Step One: Get up to speed on the basics

Make sure you understand what intervals are and what you want to achieve.

Step Two: Choose a method

There are three popular approaches: Reference songs, solfege, and the “Nike method”.

  1. Reference Songs: Using tunes you know as examples of the intervals, this can be an easy way to get started learning intervals
  2. Solfege: If you’re using solfege in your music education already, this is the best option. If not, consider trying it: it’s a powerful approach.
  3. The “Nike Method”: i.e. Just Do It! Treating intervals in their pure form as an isolated pair of notes, this is the most popular approach.

Whichever method you choose, use ear training tools to help you along the way.

Step Three: Practice every day

Regular practice is essential if you want to improve quickly as a musician, and interval recognition is no exception!

Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, make the effort to be consistent and set aside the time to learn intervals and you’ll find your ears get better faster.

Find out more in our guide: “How to Learn Intervals”.

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