You may know your chords, but can you hear the individual notes present in each chord? We show you how to develop this skill and apply it to your playing.
Ear training is the process of developing your ear for music. If you love music, and especially if you play a musical instrument or produce music, ear training can help you to develop a musical ear so that you:
- Hear more in the music you listen to,
- Understand what you’re hearing, and
- Have more creative freedom and control to express yourself through music.
People often assume that to have a good ear for music—meaning to play by ear, to write songs, to have perfect pitch, and so on—you need to be born with the “gift” of music. This is not true!
Musicality is learnable, and even the most impressive and natural-seeming skills can be learned through dedicated ear training exercises.
Free articles about Ear Training
Composer Mike Reed shows you around the esoteric world of background music composition, sharing his techniques and creative process along the way.
Vocal coach Meghan Nixon explains how ear training, musicianship, and “singing smart” go hand in hand, and shares her framework for hitting the right notes.