Ear Training Resources

Here are some of the most useful ear training resources we’ve found online, particularly the ones which take some of the difficulty and frustration out of ear training. If you have any great resources to suggest, please let us know!

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Ear Training Resources List

Relative Pitch Ear Training

  • Vocalist: A great page, with particular focus on singing. Suggested exercises, links to online ear training resources, and pointers to books and software
  • TrainEar.com: A good free online trainer for relative pitch. Uses the ‘song association’ method to get you started recognising intervals. (Flash)
  • Teoria: Large number of online trainers for music theory and ear training. (Flash)
  • Auralia: Broad toolkit for relative pitch skills on Mac or Windows, from the makers of Sibelius (paid)
  • IWasDoingAllRight.com: Two great ear training apps for developing your ‘play by ear’ and sight-playing abilities. (Not to mention a terrific jazz blog too!)
  • ToneDeafTest.com: Worried you might be tone deaf? Take an online test and find out for sure.

Absolute Pitch Ear Training

  • We Hear and Play: A popular course for teaching young (3+ years) children to develop absolute pitch while playing musical games.
  • Pitch Paths: A (paid) self-study course for developing absolute pitch, using the song association method to get you started.

Rhythm Ear Training

  • Worldjazz: A set of lessons with many examples, to help you connect classical rhythm notation to the real-world sound of the beat. Sehr Toll!
  • LatinPercussion.com: Even if you’re not a percussion player, these free how-to videos are a fantastic way to do passive training. Watch, listen and pay attention!
  • PracticeSpot.com Rhythm Gym: Free online exercises for practicing reading rhythms. Check your ability with the sound files. For focused ear training, try transcribing the MIDI files and check against the written notation instead.

Audio EQ, Mixing and Mastering Ear Training

  • AudioCheck.net: Fantastic free online tests for a variety of ear training areas. Mainly focuses on audio topics, but covers some perfect pitch testing too.
  • Musician University: Online (paid) courses in a variety of audio engineering topics. Tried these? let us know what you thought!
  • REAPER: Excellent multi-track recording software for Windows and Mac OS X – perfect for experimenting with EQ and mixing techniques. Free, fully-featured trial version, and low price for the full license.
  • Hearing Test: An easy and well-designed online test of your hearing – Check how well your frequency sensitivity matches the expected curve! Definitely worth doing before you get stuck into frequency training.
  • Moulton Labs: Dave Moulton’s “Golden Ears” ear training course is the absolute standard for self-study audio engineer’s ear training. He has a large number of fascinating articles online which are certainly worth a read for anybody studying these topics.
  • Equalization Key Frequencies: A handy chart explaining why you might boost or cut different bands. Definitely worth a read to help you put meaning to frequency numbers, and you might pick up some handy mixing tips too!

Audio Effects Ear Training

  • Harmony Central: A superb resource for any number of ear training areas, with particularly great articles explaining the classic audio effects.
  • Mode Zero: An in-depth directory of guitar effects pedals with plenty of audio examples. Great for reference and to broaden your knowledge of what the classic effects can do!
  • Beat Portal: A series of articles about how to use standard audio effects, with lots of discussion about how their parameters effect the sound. Some great inspiration for your own experimentation and exercises here.
  • Audio Effects Explained With Monkeys: Well, if all the other explanations of what the effects are and how they sound don’t cut it, you can’t go wrong with monkeys.

Childhood Ear Training

  • Belly Itch:  A comprehensive and top-ranked blog for all things maternity.
  • Music Therapy Show:  A fantastic blog that discusses what music therapy is and how to use it in your life.
  • Rock Stars & Babies:  Website featuring incredible photography and blog posts of and about babies.
  • Folk Songs for Children: An About.com article with lyrics and sheet music links for lots of simple folk songs suitable for children.
  • Getting in Tune: A great free PDF booklet from Zero to Three, covering the role of music for children, from birth until three years old.
  • Making Music magazine: Making Music is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for recreational musicians. It’s full of tips, techniques, and resources for every instrument.
  • Ear Training and Improv: A great source of fun teaching resources for ear training in early music education.
  • The Plucky Pianista: Wonderfully enthusiastic, creative and sharp music teacher shares all.

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  • fernando

    hello¡ My name is Fernando, I play bass , ever I play to ear, I know music theory, but never practice ear training consciously, I hope open my ears, sorry for my english_

    • http://www.EasyEarTraining.com Christopher Sutton

      Hi Fernando,

      Good for you! Starting to actively work on ear training will bring you great results in your bass playing and enjoyment of music.

      Please explore the site, and if you have any questions just shout!

      Christopher

  • John Wiskin

    Hi Chris,

    I’m just getting started with ear training. I have been playing guitar for several years yet never developed my ear. Stupid, I know.

    Anyways, I’m making up for lost time. I was wondering if there was a software program (I’m a Mac user) where I playback melodies, chords or progressions. Or a program that I have to guess which notes are being played.

    A lot of programs I’ve tried do not have this and one of my main weaknesses is that I cannot distinguish between the notes.

    Any advice or programs that do this?

    Thanks,

    John

    • http://SonicTruths.net Christopher Sutton

      Hi John,

      (sorry for the delay in replying!)

      It’s great that you’ve decided to improve your ear – never too late to start!

      For the kind of practice you describe I would suggest either:

      1. Our ear training exercise tracks: http://www.easyeartraining.com/ear-training-exercises/

      or

      2. The online ear trainer from IWasDoingAllRight.com: http://www.iwasdoingallright.com/tools/ear_training/main/

      You might also find it helpful to read our Pitch & Harmony series which explains an effective approach to learning the kinds of relative pitch skill you want to acquire.