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When you make a journey, there are an infinite number of possible destinations you could be aiming to reach. In some cases, like a pilgrimage or a marathon, the journey itself is what you care about. The destination is almost irrelevant. But in most cases (and certainly when it comes to developing your ear for music) it is vital that you decide where you want to go.
Until you’ve decided this, you will never really find satisfaction in ear training. The exercises won’t have real meaning, and you’ll find it very difficult to plan your training and to keep yourself motivated.
But once you do know where you’re going – then everything else will fall into place.
So where do you want to go?
- Do you want to play by ear?
- Do you want to improvise?
- Do you want to play with such expression that it moves your listeners?
- Do you want to jam easily with other musicians?
- Do you want to have more confidence when you play pieces from memory?
There are a huge number of possible and worthwhile goals in musicianship training.
Where do you want to go?
Imagine yourself 5 years from now. What do you want to achieve as a musician? What aural abilities do you want, what inherent musicianship do you dream of having by then?
Take 5 minutes right now to think about where it is you want to reach in your aural skills training. Write down your target in as much detail as you can.
For your goals to be truly effective, it’s important that they have a bit of M.A.G.I.C. – what does that mean? Find out here.
If you need more inspiration about the kinds of things you can accomplish with ear training, our introductory course can help.
(Note: if you really want to make it happen, leave a comment below telling others your goals and when you will achieve them by.)
Once you’ve decided your destination – continue planning your training…