Ear training is the process in which musicians and audio engineers use only hearing to gauge pitches, intervals, melodies and chords etc.
In this blog post we will primarily be talking about “Pitch” or frequency interval training. This training involves training you ear to easily identify which frequencies are popping out of the given sound.

Step no. 1

Using White Noise to Train:

In signal processing, white noise is a random signal having equal intensity at different frequencies, giving it a constant power spectral density.
Essentially White Noise has all the frequencies playing at the same level, so by using a white noise and an EQed signal side by side you can train your ears to hear which frequency has been boosted in the affected signal.
This will help you better identify what we mean when we are referring to a specific set of frequencies.

Take this tool for example: https://www.puremix.net/ear-training.html

You can listen to the reference sound and you have 5 options to choose from, you have to correctly identify which frequencies have been boosted in the hidden sound.

There are other tools as well like Dave Moultons Ear Training Program that offers comprehensive practices on Frequency and Compression ear training.

How to get better?

Practice More Often, not longer:

Set a daily schedule to practice ear training for 30 mins. This should set you in the habit and also get you to improve incrementally every day.

Quicker Feedback Mechanism:

A key to quick learning is always a quick feedback mechanism, to learn from your mistakes quickly so you can improve faster.
A simple example of this would be to identify a certain range that is particularly troublesome and spending more time on developing your hearing.

Get in touch!

If you guys have another other questions you would like to shoot at me, just shoot me a mail at ronak@gray-spark.com.

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