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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

I wasn't there, but I would not find it completely out of the question. In every field of expertise, experts are capable of chunking information in ways that amateurs are not. An expert listener ...
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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

Neuroscience still can't explain some of the amazing things human brains can do. A person alive in our time has interesting and similar ability to mentally manage music in a way that suggests that ...
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If someone can sing a melody, why can they not also recognize the intervals within that melody?

I think the answer boils down to what you mean by "knowing" the intervals. To do this [sing a tune back] you surely need to be able to know the intervals in the tune you have just heard and then ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

There are at least two options: Option 1: You can slow down the video by changing the Playback Speed setting Browser instructions (this link for further alternatives) Click on the Settings menu icon. ...
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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

It's worth noting that the Miserere is extremely repetitive. For example, this version is roughly 15 minutes long, but you get all the melodic and harmonic content in the first 2:45 except for the ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

I'd probably recommend starting with the built-in YouTube controls. But for the sake of completeness here's another workflow that makes use of 3rd party software called a "phrase trainer" or ...
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How do I become better at "playing outside"?

The pentatonic scale is a great vehicle for moving outside. It has a very clear structure and sound which the listener is familiar with. Due to its simplicity and familiarity, you can get away with ...
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Truth behind Mozart memorizing Miserere and then writing it down later in full

All documented resources I can find agree with the story. The Pope, instead of excommunicating Mozart, conferred on him the Order of the Golden Spur, a papal knighthood, for "contributing to the glory ...
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Having trouble memorizing intervals in ear training

Any tips on how to make it sick, so to speak, when trying to internalize the distance between notes? There are three ways you can easily get those intervals in your head. Sing Singing the intervals ...
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Transcribing as music and relative pitch practice?

Transcribing music is EXCELLENT ear training practice. I like to tell students that transcribing one song to completion is like an entire semester of ear training. Don’t just listen for intervals and ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch?

Factual answer - if you don't already have perfect (absolute) pitch, there's a darned good chance you never will. Absolute pitch is the ability to hear any sound and recognise its pitch - either in ...
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Having trouble memorizing intervals in ear training

There aren't any special intervals you should focus on. All of them are equally important. What you can do is to find songs you know, with melodies you can sing, and see what kind of intervals they ...
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Why can't I identify major and minor chords?

This may be helpful. Start by learning to hear the difference between major and minor thirds. Find four songs, one that begins with a rising major third, one with a rising minor third, one with a ...
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Transcribing by ear, is it done with the root as reference, or the previous note?

when you're figuring out a melody by ear, are you listening to the sequence of notes and figuring out where each note sits relative to the root of the key? Or are you figuring out what the next note ...
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To what extent do performers "hear" sheet music?

Training to be a singer includes what is called "ear training" which is the act of hearing the pitch in your "ear" (mind, really) before you phonate (sing) it. This ability keeps ...
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

First of all you should learn to identify what the bass is playing. This is not the pure chord progression but you can guess what it could be. If you sing the triad built on the root and it fits to ...
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How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?

There are two components involved here. One is indeed ear training, and the other one is knowing your instrument well, i.e. being able to produce any melody as effortlessly as you do with your voice. ...
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Eartraining: What to learn after mastering interval recognition?

(This could be closed as opinion-based, but I also think there's only one answer...) Learn scale-degree functions. Each scale degree has its own particular function, and therefore its own particular ...
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

Your absolute best bet is to find a teacher -- both to guide the process and to give you external feedback. However, as an interim step, you could try this: get an electronic tuner (or app) of the ...
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Should I know the chord name and scale degree when I play by ear?

Actually, the benefits would far surpass that. They would include being able to increase your playing-by-ear, transposition, and even improv skills. I suppose theoretically, you could still play ...
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How do I aurally differentiate the tritone, min 6th and major 7th intervals?

I recommend relating them to two stable intervals that you certainly already know: the perfect fifth and the perfect octave. When you hear a given interval, sing in your mind a perfect fifth from the ...
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What is the method to figure out the key of a song?

Do you find it faster to try to figure out chords and then guess and surmise the key? ... or perhaps a similar method but with a basic scale or figuring out the melody by ear. I would personally go ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch?

Since perfect pitch is something acquired when the brain is still very plastic the first thing you need to do is get a time machine to take you back to when you were a baby. Next find a way to ...
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What are the specific progressive steps to take in basic ear training?

There's a lot to learn, and a lot of ways to learn it and practice it, so of course, there's no single answer that will give you the best way to learn, but here are several things to work towards, not ...
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Will transcribing music improve my ability to play a song by ear?

It is (in general) a very good idea to transcribe music, it will definitely help. Keep it up! As for memorising songs that you figure out by ear, functional harmony analysis can help memorising: ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch?

As far as I know from people who have do and don't (like me) have perfect pitch, you cannot acquire it. You are born with it or not. However, it does deteriorate with age.
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Is the particular skill of singing the melody correctly necessary to be able to play the trumpet?

It helps a lot, and indeed, the trumpet is much more difficult than the guitar if you have no perfect hearing. The issue is that your breathing technique affects the note that you're playing, and if ...
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How can you tell if the singer is in pitch?

In Western music, based a 12 note chromatic scale, there are fixed frequencies that are named notes. Picking an octave at random, and using A4 = 440 Hz as a reference, here are some frequencies in Hz ...
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Singing on pitch with visual cues

Get a teacher. You don't really need what you are asking for. You don't need to obsess over 1/100 tone fluctuations while you are, say, screwing up your voice. Without a teacher you can't possibly ...

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