No, ear training does not mean doing push-ups with your earlobes. While there may be some debate about the best way to train your ears, the method in the video lesson below has shown the most drastic results in the smallest amount of time in my experience as an educator.
The best exercises, no matter what the subject is, are those that train multiple elements of your guitar playing at once. That’s why I like this approach to ear training so much, because it improves your fretboard knowledge as well as your scale shape recognition.
Other recommended ear training tactics are learning guitar parts by ear or playing two random notes at once and trying to identify the interval. This specific exercise promotes creativity, however, so it gets the top recommendation from me!
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric brand Music is Win. His insightful, uncomplicated guitar lessons and gear demonstrations along with entertaining, satirical content about life as a musician receive tens of millions of video views per month across social media. Tyler is also the creator of the extremely popular online guitar learning platform, Guitar Super System. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tyler has been teaching guitar for over a decade and operates a production studio in Nashville, TN.