It can be annoying when you look at the musicians around you and some have much better ears than you.

Is it nature?

Or nurture?

Were they born “gifted” with amazing musical ears…

Or did they work hard to achieve them?

In most cases, musicians who have significantly better ears than their peer group (for example the 12-year-old who can transcribe complex music by ear, or the jazz saxophonist whose improvisations are significantly more impressive and musical than the others in his class) have had better ears from an early age.

There are a number of factors which influence how good your ears are at understanding music, and how effectively you put that understanding to use in your music.

Factor 1: Early music education

There is some debate over whether musical ability is genetic, but one thing is clear: a child