Ear Training Made Easier Than Ever
Learn to figure out songs by ear, even if you're a beginner
Learning to play music can be one of the most meaningful and rewarding things you’ll ever do in your life.
There’s nothing like the feeling of being able to express yourself freely through your instrument.
Unfortunately, music is often taught in a way that skips over much of what makes playing music so incredibly awesome.
Here’s what I mean:
The very first lesson usually starts with a piece of paper. This piece of paper tells you how to move your fingers in order to play a song correctly.
Very often, this is what the first couple of years of learning guitar looks like. If you’re lucky, that is.
Because with all the tabs and tutorial videos online, many guitarists never get beyond this stage. Many guitarists spend their entire musical life simply memorising how to play songs.
But you can be different.
You can choose another path and learn music the way all the greats did.
From Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer. From the Beatles to Slash. From B.B. King to Joni Mitchell. They didn’t have YouTube, Google or Ultimate Guitar to help them.
And so they just learned songs using their ears.
By learning songs by ear, they laid the foundation of their musicianship. Those well-developed ears were key in writing amazing songs, improvising incredible solos and simply becoming overall awesome musicians.
You can do the same, by deciding to go down a path that focuses on developing your musicality instead of just technique.
And that path starts with figuring out songs by ear.
Talent is Practice in Disguise
You might wonder though: do I have what it takes to go down this path?
Don’t you need to be extremely talented to be able to learn songs by ear?
I totally get that question. From 15+ years of teaching, I know that most people feel that figuring out songs by ear is really hard. It looks like magic when they see someone figure out a tune by ear.
Many people don’t believe they could ever be ‘talented’ enough to learn songs by ear themselves. But after a few weeks of practice, they’re shocked at how much better they’ve gotten at it.
Talent is practice in disguise.
Just like learning to play a D minor chord, learning songs by ear is a matter of practice.
I’ve seen it again and again with my private students. From students who’d been playing for ages to ten years olds who’d never touched a guitar.
And these aren’t Beethoven/Hendrix/Bieber(?)-type musical prodigies. Nope, I’m talking your average, run-of-the-mill kiddos. (Like I was at that age.)
What I also know from teaching this to dozens of students, is that it can be overwhelming to start figuring out songs on your own.
- What songs should you start with?
- What do you do when you get stuck?
- How do you know if you’ve gotten the song right?
I created this course to answer these questions and make it as easy as possible to get started.
The course gives you note-by-note instructions to make sure you never feel lost. You’ll get feedback on each note you figure out, so you know exactly when you’re making a mistake and when you’re totally nailing it.
The course features 24 songs that are perfect to begin training your ears. They start off simple and slowly introduce different challenges, such as more instruments playing at the same time, faster melodies, or melodies played on a weird sounding instrument.
In short, this course helps you put in a ton of super-focused practice that will kick-start your ear training.
Enroll in the free sample course and get the first three lessons for free. You’ll like it.
Click the button below and get started right now!
You can take this course by becoming a StringKick All Access Member! The membership gives you access to Make Your Ears Awesome: Kick-Starter and all other courses on StringKick. As always, if you change your mind for literally any reason, you'll get a full refund within 30 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions you might have! Any other questions? Feel free to email me at any time at just(at)stringkick.com
What artists are the songs by?
The course features songs by Alt-J, The Kills, Bloc Party, Whitest Boy Alive, The Shins, Bic Runga, Feist, Future Islands, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cure, Editors, Interpol and Santana. I also made a bunch of tracks myself specifically for this course.
How is this course different from the other 'Make Your Ears Awesome' courses?
All these courses focus on figuring out songs by ear, but there's a difference in difficulty. Here's the order I recommend:
Level 1: Kick-Starter Level 2: Riffs and Melodies and Riff Hall of Fame Level 3: Chord Progressions and Essential Sevenths
You can take all the courses with the All Access Pass.
What if I don’t like the course?
Simple: if you decide the course is not for you, you’ll get a full refund within 30 days. No matter the reason.
How do I figure out a song by ear?
I've written an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to learn songs by ear. Check it out here! If you have any specific questions, leave a comment on that page or email me: just(at)stringkick.com.
I have another question.
Feel free to email me at just(at)stringkick.com if you have any questions!