If you’ve ever taken an ear training class, struggled in an ear training exam, or failed the “aural skills” section of your ABRSM instrument exam, you may be left wondering:
“Why is ear training so hard?”

There are several solid answers to this question:

  1. You’re doing it wrong
  2. You are training the wrong skills
  3. Your ear training goals are unsuitable or too vague
  4. You haven’t connected ear training with the rest of your musical life
  5. You are expecting results too soon

Let’s look at each of these in more detail and see how you can fix them if they’re the root of your ear training problems.

1. You’re doing it wrong

If you find yourself getting bored of ear training – or it feels like a big burden to practice every time – you are doing it wrong.

This tends to happen if you are using the traditional (i.e. bash away at a keyboard) methods, or don’t spend any time planning your training (e.g. just continually testing yourself and hoping to improve).

In the 21st Century, there