»Better Ears« is an educational music and ear training program, 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 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.
MORE THAN 100 DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS
Choose your training sound from more than 100 different instruments, either using the integrated »Better Ears« sound generator or Apples native DLS SoftSynth.
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.
• 2 new exercises:
- Melodic dictation
- Melody music reading
• Touch Bar support
• Enter notes with a real instrument or your vocals using the microphone
• Improved learning success: Exercises you are often failing to answer are now presented more often than the ones you are already good at
• Some new settings and other small improvements
• macOS 10.12 compatible
• Minor Bugfixes
Ratings and Reviews
I paid for the full version a couple of years ago. I did like the app for the most part (past tense being key to this review). Some of the chord sounds were a bit thin, but overall this app was satisfactory to me. Then… I upgraded my Mac OS (a year later) and the app didn’t work as well. Hard to explain here, but some of the windows that show what chord is being played after you make a guess wouldn’t display the text, thus making it difficult to see if I guessed correctly. Another year goes by and another couple of OS updates and the app completely stops working! It won’t even open anymore! Frustrating! I paid about $20 for the app, not expecting a whole lot, but I would hope that the Better Ears folk would make updates to support the OS platform updates on Mac (not sure how it runs on Windows). I will go back to using Teoria online for my ear training as I have no faith in these folk who create these apps that charge $.
when I found out about better ears I was very happy to find an amazing tool for aural studying. But then it kept crashing all the time. I emailed support and they were very attentive. It was just a minor correction that I had to do. Either way, it's is the best tool for musicians out there!!! tks
This app is so fantastic I can't belive it! I had so much fun identifying scales and cords that I almost missed an appointment. Think about it, this is not even a game. The app is real easy-to-use and doesn't patronize you. Nonetheless I am confident that it will improve my hearing and you can even learn a lot about music theory. A must-have app for everybody trying to master an instrument.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.