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.