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May. 13th, 2008 @ 09:46 pm (no subject)
What are some good methods to improve one's ears?
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dear_harmony:
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From:matthras
Date:May 14th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
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For a generalist answer, practising to sing and learning solfege in both movable and fixed doh should help you train your ears to some degree.

What instrument do you play?
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From:dear_harmony
Date:May 14th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm a pianist.
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From:matthras
Date:May 14th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Hm...

Well what I'm trying to get at is being able to know what one or two notes sound like in your head (so in your case, probably C or G) due to consistent repetition and recognition (much like how string players can pick out an A without any reference because it's the tuning note).
Along with practising solfege and improving your relative pitch, you should be able to develop and maintain some perfect pitch.

However, as for fully recognising notes without using any relative pitch at all, I'm not really aware of any proper training methods other than consistent repetition and listening - one person in a post I made in this community said that she had to sing the note back to herself in order to recognise it, so it's probably possible to assign other alternatives to notes or have some form of description of the note (for me, F and F# sounds rather nasal but F# sounds more confident, whereas A sounds open and confident, etc.)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 15th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
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Well, I was more interested in developing a good realitive pitch. Intervals don't come easily for me. I'd also like to improve my ability to hear harmonies. However, I think what I want to be able to do the most is to be able to hear a piece of music in my head by looking at the score and not using the piano.
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From:dear_harmony
Date:May 15th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
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Oops, I forgot to log in.
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From:keakealani
Date:May 26th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Most important, of course, is practice, I think. I'm a singer so I guess it's easier for me to hear things in my head since that's the only way to produce music, but...it's really more about practice makes perfect, in a sense. The more you associate what's written on the page with what you hear, the less you're going to need to actually hear it to associate it with the notes or need to see the notes to know what they look like.

Practicing solfege will definitely help because it gives a strong foundation of intervals - if you know what key a song is in, theoretically you can figure out all the pitches relative to do, which is the root...assuming it's not some sort of weird atonal chromatic stuff.

I'd say really just focus on listening and just keep it up. Maybe try sitting at a piano and playing notes with your eyes closed and then trying to identify what notes you're playing.

Also, musictheory.net is a really valuable website for ear training - it will do intervals or chords and make you guess them, which can be very helpful over time.