Ear Trainer Pictorial Guide
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How to Play

Think of it as a song identification game. You click play, two notes are played and you have to identify which song starts with those two notes. The text below the answer choices will tell you if you were correct.

What's the point of this?

There are 12 intervals, or note distances to master. Improve your ears ability to identify them and you'll be able to break down simple melodies and play them by ear. My ear trainer is the only one to associate songs to intervals, making it easier and faster to identify and master them.

Solfege or Standardized Names instead of Song Buttons

If you know what you're doing, in the first drop down list select "Intervals" for standard interval names or "Intervals: Solfege Buttons".

Video Tutorials on How to Use the Program

[Video] Learn how playing by ear works
[Video] How to use the ear trainer and apply it
[Video] How the statistics section works

There's too many Buttons, It's Overwhelming!

If you find the program overwhelming ignore everything except for the play and repeat buttons along with #12, #13, #14 on the picture map below.

Picture Map: General Outline of Features

Behold my beautiful mess of awesomeness.

1: Exercises
Practice Intervals, Chords, Scales and more
2: Direction
The intervals can go down, up, be played at the same time or randomized
3: Difficulty Presets
When things start getting too easy, increase the difficulty level.
4: Instrument
Hear sounds in guitar, piano or sine waves.
5: Songs Editor
Add, delete, or change which songs are played and associated to intervals.
6: Options
Several behaviors that can be customized.
7: Help
Links to this page.
8: Save
Export or import your progress so when you come back you can continue with the same statistics, songs and selections.
9: Links
A few ear training and personal links.
10: Statistics Buttons
Click these and they'll show statistics on each individual interval.
11: Statistics
Shows lots of information about your progress. The bars represent your current score for each interval. When you click #10 on the picture map, the bars represent which intervals are incorrectly chosen most often for the selected interval.
12: Questions to test
Click these to enable or disable more questions. The asterisk (*) selects all or de-selects all. If too many answer choices are shown (for chords and scales), little arrow buttons appear so you can scroll the answer choices near the bottom.
13: Answer Choices
Answer the current question with these buttons.
14: Feedback
Instructions and feedback are displayed here.
15: Piano visualization
Sometimes you can enter answers through the piano. Colored circles are sometimes added to visually show which notes are played.
16: Dynamic Key Signature Dropdown
Select the drop down to automatically show all notes in a specific key signature. This can be useful for some of the identify note exercises.
17: Music Notation
Shows which notes are played in notation. Used in several exercises.

Editing Which Songs Play

Do you want the harry potter theme to play instead of "here comes the bride"? You can edit which songs play by just clicking the 'Songs' button. Find where it says here comes the bride (p4) and use the drop down to select another song. You can even add your own associated songs by clicking the "Add" button.

How to add your own songs

All start with 0 as the root pitch, then move up or down in half steps indicated by positive or negative numbers. The speed of the song works as follows: 1 = quarter note, 2 = eighth note, 4= sixteenth note, etc where tempo=60bps.

Quick Keys

You can use the numbers on your keyboard to enter answers into the program instead of clicking the on-screen buttons. For technical reasons, you must click on the white background of the program before using them in order for them to work.

  1. ctrl or command on mac: Hold down before hitting number to make major.
  2. 2: minor second
  3. 3. minor third
  4. 4: perfect fourth
  5. 9: Tritone
  6. 5: perfect fifth
  7. 6: minor sixth
  8. 7: minor seventh
  9. 8: Octave
  10. Spacebar: New question
  11. /: Repeat
  12. ': Repeat in Style "All"

For the sake of easy memorizing 9 is tritone instead of 5.

You can use software like autohotkey or JoyToKey to associate the keys to a gamepad / joystick so won't have to be staring at a bright screen and constantly be pointing and clicking while training your ear. Using a game controller is actually very convenient.

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Posted on Saturday, August 9 2008

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