To somebody who’s had a bad experience of it in the past, this can seem bizarre! Like being excited about tidying the house, or changing the oil in your car.
But the fact is that ear training is only boring if you’re using methods that don’t suit you. It’s only frustrating if you’re doing it wrong. And it only seems pointless if you’re following somebody else’s abstract syllabus rather than connecting it to real music.
Being passionate about music: easy!
At its heart, ear training is about enjoying music more.
You love music, right? It’s not hard to explain being passionate about music, or why you’re excited about playing your instrument, writing songs, rocking out with others…
Ear training is (or should be) through-and-through about music: listening to it, enjoying it, understanding it, expressing yourself through it, and loving every second of it.
Being excited about having great ears: easy!
The purpose of ear training is to improve your ears for music. To give you those musical listening skills which empower you and help you feel like a “natural” musician. To let you play instinctively, creatively, expressively and write emotionally powerful music of your own.
Having incredible musical ears? That’s easy to get excited about.
You might hesitate over whether you can truly obtain those incredible ears (perhaps you mistakenly believe someone has to be born “gifted”) – more on that in a minute.
Getting excited about ear training…?
So if you’re passionate about music… and you’re excited about having incredible musical ears… what is it that prevents you from feeling excited about ear training?
It can only be one thing: doubt that the process of ear training wi