Learning to play what you hear in your head is a great benefit of musical ear training.

Before doing ear training, many musicians feel like they can imagine amazing music – but then can not bring it out on their instrument.

To play the music you imagine on your instrument requires a combination of listening skills and instrument skills.

Ear training is about:

  • hearing more detail and
  • understanding what you hear

and both of these are essential for playing the music you hear in your head. There are three steps to follow if you want to be able to do this:

1. Hear in detail using Audiation

When we hear music in our head we are using our musical imagination. This skill is technically called audiation, and it is the starting