I think everyone here should do the ear trainer and post their results. No cheating. You must answer 10 questions. You can have a couple practice questions if you like. Up to 10. After that it is the real deal.


My results: 80%. 8 correct and 2 incorrect. Although I got unison twice. I am currently doing a intensive ear training program by myself so I am happy with these results.
Last edited by ShogunRonin at Apr 16, 2015,
I got 10/10

EDIT: Went up to 100. 100 correct, 2 incorrect, 98 percent. Confused 1 minor sixth for a major 7th and missclicked one. lol.

But this hasn't actually helped me much. It's more helpful to hear the big picture in terms of scale degrees than isolated intervals(unless the music is atonal or something). That's why I think sight singing and transcribing actual music is better.

For example: Instead of hearing 'root - major third - minor third' I hear 'arpeggiated major triad'

And instead of hearing 'down minor second - down major second - down major second - unison - up perfect fifth - down perfect fifth' I hear 'major scale degrees 4-3-2-1-1-5-1'

Eventually you can do that in real time after a lot of practice.
Last edited by Elintasokas at Apr 16, 2015,

wish it was chords instead, more interesting

oh they do have one:


meh too basic

...modes and scales are still useless.

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Last edited by Xiaoxi at Apr 16, 2015,
99/100 (Shame on me.)

But yeah, I agree with Elintasokas. I'm sure there's some benefit from this, but I also think in scale degrees. And these intervals are completely out of context.
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Yeah this doesn't actually help anyone.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
It's important to understand how we hear music in a context.

e.g., a I-IV and a V-I can both be played as a major chord moving down by an interval of a fifth - or, if you prefer, as a chord moving up by a 4th.

In a void, in this sort of interval-based exercise training, there's no difference.

However, in practice, there's a huge difference. No experienced musician would ever mistake a V-I for a I-IV. They're both instantly-recognizeable, and highly different, chord movements.

By transcribing and/or using the functional ear trainer, you can start to hear these differences.