Denian Arcoleo wrote:
mcmurray wrote:Train your ears.
Learn movable do solfege (do major, la minor). Sing scales, arps and easy pieces straight from the score in solfeggio.
It simply works, and will get you exactly to where you want to be in the minimum amount of time. You have to put the effort in though! If you really want to do it quickly, join a choir and ask them to teach you to sight-sing.
BTW - before someone comes in here and tells you to learn to identify intervals, don't take any notice of them.
All very good advice indeed. But what is wrong with identifying intervals?
Solfege practice will give you this skill, along with a solid sense of functional pitch recognition, i.e. hearing notes in the context of a key (or tonality).
Practicing identifying intervals will only give you the skill of identifying intervals, not functional pitch recognition. If you only practice intervals then want to transcribe a piece of music, you need to identify intervals between every successive note in real time - this is impossible.
When transcribing with functional pitch recognition, you simply write the notes as you hear them, there is no need to keep track of successive intervals in real time, and the task is about a million times easier.