SteveL123 wrote: robert e wrote:
hoppy wrote:Functional Ear Trainer is fantastic. Has transformed my listening capabilities in terms of intervals/scale tones. Note - I was starting from a low baseline so if you already have a good ear I expect it won't produce same transformation.
Still working through the modules it but it has already refined my ear (or maybe more accurately my understanding of my ear) and changed how I perceive pitch and intervals.
Are you using the version on Windows or Android? I only have Android, (got the free version) yesterday and been fooling around with it. It plays the exact same chord pattern every time followed by a series of random notes that you have to identify and gives a score afterwards. I got 100% on the major and minor scales but had trouble with the chromatic scales and got around 80%, Does the paid version do more than that and is it worth it?
I haven't tried the Windows version. I use the android version most. You should have a bunch of options even on the free android version, for example whether the resolution is played after your answer, and what type, and whether intermediate notes are accelerated, and also options regarding the cadences, as well as what system of ear training you'd like to learn. Did you check? Note that there are global options, as well as options for each module.
For those who aren't familiar with Functional Ear Trainer, an oversimplified description might be that it aims to teach notes by their role in a key, as opposed to learning them as absolute pitches or as intervals. A much more thorough explanation can be found in the free OS X app [EDIT: OS X and Windows apps are identical; both use the Adobe AIR platform.]
The free OS X [and Windows] version is not nearly as slick, but it's easier to customize right off the bat, and the tutorial is much more extensive, more explanatory, and unlike the Android version, it's interactive. I recommend people start there before moving on to the mobile apps, at least if they want a better understanding of the theory behind the training and a more guided introduction to the practice. The mobile apps, IMO, are best suited for practicing what is taught in lesson format in the free computer apps.
@Steve, can you access Practice mode? I can but I don't remember if that's because I bought the instrument plug-ins. Practice is where you can create and customize your own levels, even choose specific notes to be included or left out of the test. There's also a mode where you're dictated a sequence of notes to write down, customizable for how many notes, how many can be played together, cadence clues, tempo.
On android you can pay for specific features. Press the "shop" button to learn about them. So far, I've I bought more instruments. I think it cost $5. I can change instruments, pick different cadences (or just the I chord, or just the tonic note), choose cadence tempo and how often the cadence is played, see statistics by note, and a few other options, including how resolutions are handled. In Practice mode I can also make my own practice modules, as I described above, and I seem to have access to Dictation as well.
I haven't paid for Listener Mode or Melodic Dictations. Listener mode is non-interactive and you can even turn the screen off (so you can practice while driving, say, or exercising, or while resting your eyes). There's a demo built into the free version. I don't know what more I'd get out of unlocking Dictation mode, since, as I said, it seems to be active in Practice mode for me. [EDIT: There is an interactive Dictation module for pay, and a similar non-interactive version in Practice mode.]
I think the $5 was well worth it for what I get out of the Android version. However, see above re the computer versions.