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.
Ear Training 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 or Compare that sensory-emotional experience (that we can never fully put into words) with your relevant existing knowledge. (scales, chords, chord progressions, Solfege, keyboard layout, or any other musical pattern).