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Coherent distinguishing of aural sensations. See also "ear-training"

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How to practice hearing what other people hear and techniques to detect I'm diverging

I'm not hearing sound objectively. For example when I produce music, even after the final mixdown, I think my brain is actually adding things that aren't objectively there. Not entire instruments and ...
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What is the instrument playing in this song starting from 5'25'' [migrated]

The song is 彩虹山(Rainbow Mountain) by 文雀(Sparrow). What is the instrument playing the repeated note in this song starting from 5'25''? To my limited music knowledge it sounds like violin, but I'm not ...
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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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Why can't wearing both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously yield more than 36 dB noise reduction ratio (NRR)?

I read on Wikipedia: Using both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously results in maximum protection, but the efficacy of such combined protection relative to preventing ...
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Why does the formula to compute the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) subtract 3dB?

Context: NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) is the noise reduction standard used in the United States, and SNR (Single Number Rating) is the European Union's standard for showing the attenuation of hearing ...
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Why do SNR ratings tend to be about 3 dB higher than NRR ratings? I.e., what difference(s) in the testing procedures account for this gap?

I read on https://eardefender.co.uk/snr-vs-nrr/ (mirror): SNR (Single Number Rating) is the EU’s standard for showing the attenuation of hearing protection. [...] NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) is the ...
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How can I achieve maximum hearing protection, beyond custom-fitted earplugs + earmuffs?

I sometimes attend events with very loud music, e.g. Technoparade (> 110dB next to speakers) and at times need to stop listening the music, without having to move. How can I achieve maximum hearing ...
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If the resolution of human hearing is approximately five cents, how can musicians play works with intonation changes of less than five cents?

Sources1 suggest that the frequency resolution of humans—our ability to discriminate differences in pitch—is limited to around five cents. If this is the case, how can musicians play an excerpt like ...
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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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Ear and singing training

I have read plenty of different questions related to ear training, even way more answers, but I'm still struggling to obtain a clear-cut answer (provided that it exists). I have taken up on singing ...
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Ear monitors or headset to monitor my voice with PC

Hello I have a question that I hope is in the right place because it involves several different subjects and I thought this forum was the best for this since it is close to singing along with an MP3 ...
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Exercises to go beyond basic relative pitch, and notice if any given interval is out of tune, by how much, and in which direction

Some people set a lot of store by "perfect pitch" but I feel that really good relative pitch is more important. What exercises can you suggest to improve this ability? EDIT : perhaps I am not clear ...
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Head voice and chest voice [duplicate]

When I hear something (a song for instance) I want to be able to tell whether I am hearing a head voice rendition or that of a chest voice.
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What is the instrument that begins playing at the beginning of this video (dreamworks animation theme) [closed]

at 0:01 of this video a soft-muted sounding instrument begins playing and I can not figure out what it is (the one that plays 3 notes and pauses for a short while). Was also wondering what specific ...
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Most useful piano exercises to memorize for playing by ear?

I'm not talented at all but I consider myself very dedicated and with a good ability to learn and memorize new material through my hands (not ears) I'm playing the piano on my own for 2 years, ...
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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

As an amateur bedroom composer working in a DAW on my song, I might have a general idea of how something ought to sound, but through endless 'random walking through knob space' - i.e. tweaking ...
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To compose music, do you have to be able to hear?

I am asking this question out of sheer curiosity. Ludwig van Beethoven was deaf but still made some amazing songs. Just like Beethoven, do your ears have to work normally (Like not deaf), to be able ...
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Help With Transcription of Vocals for “Broken Lungs” by Thrice [closed]

I have the lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drum parts for this song. I cannot, however, hear what note Dustin starts singing on so I can transcribe it. What is the very first note and/or ...
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Why am I not hearing concepts I'm aware of? [closed]

I've been playing guitar for more than 10 years, although not very seriously. I'm not at all gifted, but I'm not tone-deaf either. I've always thought that I'm not meant to understand music, so I didn'...
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Deafness and intonation in music

I have a question I'm hoping someone may be able to help with. I'm 52 years old and have been a professional musician all my life. I play violin, viola and cello and these days do mostly remote ...
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Am I the only one to hear Cb instead of B here?

This comes from BWV 847 (the C minor fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier). Look at the third beat from measure 28. I can't help but hear an A flat minor chord here, that is Eb, Cb, Ab. Especially ...
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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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Hearing through distortion

Are there any tricks to figuring out the (exact) chords of a song that has really strong distortion or other effects? I can vaguely hear what chords there are but can’t figure out the exact variant.
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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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Stage monitoring for drums - in ear and speakers combined

I am a drummer and I am using in-ear for live performances as monitoring. But sometimes I have problems with the cymbals mix which can get to really high frequencies during the performance (moments ...
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Are there similarities between musical temperament and colorimetry? [closed]

It is well known that musical temperament is the basic of music theory, just as colorimetry is the basic of color theory.
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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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Hearing Aids for Music

I have a hearing condition called Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct, which causes just slight hearing loss for me. I'm getting hearing aids next week. I play the violin, piano, and clarinet, and I have ...
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Why does Libera wear earpieces?

I listen a fair amount to the Libera Children's Choir, and one of the things that I've noticed is that frequently they wear ear-pieces in one ear or the other (For instance, Joshua Madine in his right ...
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Are theremin's pitch hand positions unique?

I don't know much about theremins, and wondered about this: given a constant volume, I would like to know if I can produce the same note with different hand positions or if all notes have a specific/...
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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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Inear wired monitor for drummers

I need an advice from someone that has experience with this kind of situations. I am drummer for a fast and loud band. In our last tour I experienced locations with good and bad sound. I have a ...
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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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Hearing overlapping sound

When I sing/hum lets say C note and then play on a piano a C note too, the sound I hear overlap so that I can immediately know if its the same note or not. I want to know if everyone can do this ...
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How can I prevent filters from falling from my earplugs when I remove them?

I have a few pairs of flat-response attenuators (a.k.a. musicians earplugs). On one of them, the filters tend to fall when I remove the earplugs from my ear. How can I prevent that? Demonstration:
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Being deaf and still produce music, how is that possible

Does anybody knows Sean Forbes? He is deaf, but produces music, like this. According to sources he can also play guitar and drums, how is this possible? Also check out the story of Patric Costello. ...
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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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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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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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Mahler Symphony 5: Notes say Db but recording says D

I've been practising Mahler's 5th Symphony for quite a while now on the piano (the transcription/arrangement by Otto Singer II) and I recently realized that I was playing a D instead of a D-flat, ...
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Does hearing fatigue?

Sometimes everything sounds terrible to my ears. Lacking of high end or ear piercing (or both a same time). After few days after stopping practicing everything goes back to normal. Does my hearing ...
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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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Dissonant notes extremely panned - what is that I hear?

I was studying the musical theory and an idea came to me - what happens if I play dissonant chords at the same time, but one of them being panned to the extreme left and the other one - to the extreme ...
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Heard song with wrong timing

I have some songs that I have wrongly counted one-two-three-four in my head when I was very young. Because of this, when I hear it today, I often sing one-two-three-four wrongly. I know when the first ...
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How can we sing in tune, given a perfect ear for music, if we always hear ourselves lower than we actually sound?

According to this BBC article, we hear ourselves bassy compared to how we sound to others. What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear ...
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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. ...
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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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Can a note be heard in wrong pitch?

Just like Optical illusion happens to our eyes, can this happen to our ears? Consider a well tuned piano. Can we make hearing illusion with music? I show an example with steps: Play a note (or ...
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Any way to improve musical memory?

I'm an advanced guitar player, I play classical, acoustic and electric guitar - and generally if I hear something, I can play it if it's not really really fast. Also if it's an instrument other than ...