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#2106509 - 06/22/13 11:54 PM Ipad app for ear training?
Oongawa Offline
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Does anyone have a suggestion for an ipad or iphone app for ear training?

I have used a web site that used games, and I think it was helpful, but it used flash so I can't use it on my iphone or ipad?

I presently only play classical, and I'd like to play pop stuff but with zero ear skills, I'm unable to do any sort of improvisation or figure out anything by listening to it.

Any suggestions? I'd likean app that actually tests me, not just a you tube channel.
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#2106570 - 06/23/13 04:37 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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EarMan
PlayByEar

On my Macbook I use EarMaster Pro.
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#2106907 - 06/23/13 07:19 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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I found EarMan - $11.99

My search for PlayByEar in the app store didn't find one by that name. It suggested "Piano Professor" for $6.99. Is that the right one? I searched for "Playbyear" and "Play By Ear."
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#2106916 - 06/23/13 07:41 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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Love that avatar. Find out about ear training from the real thing: Dave Frank on ear training
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#2107024 - 06/24/13 02:07 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/play-by-ear/id361203621?mt=8

EarMan: is great for ear practice AFK.
PlayByEar: is a different ear trainer, it will play an interval, chord and/or melodic phrase and then will listen to your playing the answer on your instrument.


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#2107117 - 06/24/13 09:28 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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I started using Ear Trainer - I like it

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#2107231 - 06/24/13 02:16 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
Michael Martinez Offline
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Originally Posted By: Oongawa
Does anyone have a suggestion for an ipad or iphone app for ear training?

I have used a web site that used games, and I think it was helpful, but it used flash so I can't use it on my iphone or ipad?

I presently only play classical, and I'd like to play pop stuff but with zero ear skills, I'm unable to do any sort of improvisation or figure out anything by listening to it.



Any ear training you do needs to be based around the tonality of the key. Doing random intervals isn't worthwhile, so avoid those type of ear training exercises that don't base it on key centers.

Best way to learn to play by ear is:

1. learn basics of harmony (IV-V-I stuff)
2. by ear figure out how to play the melody and chords for simple folk tunes, christmas songs, etc - Johnny Comes Marching home Again, Yankee Doodle Dandy, that kind of stuff
3. play along with the keyboard parts for piano/accordion-centric music and try to imitate what you hear, music like Mexican mariachi, polkas, South American cumbas and vallenatos.

don't attempt salsa. Salsa piano is jazz based harmony. Too complex when you are starting out.



Any suggestions? I'd likean app that actually tests me, not just a you tube channel.
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#2107413 - 06/24/13 07:20 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
Oongawa Offline
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Thanks! I have both apps now. I haven't tried the Play by Ear one yet but I did a couple of (embarrassingly bad) ones on the earman. I'll check out the videos too, but my problem has been that that sort of thing in the past has just highlighted how awful I am.

Wish me luck!
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Bach - Musette
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#2107935 - 06/25/13 04:32 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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Ear Worthy is pretty good. Full version only costs $.99. It provides a lot of randomized scales, intervals, and chords. You can select how many or how few different combinations you want it to create.

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#2108558 - 06/26/13 05:12 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Michael Martinez]
Hidden son of Teddy Wilson Offline
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Originally Posted By: Michael Martinez

Any ear training you do needs to be based around the tonality of the key. Doing random intervals isn't worthwhile, so avoid those type of ear training exercises that don't base it on key centers.


I believe this is very important. And unfortunately I don't know of any app (iPad, Android, PC, or other) that provides that.

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#2134112 - 08/16/13 11:03 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
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#2141108 - 08/30/13 01:08 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Hidden son of Teddy Wilson]
Elkayem Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Santa Clara, CA
Originally Posted By: Hidden son of Teddy Wilson
Originally Posted By: Michael Martinez

Any ear training you do needs to be based around the tonality of the key. Doing random intervals isn't worthwhile, so avoid those type of ear training exercises that don't base it on key centers.


I believe this is very important. And unfortunately I don't know of any app (iPad, Android, PC, or other) that provides that.


I am certainly no expert on ear training, though I have done a substantial amount of it over the last few months, and would have to disagree with the comment that interval training isn't worthwhile. I have used both Ear Trainer and Harmonic Ear Trainer apps, and have found that learning to hear intervals ascending, descending, and harmonically has really helped me to hear music better. I have done about 20 minutes a day for over two months and now consistently achieve 100% with these apps (don't ask about how I was at the beginning, it was bad...). This has in fact translated into hearing and picking out melodies by ear much better. I'm not sure I can explain it well, but as an example, if I can quickly identify two notes as part of a flatted sixth, I can place them harmonically in the key much more quickly, e.g., as a third going up to the tonic. Personally, I am not interested in knowing that it is a flatted sixth, but I am interested in really hearing it as a unique identifiable sound. Time will tell, but I feel like this new skill (and it is a learned skill) is starting to pay dividends. One thing that has really helped me... singing the intervals. Again, not sure why this works, but it has really helped me to open my ears. Both of the apps I mentioned also have chords, and Ear Trainer also has some basic 3-chord chord progressions.

The secret is to do a little each day, and don't give up. It is hard work, but it is a skill that can be learned. Honestly, I am starting to get bored of these apps, so maybe will check out some of the others just for variety.
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#2141258 - 08/30/13 09:04 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: ajrdileva]
Elkayem Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Santa Clara, CA
Originally Posted By: ajrdileva


Wow, Ariel, your apps are great. I just put the Mapping Total Harmony app on my iPad, and can see its potential. Glad you posted that link, thanks!

Any chance you will make an iPhone version of your mDecks Ear Training app? Honestly, I do most of my ear training on the go, when I only have my iPhone with me.
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#2171018 - 10/24/13 04:04 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
holeg Offline
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Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 1
Try "Better Ears" : http://www.better-ears.com

Its an ear training app which is available for iPhone, iPad and Mac. You can sync your results and settings between platforms.

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#2171067 - 10/24/13 07:45 AM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
RonL Offline
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Another vote for ear trainer.

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#2231177 - 02/13/14 08:16 PM Re: Ipad app for ear training? [Re: Oongawa]
only Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
Posts: 3
Loc: Banned
Ear Beater is pretty awesome and just came out!

just found a detailed review here so you can get a better idea of the app here: Go to ear training app http://www.eartrainanywhere.com/ear-training-ipad/

other ear training resources can be found there too! hope this helps

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