Ear training has the potential to completely transform the way a musician plays. Unfortunately, the majority of musicians don’t even know what ear training is, let alone what they can achieve if they add some to their practice routine.
So I’d like to share with you 12 things that every musician ought to know about ear training. I certainly wish I’d learned all of these a little earlier than I did!
1. Ear training will help you with two things. With ear training you will learn to hear music more clearly and recognise every note you hear.
2. For most musicians the end goal of ear training is to play by ear. When you can play music by ear you can hear a passage and play it straight back. No trial and error while you work out the notes. You will recognise what they are straight away so you can play them easily.
3. A lot of musicians consider playing by ear to be the ‘holy grail’ of music. Imagine how easy and fun it would be to play if you could play anything you heard straight back.
4. When you can play by ear you’ll experience a level of freedom and confidence you never knew you could have. You’ll be able to play your favourite songs from memory, improvise freely and learn any new music you hear quickly and easily. There’s simply no comparison between a musician who can play by ear and one who can’t.
5. Most people believe that it’s impossible to learn to play by ear. When I tell non-musicians that I teach people how to play music by ear for a living they usually tell me that they thought you were either born with it or you weren’t.
6. The truth is that anyone can train their ears and learn to play by ear. Ear training is a process that takes some time and work, but anyone can succeed with it.
7. The reason so many people believe it’s impossible is because there are so few people who succeed with ear training later in life. It seems to be so rare for any casual musicians to successfully train their ears that people continue to believe that it’s impossible.
8. The reason that so few people succeed with it as adults is because some of the most common ear training approaches simply don’t work. There are common ear training approaches that are taught all over the place (even at universities) that simply won’t teach you to play music by ear.
9. An effective approach to ear training combines a number of important features. These features are the correct approach (which will make sense the moment you understand how it works), a step-by-step sequence to follow so you start at the beginning and know where to progress, and focuses exercises that allow you to focus on the right things at the right time.
10. When you combine the features that make up an effective approach to ear training you can make progress quickly and easily with ear training. Even if you have terrible ears today you can learn to play by ear.
11. Once you get started with the right approach to ear training you will see a huge transformation in your playing. As your ears get better you won’t believe the difference you’ll see in your playing.
12. You can find out about how to succeed with ear training in this video: If the first 11 facts on this list have got you interested in finding out more about how you can train your ears and learn to play by ear, click here to watch a video that explains exactly what you need to succeed with it as quickly and easily as possible and to find out how, if you follow the instructions in that video you’ll be guaranteed to succeed.
Would you like to succeed with ear training as quickly and easily as possible?