Re: Ear training (Richard Parncutt )

Subject: Re: Ear training
From:    Richard Parncutt  <parncutt(at)SOUND.MUSIC.MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Sat, 23 Apr 1994 17:51:04 -0400

>I am looking for data relevant to research on how people learn to discriminate musical pitch-intervals. In particular, I am seeking confusion matrices for the intervals. Here are two possible sources of confusion matrices. (1) Melodic intervals Terhardt, E., Stoll., G., Schermbach, R., & Parncutt, R. (1986). Tonhoehenmehrdeutigkeit, Tonverwandschaft und Identifikation von Sukzessivintervallen. (Pitch ambiguity, harmonic relationship and identification of melodic intervals.) Acustica, 61, 57-66. Task: Hear interval and play it back on a keyboard. Finding: Consonant intervals are generally easier to recognize than dissonant ones. (2) Harmonic intervals Plomp, R., Wagenaar, W.A., & Mimpen, A.M. (1973). Musical interval recognition with simultaneous tones. Acustica, 29, 101-109. Finding: Intervals tend to be confused with other intervals of almost the same size rather than intervals that are harmonically similar. So for example P5's are confused with M6's more often than with octaves (P8s). Richard Parncutt parncutt(at)

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