There are two types of listening: passive and active.
Passive listening is how we normally listen to music. It’s in the background while we’re doing something else.
Active listening requires full focus and attention. You’re listening to the song with an intense curiosity and interest, paying attention to each little sound, movement, and transition.
It’s one of the best habits you can build as an artist for three reasons:
You’ll have an endless source of inspiration
You’ll pick up techniques and ideas that can’t be acquired via books or YouTube tutorials
You’ll rapidly train your ear