Learn to play mandolin by ear using this ear training app - by using your real mandolin ! Mandolin Ear Training is a relative pitch ear training game that is designed to help you master how to hear, recognize and play melodies, intervals, triads, and chords progressions on your mandolin . The way you play Mandolin Ear Training is via your real mandolin ! Mandolin Ear Training will play musical questions in the form of notes, melodies, and chord progression. You will answer the questions using your mandolin . Your iPhone/iPad will listen to your answer(s) and provide feedback. Each answer to the musical questions will appear on the screen as note or chord diagrams. You will see the diagrams in green if you answer correctly and in red if you answer incorrectly. Each game has multiple levels. Level 1 of each game only has two possible correct answers. Each additional level adds a new possible answer to the game.

Each game was designed to work on a specific ear training skill in a musical context. The skills learned will apply directly to the music you are learning or creating. As you advance through the levels of each game, you will be amazed at how quickly you begin to naturally and instinctively recognize the notes and chords being played. You will be able to directly apply these new skills to any music you are listening to or learning and will be able to play back what you hear on your mandolin . The reason Mandolin Ear Training is so effective is because you are using your mandolin to play the game. By doing so, you are training your hands to instinctively go where your ear hears.

Mandolin Ear Training provides the following:
-Built in Chromatic Tuner
-Learn to hear and play Intervals in multiple fretboard positions
-Learn to hear and instantly play any Melody
-Master the sound of the fretboard by mastering the Triads game.
-Power Chord
-Basic Chord Games

Also included in Mandolin Ear Training:
-Multiple Modes are include - Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor
-Note, Solfege, and Nashville Number System answer guides
-Fast and Slow game speeds
-Beginner and Advanced Modes
-Fretboard and Staff views
-Sight and Scale Singing Games
-Sing 3rds, 4ths, 5ths
-Includes all Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, and Cello games

Mandolin Ear Training was created by an amateur guitarist that was frustrated by not being able to keep up with the pros he was privileged to play out and jam with. These pros could effortlessly play songs after just listening to them on the way to the gig or better yet, they could play music they had never heard before on stage and create interesting parts on the spot. The amateur had to spend countless hours memorizing and practicing the the songs on the set list. If there were any mid-song changes while on stage, the amateur was lost! What the amateur quickly realized was that the pros were not necessary playing difficult riffs and cool chops, but they could hear and play music as if they were talking...instinctively! They could always play the right notes at the right time. Their hands would instinctively go where their ears heard. They could speak the language of music.

Out of the frustration of not being able to keep up with these pros, came Guitar Ear Training. The premise is simple; an App that can teach you to effortlessly and confidently hear and instinctively play music on the guitar in any setting. Whether on stage, writing, recording or just jamming with friends, Guitar Ear Training's goal is simple. If you can hear it, you can play it. After successfully using Guitar Ear Training to grow as both a guitarist and musician, Mandolin Ear Training was created. Since the real secret in learning any instrument is to hear and speak the language of music, which the app teaches you to do, the same principles could easily be adapted to any instrument.

What's New

Version 2.3.10

-Includes all Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Singing games
-Updated Menu System
-Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Don't waste your time


Not only does this app crash on me, but the exercises are pointless if you actually want to learn how to play the mandolin. I am a mandolin instructor and I am always looking for a new resources for my students. I would not recommend this app.


Clark Zoeller
19 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016, Short Neck Giraffe Software, LLC


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