Sure, it isn't Rocket science, and it is teachable; It is best taught right from the beginning , in tiny steps, then it isn't scary. It is a wonderful skill and i wish I were rather better at it (lazy me!)Larry McDonald wrote:The skill is called audiation, and yes, it's a matter of training and experience. I can't confirm others path, but for me the experience is quite rich and varied. I can hear most scores in my head, and that includes SATB and most string orchestras. When it comes time to hear transpositions such as clarinet in A, horn in F at the same time, I get lost (I love C scores). I spent 9 years as a conductor, some at the university level.Aucaman wrote:I am also very interested in hearing those experts who, like bacsidoan, maintain they can hear the melody and the harmonies in their head.
This skill came from aural skills classes and composing, where you hear the music in your head and then copy it to the page/screen. But it also came from a love of analyses of many kinds of music, from Montiverdi to "Muse". Singing/listening to music with the score in hand is critical. I also practice conducting while actively listening.
As a guitarist listening to myself sight-reading, I felt that singing along was the most help. I usually sing the bass line first, if the melody is self evident. Then I sing the interior parts. This is where composers can really shine (see everything by Sor).
So, if you want to develop this skill, start singing as you play. Sing all the parts. Know your key signatures. If you can use solfeggio, all the better. If not, la-la works just fine, too. Start with level 1 Carulli studies. Don't concern yourself about the formal harmonic analysis (you can do this later). Listen to your favorite artists with the score in front of you and anticipate your favorite spots. Enjoy the process and don't concern yourself about how long this takes.
All the best,
Larry McDonald, D.M.A.
PS. Formal study with a composer doesn't hurt, either.
Didn't Mozart listen to a 20 minute and write it down later? Miserere by Allegri I think. Well taught !!!