Why do Ear Training?
I won’t lie – a lot of beginners don’t like doing this! But if you bear with me, I promise it’ll all be worth it!
Ear training is one of those things where it’s hard to convey its value to people who have never done it. On top of that, it tends to show its value over time rather than from the get-go. It’s a bit of a delayed gratification sort of thing.
When you think about it, though, it makes sense that ear training would improve our ability to play music. We listen to music with our ears, so the better trained our ears are, the better we’re able to hear, decipher, and understand music. This improves our overall musicianship immensely!
Ear Training Course
I used to include ear training in previous iterations of my beginner’s course, but I noticed that a lot of students either didn’t like doing it or skipped right over it. To counter that and to not discourage your progress through the program, I’ve left it out this time. Instead, I’ve created a whole separate Ear Training course for you!
This course is there for you if and when you want it, but I recommend getting started with it early on in your guitar playing journey. It’s not too early to get your ear trained properly. It’s one of those things that will help you along every step of the way, giving you a boost in your further lessons. Sure, you can get by without it, but if you do it, you’ll find it definitely comes in handy.
For example, one primary thing we go over in the ear training course is interval training. This helps you hear the distance between two pitches. When you’re figuring out tunes, whether it’s a song you’ve heard and want to cover or a song in your head that you want to play on your guitar, interval training is super helpful!
Hear Music Differently
As a beginner, ear training will help you hear music differently. Think of it as an artist who has to look at the world differently in order to capture it on a canvas, picking out under and overtones of colours and seeing lines and angles in a two-dimensional way rather than three-dimensional. In order to master an artistic craft, you have to be able to understand it in a more in-depth way than you’d previously done. For musicians, ear training is a part of that process.
The more you train up your ear and the stronger it gets, you’ll literally start to hear things you hadn’t before, even in songs you’ve listened to thousands of times! You’ll be able to hear the different parts and voices in the music, focusing on specific elements within the song and hearing how they all come together.
Speaking of voices, if you’re a singer, ear training will help you stay on pitch and harmonize better.
How to Practice
For interval training, we usually start by identifying intervals and relating them to popular songs, like the Wedding March. The more you practice listening, the better you’ll get at recognizing common intervals.
Start off slowly and take it at your own pace while continuing on with the beginner’s course. It could be really fun! The earlier you start, the better. It’s always a good thing to be aware of, regardless of how advanced of a musician you are.
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