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
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!
This app does its job well
I read music for 30 years; now I sing in a contemporary worship band. It has been difficult at times to adjust because I never have sheet music and my ear has always been undertrained. This app is changing that! Within 10 minutes of using it I was much better at recognizing intervals. The instructions are easy to follow and are written for everyone to understand regardless of level of music knowledge. Every time I use this app, my ear gets better! Thank you to the developer for recognizing the need for an app like this and creating it. It’s easy to use, the interface is handsome, and best of all: it works!
I love this app!!!
A lot of the other ear training apps are based on intervals or chord recognition. These are good skills to have, but when working with real music you don't always have a reference tone. Instead you have a chord progression. Thats where this app shines. It is a really simple app without anything fancy. It is also great how you can hear the answer as many times as you like. In some other apps it lets you hear the answer once and then moves on before you have had a chance to get the sound of the right answer in your head.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.