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

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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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Program or app to practice “Copy-Playing” [closed]

Is there any program or app to practice ear training with "Copy-Playing" (guitar is my instrument)? I means basically a phrase is played, and you have to repeat it on your instrument. I read about it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I hear an octave-displaced version, as easily as the popular piece? [closed]

I've listened to the following octave displacements ("8D") that both professors intended to be easily identified, at least 20 times. But I still can't. How can I correct this hearing flaw? Prof. R. ...
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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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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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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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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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What constitutes a more effective skill development in self-teaching piano; aural skills or music notation? [closed]

I am currently a year 12 student. As part of my research, I would love to hear some answers in which you think is better -gaining aural skills or knowing music notation- when wanting to improve your ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Looking for Jazz recordings to practice transcribing bass lines [closed]

I don't play bass but I've read before that it's a very good excercise to transcribe walking bass lines from jazz recordings while figuring out the changes. The problem with doing this, I find, is ...
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How to train my ear only by listening?

I am in a bit of an odd situation: I need to sing for my church choir but I don't have regular access to a place where I can sing out loud without bothering others (it's a long story). However, I have ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 accurately can a good musician judge an interval to be out of tune? [closed]

This is for a music/physics crossover experiment. Almost everyone will be familiar with the Doppler Effect, even if they don't know the name. Imagine that a vehicle is blaring its a siren or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...