Ear For Life

Perfect and relative -pitch ear training


Unlock the music you always wanted to play..

…or sing by studying perfect and relative pith. Having Perfect pitch means the ability to recognize what note is playing. Relative pitch means beeing able to recognize chords and the tension between two notes. Perfect and relative pitch is nothing that you are born with, it can be trained.

Unlock the music you always wanted to play or sing by studying perfect and relative pith. Having Perfect pitch means the ability to recognize what note is playing. Relative pitch means beeing able to recognize chords and the tension between two notes. Perfect and relative pitch is nothing that you are born with, it can be trained.

This application contains samples of clean electric guitar (Gibson Lucille, Les Paul) and piano and includes single notes, intervals, chords, arpeggios and scales. All chords comes in 4 variations, intervals in 5 and single note in 4 variations. Arpeggios and Scales have 3 variations and are currently only available with piano.

The single note and interval tests uses piano key layout.

Piano sounds are available for all but Chords. Scales are only available with piano sound.

When I was a kid, I remember spending over 60 USD on tapes that just explained the theory on how to aquire perfect pitch alone, without any practicing help. This applications will do just the opposite, helping you practice your perfect pitch and relative pitch. All for a fraction of standard help courses.

Here you will be quizzed on the current set of notes (or intervals or chords) that you have selected. The success rate for the specific test will be shown as well as the success rate for the whole session.

The free version is limited when it comes to number of notes, intervals, chords and scales.

The full version covers the following sets:
* Full range notes, 4 octaves
* Full range intervals, 5 variations
* 25+ scales, 3 variations
* 35+ chords and arpeggios (4 and 3 variations)
* Melody note with full range of notes and jumps

If you are in to guitar improvisiation, why not check out my application Guitar For Life, available on the AppStore as Full and Free versions.

Before purchasing the FULL version application, make sure to test the FREE version first.

FAQ – How do I use this?

Single Note – Perfect/Absolute Pitch

By pressing this button you will be presented with a page (Single note selection) where you will select the single notes you want to study or train your ear on. I would suggest to start out with a few notes at a time. For example using “C” and “D”. Slowly build up the set when you feel comfortable and manage to get most of them right. Then add “E” etc. Don’t be tempted to add to many notes at one time as this most likely will leave you with a poor performance and will likely give a feeling of disappointment.

When you have made your selection continue with pressing the “Start” button.
Please refer to the images in the Screen shot selection.

In the page that appears (Single note) press the “Start” button in the center. This will start the test/review/training. A from the selection random note will be heard. In the circle buttons represent the selection chosen. Press the button with the note you believe is currently played. The correct button will be colored green and in the case of a faulty selection, the button will be colored red. It is now possible to press the buttons in the outer circle to hear the notes played again or to compare the notes available. The center button will have the option to play the note to be guessed again or to continue to the next test if a selection was made. The sound needs to be finished playing before the next button becomes active.

The note range starts at C1 (4 drops below low E) and goes on to B4, thus covering 4 octaves.

Chord/Arpeggio – Relative Pitch

As there are quite many chords in this application I had to group them together in separate pages. In order to easily see if some chord group have some chords selected, there is a small image to the right of the details button showing an approximate ratio in that group. Open the detailed view and turn the selected chords on or off to create the desired selection to be tested.

Pressing the start button will take you to the Chord test page. If no chords are selected then it will not be possible to go to the Chord test page. In the Chord test page you will have to press the Start button again in order to start the test.

From the test set a maximum of six options will be randomly chosen. If the selected test set is smaller then one to five buttons will be shown instead. Above the buttons two lines of text will display the current ratio for the current played chord and also the success ratio for all tests during this session. History is not saved when the test is finished. This will be added in later updates of the application.

Interval – Relative Pitch

Interval works much like the Single note test.

First the root and then the interval will be played. Shortly after the two notes will be played in unison. This to be able to hear the interval played both as notes in sequence and in parallel (as a semi chord).

Melody Note

Produces a random note sequence based on the full range of single notes, with a selectable number of max half note jumps. First note in the series will be displayed and the rest of the sequence needs to be judged. If you select the wrong note, the result will be marked red and the correct note will be displayed.

Parallel note /multi single note

To be implemented. The idea is to generate a random set of single notes played in unison. The result will likely be a chaos of sound from which you will have to find the correct notes.

Version history

Version 2.40 Melody note (beta)

Version 2.33 Chords for piano

Version 2.32 Add circle of fifths again as requested

Version 2.30 adds piano samples. New sections Scales and Arpeggios.

Version 2.2. Free version only. Added more free content.

Version 2.1
Re-recorded interval samples with a Gibson Lucille. Added descending samples.
All tests can now use the full range or limit to low, mid or high.
Interval can choose to test ascend, descend, unison or mixed.

Version 2.0 adds piano layout and support for iPad.

Version 1.5 corrected audio playback for iOS 4.2

Version 1.4 updated save data for iOS 4.0

Version 1.3 includes re-recorded set for the single notes improving the tuning precision.

Version 1.2 saw the promised update for interval and single note where I re-recorded the audio files to improve clarity and quality. Interval can be played either in unison or as separated notes. Re-recording the chords might be considered during the summer.

Statistics and progress information will come rather soon.

Suggestions are always welcome.

Screenshots for FULL version 2.0


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