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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 Below are browser instructions (mobile instructions are here) Click on the Settings menu ...
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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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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

It's very subjective to 'the moment' and also dependent on the genre of music in question. What is considered emotive, exciting, phrasing in one piece may be perceived as sloppy or late execution in ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any benefit in trying to play a song by ear?

Playing by ear is an invaluable musical skill. So is playing from music. So is recognising and codifying the patterns in what you play (by either means) to form a concept of 'music theory'. It's all ...
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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

Answering the question as asked, a trained human (i.e. drummer or bassist) can hear variations of a few milliseconds in a steady rhythm with clear attack like metronome or hi-hat. I have seen some ...
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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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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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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?

The Levitin Effect The ability to intuitively sing a song in the key your originally heard it is known as the Levitin Effect.1 It is a cognitive ability separate from absolute (perfect) pitch insofar ...
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how to be a connoisseur of piano performances

First, keep in mind that the adjudicators have likely heard the pieces you're performing many, many times before your exam. They also have likely gone to music school, where they've learned through a ...
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Pitch and Hearing beginner question

We say that C and Ḉ are "the same note" because their frequencies (rates of vibration) are in a 1:2 ratio. In other words, the sound waves of Ḉ vibrate twice as fast as those of C, and the ...
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How to do just intonation interval ear training?

I second both Tim and El Ectric: There's no harm in using just intervals for this purpose, but I also doubt that it's your main difficulty. There are many questions about ear training on the site with ...
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Singing what you're playing vs playing what you're singing

I know exactly what you're referring to and recall having this same problem myself. I discussed it with David Berkman in a lesson and here's the advice he gave me. This only works for pianists, but I'...
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

If you want to be able to pick up on a song by ear, sight reading won't be a lot of help. (Downvoters - please say why you did!). Since your aim is to play by ear, and hit whatever notes and chords ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch?

There is a lot of fuzz over this subject, but here is my 2 cents: Born with or learned? What is called perfect (or absolute) pitch refers to the ability of recalling an auditory (mechanical) frequency ...
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