Different musicians and music educators will have different answers to this question, but here at Easy Ear Training we believe it boils down to two core abilities:

A. Hearing accurately

  • Being highly aware of the sounds your ear senses.
  • Hearing detail where others might just hear a “blur” of sound.
  • Hearing in depth, being able to pick apart and uncover layers in the overall sound.
  • Judging details such as pitches and timbre reliably

B. Understanding what you hear

This is about classifying the sounds you hear: mapping them onto useful, meaningful concepts.