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May. 13th, 2008 @ 09:46 pm (no subject)
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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.