Alright so i have been practicing for about a month and a half now intensively (5-8hours a day). I've learned a few simple chords, scales, and some simple songs. Just recently i was trying to learn "europa" from a online tab, and have learned about 2/10th of it. But today while i was practicing the song i realized that i had no idea what i was playing. So, i went online and read a lot of articles regarding tabs. Some articles suggested not to play off tab becuase your not learning anything unless your just trying to impress your friends and family.
Reading further, it suggested that i should be practicing in learning how to identify notes/chords by ear, and that this would definately help me know what im playing.
Should i be focusing on ear training?
How long does it take to develop a real good ear?
is ear training part of music theory?
how do i get started in learning to develop a good ear?
Can i learn songs faster than tab by developing a good ear?
and, what should i do in the meantime? (ex. chords, scales, licks)
Sorry for asking so much questions, but this has been bugging me
thanks, much help appreciated!