There are many confusions which arise when musicians begin ear training. Let’s clear up some of the most common misconceptions and bust some of those myths…

1. Ear training is boring

Ear training sometimes gets a bad rap because it gets lumped in with music theory and taught in an old-fashioned dry way: full of jargon, and far removed from actual enjoyment of music.

This is the tradition—but it is by no means necessary! There are plenty of ways to make ear training fun and interesting such as:

  • Use ear training games to make practice exciting and varied
  • Practice with a friend, challenging each other and enjoying learning together
  • Use your normal music practice as the basis for your ear training so that all your practice helps you directly with your musical life

2. Ear training is hard

If ear training is hard you’re doing it wrong. Simple as that.

Some challenge is necessary, because we only learn and improve when we are challenged somewhat. But it need never be so hard you get disheartened or too frustrated to continue.

If you are struggling, there are many ways to overcome or avoid the barriers you have encountered. Learn more in “Why is ear training so hard?”

3. Musical listening skills are a gift

Many musicians are put off ear training because they feel they lack a natural ability which other musicians seem to have, and so they think ear training will be difficult and perhaps even pointless.

This is nonsense.

While some musicians do start out with a stronger natural ability in musical listening skills, everybody is capable of developing their musical ear to a significant degree. All that is required