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One Note Notation Drill

You will hear a tonicization followed by a note. Place the note you hear on the staff (based on the key signature). You may switch levels using the drop-down menus.

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Greg's Tips

Identifying one note at a time is the simplest type of melodic dictation. If you're just starting out, at first it may be useful to:

  1. Play tonic again, and sing a scale.
  2. Play the note again and sing up the scale until you reach the note you've just heard.
  3. Using the key signature, figure out what pitch that scale degree is and draw that note on the staff.

In order to gain speed, however, once you've mastered the system above, it's important to:

  1. Identify the scale degree/solfege simply by its 'feel' without directly comparing it to tonic in your mind.
  2. Notice if there are particular scale degrees you have trouble identifying -- such as, say 6 and 4. Sing those notes and notice how they feel in your voice; use this to start to recognize the feel of the more 'difficult' scale degrees.

High Scores

Note ID on the Staff High Scores
Username Date Percent Level Score
Bschneid 2014-01-13 100% 6 10000
Veto 2013-12-26 100% 6 10000
danlebo 2013-12-17 100% 6 10000
kerreth65@gmail.com 2013-11-13 100% 6 10000
bstewart3 2013-10-09 100% 6 10000
jparker3 2013-10-08 100% 6 10000
Dayvenkirq 2013-10-08 100% 6 10000
mtucker3 2013-10-06 100% 6 10000
acook3 2013-10-06 100% 6 10000
greenwoodm 2013-09-29 100% 6 10000

Comments

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On 2013-10-15 at 14:01:41, madridmp wrote:
I need basic instuction for site are there some anywhere

On 2013-10-11 at 03:48:05, Bradley_Milnes wrote:
Who the heck is this "Bad_Boi"? He is reuining this site! I came here to learn music theory and im appauled at the language he used. I demand he be imprisoned at once, or atleast fined! There are children on this website and i would hate it if they see it. Don't worry fellow theorions i will contact the site administrator.

On 2013-10-08 at 16:28:10, Dayvenkirq wrote:
How I change between sharps and flats on the notation staff exercises?

On 2013-09-01 at 08:01:12, marie wrote:
This site is a tremendous help...I hope it will remain free for us in the years to come!

On 2013-03-18 at 09:44:14, maradona1985 wrote:
no encuentro los ejercicios en modo menor. ¿si los hay ?

On 2012-09-21 at 11:37:21, AKnam wrote:
Keep misclicking and get graded down for it. Extremely frustrating!!!!!! Really miss handing in paper assignments

On 2012-06-26 at 10:38:07, Irene_Black wrote:
the most challenging part here is a bunch of sharps and flats =D but it's really helpful when you learn to recognize intervals on a staff =)

On 2012-06-20 at 18:18:21, Stevefctuc wrote:
it´s a shame that this site has so few active followers. pretty poor comment activity..

On 2012-02-14 at 13:23:05, jasonmartinez1994@hotmail.com wrote:
Una pregunta ¿saben algún truco para identificar la tónica? Porque veo que el programa da al azar sonidos de diferentes indices, pero da el sonido de la tónica pero no comprendo muy bien para que lo usan si no se sabe cual es la nota. No se si no e comprendido muy bien pero me gustaría una buena respuesta? Gracias.

On 2011-02-27 at 13:18:18, gristow wrote:
edschmid123,

The idea is to get used to how the notes sound in each scale -- to identify notes without reference to any key is known as absolute pitch (or sometimes perfect pitch). The research generally shows that it is not possible to acquire perfect pitch after about the age of 5 - 7 years old.

If you want to learn to hear intervals, try the melodic and harmonic interval ear trainers (at the bottom of the Musical Mind home page).

On 2011-02-07 at 11:16:01, edschmid123 wrote:
This site is fantastic, but I have one question. When I'm doing the exercises, I feel like I just get used to the way the notes sound in a specific scale. How do I train myself to hear the right intervals no matter what key it's in? Just repetition?

On 2010-07-28 at 20:16:34, doctor-ivory wrote:
The creator of this website needs to be seriously applauded!

On 2010-04-20 at 04:55:37, elubop wrote:
I's a question really,..is there any way to improve the sound quality ? On my Mac the sounds are pretty harsh.