Why Do Your Ears Play Such a Critical Role in Your Guitar Playing Progress?The answer is simple: Unless you are able to recognize the exact cause of every mistake you make in your guitar playing, your musical skills will not improve. You must know "what" must be fixed before you can fix it. If your own ears aren't good enough to detect the root of the problem and you don't have another more experienced player to analyze your mistakes, you will continue to be frustrated with your slow progress on guitar.
How Can You Assess Your Listening Skills While Practicing Guitar?There is a simple test I will take you through (below) that will measure your listening ability as it applies to practicing a broad range of musical skills. Your goal will be to get a positive ("Yes") answer to every question you will see below. If you answer any question with a "No" or Maybe" or "Not sure," then your listening ability is not complete with that element of guitar playing. Here are the questions:
How Well Do You Listen for Guitar Technique Problems?
How Good Are Your Ears at Tracking Progress With Vibrato?
How Well Can Your Ears Detect Problems in Your Improvising?
How Good Are Your Ears at Noticing Flaws in Your Rhythm Guitar Playing?