We want to prime our brain, and we want to do it in an active manner.
Then we want to use constant testing combined with immediate feedback.
And because we don’t have the pressure, culture, or price tag of music school to goad us into action, we need a sense of progress to supply a sustainable source of motivation.
On a macro level, each unit of Effortless Ear Training works like this:
We’ll repeat this process several times for different sounds. Taken all together, this could be a huge workload of intimidating & discouraging tasks.
Which is why I’m asking you to…
The magic here is twofold. The first half is that I’ve taken all the deciding off of your plate. I’ve handled the “portion control.” All you need to do is decide to show up for 5 minutes each day. I’ll be in charge of what you’ll do in those five minutes.
Walking down a well-defined path is so much easier than using a machete to hack your way through an overgrown jungle.
The second piece of this magic is compound interest. Taken individually, none of these lessons will cause you to rapidly progress in one giant lurch forward. But they will compound and build upon each other, and you will grow in that classic hockey stick way. Doesn’t look like much at first, but then…
Your day-to-day in the course will look like this:
This part is non-negotiable. For these gains to compound into something useful, you’re going to need to show up regularly. Setting a reminder helps you do that.
In some spots you’ll work with basic audio tracks inside the lessons themselves.
For most of the course, you’ll work with audio flashcards.
Some days you’ll do both.
(We’ll get into how to use the audio flashcard app in the next lesson.)
This course is going to be a lot easier for you if you can hear it clearly, so I don’t recommend relying on the tiny speakers in your phone or laptop. Can you use them in a pinch? Of course. But don’t be surprised if it seems harder that way.
There’s not much reading in this course. Your main activities are:
That’s it. You log your ~five minutes for the day and don’t worry about it until tomorrow.
As you progress, the audio flashcard app will automatically adjust the number of cards you see. Over time, your workload will drop off enough that it won’t even fill five minutes.
When that happens, you do the next lesson or download the next “deck” of flashcards and start working on that.