Why was How can I learn to hear an octave-displaced popular piece, as easily as the popular piece? downvoted? This comment states:

I've downvoted as it's not a good question - we don't know what's going on in your mind.

But asking how to learn or know something, is on-topic. The reason overhead can be stated for any of these questions that are centered on the questioner.

How can a non-musician recognize anacrusis?
How can I train my ear for music?
How can I generate nice-sounding random chord progressions?
How can I toughen up my fingertips?

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I think sometimes we are guilty on this site of downvoting / voting to close questions that are logically reasonable but in practice hard to answer, and that might be said to apply somewhat here; I imagine there may well be techniques that would help you recognise scale degrees irrespective of octave, but it may be that your problem isn't a commonly-encountered one, and that there therefore isn't a commonly-known way of solving it.

As Dr Mayhem points out, 'good' questions are also supposed to be well-researched - and it could be said that it's hard to see from your question what you've already done to try to solve your own problem.

Overall, though, I don't really see the problem with your question.

If I'm honest, I think another factor is that you do now have something of a history of posting some quite borderline questions on this site. That may be simply because your areas of musical interest don't quite fit with this site's scope, but given that each off-topic question takes time and effort to clean up, you can appreciate that people may start to have negative associations with your username and be inclined not to give your questions the benefit of the doubt. I've personally spent a lot of time defending at least one of your questions in the past, and I don't think it's ideal that we should assess things in 'personal' terms, but we are a community and it is natural to pick up on how each person is acting as part of the community.

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    Personally I don't understand the question in question at all, and it sounds like the question is about the asker's inability to understand auditory information. If that's what the question is about, I'm not sure that it's really related to music at all (perhaps psychology?) and how any of us could answer it in any case. Imagine a question asking why the colors blue and orange look the same. Maybe the asker is color blind or the lighting is bad, but even on the photography or physics sites they couldn't help beyond that. – Todd Wilcox Apr 18 '18 at 20:48
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    @ToddWilcox I think I see what you're saying there, but I think the question could be interpreted more objectively - to recognise the tune as happy birthday (which was the OP's wish), you could say that the skill required is to be able to recognise intervals or scale degrees, both of which could be ear training questions at heart (which we do allow some of). – topo Reinstate Monica Apr 18 '18 at 21:56
  • Thanks for your honest feedback that I'll heed. – Accounting Apr 24 '18 at 20:54

I don't believe I voted on this question.

As stated now, it looks perfectly OK to me, although I haven't watched the videos.

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