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 skills with interval recognition ear training in particular, to improve your ability to play melodies by ear and improvise solos.
  • Are you an FX addict? If so, doing audio effects ear training could help you craft even better sounds with your guitar pedalboard.
  • Do you like experimenting with your sound? Learn about cool guitar techniques you can incorporate into your own playing.

Of course, you can mix and match all of these to suit your personal guitar style!

Ear training on the guitar

The other way to think about guitar ear training is “how can I do ear training on my guitar?”