»Better Ears« is an educational Music Theory and Ear Training app, which helps you grow your musical skills and enhance your hearing capabilities. There are 13 different exercises included, starting from interval recognition all the way down to chord progressions - perfect for beginners and music-masters alike!
YOU DECIDE HOW TO TRAIN!
With »Better Ears« you can decide for yourself what your training routine should look like. There are no rules you have to follow, you decide when to start and how often to practice.
13 DIFFERENT EXERCISES INCLUDED
»Better Ears« includes 13 different exercises:
• Interval recognition
• Scale recognition
• Chord recognition
• Chord progressions
• Pitch recognition
• Melodic dictation
• Tempo recognition
• Key Signature recognition
• Music reading
• Interval music reading
• Scale music reading
• Chord music reading
• Melody music reading
CUSTOM CHORDS, SCALES AND CHORD PROGRESSIONS
The new editor for Chords, Scales and Chord Progressions allows you to add your own items.
6 DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS
Choose your training sound out of six different instruments. Better Ears comes with Acoustic Grand piano, Bright Acoustic Piano, Electric Grand Piano, Drawbar Organ, Nylon Acoustic Guitar and Steel Acoustic Guitar.
KEYBOARD AND FRETBOARD
»Better Ears« comes with a virtual keyboard and virtual guitar fretboard. You can key notes on either.
ANSWER WITH YOUR VOCALS OR WITH A REAL INSTRUMENT
The integrated pitch detection allows you to answer the questions with your voice or a real instrument (e.g. piano or guitar). Simply play the individual tones on your instrument or sing them when the microphone button lights red.
FOUR PRESET LEVELS
»Better Ears« ships with four preset levels:
UNLIMITED CUSTOM LEVELS
Additionally you can create your own levels, letting you train to your own specific needs. Put yourself in "Training Camp" to learn church modes, or concentrate on those two pesky intervals that constantly cause you problems.
SYNC ALL OF YOUR DEVICES
With »Better Ears« you can keep your Mac and your iOS devices in sync. You can choose what to sync: Your own levels, your statistics, your settings or all of this.
»Better Ears« supports routing sound through an external MIDI device, allowing you to use your existing MIDI master keyboard or sound module. You can even control »Better Ears« using a connected keyboard.
For every exercise »Better Ears« knows all your current stats, including how often you have answered each question correctly or incorrectly.
»Better Ears« shows the relevant Wikipedia article for the current exercise. If a relevant article is not available online, another topically-appropriate article will be shown instead.
Improvements and Bugfixes
Ratings and Reviews
I’m finding this app very helpful leaning my intervals. I’ve used other simpleton apps and I was struggling but with this app I’m extremely pleased with my progress. Although, it could be just that I’ve spent more time on my piano since my first run at interval training.
I find the keyboard at the bottom with the starting note labeled and able to play it with triggering it as ‘your answer’ very helpful for the learning phase. It’s also great practice to count-off your intervals on the keyboard for transferring your answer to the visual interval on the keyboard.
I’m sure it’s me but this thing is addicting and I can’t wait for the next session and am racking up two or three short practice sessions a day because of the extreme convenience of using an iPad.
If you're look to better your musical ear this is the app for you, I helps you hear the differences in pitches, chords, while helping you learn scales, intervals. If you want to hear better and have more knowledge in music theory this is a great app.
Looks good so far
I've really only been doing interval and chord recognition so far. It's nice that you can create your own sets of chords to work on. There are numerous small ways in which the app could be improved, but I have no regrets so far.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.