Questions tagged [ear-training]

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

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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Piano Grade 2 Aural test - Triple or double time

Part of the ABRSM Grade 2 piano exam involves the examiner playing a piece, with the student required to start clapping along when they sense the rhythm, and to then identify whether or not the piece ...
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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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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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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 can I improve my musical ear so I can detect notes on different instruments?

I'm a beginner in learning music (I'm learning Persian lute). How can I detect scales, notes, etc. by ear? I'm awful at that but I guess that's true for every beginner, right? I've heard EarMaster ...
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Exhaustive list of chord (at least triad and dom7) functions for a software ear training tool

So a few month ago I started working on this side-porject aiming to create a simple ear training tool that was really unique in that 99% of other tools that I found online used interval recognition or ...
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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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How do I train my musical ear. (Not sure how to phrase this question.)

I'm singing in a church for fun (I've only had a few lessons). I can sing great when i'm singing along to someone else who is on key and sounds great such as listening to like Beyonce or Sam Smith on ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?