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Pickup Tunes

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Let guitarist Dean Brown make you a real music hero!

• Win points for correctness, speed, and accuracy.
• Develop your ears with techniques based on how you actually hear music. Instead of abstract exercises, you'll get the essentials you need to be a better player. 
• Learn by playing an addictive game that takes advantage of the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch interface to give you an experience that doesn't feel like work.  


"This is it!!! This is the app I've wanted to create but didn't have time (and didn't know how)!!! This is the fun version of so much of the work I do with the kids at the Stax Music Academy in Memphis. I bought it right away. Watch it make the difference in the musicality of every musician who tries it!"
~Kirk Whalum (Saxophonist/CEO The Stax Music Academy)

"Tapping into the tactile teaching power of the touchscreen, Pickup Tunes makes ear training fun." 
~Jude Gold  (GIT Director, Musicians Institute Los Angeles) 

"This is the one thing that was missing from the app/music world: a good ear trainer. Well here it is!" 
~Marcus Miller  (Grammy Award Winning Producer/Composer/Bassist) 

"Pickup Tunes is a great tool for my middle school band and orchestra students and my college students to practice their ear training in a fun way!" 
~Steve Steinberg  (Educator/Saxophonist/Palomar College Big Band Director)  

"Pick Up Tunes is unique in that it is not only a fun game, but also a serious ear training tool for musicians of all ages and ability levels. It is fun and accessible for the young beginner in music, yet challenging enough for the advanced adult musician. Most importantly..... IT IS A BLAST TO PLAY! 5 stars......Highly recommended!" 
~Gerry Etkins (Keyboardist/Tonight Show with Jay Leno) 


Tune in to Dean's opening groove and tap the play button to set the stage. You can play some music with the notes to try the different instruments. Hit the start button when you are ready. The low note (or reference tone) played 3 times tunes your ears and then a target plays. Match the target notes, melodies, and harmonies by tapping and dragging your note choices into the target.

If it's a high score game you're after, start from the beginning and see how far you can go.

To practice just use the backstage menu screen to start a game on any level you've unlocked, and try to beat your top score for that level.

No matter where you start, the question is... can you reach the final challenge?

Pickup Tunes challenges you with four musical stages: the major triad (4 notes), the pentatonic scale (6 notes), the major scale (8 notes), and the full chromatic scale (13 notes).

• Rack up bonus round points by matching two-note harmonies
• Master each level to unlock the next one
• Get a free life every 500 points!

Because you're having fun, you'll play more.  And the more you play, the better your ears will get.


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Customer Reviews


You have to remember the notes played and also the buttons that play them. I find that my ear is not so much the issue as my memory. If I have trouble finding the button then I just get lost between the reference notes and my attempts to locate them. Only a couple of re-listens are allowed per session(opposed to per try). One they're gone that's it. I have stopped using it because I'm stuck and I'm tired of not getting any further.

I would like variable amount of re-listens to make it more about my ears than my memory. I'd like it to be fun enough to continue and ideally get better as a result and then make it harder when I'm ready.

I know it's not doing me any favors to make it too easy, but it'd be nice to not have it be so all or nothing. Make it more flexible please.

Awesome app

The best app I have on my phone by far! My old high school music teacher told me about it and I couldn't be happier. The only feedback I can give for improvement would be to have the ability to turn off the sound when you make wrong notes, not that it's horrible, but I think sometimes it makes you forget where you are at tonally. Also there should be a way to make the root notes whatever amount you want instead of 3 C's in a row it would be nice to change it to 1, or 5 if given the option. Even with those it's a fantastic app and I will recommend it to as many people I know who play music. Great job!

Not as good as I thought it would be

I got really tired of the intro music really fast. The sound it makes when you make mistakes is annoying.

I like the way it is structured as a game but haven't found it as useful as other ear training apps I have. It was like a game of memory to see if you can remember which note is under which circle especially when dealing with the pentagonal scale.

I plan to use it some more but I get much more satisfaction from other apps I've bought, all of them less expensive than this one.

Pickup Tunes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 9.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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