Every musician who sets out to train their ears will at some stage struggle for motivation.

By its nature, ear training must be somewhat repetitive: your ears need to hear the same musical elements again and again to truly ingrain their characteristics in your brain. This repetition can cause your enthusiasm to wane: it’s easy to get bored.

There are two big ways to tackle this challenge and ensure your motivation remains strong:

1. Keep the big picture in mind

It’s the rare musician who is actually motivated to do interval drills! Rather, these ear training exercises are the means to an end, and it’s the end which motivates.

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