Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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Guitar player, music theory and ear training enthusiast. I love to learn what other great players play [duplicate]

I am always interested in improving my musical ear. What is the best way to do this? I know this is a pretty vague question. I wish I knew how to be more specific. I would love to hear about your ...
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Horowitz' improvised run during performances of fantaisie-impromptu

I'm hoping this is the best place to ask how to play the decorated run that horowitz improvises towards the end of the second section in his performance of Chopin's fantaisie impromptu? I can't find ...
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After being able to sing the left hand and the right hand part separately , how do I put it all together in my mind?

I have trouble memorizing so I decide to try and know how to sing the parts by heart but it is hard especially for baroque because you can sing one part but don't know how the other part sound like at ...
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How to hear modes in music

How can I learn to "hear" modes in music? I feel like I have not developed my modal hearing sufficiently, and everything just sounds major or minor to me. Perhaps it's the genre of music I listen to (...
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How to hear lowest note in harmonic intervals

When hearing harmonic intervals I can clearly hear and sing the highest but sometimes have trouble hearing the lowest note. Sometimes I can hear and sing the lowest note but I have to sing the highest ...
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Resource of musical phrases good for practicing transcriptions?

One common suggestion for improving ear training is to transcribe songs. However, songs can be long and can vary in complexity. As such, I'm looking for a book or website of musical phrases that can ...
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How do I master melodic dictation?

What is the most efficient way to become proficient at melodic dictation? Could you give a basic algorithm which one can follow to learn to transcribe music in different keys?
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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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Possible to learn harmony by ear?

I was wondering if there's any people that approach harmony by ear. I've noticed the majority of instructors teach harmonizing by knowing: 1. the scale pattern. 2. figuring the diatonic chords from ...
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Importance of playing with eyes closed?

I've been picking alot of songs out by ear on my piano. I'm thinking the next stage is to pick/play without looking at the keyboard - that way the eyes are not involved at all. Maybe even wear a ...
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Do ear trained pianists think in absolute or relative pitches?

I wonder if ear trained pianists think of melody in terms of intervals (relative) or notes (absolute). Meaning, when you're on a given note. To go to the next note, do you just know what piano key ...
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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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Playing songs by ear (steps)

I've been reading a lot regarding ear-training, and learning to play by ear. These are the conclusions I can to expressed as steps in learning to play by ear. Figuring out the key of the song. This ...
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Intervals for ear training

I heard people mention training to recognize intervals many many times. What I am a bit confused about is this. Do you train to recognize intervals from a given note to the root, or to the preceding ...
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What is the least amount of (famous) songs possible that covers up all the 25 intervals (asc+desc+P1)? [duplicate]

I play the piano for two years now and I would like to focus much more on ear training from now on. I'm able to know if a wrong note has been played, but do not have the ability to identify what note ...
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How to hear / sing the notes in a chord?

If you play me a chord (even one with two or three notes), I have a hard time hearing the notes that make up the chord, and an even harder time singing them. 2 notes are frequently doable - 3+ is ...
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Flamenco sketches ear training vs. sheet music

I'm trying to get Coltrane's solo on Flamenco Sketches from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and i think i'm missing out on what i read on the spread sheet. This is the relevant part (the beginning of the ...
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How can one learn to reproduce notes with one’s voice?

Background. I have recently become interested in music, music theory and practice. I’m starting off with ear training, but I am pretty much at null right now. Or maybe even below null – it seems like ...
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How to figure out an inverted chord by ear?

If someone inverts the chord then the bass is not the "real" root note of the chord anymore. So if I heard an "A" this might not be an A major (or minor). So how would I know if the chord is inverted ...
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Does everybody perceive the same tonic?

Lets say I play a big chromatic chord (Like a tone cluster) - After hearing that chord, I have a tonic (Fact). My question is - will everybody get the same tonic? If there are multiple tonal centers ...
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Do non-tonic ear training exercises hurt music students?

I've always had a problem with some of the songs that are used to remember what an interval sounds like. Particularly, the ones whose melodies don't start on the tonic. For example, Here Comes The ...
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Right approach to learn major and minor scales

What is the right approach to learn major and minor scales. 1) Learn C major and then A minor, G Major and then E minor, D Major and then B minor - Notes are same in major and minor in this pattern. ...
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In C-major when hearing a b “resolve” to an f and not a c when singing the b

Currently I am doing some ear training, using a program that first plays a cadence, and then you have to identify a tone up to octave equivalence. Most often when I hear the leading-tone, I anticipate ...
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Perfect & Relative Pitch, and its relation to genetics? [closed]

How does genetics play a role in perfect pitch vs. relative pitch? Is it possible to train someone who had relative pitch from a very young age to develop perfect pitch? (aka absolute pitch)
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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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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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Is there a way to develop “Perfect Pitch”? [duplicate]

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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For ear training what is the best sound to match pitch against? How does this work across voice range?

So I have been practicing the piano for a few months now. I'd like to get started on ear training and interval training. Parts of it is the constant recommendation I keep finding that I need to sing ...
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Music in your head

I'm a little confused on the concept of hearing music in your head. I dont think I really do that. Some people I know say they can hear specific instruments as they "listen". Do I not have the wiring, ...
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Recognize musical elements in real time

I have practiced ear training for many years and I can recognize notes, tonal degrees, rhythms and chords very accurately, but there is one caveat, I have to slow down music, a lot. If I listen to ...
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Is it possible to guess the effects chain for a solo guitar piece?

Trying to figure out the effects chain to reproduce, as closely as possible, for a solo guitar piece (from a song). How do people go about it, if there is science or structured approach behind it ? ...
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How can I play the melody of any song by ear on the keyboard? [closed]

I have seen many musicians who don't know what sheet music is, but they play very well. How can someone learn to do this on the piano?
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iOS app that recognises intervals

I am developing my aural skills and in Ron Gorow's Hearing and Writing music it is suggested that learning to sing an interval will help internalise it. Is there an iOS app I can sing into which will ...
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How can I learn to recognize intervals larger than an octave?

How can I learn to recognize intervals larger than an octave? I recognize them in the limits of a single octave, but make mistakes when hearing larger ones. Perhaps it's because I don't know songs ...
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Learning while recovering from tendonitis

I've recently developed some tendonitis in both hands and will be significantly reducing my practice hours for about a month (hopefully!). I had been putting in a lot of hours before with my ...
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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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Improve bad ear

My musical ear is terrible. It is so bad that I don't think any amount of training can get me to a reasonable level (I've tried). Is there a way that I could improve it dramatically? I am open to any ...
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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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How do professionals think about notes/degrees/intervals while playing a melody

By my count there are 3 natural ways one might think about a simple melody - I'll use "row row row your boat" as an example. a) notes: CCCDE EDEFG b) scale degrees / distance from tonic: 11123 32345 ...
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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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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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Problem playing things that I come up with

So basically I come up with some really good and progressive stuff in my head, but when it comes to play those things I cannot find the right notes on the guitar. Mainly because those malodies are too ...
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How can I improve my interpretation of rhythm and percussion?

I am a non-drummer/non-percussionist well versed, for my personal purposes, in tonal harmony - up to the point where tonal chord structures can be implemented without functional movement and serve to ...
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Recognising notes being played on an instrument [duplicate]

How do I learn to recognise the notes, just by listening to some music being played? Is there some specific exercise for developing this skill? Also how to recognise the scales being played?
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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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Slowing Down To Transcribe

Is there some consensus/study on whether one should slow down music which one cannot play just by hearing it a couple of times (if the goal is to improve as a musician)? If I got a fast run, I can ...
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Technique in which student repeats notes teacher plays

I came across an interesting essay on playing by ear, in which the author describes a method he called "Call and Response Teaching" (section 2 in the article). The description is thus: The easiest ...
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Hum or solfege for ear training

I have a "Real Easy" ear training book and it uses solfege, but I have a real hard time with that. I use a guitar tuner app to check myself and I find I can hum much better than singing "do's",ect. Is ...
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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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What circumstances affect the perception of the accuracy of the pitch adversely?

I recently played at Open Mic on the violin and today I saw the video of it and it was completely out of the tune that I wanted to tear all my hair. I never play so badly even when I just practice. ...