Well… How long is a piece of string?

The general question is impossible to answer! You must make it more specific.

If your goal is total mastery of all intervals in every musical situation, the answer is probably measured in years. However, if your goal is to recognise a number of intervals reliably enough to help you in your musical life, the answer is measured in weeks.

Depending on your starting point with interval ear training, you will be able to start applying your new interval recognition skills after just a week or two of practice. However, as you see the benefits of interval ear training, you will want to continue – not declare yourself finished with it!

To get an overview of the process of learning intervals, read our article “How To Learn Intervals” or try one of our apps or ear training exercises. Then think carefully about what you want to achieve with interval recognition.

What’s the point of learning intervals?

What is the purpose of learning intervals for you?

  • Is it to pass a test?
  • Is it to be able to transcribe (write down) music you hear?
  • Is it to help you improvise better solos on your instrument?
  • Is it to help you with sight-singing music or singing better in a choir or a cappella group?

Once you understand clearly the purpose of interval recognition in your musical life, you can start to set some more meaningful goals.

Your Interval Ear Training Goal

For example, if your goal is to