Welcome to the fourth post in our series: 5 things every musician needs to know about ear training. So far we’ve covered the problem with the way you’ve learned to play music, what ear training is and the benefits of ear training. Those benefits sound appealing for sure but no one wants to go on a wild goose chase for something that they’ll never actually achieve, even if the end result sounds amazing.

And I know there are plenty of musicians out there who have spent a lot of time on ear training with very limited success who are questioning whether it’s achievable at all, let alone in a realistic amount of time.

So I’d like to answer the question: how long does it take to train your ears?

I’d love to tell you that you can do it in 6 months. Well I mean I’d love to tell you that you can do it in 2 weeks!

But if I gave you a specific answer like that I’d be misleading you.

There’s no concrete answer to this question because everyone is at a different level now and everyone has different goals.

It’s like asking how long does it take to learn how to play the piano?

Well, you can learn to play a simple nursery rhyme in about 5 minutes. But how long does it take to really learn how to play. That depends on the type of music you want to play, how often you practice and how good your teacher is among other factors.

Ear training is just the same.

If you get started today you’ll start to see results within a couple of weeks (as long as you start with the right approach).

You’ll be on the path to being a musical super hero. And that path kind of goes on forever. Just like you’re always getting better as a player, your ears will constantly improve from the minute you get started with ear training.

But I will say one thing.

Ear training doesn’t have to be the slow and frustrating experience that so many musicians think it is.

I don’t mean to be controversial here, but there’s a simple reason why so many musicians struggle with ear training. Because it’s taught poorly. I struggled with it for almost 2 years with almost no results. When I finally fixed the mistakes I was making I progressed quickly and easily.

If you approach ear training correctly (read on to find out how) you will make easy, consistent progress. You won’t get frustrated or flustered and ear training will be enjoyable, satisfying and it will work!

Within weeks you’ll see a difference and within a few months you won’t even recognise the musician you are today.

But don’t listen to me harp on about it. Instead I recommend you simply get started today! That way you’ll get to see the power of ear training for yourself in the very near future.

So let’s get to it. In the last post in this series I’ll tell you how to get started with ear training.

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