Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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What are the most effective ear training methods?

Ear training is a very important ability for any musician to develop. From intonation when singing or playing an instrument to playing and transcribing by ear. What is the best way to improve this? ...
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Are there any games useful for ear training?

There have been several popular music games in recent years, but they seem to be most useful for developing a sense of rhythm. Are there any games that are helpful as ear training exercises? What ...
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How to start playing by ear/improvising?

Up till now I've been playing music from the sheet, and eventually I've grown frustrated how after 3 years of playing I can't even play Jingle Bells if I'm asked to without figuring it out from a ...
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What are some useful and effective exercises for training absolute pitch?

I think by now most people agree that perfect pitch is not genetic. We understand that most people who do possess perfect pitch acquire it very early in life, (around the same time most people acquire ...
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How can I train my ear for music?

I have noticed that some people are better at hearing music, e.g. they are better in distinguishing the notes or noticing mistakes when someone is play. Is it possible to train oneself to hear music ...
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Is there a way to develop “Perfect Pitch”?

I was wondering if there is/are any aural exercise('s), analogous to how playing scales can develop your muscle memory, that can help to develop "Perfect Pitch"?
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Are we all born with the ability to detect a note out of tune?

I would like to know why humans can detect a note out of tune relative to the scale or harmony. We seem to be born with the ability to notice, so why can't every able-hearing person sing or play an ...
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How to train recognizing chords by ear ?

How should I train my ears to recognize different 'flavours' of chords ? I mean especially recognizing what fourth/fifth notes were added to the chord (beyond the minor/major triads) such as 7#9 etc. ...
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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

A previous question/answer here mentioned Mozart's ability (when he was a teenager) to sit and listen to a performance of Allegri's Miserere, remember most of the details, and then write it down later ...
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How do I become better at “playing outside”?

One can spend an enormous amount of time playing melodies "in" the tonic. For example if your are in A major, you might favor A major or A lydian. However, there is a term called "playing outside" in ...
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Having trouble memorizing intervals in ear training

I've been using some of those interval training games like this one and I have tried some on my phone as well. The problem is that I don't think I'm making any progress. Right now (on the website I ...
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How can you tell if the singer is in pitch?

Just found this site. I'm an adult piano beginner. I just started studying music for the first time in my life about a year ago and am loving it. It's fascinating. I've been taking piano lessons. ...
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How do you practice Audiation (playing music in your head)?

Time for a tricky question. Audiation appears to be the practice of playing music in your head. I found an answer referring to what audiation is in https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/9621/to-...
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How can I move beyond learning songs?

I can competently learn and play chord progressions and simple runs on the guitar but I do not feel like I understand the instrument. My playing progresses by memorizing songs. However, I know that ...
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Is playing an out-of-tune instrument damaging to the musical ear?

My piano is nearly 100 years old, and can no longer stay in tune. Repairing it would cost much more than the piano is worth, and I'm not ready to spring for a new one just yet. So for now I am stuck ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?

I don't have perfect pitch, but there are certain things I can do that I've been wondering if there's a name for. Given the name of a piece I've heard reasonably recently, I can sing it in my head in ...
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Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals

As the tutor for my school's music department, I spend a lot of time helping students drill intervals. However, I only have a handful of songs to recommend recognition. P8 — Somewhere Over the ...
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What are the specific progressive steps to take in basic ear training?

This question: What are the most effective ear training methods has an excellent best answer. I'd like to zoom in on its conclusion: All of these skills, like playing an instrument, take time. Don'...
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How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?

When I improvise on the guitar, I rely too much in theory and muscle memory. However, I can do creative vocal improvisations. I want to be able to let my inner ear command my guitar playing as well. ...
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Is it possible to differentiate Major scale and Minor scale by ear?

A beginner's questions - regarding the major and minor scales. Consider the C major and C minor scales for example. What's the significance of major and minor scales, when both sounds almost same? Is ...
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How to know which scale a song uses?

I have a song in my mind, and I want to play it on the guitar. I know how scales are made (full and half steps), and I can recognize whether the next note is higher or lower in a song (not perfectly)...
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Slightly tone-deaf?

I'm incredibly depressed. I have always wanted to be a musician and for the last 5 years I have learned various scales, chords in each key in various positions up and down the neck of the guitar and ...
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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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What does it mean to be tone-deaf musically and how does one improve?

I had a vocal session over the weekend and I couldn't get the sound right on the song I was supposed to present, it was "Nothing like Heaven" by Men of Standard. My instructor said I needed to ...
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How to practice my ears to identify scales or notes?

I know it comes by practice; my teacher said this. But I want exercises for this, so that I will come to know which note or scale is being played. Where should I start from?
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Most efficient way to silent read 2 or more voices (audiation)

I would like to become able to silent read music. I am interested in renaissance and early baroque organ composition, which usually means two to four voices. As now I can recognize intervals (melodic ...
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Ear training for 12 bar blues chord changes

I am relatively new to guitar, having started some three months ago, with daily practice of about two to three hours. Having advanced past the nitty-gritty of the early beginner stages (at least ...
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Music created specifically for aural training

If I listen to a Mozart piano sonata, I am practically unable to comprehend what is happening musically. I'm talking about functional perception, hearing the function of each note or chord. ...
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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 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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Music Cognition-Are people who play just by ear and intuition good in music cognition by natural talent?

I am learning to play the harmonica. As with so many people around the world, the approach I use is to take a song and its notes somewhere from the internet and practice it until I can play it well. ...
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What musical tropes make sci-fi music recognizable?

Listening to various sci-fi themes (examples included below), I can "hear" a certain similarity, but I can't really identify it. Something in the melody, a particular pattern of the strings, the color ...
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What are some useful ear training exercises for moving beyond two-note interval training?

I've practiced enough that I can recognize two-note intervals in isolation (sequentially), but this doesn't seem to help that much for understanding actual songs. What exercises would help to go ...
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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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Is the particular skill of singing the melody correctly necessary to be able to play the trumpet?

I mean, there are people who can't sing melodies correctly but they are able to play the guitar perfectly. Will such person be able to play the trumpet? When you hit the note on the trumpet do you ...
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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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How to recognize modulations by ear?

I'm surprised this this question hasn't been asked before (or at least I couldn't find it). If you're listening to a piece, and it suddenly modulates, how can you tell? and how can you determine the ...
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How far can ear training improve your ears?

I've been trying to improve my aural skills for a while now, and I'm noticing that I'm not improving as fast as I used to when I first started. In fact, I'm not improving at all. My vision was to be ...
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Eartraining: What to learn after mastering interval recognition?

(This is for relative pitch, absolute pitch gods please don't descend from heaven) I've been learning to recognize intervals for the past year or so, and I have to say I'm very good at it. (Mostly by ...
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What is the best way to start learning to play guitar by ear

I've been using TAB for a while but I want to transition to picking things up by ear. What is an effective way to do that? Please give answers about methods you have experience with and explain how ...
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Role of muscle memory vs. ear-based micro-adjustments in non-fixed-note instruments

Many instruments have fixed notes tuned according to equal temperament, but some don't. The most common examples are the violin family, the trombone, and the human voice, but one can also find ...
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Is there a technique to “extracting” second voices from songs?

By extracting, I don't mean getting a separate mp3 file or something like that. What I meant was being able to discern the second voice behind all the other voices, instruments, etc. It's easy to ...
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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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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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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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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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Singing what you're playing vs playing what you're singing

I’ve heard the advice :- play what you sing as a means of practicing playing what you hear in your head. I've realised that I tend to sing the stuff I play instead of playing what I sing. I already ...
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Feasibility of practising music for a person who are almost tone deaf?

I've always had trouble with relative pitch and hearing music in general. When I was younger I couldn't tell you if it was a major or a minor chord I was hearing (when other people seemed to be fully ...
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Hearing and differentiating tones

I've had some basic classical (piano and organ) music training, and I even had to do an exam, where we were given an A, and we had to write down a simple melody which was played on a piano. I don't ...
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Singing lessons for an instrumentalist

I'm a guitar player, but I'm considering getting singing lesson because I think it would improve my ear for music. I'm not looking to be the next Pavarotti or the local karaoke king. Would this ...

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