Functional Ear Trainer

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4.8
18.7K reviews
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Everyone
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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
28 Nov 2023

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Location, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

4.8
17.5K reviews
Kevin Wu
17 November 2023
By far the most useful ear training app I've used. I'm in my third year at music school, and this app has helped me more today than my theory classes have my first two years of college. The interface is excellent, and I love that the app offers a ton of freedom in sound settings and custom exercises. I rarely write reviews, but this app is exactly what I needed. In the future, I think it would be cool to have a premade "modes" exercise section. (Right now I have to make them as custom levels)
3 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
17 November 2023
Thank you very much for your review and suggestion, Kevin!
Diego Orellana
3 October 2023
This is a good ear training app. I've improved my ear a lot by using it daily. But there's still room to make the app even better. I've found myself cheating a lot by perceiving the absolute pitch and then doing math to find which degree is in the key when I can't feel the relative pitch right away, which I think it's also some kind of ear training, but I feel I am becoming more reliant on it than I should, especially with chromatics. I'd love to have an option not to show the tonic note, eg. G
8 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
3 October 2023
Thank you for your review and suggestion!
Billy Vitale
26 October 2023
This is the best app I have found for ear training. Like most things with music other methods also need to be learned to complete ones training. The app allows a lot of customization and has awesome statistics to help track your advancement. The dictation feature is essential but you will need to upgrade to really make use of this very essential feature. It is really worth it if you are serious about ear training. Also the instrument plug ins are useful...tambre matters too.
6 people found this review helpful
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Kaizen9 Apps
26 October 2023
Thanks so much for your review, Billy! I'm really glad you are enjoying the app.

What's new

*** If you like Functional Ear Trainer, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps
– Improvements in scrolling of the Not-Fixed Piano.
– New piano settings.