Here are some listening exercises to help you practice interval recognition.
You can listen to the tracks on this page or download them to practice with on your computer or mobile device. Just right-click an exercise and choose “Save As” or use the download link at the bottom of each set of exercises ().
- Use the “Training” tracks to listen carefully to each type of interval and tune your ear in to the different sounds.
- Each time an interval is played, it is then announced so you know what you’re hearing.
- Listen to the corresponding “Test” tracks, which include a short pause after each interval.
- During the pause, try to identify the interval you just heard.
- You’ll hear the correct answer so you know if you got it right and have the chance to hear the interval again.
The exercises are in a suggested order for gradually learning all the intervals of the octave, roughly corresponding to the lessons from the RelativePitch app, but you should feel free to change the order based on your progress learning the intervals.
1. Same note or Different notes?
Intervals: Unison, Tone
2. Semitone and Tone
Intervals: Unison, Semitone, Tone
3. Tone and Octave
Intervals: Tone, Octave
Intervals: Unison, Semitone, Tone, Octave
5. Major and Minor Thirds
Intervals: Minor Third, Major Third
For a full set of interval exercises, visit Musical U.