I’ve been creating some ear training posts/videos lately (and I’m working on some more) but I haven’t yet written a post dedicated to the EarMaster Pro Ear Training Software that I use everyday (or at least try to use everyday) and that I really strongly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their ear.
It helps you learn intervals (ascending, descending, and harmonic), how to identify chords, and how to correctly tap out different rhythms.
I’ve been using it for awhile now and what’s great about it is that you can really keep on using it forever because it gets more and more complex so you can keep on improving your ear until the point where you really have superhuman hearing (I’m not there yet, unfortunately.) And because of the way the program works, there’s no chance of you “memorizing” the answers (because the questions are randomized.)
It starts off simply enough where even someone who has a very poor ear will probably be able to get past the early tests but then it gets progressively harder over time so that it continues to be a challenge (and a challenge is what you need to improve, that goes for ear training and every other kind of training really.)
Another thing I really like about it is how I don’t have to think that my ear must be getting better, I know it is because I’m now able to pass tests that I couldn’t pass before.
This isn’t to say I rely on the software entirely for my ear training. I do make these videos for my own use as well as for others. I think there are certain tricks we can use to advance our ears more quickly. Ways to “unlock” our ears faster. I’m trying to find those tricks and share them with these videos.
For example associating certain intervals with certain songs: an ascending perfect fourth sounds like “Here Comes The Bride” and an ascending tritone sounds like the theme to “The Simpsons.”
Anyway, I do strongly recommend the EarMaster Pro Ear Training Software. I think it’s definitely worth the $50 price tag.