Is Ear Training Required To Learn Guitar?

In this series of write-ups, I'm going to be presenting my view on some of the most common questions that I get from aspiring guitarists. Today I'm going to be talking to you about one of the most dreaded topics for most beginner to intermediate guitarists, and that is Ear Training.

Now there is no right or wrong way of looking at this, and I'll leave you to decide whether training YOUR EARS is something you need or not when trying to learn guitar.

Let's first understand what exactly does ear training mean. In simplest terms, it's training your ears to recognize musical pitches, so that you could either identify them when you hear music, but most importantly be able to translate what you hear inside your head on to the instrument.

For somebody who started working on this skill quite late into my playing, I can tell you that it's not easy, and most importantly it's not going to be fun for many people. But it's not impossible either


Personally, I feel that it's extremely important to have good ear, because that's what will help you in the areas of composition, musical analysis, transcribing etc. You don't want to be in a frustrating situation when want to find out what notes or chords are being played when you hear your favorite song, and want to bring that out on the guitar.


But it all comes down to what your goals are with guitar playing. So if you are somebody who's happy playing music looking at charts, then you don't have to consciously work on training your ears. This is because you are not going to be in a situation where you would have to use your ears to play something. The level of ears you need to have to identify whether you are playing in sync with the rest of the music or band, will happen over a period of time, but it'll be longer if you are not working consistently on training your ears.


If you are somebody who wants to transcribe songs, write and compose music then you have to spare some of your practice time to consciously train your ears, as these will be your most important assets that will make bringing out the music inside you on the instrument easier.


So there's no clear answer to this question, as it depends on where you want to take your guitar playing in due course. However, I highly recommend you make a conscious effort to listen to everything you play and observe how musical pitches and harmony function.


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