Mac Ear-Training Software
Greg Jalbert's Listenis a great music ear training
program for those wishing to strengthen their perception of melodic
and harmonic material. It features a wide variety of matching
and multiple choice exercises. Listen is used by thousands of
music students in universities, high schools, with private teachers
and at home.
include: single notes, melody, growing melody, intervals, triads,
7th, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, random atonal chords, interval
identification, chord type identification, and inversion identification.
Users work at their own pace, choosing materials such as keys,
scale types, range, pace, chord sets, and many other options.
Mac only, Listen costs $100, and makes a great companion to Edly's Music Theory for Practical People.
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In most of the Listen exercises,
the user is presented with a melody, interval or chord and must
match it by playing on the piano, guitar, or MIDI keyboard. There
are also several multiple-choice exercises where the user answers
by clicking the button that identifies what they heard.
are randomly generated using the selected pitches, key, scale,
range, and melody length parameters, and proceed according to
a user-determined pace. Chords are randomly presented from those
currently included in the chord set. There are seventeen types
of exercises and with the flexible materials system, new examples
can be automatically generated for ages 12 through adult. Even
professional musicians are challenged by the higher levels.
and Levels of Difficulty
Users can change the level of difficulty by changing the key,
scale or mode, melody or interval range, chord sets, chord inversion
sets, chord arpeggiation, and pace. There are 5 preset levels
of difficulty, and users can also customize Listen with their
Listen provides instant graphic feedback
on the progress through the current exercise. A simple bar chart
tracks how many right and wrong answers. Small question mark
icons appear for each note of a given example. As you play your
answer, you get feedback on whether the notes were too high,
too low, or correct. You can repeat the current example with
the Repeat button, or start a new sequence with the Start button.
and MIDI Features
Listen can play examples on the Macintosh 4-voice synthesizer,
or a MIDI synthesizer keyboard or module. The current version
of Listen supports the Apple MIDI Manager, the new Sound Manager
and includes sampled sounds of piano, electric piano, and guitar.
You can even add your own sounds.
answer using the Piano and Guitar windows or a MIDI keyboard,
guitar, or wind instrument.
A notation window displays
answers to melodic and harmonic material.
include a Beat-The-Timer option to engage a time limit for answers,
Too-High/Too-Low hints, Melody Length, Floating and Locked Chords
and Intervals, Chord Sets, Chord Inversions Sets, and several
others. Listen's comprehensive flexibility make it a powerful
tool for beginner through advanced students.
electronic manual includes a table of contents, tutorials on
exercises and materials, a window and command reference, glossary,
appendix of musical examples, and an index. Hypertext linking
and a search command make finding information very easy.
Any Macintosh model from the Mac Classic and later.
System 6, System 7, OS 8, or later.
Power Macintosh and 68K compatible.
Apple MIDI Manager supported but not required.
800K Disk space.
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DOWNLOAD THE LISTEN
The Listen demo is compressed with StuffIt and can be uncompressed
with StuffIt or StuffIt Expander.
Clicking this link will take you to its creator's Listen home
page, where you can buy the program. Enjoy!
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