Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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Transcribing by ear, is it done with the root as reference, or the previous note?

To all the people with good ears: when you're figuring out a melody by ear, are you listening to the sequence of notes and figuring out where each note sits relative to the root of the key? Or are you ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

[Note] This is a "compendium" question, intended to address a general concern that arises in a variety of contexts. Please add additional answers with any techniques not yet addressed. I'm ...
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What part of the sound of notes to focus on while ear training to correctly identify notes?

I am using different instruments from my Keyboard to do ear training. In practicing ear training, i have learnt from the forums here that I should focus and pay attention to the pitch of the note. ...
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

I have no problem identifying instruments, the different role they play in a song, the scales and modes of a song etcetera etcetera. I even understand harmony and the logics and theories surrounding ...
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Which instrument to select on keyboard for ear training?

As a part of my ear training routine, I am practicing different scales and exercises. I am randomly selecting any instrument from the tone bank for that practice. Is that a good approach or is there ...
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Hearing the difference between VIIdim7 - Im and Vm - Im

I've been using EarMaster to practice hearing progressions. For most of them, I can pick out a certain interval and slowly improve my accuracy. Major against Minor triads — I try to pick out the 3rd ...
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Singing and hearing quarter tones

I’ve just received a choir piece that contains some (rare) quarter tones on long held notes. For example, a B which slides into a Bᴓ (that's a half flat). I’ve tried singing the part where it happens. ...
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I can't hear the chords in this song, are there any or am I mistaking chords for melody? [closed]

I'm trying to train my hear to listen and separate out the chords, melody, bass, and drums in music I enjoy listening to, and practice my music by re-creating these styles. ...
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How do you determine the Chord progression of a song?

Any tips or strategies that you guys would like to share on how you determine the chord progression in a song or a musical composition ? Though I understand chord progressions and the musical theory ...
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Moveable Do Piano for Ear Training Verification [closed]

I have been working on moveable-do ear training for a while now. I would like either a keyboard app where you can change the pitch of the C note or an app that will let you play some kind of solfege ...
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How to Improve aural memory

I'm playing the guitar for years, MANY years, there's nothing wrong with my ears, I can hear and understand individual notes, I can even identify them without a reference tone BUT ... I can't remember ...
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Finding intervals on an instrument vs. naming them

I would like to piggyback on this question: If someone can sing a melody, why can they not also recognize the intervals within that melody? The OP is asking why it is easy to sing a song we know, ...
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How do you decide which key signature a certain music is in by ear, from hearing it?

When I hear a song or a melodious tune, I can often figure out the relative pitches and play the tune on the piano. But I usually only play it on C major (the simplest scale for me--occasionally G ...
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In music what is style as it relates to instruments?

In music what is style I mean accompaniment styles? How does one play with style as it relates to instruments? Like make their own 16 ballad style. https://musicterms.artopium.com/s/Style.htm ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch?

What is the best/easiest/most efficient way of developing perfect pitch? Note: What I mean by perfect pitch is the ability to distinct a certain note from another. In other words being able to ...
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Ear and singing training

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 ...
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Do Musicians Who are Trained on Other Instruments Automatically Acquire Singing Ability?

I watched a guitarist on YouTube discuss some concept about harmony, and he played a note and sang an interval above. He prefaced with "now, I am not a good singer but...", and proceeded to sing notes ...
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Music recomendations to get my ear used to non-western scales

As the title says: I’d love to know about bands, orchestras, artists, etc. that use non-Western scales [1]. The reason is that whenever I try to listen to examples of music out of the 12-note ...
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Transcribing Jazz Piano Chord Voicings

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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