Have you (or maybe one of your friends) ever wanted to learn to transcribe or play music by ear?
It is so important for a musician to know what you are hearing. A good musical ear helps when you are composing, improvising, transcribing melodies, or playing with others.
Most likely you have already tried different programs to learn to recognize intervals or even to acquire perfect pitch. However, although such programs develop your ear, but can you actually play any melody you hear as soon as you listen to it?
Imagine you could understand music... It is like when somebody is talking to you, you not only hear pleasant sounds, but you recognize words and their meaning.
One day I came across Alain Benbassat's program called "Functional Ear Trainer" and have been using it ever since. It is based on Alain's method to learn to recognize tones.
The main difference between the Functional Ear Trainer and other methods is that it teaches you to distinguish between tones in the context of a particular musical key. You begin to recognize the role (or function) of each tone in this key, which is incredibly similar to its role in other keys of the same scale.
And it is *guaranteed* anyone can gradually develop this skill. It does not matter:
- who you are - an absolute beginner in music or a virtuoso professional musician;
- how old you are - a 3 yo kid or a 90+ adult;
- what musical instrument you play (you don't even have to play one).
The only requirement is to practice for 10 minutes a day.
I was so excited about this ear trainer that I have developed a mobile app based on the Alain Benbassat method. I hope you will find it useful.
This app has been created using libGDX game engine.
Fixes freezing issues on iOS 12.
Ratings and Reviews
A better approach to ear training
As a music student I used interval and chord ear training software for my theory classes. I learned fixed solfege and spent countless hours listening to a shuffle of interval training mp3s. It’s possible that it’s just the cumulative effect of all that work paying off now, but with this app I’m seeing much faster results than with interval training. I think the functional approach is brilliant and wish I had started from this perspective years ago. I also see the possibility of this helping with absolute pitch- I correctly identified the note of my microwave by asking what it felt like. After only a few days working with this app, I was able to instantly say it felt like the third of E. I realized that because I play guitar and have played a lot of music in its most resonant major key, this is a strong tonal reference for me.
I feel this is a simple, very well done app that does what it says. It’s found a specific category of (often undertrained) skills and elegantly guides and instructs you on how to train them and why they’re important.
What’s more, I think this certain category of skills is very often overlooked.
It’s designed very well and logically with no frills and with some interesting metrics and data about how you’re doing.
Finally it does not claim to be the one thing you’re missing and holding you back from becoming an amazing singer. That’s because it is not. As the creator says, it’s a tool that can help you develop and refine your ability to hear pitches relative to others and stay in key. They do not try extremely hard to sell it because they know what it is and that it is great! After going through some of the instructions, although I had never heard of or have met Korchan, I’d bet he (or whoever made and placed the instructions/lessons) is very smart and self aware. Again not because of a use of big words or vocabulary but just because of the usefulness, digestibility, and timeliness of the instructions.
This app does everything well and, to me, nothing poorly.
And it’s free! No ads.
This is what I’ve been needing!
My pitch is good, but when put in situations where I’d need to improvise I always found it difficult. I’d watch amazing musicians that were so good to the point they knew exactly where the music was heading even without sometimes knowing the song. Their instincts and understanding song structure of a tune was something I always wanted to be able to do. I always wanted the ability to be put in a situation where I could just jump in even without knowing the song. I was always jealous of my friends that could do that. Well, I can’t afford a Berkeley education but I can designate 5 minutes a day to training my ear and so far.... I’m already seeing a difference in my ability to recognize pitches within any key given. High five!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.