Isn’t it so much more fun, natural, and satisfying to play what you are hearing and feeling than to play what you are merely thinking?
To that end, Ear Training is the process of teaching our brains how to listen to (perceive) and study (conceive) musical sounds like a musician. It is the process of marrying [right-brain] experience with [left-brain] knowledge and develops as follows:
- Listen to a musical “something”.
- Be receptive to the sensory-emotional experience of that “something” in a way that discriminates it from other musical “somethings”.
- Associate that sensory-emotional experience (that we can never fully put into words) with your existing knowledge. Your existing knowledge may include your knowledge of the keyboard, scales, chords, chord progressions, or any other musical pattern.