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

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Improvising if I don't hear anything in my "mind's ear"?

Ever since I recently discovered my total aphantasia, I've been really curious as to whether or not I can achieve musical success. Part of this, at least to me, is creating music. So far I've learned (...
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Can I Learn Ear Training Without the Ability to Audiate?

I asked a question a couple days ago along the lines of "can I become a pro musician if I can't audiate?", which was rightly met with some opposition. I appreciate the responses I got on ...
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Building muscle memory for playing chords by ear, with piano chord inversions

I've started to practice ear training in order to be able to play chords by ear... while playing melody by ear is pretty easy for me, playing chords is harder. I started with the simple I-IV-V chord ...
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The transition from G to C in guitar chord progressions

I'm now learning chord progressions and melodic intervals. The way in which I learn chord progressions is by identifying the intervals between the bass notes, so when I play the chord C and then G , ...
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Ear training to identify specific chord/contrapuntal voicings?

I can comfortably transcribe melodies, identify keys and intervals, and get the rough chord progression for a song by ear. I'm now trying to get to (what I think of as) the next level. I'd like to be ...
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How do I get atonal melody by ear?

It's pretty common to transcribe tonal music by ear, but not atonal music. Also, for me, and a lot of mates, it's much easier to get tonal music by ear than atonal. I'd like to know how can I get ...
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How Can I Incorporate Solfege Into My Ear Training Routine?

I read an article article about solfege, so I thought I would just sing do re mi in a major scale (probably C) and then move on to another scale when I have C scale down cold. Is there a better way? ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

I'm doing ear training to identify chord progressions. I don't have problem playing a melody by ear. my goal is to play chords by ear and recognize them in different songs. To this day, I've already ...
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How to pronounce chord progressions

I'm doing ear training to identify chord progressions in order to be able to play chords by ear. Now, I've already learned to identify I IV V triads. When hearing the progression I-IV-V, I pronounce ...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

I have heard that some tones are more mellow whereas others are brighter. However, I was wondering what is the difference between these two types of tones on the piano. Although I have heard that ...
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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

I have the tendency to either rush individual notes or let them drag behind (see this other question of mine). To cure this I'm recording myself to a click on a DAW and try to see which of the notes ...
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Recognizing scale degrees in melodic dictation?

How does one recognize the scale degrees in a short (2 to 4-ish bars) melodic dictation? An example would be a piece is played, then you are asked for which scale degree is not part of the piece, ...
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Is there any benefit in trying to play a song by ear?

I started playing Take Me Out To the Ball Game by ear on the piano and I find that I have been making several mistakes in knowing what note comes next. I don't know the lyrics well but I am familiar ...
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Isn’t pitch memorization almost as valuable as absolute pitch?

I think a high majority of people are capable of singing songs in the original key and singing the correct notes. Taking it a step further, wouldn’t paying attention to the name of notes that we ...
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How to listen to each individual voice of a piece of polyphonic music?

When listening to a piece of polyphonic music, I can only hear the soprano part, but not the other voices, because the soprano part is making it difficult to hear the other voices. So, I can only ...
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How do I use moveable solfege to play songs by ear? [duplicate]

I've been told solfege will help me play a melody by ear and have been learning about it. One thing that really confuses me, is do I approach it by using intervals to remake the song? For example when ...
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Why can't i relate notes to sound? [duplicate]

So when I started searching for music theory I started practicing solfege, using a DAW based on sheet music and tried to learn interval recognition. But for some reason I can't relate this things to ...
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how to be a connoisseur of piano performances

I have been playing piano for a few years and got a distinction in the Trinity grade 4 piano classical and jazz exam. I do plan to continue my piano studies and do further trinity-graded exams. I have ...
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How do you recognize open-position chords by ear?

So, in my ear training class, we're seeing open-position triads. Major, minor, and diminished in all inversions. I can't for the life of me identify these chords by ear. I just hear a random string of ...
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does every melody fit into 3-note-scales?

Currently I am learning how to use ears for transcribing melodies. My previous thought was that every melody followed scales of some sorts, so I learned 3-notes-per-strings scales. But today I have ...
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How to do just intonation interval ear training?

I've been trying to train my ear to distinguish intervals for quite some time but I don't get very good at it. I've got a hypothesis that it's because ask the interval training programs, websites and ...
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How can my ear training be made better? (For Guitarist)

I was looking for the lead (the music that starts the song) in the Hotel California Song. But I am having trouble locating the tab. Even after listening more than 50 times, I still cannot locate the ...
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How to prepare for trinity's aural exam

I am going to give my trinity piano grade 5 classical and jazz exam later this year in October, one of my supporting tests is aural. Now, there are websites and apps that I found online which can help ...
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How to hear chord progression

Trying to learn chord progressions by ear. Reading from multiple sources to listen for the root and so on. I tried searching for this question and couldn't get it. But do I actually listen after the ...
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How to figure out melodies of a different timbre than the piano

I am trying to develop my aural abilities, I'm trying to figure out the melody lines of songs by ear. I tried one-note tracing(i.e. one unknown note played on the piano and then I have to figure out ...
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Chord Progression ear training

Got this ear training app. And I was wondering what to listen to when hearing chord progressions? How the app work is simple, it first play I-V-I progression in random keys, then proceeds to play a ...
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What are the benefits of learning to identify chord types (minor, major, etc...) by ear?

Clearly this is not essential for playing most instruments. Clearly it helps you to get the harmony of a given song by ear or to compose. But apart from this are there more benefits to this ability? ...
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Using song for interval training or not [duplicate]

When learning the intervals, is it bad using song as a reference? I mean I wanna get as good as possible and get them on instinct rather than a song reference. It would be also be less work if can ...
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How to distinguish two notes played harmonically [duplicate]

I have been practicing intervals for some time now. I have gotten good at recognizing ascending melodic intervals and I am currently trying to learn harmonic intervals. From my knowledge, there are 2 ...
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Pitch and Hearing beginner question

I'm a total newbie. And I'll pretend there are no black notes so it is easier for me to explain. CDEFGABḈḊ (where Ḉ and Ḋ are one octave above C and D) When a Musician says, "oh, C and Ḉ are the ...
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A-Minor songs Reharmonization Using circle of fifths

I am learning to play songs by ear. Based on the circle of fifths, one may harmonize C major with the chords C, F, G and Am. Similarly, will it work to harmonize A minor with the chords Am, Dm, Em, ...
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Tips or ways to bring out hard-to-hear parts of songs

I am transcribing some songs to sheet music. But, I am finding it hard to hear what exactly is being played on lower mixed instruments like rhythm piano or bass drum. I already have some good ...
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Functional ear training vs interval ear training for singers

Do singers use functional (scale degree) ear training method or interval ear training method to find a reference pitch from the accompaniments to start singing in key? for example, the accompaniment ...
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Problems in recognising harmonic intervals when ear training

I have started doing ear training, I've been using an App called Ear Gym. I'm doing OK, first with ascending intervals and now with descending (using the reference song method) but I'm struggling ...
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A major in a C# major progression

I am trying to understand why in a progression in C# major there is an A major chord, the chords are to be precise: C# Bbm F# A, where did this A come from? I thought it might be a secondary dominant ...
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What is the solfa method to learn intervals?

I am working on recognizing intervals. I am reading online material to determine which technique would be the most efficient. I came across this article: The second method is “solfa”. This is the “do ...
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Interval recognition : should I use reference songs?

I am at the beginning of my journey to learn singing. To master interval recognition, my teacher and many people recommend using reference songs (the first 2 notes of the song corresponding to the ...
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Strategy for melodic dictation

I try to learn melodic dictation for an exam situation. My current strategy is: notating just the rhythm when hearing the whole thing for the first time identify anchor points when hearing each bar ...
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How can I improve my ear for intonation?

I play tenor trombone, possibly switching to bass trombone. I need to improve my ear for tuning and noticing whether or not I am either sharp or flat. How can I practice in this area?
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It is possible to get the drum progression only by listening?

I want to get the drum progression from this song on youtube at the minute 3:24, but I am unable to get the things very clearly, I can hear a Hi Tom on it, but no much more? It is possible to get the ...
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Is Fixed Do automatically learned when you learn Movable Do Solfege, but not the other way around?

From what I understand, for example, if I perceive the Tonic note as "C" instead of "G" in a G major song such that I would sing "Do" on the note "C" instead of ...
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How is learning Fixed DO Solfege any different than learning Absolute Pitch?

In Fixed DO Solfege, you are essentially memorizing the pitch in association with the pitch's name. From what I can understand, you can hear any note without establishing a tonal center as in you can ...
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Interval Perception

I am learning to sing and I am pretty bad at it for now (I sing out of tune). I was told that a good ear is important to sing well. This makes sense, so I looked for ways to quantify the quality of my ...
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How can I learn to hear chords from reading a score?

I’ve self studied my way through harmony, counterpoint (strict and free), free composition, can improvise at the piano in most styles without much thought, but I’m finding when I try to compose ...
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Is this bass tab wrong? [closed]

The following tab seems to have a mistake or typo (circled in red, with the way I play it in green below): Am I right that what is shown as F (D string, fret 3) should really be played as an F#/Gb (D ...
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Ear Training Using Tanpura

Tanpura is most important instrument for learning and practicing indian classical music. One another advantage of tanpura is it helps in ear training as well. In tanpura there are 3 main notes (pa of ...
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How to "hear" polyrhythms?

I've ben playing drums for about 22 years now and am quite capable around the kit. I've been working on some more complex polyrhythmic stuff, like 9/8 grooves with 7/8 or 5/8 ostinatos on the hats/...
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If I can identify specific notes on specific instruments, does that mean I have perfect pitch (or train to achieve perfect pitch)?

If I hear a G, B, B flat or E played on a piano or string instrument, I can (most of the time) identify the Note. Whenever I hear a G, I think of Holst's Mars or Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker march, when I ...
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How to recognise chords and chord progressions by ear? [duplicate]

I am pretty comfortable with playing melodies by ear, but when it comes down to the next level, chords and chord progressions, i fumble pretty hard. I tend to pick up the 3rd of a chord and play it as ...
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How do I make sure I'm hitting the right notes when I sing?

I'm a beginner. I think I will get a new vocal coach since my current vocal coach is ineffective and doesn't help me at all. I asked my question on reddit and asked a singer I know, my question is: ...
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