So a common piece of advice when learning jazz and becoming a better improviser, learning songs is you should do it by learning it by ear rather than reading sheet music. And there are a plethora of reasons why teachers will say this is a good idea.
However, for someone who is new to this idea or who was trained to read music or use tablature, this could be a very scary, foreign, and frustrating concept.
So in today’s episode, I want to go over ten tips that I regularly share with my Inner Circle members for how to learn music by ear.
Welcome to episode 436
In this episode:
10 Tips for Learning Music By Ear
Tip #1: Start small
Tip #2: Adjust your expectations
Tip #3: Check your work with notation at first
Tip #4: Use a slow-downer
Tip #5: Learn more tunes
Tip #6: Practice melodic dictation
Tip #7: Practice ear-training fundamentals
Tip #8: Mindfully listen to music
Tip #9: Sing before you play
Tip #10: Have a process