Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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Are there free (or inexpensive) 4-part dictation resources?

I am beginning to teach a new course, and I am seeking some sort of source of simple 4-part dictations that I can use with my class. They have done harmonic dictation already, but have not had to ...
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I have perfect pitch but have trouble identifying the note of human singing and the note I hear in my head. Any suggestion on how to practice this?

When I hear a note played on an instrument, its name (like A, Bb, etc.) immidiately pops up in my head. But when I hear human singing nothing like that happens. So I'm wondering how should I practice ...
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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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I have semi (explained) perfect pitch but can't handle harmonic intervals. What do I practice?

As the title suggests I have a form of perfect pitch that is not exactly perfect pitch. So let's say I hear a melody. I can name the notes as I hear them if they're not insanely fast of course. The ...
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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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Problem with playing music by ear

When I was learning to play piano, I only learned how to read notes and all those rules so I can play a piece of music if I have sheet music, but I don't know the music theory at all... But I really ...
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Should I know the chord name and scale degree when I play by ear?

Just to give a bit of context; say I'm playing a song in a certain key, F major. and let's say I'm playing the I IV V chords. I'm playing a song I learned by ear, right now it happens to be bicycle ...
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What are the common problems when it comes to ear training and how do I fix it?

I can think of a few, first in formost, there is 2 different type of struggles transcribing in real time which requires you to hear and identify chords and melody and improvising, which requires ...
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Do melodies often use the same combination of intervals?

I've been a touch typist on the keyboard for a long time, and the reason is that I've internalized the shape of every word in my mind because I've typed the same words so many times throughout my life....
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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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Intervals or scale degrees?

A couple people were saying in a previous post how for ear training one should think in scale degrees and not intervals. So if I'm on note E and I want to get to note G. then I shouldn't think of "...
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for a person who is still beginner at ear training how does one hear the difference between modes and other keys?

I've been doing ear training and I have to say my scale degree identification (after playing cadences) is pretty good, I can identify the #4 and the b2 and the b7 etc well but the problem is that as ...
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Music and time, “natural” time

To play music rhythm in time it was always something difficult to me, with a metronome also. Basically I can not count time. On the other hand I have some intuition to compose simple music, and when I ...
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How to identify the duration of notes that I hear (In my head or on records)

This is something that bothers me for too long, not that I practiced it, much but every time I try to practice it seems like climbing a mountain. How do you identify the note duration of a note that ...
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Movable Do vs Fixed Do [duplicate]

I'm trying to train my ear, I had 2 teachers before, one of them recommends me to use scale degree in context of the key (which is basically movable do) and the other teacher recommends me fixed do. ...
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How do train yourself to transcribe in real time?

One of the things I have done is scale degree training where you play a cadence and play any note to see if you can identify that note. I can probably be as accurate as 98%. 90% if you add chromatic. ...
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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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How to discern the key/tonic when they are key changes in song

Song link Taking this song as example,From the beginning of the song, I was thinking that it must be a Bm, since the songs also end in a Bm. But after looking up the score, it was actually written in ...
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How to hear the root note of a chord?

Any tips for how to hear the root note of a chord, especially when that chord could be inverted. Context: what I'm trying to do is figure out chord progressions by ear. And my understanding is if I ...
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Any studies on ear training, or musicality out there

Are there any established and scientifically backed-up facts about what is possible, and what time it takes for ear training? Any studies out there that look at these questions? Like letting people ...
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Interval song for a Perfect 4th where the note ascended to is not the tonic?

I've been trying to develop my relative pitch, and I've seen the suggestion of using "interval songs". This makes sense to me, but I've noticed something about every song I've seen suggested for the ...
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Recognizing intervals without interval songs?

I would love to know all my intervals by ear but where ever I search for help it says to learn interval songs e.g. Jaws theme for minor 2nd. I find this to be pretty ineffective honestly. I don't hear ...
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Unable to properly hear myself singing, but can hear well playing or singing others

I'm looking on a voice (singing) a little like an instrument where you don't use muscles on fingers, but muscles inside your neck/throat. I got some practice in playing bass (guitar/double-bass) and ...
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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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Audiation, Mental hearing, Composing/Reading scores without sound reference

Many composers in the past (as well as the present) were known to do that. So, are there any ways in order to achieve this? Any exercises and so on?
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Is ear training for piano is 100% sufficient for ear training flute?

If a person ear trains pitches of piano will he be automatically able to understand the pitches of flute or should he do some extra ear train for flute ? For example can we say if a person ear trains ...
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How can I to learn sight-singing, transcribe, and sight-reading?

I'm curious what the best route would be to become proficient in sight singing & ear training, along with polishing my technique on my preferred instruments (guitar & piano). I have a broad ...
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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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Timing: Would listening to a metronome for hours on end help at all?

Adam Neely, my new favorite music Youtube person, suggests listening to a metronome for hours on end to improve your sense of rhythm/timing/tempo. If my goal is to ...
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Solfege not working for me

I am taking some ear training lessons and we started out with singing One,Two.... Well, that didn't really work. Now we are trying solfege, but that seems to be just as bad. Many years ago i was ...
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Problem distinguishing certain P4 and P5

When I was doing ear training, I found it's very difficult for me to distinguish some P4 and P5 intervals (harmonically), mostly around C3 or lower. For instance, if a perfect fifth, C3 and G3 are ...
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Which octave learning can be postponed by beginner while eartraining from 7 octave computer software for piano?

If a beginner wants to ear train absolute pitch of piano from computer software which is showing 7 octaves, which octaves can he can omit at beginning ? 7th ,6th octave or 1st ,2nd octave? Or should ...
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How do I train my singing voice to sound exactly or almost exactly like someone else's?

How do I train my singing voice to sound exactly like a specific artist? Like if I play a song of his then turn it off and sing that same part my voice sounds exactly or almost exactly like his.
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What is the purpose of studying intervals

As a composer and a piano player i am very confused why do i need to study intervals? I understand it is for ear training but what quality and purpose does it have realy? Is it necessary? I cant see ...
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Ear training - help recognizing intervals

I've been a guitar player for years - I've done covers so far. But all the covers I've played were taken from online tabs - the reasoning behind this is that I'm absolutely awful at recognizing ...
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Hearing separate notes when played together

I just started taking ear training lessons and my teacher was surprised that I can't hear 2 separate notes when they are played harmonically.I can hear that it's not a single note, but she can sing ...
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How does ear training help me find the key of a song?

I want to understand how ear training to identify different intervals helps me figure out what notes are in a song, and what key it's in.
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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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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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How do I aurally recognize microtonality?

In this music interview with Jacob Collier, Jacob gave an example of microtonal voice leading. The example song was Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, in C, specifically the ending of the song. He sang a ...
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How to know singing is in a particular key

At Deering's web site, they have a blog entry Learning Banjo by Ear for Beginners. The third step says, "Sing that melody aloud in the key of G. (keep strumming that chord if you need a reference ...
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Is absolute pitch acquired by training, genetic or both? And if possible, is it much harder than relative pitch?

I have heard many different views of people that absolute pitch is ONLY acquired by training, ONLY by genetics, by genetics but also possible with training or ONLY both. But what is the truth? ...
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Optimal harmonic audiation techniques

I am trying to learn to audiate harmonies in order to be able to compose without instruments. I can already audiate melodies, but harmony is a real beast. (Edit: To be clear, I can recognize chords, ...
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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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While playing fugues, do pianists follow each voice simultaneously?

I'm learning the piano and my teacher always says to me: "just focus on the melody, sing it in your head, and voicing and phrasing will go along", which works greatly as long as the piece is a mix of ...
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What will help transcribe what I hear in my mind to actual notes

Sometimes I hear music in my mind and the more complex it is the harder it is for me to transcribe to singing or to the melody or chords that I hear. What can help? Is it ear training and if so how ...
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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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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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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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If you invert a chord, doesn't it lose its defining bass note?

If we invert the chords on a simple song on the piano, then we lose the tonic in the bass. So doesn't the bass progression get lost (?) I heard somewhere that to listen by ear one has to listen to ...