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101 Ear Training Tips for the Modern Musician

Packed with over a hundred tips, tricks, ideas, and suggestions, 101 Ear Training Tips for the Modern Musician provides the help you need to improve your musical ear.

From the big-picture challenges of staying motivated and connecting ear training with music-making, right down to the nitty-gritty of intervals, chords and playing by ear, the book is designed to provide the help you need—even if you’re short on time.

The tips are:

  • Suitable for all: Whether you’re an ear training novice, in the midst of developing your ear, or even for the advanced students, there are valuable tips to advance your training.
  • Bite-sized: These are easy and quick to read, but all ideas that can have a big impact on your training.
  • On every essential topic: Whatever your ear training goals are, there will be tips in the book to help you. By exploring tips from other topics too, you’ll develop a well-rounded musical ear.

Topics include: Music Appreciation, Practice, Active Listening, Audiation, Intervals, Chords, Relative Pitch, Scales & Modes, Rhythm, Improvisation, Playing By Ear, and Singing.

101 Ear Training Tips for the Modern Musician eBook

Look inside:

101 Ear Training Tips Preview Introduction 101 Ear Training Tips Preview Contents 101 Ear Training Tips Preview Music Appreciation 101 Ear Training Tips Preview Chords

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As seen on Foxx Piano Studio Resources
As seen on LaDona's Music Studio
As seen on the Piano Addict Blog
As Seen on The Plucky Pianista

Don’t just take our word for it though—here’s what music educators have been saying about the book:

LaDona's Music Studio

“I like the breezy, enthusiastic, completely un-intimidating tone of the eBook. Some tips are very practical and could be used in group lessons; others are more informational and encouraging. I particularly like the chapter on Active Listening, and plan to use some tips when I expand on what I did this past year in my group classes.

This is not a manual for getting a better mark in this part of the exam. It’s a plan for a general, comprehensive and life-long development of musicianship as a whole. Ear training should not be taught in isolation. It’s connected with theory, sight reading, rhythm, playing the instrument and music appreciation. These tips encourage and reinforce those connections.”

— LaDona Ahenda, LaDona’s Music Studio

Jennifer Foxx of FPS Resources blog

“101 Ear Training Tips for the Modern Musician has a lot of potential in the studio and at home. All the tips included are tips that can be immediately applied and most don’t take a lot of time to do. Many incorporate day to day activities.

This book is a great addition for those who want to improve their ear in an enjoyable and natural process.

— Jennifer Foxx, Foxx Piano Studio Resources


Music Appreciation

Increase your general knowledge about music. Go to a jumble sale/car boot sale/yard sale and challenge yourself to find three CDs for a buck or less, which you know NOTHING about – the more obscure the better.

Take them home and listen through, and then read about what you’ve heard. Look at the CD booklet, or look up the artist or composer online.

Chord Ear Training

If you invert an augmented triad you get… an augmented triad!

This means that in terms of pitch, there are only really four augmented triads possible. Saves a bit of effort, huh?

Interval Ear Training

Take your favourite music player and choose a playlist with at least twenty songs.

Play the each song only until the first vocal, and stop after the first two notes. Sing the interval out loud, and then try to locate the first note on the piano (or other instrument). Sing the interval again and try to name it as a fourth, fifth etc.

Press ‘Skip’ and go on the next song, and repeat!

Playing By Ear

If you find it difficult to reproduce pieces on your instrument, use singing or humming as a stepping stone.

If you can sing a line of music, you are already playing it by ear – using your voice!

It may then be easier to transition to your instrument. It’s even more beneficial if you can sing the line while tapping or clapping the beat.


The book is designed for musicians of every ability level to use in their own regular practice. It is also a highly useful resource for music teachers, providing fresh inspiration for including ear training in lessons, and new ideas that will encourage students to keep practicing.

Dr. Melody Payne

“The tips are so creative, and they are written in such a way that they are easy to understand and are fun and simple to implement.

The tips can be used by students of any age and ability, and they can be followed as in-depth as the students wish to go! The tips are relevant (sing or play what you hear around you), affordable (most are or can be free), fun (play a game) and social (participate with a friend and share the tips on social media).

The huge variety of topics and tips can help students stay interested and inspired to continue their ear training journey for a long time. Including so many topics lends itself to creating and shaping well-rounded students from an ear training perspective, which can be invaluable to students’ overall musical development.”

— Dr. Melody Payne, The Plucky Pianista

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