Ear Training

Ear Training:

Ear Training is the ability to Hear, Identify and Reproduce a musical note or chord. This kind of skill in sheet music is referred sight reading/singing a score.

It is most effective when planned with a block of time {at least 2hrs} per session.

There are 3 Major areas that aid the musician’s Ear Training skill and improvement.

These are:

  1. Mental Alertness


This is getting the mind ready and focused for the pitches to be observed, recorded and reproduced the listener who is musically skillful.

It involves doing away with every form of distraction that even the brain (mental inhibition) will bring, and turning off from other external sounds that may come within this period. They should often be regarded and treated as distractions.

Once the brain is programmed this way, it will function better than any of the recording devices earlier mentioned.

  • Take proper rest (drowsiness affects smartness).

  • Have a rough note beside you to record any possible information that comes other than what you need.

  • Take glucose, a cube of sugar or honey.

  1. Deliberate Replacement:

This is done after the sound to be reproduced has been recorded the brain. It comes as the altering of the Vowels or Consonants in each syllable with a hummed sound that has all repeated vowels and consonants. This helps the individual to observe the slightest change in the musical pitch, Length or Loudness of each syllable. Then once it is resounded that way, the sol-fas can easily be picked out using the different sol-fas on the Piano.  Thus, areas to be altered are:

  • The Syllables (Vowels & Consonants) with hmm.

  • The speed (Length) with a much slower (longer) one.

  • The Audibility (Loudness) should be increased raised in a noisy environment but reduced in a calm atmosphere to easy storing up and recall.

  • The Sol-fas (Pitch) should be altered so that any other note surrounding it could be easily distinguished from it afterwards.

Remember: When two similar things are placed side side, it is easier to observe and perceive their similarities and differences.


  1. Pitch Imitation/Reproduction:

This is the final stage at which the replaced sounds or syllables are now imitated using the sol-fas on the piano to play alongside the pre-recorded material that was stored in the brain to see how correct or close to it the learner got. It is one of the best forms of learning to reproduce music or the Melody created inspiration.

Steps 2 & 3 can be altered depending on the individual’s peculiarity on pneumonic.

Note: Tone Deafness is the inability of an individual to hear a musical pitch correctly let alone reproducing it.


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