Tip 31: Practice Listening in your Head
Take some time to create a short melody in your head.
‘Hear’ the starting note and then let the melody develop. Don’t sing it yet!
Once you’ve got it clear, ‘listen’ to the melody in your mind and apply the same listening skills you have been practicing with recordings to work it out. Maybe it just moves in steps or maybe there are larger intervals.
Once you can visualize the melody, play it on your instrument.