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To transcribe or not to?

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Transcribing is very useful as everyone has said. But if you're a beginner, take it slow. Do simple ear training exercises and combine that with sight singing. Start with melodies. Learn to hear intervals. Learn to transform a rhythm you hear into a rhythm you can write down.

As a composer it's invaluable to be able to hear a melody in your head while you're driving and then seeing that melody in your head as notation, without using a piano, DAW, nothing.
This might sound like a silly question, but any pointers on what might be considered good ear training exercises? Anything at all on ear training (even if it is super super simple) would be hugely appreciated!
 

JT

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This might sound like a silly question, but any pointers on what might be considered good ear training exercises? Anything at all on ear training (even if it is super super simple) would be hugely appreciated!
Ear training 101 usually consists of identifying intervals used in common songs.
Did a quick google search and found this site:
https://flypaper.soundfly.com/tips/interval-cheat-sheet-songs-to-help-you-remember-common-intervals/

After you're comfortable with these and can hear the intervals, then take a song of your choice and try to write the melody on music paper using you ear, no piano. When you're done, then play it on piano and see how you did. See if certain intervals are easier or harder to hear, then concentrate on the difficult ones.
 
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I like music

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Honestly..... just try and pick out songs / melodies on your instrument and reading music, and sing
what you hear.

Don't worry or get distracted by anything else.

Once you get into "ear training exercises" ....you have no idea what pandora's box you are opening and most likely it will simply waste your time.

For examples: I am 100% absolutely in the DON'T MEMORIZE INTERVALS BY SONGS camp.

It's an inferior method at best (IMO) and you can waste so much time.
I am also 100% in the Fixed doh school.

Don't approach any of this or get distracted until you are further along.

Just practice it everyday and trust you are doing it right, even if it feels like you are alone in a dark room with no idea of what you are doing
Thank you. With all the things I'm trying to do, the hardest part is to try to figure out a structure around my general learning (I'm learning the violin with a teacher, starting theory lessons, learning the piano (on my own), trying to write music, trying to learn more about mixing etc, and even though I'm in it for the long game, I want to enjoy the journey, so I don't want to spend all my time practising across all of these areas. But I feel that getting my 'ear' up to scratch should be a first priority.
 
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