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Shani Berger
Apr 20
Got a question for you all: how do you approach the Calibrator game? Because I find the easiest thing for me to do is to just figure out what each individual interval is, which I became very proficient at over the last few months, and just see which one is the biggest. But I feel like maybe I'm kinda missing the point of trying to understand which interval has the most space between the two notes.
My approach also just makes the game a longer and more tedious version of the other 3 interval games combined, which makes me try to avoid it whenever I can.
Just wondering what your opinions are on the subject.
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Riv Kah
Apr 20
I feel exactly the same about that game. I am not sure on whether some people have developed the ability to identify the distance between intervals as larger or smaller without identifying them separately. I thought it was simply cause my ears were less developed than other people's.
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I usually go with an "hybrid" method. On every round i first give the intuitive approach a try, often taking a few re-listenings until I'm sure enough to hit any option. When I'm not so sure, I go with the analytic (and painfully slow) method, which can lead to wrong answers if you don't take enough time...
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I think both methods reinforce the other, so use both. Like, start with the one you are LEAST comfortable with, then check it using the one you are MOST comfortable with, and you will gain more confidence in the former over time. Just like different approaches to the same basic skill (interval identification) reinforce each other, which is the point of having different games with different approaches.

The fact that it takes longer should be seen as a GOOD thing -- it means your brain is really engaging with it and you are hitting upon something that needs work.
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Colin Aiken
Apr 21
I think the intention of the game is to recognize the intervals. However, I find that the wider intervals give me problems so I tend towards the intuitive.
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Gunnar Maaß
Apr 21
I guess in broad terms and with some errors its possible for me to quickly judge wheter and interval stays within register, is a compound interval or would require some degree of string skipping on guitar. But i tend to double check with the interval method depending on how adventurous I feel.