Well you’re certainly not alone!
You might be surprised how many seemingly very capable musicians still struggle with this kind of aural skill.
For chords and intervals you might find our Pitch & Harmony series a good place to start.
Figuring out which chords are being played is a combination of:
- Identifying the type of chord (e.g. major, minor, etc.)
- Identifying the chord degree (e.g. tonic, IV chord, V chord, etc.)
For #1 we have a downloadable ear training practice pack which will help you recognise the basic chord types.
When it comes to single notes and working out tunes by ear, the main thing is to just dive in and practice!
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