Ear training is a hot topic for guitar players, because so many want to play guitar by ear and ear training is the key to learning to play by ear.

There are two ways to answer the question of what ear training a guitarist should do.

Core listening skills for guitarists

The first way to approach guitar ear training is simply to decide which listening skills matter to you as a guitar player.

  • Do you mostly play rhythm guitar? If so, then chord progressions and rhythm ear training are where you’ll want to focus.
  • Do you play lead guitar? If so, you will want to work on your relative pitch s