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musical ear


the ability to intuitively learn or appreciate music, esp. with the ability to distinguish off-key and off-pitch music


You can develop a musical ear, training your ear to "hear" different musical intervals and chords.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • Then you must conduct a choir rehearsal—not always the highest gratification of a musical ear.

    Hepsey Burke Frank Noyes Westcott
  • It will not supply the lack of a musical ear or an artistic temperament.

  • Dissonance to a musical ear is not more horrid, than want of harmony between characters, to the soul of sensibility.

  • The general prevalence of a musical ear and taste among all Slavic nations is indeed striking.

    Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
  • They might as well try to play the piano without a musical ear; and a pretty mess they would make of that!

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • It is safe to assert that anyone with a musical ear can with a little patience learn to distinguish 55 one register from another.

    The Child-Voice in Singing Francis E. Howard
  • All this sensitiveness is to ethics what the "musical ear" is to music.

    Concerning Children Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Dissonance to a musical ear is not more horrid than want of harmony between characters to the soul of sensibility.

    Leonora Maria Edgeworth
  • Every musical ear performs this operation easily; now, this fourth sound, what else is it but the fourth term in a rule of three?

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
  • Instinct prompts the possessor of a fine natural voice and a musical ear to sing, and to sing beautiful tones.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor

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