Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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How to develop a musical ear when you can't seem to get in the game?

I love music and would love to develop a musical ear. My problem is that I can't get started. All tutorials that I find start at a more advanced point compared to where I am at. I can't carry a tune. ...
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How can I achieve the ability of playing the music's melody right after listening to it? [duplicate]

Recently I bought a new guitar for myself. After having a basic course, I can play some simple songs like Auld Lang Syne, and I've started wondering this question: If I had such ability, I may learn a ...
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To what extent do performers “hear” sheet music?

Sheet music enables instrumental performers who are able to read music notation (a pianist, orchestral instrument players, a jazz band, etc.) or singers to perform a song or piece. Presumably some ...
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Melodic Dictation Practice

I am getting stuck with melodic dictation. My process goes: 1.) listen to melody during the first playing. But, do I try and memorize the melody or the rhythm? 2.) I try to memorize the first half of ...
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How to recognize harmonic intervals?

I've been doing some ear training, I'm quite at ease when recognizing melodic intervals, whether they are ascending or descending intervals, yet when it comes to harmonic intervals, I don't know how ...
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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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How to find/hold vocal pitch within tone clusters

I sing in a choir that performs a lot of music containing very close, tone-cluster type harmonies. We stand mixed rather than in sections, so it's especially challenging to find my pitch and maintain ...
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Why is it easier to remember a melody as opposed to a simple interval?

There's already a question similar to this here, but most of the answers raise questions like, "If you can throw an object a certain distance but not tell precisely how far you threw it, how do ...
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How to harmonize a melody without knowing the scale?

I've been doing this thing lately where I randomly pick a note on the piano, and use that as the starting note of whatever melody I'm playing, every time I do this I'm in a different key. I find this ...
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How can you detect seventh chords by ear?

I've been trying to detect seventh chords, major and minor seventh for at least one week, doing them unsucessfully... My method have been, for the moment, going to musictheory.net and trying to learn ...
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How far can ear training improve your ears? [closed]

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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Which note to start the melody on?

I am trying to learn to play melodies by ear. I was trying to play Twinkle Twinkle by ear. Justin Guitar taught that a melody can be played anywhere on the fretboard and when I tried to do so, I found ...
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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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Identifying chord and understanding its function in Loco's “Can't Sleep” [closed]

I am trying to identify the four chords in the beginning of this song. My guess is Emaj7, C#m11, C#m/G#, B11sus4 Is my guess correct? I am must uncertain about the third chord. I am having trouble ...
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I can recognise intervals, but why do I have difficulty in hearing them in a song?

I have been transcribing music without an instrument for quite some time now, if I have my instrument in hand I am able to almost always quickly figure out what is being played but when I step away ...
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Straying off-pitch in acapella

When I sing acapella, my voice has a tendency to creep up during the song and I usually end a verse a semitone higher than I started. Is this an issue? Are there any good methods to prevent this?
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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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How can you find the key of a song by ear?

If you don't have the music notation available, how can you determine what key a song is in by just listening? Must one have perfect pitch to do this or is there an easy way or a trick that can help ...
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My ear is not very well trained - what can I look for as easy hints when trying to identify a ii-V-I progression in blues music?

I'm looking to learn how to better analyze music I am listening to, and I'm having problems identifying ii-V-I progressions, especially when they're the basis for improvisation. What are some hints or ...
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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?

Sometimes I'll be singing a song, and then I'll play a recording and discover I was singing in the same key. Does this mean I have perfect pitch?
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Perfect pitch and tuning forks

Ok. So I consider myself to have pretty good pitch. If you give me a few seconds after you sound a note, I can tell you what the note is. I can also tune a timpani to any pitch using only my mouth (...
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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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Detecting absolute pitch by ear

I've been playing classical guitar for a few years and my theory is not bad. I also think that I am really good at detecting relative pitch and chords. I can play most of the things (solo or chords) I ...
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Do I have perfect pitch

I noticed that when a certain note is played I can immediately attach to it songs that begin with that note. I was wondering if: 1 - I have the potential for perfect pitch 2 - Is there a way to check ...
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Do I have perfect pitch?

I only meet some of the criteria of perfect pitch. Whenever I hear a note, I can name a song or piece starting with it. I also remember the right key of music I hear, and, when I try to play it on ...
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How To Analyze A Melody For Its Notes? Is There A Method?

I am playing bass for two years, I am very amateur, but I love it. Sometimes I am trying play melodies from songs, Tom Waits, or Madonna, which I fond of.. I think I have no ear like "exact pitch", or ...
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Chord Progressions and changes [duplicate]

I understand music theory thoroughly and I understand the different elements that makes up songs and music. However, I have a problem hearing chord changes and progressions in songs. I can hear the ...
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Exhaustive list of chord (at least triad and dom7) functions for a software ear training tool

TL;DR: Does music theory have a name for all possible chord functions for every key chord combination possible (beyond the 7 diatonic functions, including those that seemingly make no sense)? If not ...
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Perfect pitch inside a scale?

I was reading how a very small amount of people have perfect pitch and how it's very hard for adults to develop it. So I was wondering if maybe there's a hack where I can only limit the notes to a ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch? [duplicate]

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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How to transcribe music by ear?

Often times we find ourselves enjoying a piece of music that, for whatever reason, we are unable to find appropriate documentation/tablature for. What are good practices for transcribing music by ear ...
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Can you develop relative pitch just by playing music?

I started playing an electric piano (Yamaha EZ-40) about a few months ago. At around the same time I also used the software GNU Solfege to test myself. I must say I failed miserably at recognizing ...
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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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Audio Equipment for Transcribing

I have been having a blast transcribing pop songs to piano, but I have some trouble hearing the bass clearly. Even when I use EQ, the notes from the bass guitar don't feel very distinct. Is this just ...
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Ear training - Did I correctly transcribe this harmony? [closed]

(Not exactly sure this belongs here, but I wish there was a Code Review stack exchange site for music ..) I'm training my ear at recognizing and transcribing vocal harmonies (because I like to analyze ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Training interval identification: Unable to identify major and minor seconds

I started practicing interval comparison, but I'm completely unable to consistently identify major and minor second intervals. I am so bad at identifying them, that I started to think I had a ...

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