Tone is a fun and simple game to help you improve your ears and sing with perfect pitch.
- Simple, intuitive interface
- Choose your pitches and octaves
- Difficulties ranging from easy to expert
- Practice mode with reference pitch
- Transpose the notes to different keys
- Tone generator to hear pitches for practice
- View note names, piano keys, or use solfege
- Share your score and compete with friends!
- New THEMES! Customize your look and feel by going to Settings and selecting your favorite background theme :)
Ratings and Reviews
Useful for those who play and learn by ear!
As someone who has grown up around music but never had the focus to learn an instrument or sheet music, I’ve gotten by with more or less the guessing of notes and tone. However as I have an interest in learning and playing piano, being able to pick out and identify specific notes as opposed to an ambiguous melody is a challenge without learning to identify the sounds and their placement by sheet. I saw tone recommended recently and figured there was nothing to lose and more to gain, so I downloaded it and was extremely pleased with the simple yet fun way the app helps you memorize notes and tone. It’s a super simple game, and it’s a little repetitive, but personally I don’t find that a dealbreaker (heck, I can always take a break if it’s getting boring!) My only complaint is that I wish the settings were easier for my inexperienced self to understand. When I checked the settings to see how I could configure the lesson/game, my eyes started to glaze over trying to understand what it meant. I would so, so love a little mini tutorial of how to work the settings and other things like that little table of notes (idk what that does?? I’ve messed around with it and saw no change, so I’m not sure if I’m getting what that does...) That way I could use this app even more to its potential! I would really recommend this for those learning music!
So this game is just what the title says it is. It doesn’t have any in app purchases as far as I can tell, and I don’t have any trouble with getting it to work. You don’t need anything else like headphones or anything. It is just perfection. I really like games like this one just because they don’t glitch out, or they don’t have a bunch of adds. In this game, I haven’t seen any adds so far which is a super good sign! This game is a game that just makes me happy. Like it not only is fun, but it is a good helper for singing or playing an instrument!!!! I really love this because it shows you stuff, and it’s super fun to do with or without friends. It’s a great time consumer. It lets you know about different tones and how that stuff works. And it looks really cool when you play. I love the time running out thing too. Like when the time plays and the light is going down, I like that. So all in all, get this game kids, or adults or anything, because it is worth it and it’s free.
Cute, but... cute
First of all, many people debate whether perfect pitch can be learned after the age of about 6. But there is a decent amount of literature claiming otherwise, and at this point one could find there is a trope to learning it as an adult. One of the main tenants of any practice of it, though, is constant, regular, long-form practice. Like, daily 30-minute intent practice over 10 years.
That said, this app doesn’t do that, at least not in its methodology. Maybe it could work with regular, 30-min practice over many years, but the app isn’t robust enough to incite that sort of commitment out of it.
As it is, it’s an excellent relative-pitch practice device. The main issue is that, once the user hears the first pitch of their practice session, the rest of the pitches from that point on are heard in relation to the first one — thus ‘relative’ pitch. The only way this could really be used for perfect pitch practice is to try at only the first pitch when you open the app, then put it away for 30 mins, listen to other stuff, then come back and try it again, over and over and over.
FWIW, it IS still really great as an on-the-go ear training gismo. I’ve already thought about having my students use it, as it is very simple but has many options for scales etc.
I have my doctorate in music composition, so I think about this stuff a lot. Thanks for the app regardless!
- Daniel Kuntz
- 71.1 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Pulse Technologies, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Coffee for Seth and Daniel $2.99
- Premium Themes $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.