Follow along with our all-in-one guide to learn how this master tool can help you play music, understand theory, and even write a masterpiece.
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
Minor songs sound rich and exotic but listen to the bass and it all falls into place. Learn for yourself how to identify minor chord progressions by ear.
Lake Street Dive’s cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” slows it down to half the speed while retaining all the soul (and bassline!) of the original.
Feast your ears on Latin Pop, the vibrant intersection at which traditional Latin music and contemporary pop and dance meet.
Discover the Kodály method, a dynamic and collaborative approach to music education that combines body movements, singing, and ear training exercises.
The Dorian Mode ranges from rock to jazz, and funk to folk. Learn what Dorian is, the theory behind it, how to play it, and how to hear it.
Solfege is a powerful framework to recognise notes by ear, which lets you improvise and play by ear easily. This training series teaches you how to do it.
From samba to salsa, Latin music is unbelievably energetic and diverse. Learn about the rhythm and instrumentals that give this music its distinct groove!
Christian worship musicians (and sisters!) Alicia and Whitney discuss how travelling, finding God, and life’s triumphs and trials have inspired their music.
Electronic dance music has found its home on the dancefloors and in the hearts of clubgoers worldwide; explore the history and hallmarks of this rich genre.
Modal improvisation sounds intimidating. But this simple improv trick puts those mysterious modes to work to offer you an easy way to create awesome music
Learn about what makes dubstep dubstep, the rhythmic patterns involved, and the boundary-pushing musicians that helped bring it to the mainstream.