Functional Ear Trainer

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4.8
16.1K reviews
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About this app

Ear training can be easy and fun! With a right approach.

Have you (or one of your friends) ever wanted to learn to transcribe or play music by ear?

It is so important for a musician to know what you are hearing. A good musical ear helps when you are composing, improvising, transcribing melodies, or playing with others.

Most likely you have already tried different programs to learn to recognize intervals or even to acquire perfect pitch. However, although such programs develop your ear, but can you actually play any melody you hear as soon as you listen to it?

Imagine you could understand music… It is like when somebody is talking to you, you not only hear pleasant sounds, but you recognize words and their meaning.

One day I came across Alain Benbassat's program called “Functional Ear Trainer” and have been using it ever since. It is based on Alain's ear training method to learn to recognize tones.

The main difference between the Functional Ear Trainer and other methods is that it teaches you to distinguish between tones in the context of a particular musical key. You begin to recognize the role (or function) of each tone in this key, which is incredibly similar to its role in other keys of the same scale.

And it is *guaranteed* anyone can gradually develop this skill. It does not matter:
– who you are – an absolute beginner in music or a virtuoso professional musician;
– how old you are – a 3 yo kid or a 90+ adult;
– what musical instrument you play (you don't even have to play one).

The only requirement is to practice for 10 minutes a day.

I was so excited about this ear trainer that I have developed an Android app based on the Alain Benbassat method. I hope you will find it useful.

Download this app right now, and have fun with your ear training!
Updated on
Feb 6, 2022

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4.8
16.1K reviews
Morgan Martin
April 28, 2022
I've only had it for 45m, but it's probably one of the best free apps I've ever installed. No ads, free features are terrific to start, and paid features are reasonably priced. It's remarkable how quickly you can improve at the functional method! I thought it was missing harmonic intervals, but these are available in the "advanced" mode of "basic training". However, there's no user input or stats. Seems feasible to add, given the UI for melodic dictation (or, enter-your-own-score after each ?)
21 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
May 8, 2022
Thank you very much for your review and suggestions, Morgan!
Thomas Mohr
April 27, 2022
This method definitely works! Stats let me see my progress and what I need to work on. Quite adaptable, many controls. Price for full version is reasonable and worth it. I rarely buy apps but will purchase this once I get >90% on all the free levels. You may get frustrated if like me you have hearing loss in some ranges - highest piano notes are difficult to distinguish; that may be resolved when I buy the multiple instruments pkg. The app is tidy, uncluttered - no BS.
14 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
May 8, 2022
Thank you very much, Thomas! Enjoy your ear training!
Melissa Rice
May 4, 2022
The app is well-designed and fun to use. More importantly, it works much better than anything else I have tried. Learning isolated intervals has been futile for me: months of daily effort but no progress. Instead, this app teaches you to recognize scale degrees in the context of the key. I've made a lot of progress in just a few days. Many thanks to the developers for this great app.
8 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
May 8, 2022
You are very welcome, Melissa! Enjoy your ear training!

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*** If you like Functional Ear Trainer, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps
Performance improvements.
Many thanks to Adam Aranyosi and Manuel Segura for updating the Hungarian and Spanish translations!