of ornamentations, which I think are well-suited for the absolute last stanza of this Aarti. Now, I ...
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Aural mnemonics: can we compile a list? [duplicate]

When I do ear training, I like to use mnemonics, in the form of a short snippet from a well-known song, to help me memorize certain aural patterns. I can share some of the ones I have so far, but I ...
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Best way to spend practice sessions in order to play by ear? [closed]

I'm 23 years old, I've been self-learning to play the piano for 2 years. Im super dedicated and seeking improvement- investing almost 2 hours daily which is most of my free time. My practice sessions ...
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a question regarding playing by ear [closed]

I was always wondering if there are any well experienced musicians in the world who can play on their instruments immediately what they hear, even if it is a complex piece of music or a fast guitar ...
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Tips on how to transcribe string parts from a song by ear

I am a huge fan of ballad type music and want to get better at writing for strings but have not been able to find some scores or transcriptions of songs that I like so I have decided to try ...
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How to Learn Classical Piano pieces by ear without the sheet music

Yesterday, I was reading about how the famous jazz pianists would play music by ear from recordings and I was appalled to find that I had never tried myself. I have a perfect pitch and so so relative ...
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Is there a specific way to learn what chord progression a song uses by ear?

Lately I've been practicing to learn songs by ear on the piano. The melody is usually easy, but figuring out the chord progression seems to be really difficult. I don't seem to get any better at it ...
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Having learnt all the intervals by ear, how does one learn whole melodies? [duplicate]

This might seem like an easy step, but having learned how to recognise all the intervals upto an octave: ascending, descending and harmonically, how does one figure out a melody by ear? I can pick out ...
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Help With Transcription of Vocals for “Broken Lungs” by Thrice [closed]

I have the lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drum parts for this song. I cannot, however, hear what note Dustin starts singing on so I can transcribe it. What is the very first note and/or ...
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Why am I not hearing concepts I'm aware of? [closed]

I've been playing guitar for more than 10 years, although not very seriously. I'm not at all gifted, but I'm not tone-deaf either. I've always thought that I'm not meant to understand music, so I didn'...
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How do I work on retaining the DO during melodic dictation?

I've been working hard on my ear training and am now at the point where I can sight-sing (the right notes at least!) fluently in major (with no accidentals). I do this by retaining the root and ...
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Chords and Progressions Ear Training

I'm getting pretty good at transcribing melodies, but chords are really difficult. This may be because the underlying harmony is mixed in with the bass as well as other instruments. It also may be ...
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Who plays classical music by ear? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

So my technical ability is ahead of my sight reading ability. And I haven't practiced my ear at all. My end goal is to eventually be able to play any song by ear and put my own variation on it. I'm ...
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How do I aurally differentiate the tritone, min 6th and major 7th intervals?

I have made good progress in identifying most ascending intervals up to the octave, but am really struggling with the tritone, min 6th and maj 7th. All three sound dissonant and very similar. Is ...
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How ears identify the center(sofa name “Do”) of a piece of music [duplicate]

As titled, say, When humming along with a piece of music, you will probably sing with sofa names without knowing the key signature of it, like Birthday song: 556517, 556521, 5553176, 443121... My ...
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How to tell major, minor, augmented, dominant and diminished chords apart?

I am currently learning level 8 Royal Conservatory of Music piano syllabus. I am not sure how to tell major, minor and augmented triads apart, as well as dominant and diminished 7th chords. Are ...
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What are the solfege syllables? [duplicate]

Are they C,D,E,F,G,A or do re me fa so la to do? I have an online assignment due and my classmates say it’s CDEFGA but I’m confused.
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Transcribing as music and relative pitch practice?

I've read some good transcriptions recently and watched transcribe videos from 8-Bit Music Theory on YouTube and I was thinking if it's considered to be a good relative-pitch / interval / music ...
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Is relative pitch trainable from scratch?

I know perfect pitch is not obtainable for adults (I'm over 20.) and I accepted it, okay. I even watched Rick Beato's video about it (youtube.com/watch?v=816VLQNdPMM) and read about it on the internet....
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Modus Vetus in a Semester?

I was wondering if I can do all 18 chapters of modus vetus in 16 weeks. About 6 days per each chapter. Also, what do you think of Elementary Training for Musicians in tandem? It is 11 chapters and ...
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How to use solfège to identify chord inversions

my music teacher states that to differentiate first from second inversion triads listen to where the perfect fourth is. 1st inversion it is on top second inversion on the bottom. the tonic note is ...
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What feelings or words are associated to the different major scale degrees? [closed]

I'm using the Alain Benbassat method for ear training: Listening to major scale notes in the context of the scale (e.g. after hearing I-IV-V-I) and trying to hear the scale degree. I keep reading and ...
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is it possible to learn instrument based perfect pitch?

Perfect pitch is impossible to learn especially since I'm 19 years old but I have heard of people who developed perfect pitch on their instruments. For example, Aimee Nolte is able to listen to the ...
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How do I identify the keytone by listening to a set of chords or a phrase?

I recently took a musical listening test and one of the sections involved listening to a set of chords or a musical phrase, then listening to 3 different notes played individually, and identifying ...
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What is the best way to learn to play songs by ear using chord patterns?

Is there a simple technique to construct or memorize chord pattern of a song If I know the main chord of a song? Also, how to guess the next chord while playing a song. Specially with a guitar. I ...
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“Along the way” ear training in your daily routine

I am an amateur musician, not good at ear training. But I want to improve, unfortunately my time is limited as music is just a hobby. So in this post the author suggests doing ear training in your ...

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