The software behaves like a professor of music. At the beginning of each exercise, the software plays a preview of the series of notes that you'll have to recognize, while it shows them (on the screen) on the guitar's neck or on the piano keybord. It proceeds then to the dictation: it plays a note then awaits your answer, which you can give by clicking either on the guitar's neck, on the keyboard or even on the name of the notes displayed in the interface. For each good answer, the program grants you a point and plays the following note in the dictation. For each series of 15 notes out of 16 notes recognized successfully, the software increases the level of difficulty by adding one additional octave to the series of sounds you need to recognize. For each series of 12 exercises having reached at least 15 points out of 16, the software moves you up to the next level. In the contrary case, the fact of remaining and practising in the same level increases your skills and allows you, at one moment or another, to move up to the next level.
To have a good ear is the ability to [re]cognize sounds. This is why "Ear and Memory Training" offers, in parallel, a second activity called "Musical Memory Game". In this game, freely inspired by the game "Simon Says", the computer displays a series of coloured keys and plays simultaneously a series of random notes (corresponding to the current level of musical dictation of the pupil). You must then reproduce the sequence of notes by clicking on the coloured keys, in the same order, without being mistaken. To each series of notes successfully memorized, the program will add an additional note which lengthens the melody more and more. In the event of error the game starts over again, i.e. with only one note. This exercise develops auditive attention (it is necessary to be concentrated) and musical memory.
Ear and Memory Training: http://www.guitar-online.com/demos/data/ear-training-demo.exe
Musical Examiner: http://yellow-gold-soft.com/distrib/MusicalExaminer.zip
"Musical Examiner" develops ear fo music, it's aimed at training the user's ability to seize music using musical ear and perform it at once. This gives practical experience no textbook can give and can only be obtaining by performing music. 16 tracks of MIDI sequencer allows to study to create music, playing the mouse on the virtual MIDI keyboard.
"Musical Examiner" offers:
1. Examine your ear for music.
2. "Musical Examiner" examines (and trains) your musical memory.
3. Choice of tasks of two-note sequence on chromatic scale is very useful relative musical ear training exercise.
4. Suggested mode choice introduces main natural modes. Being based on the mode sense practicing in these modes develops ear for music, that is the main solfeggio direction.
5. In mode tasks the knowledge of scale notes is supposed. Turning the extramode sounds off the selected mode helps to cope with the "Mode and Key" chapter and gives hints during task fulfillment.
6. Listening skill and ability to recognize the sounded note in specific mode are developed. This ability depends on how good the ear for music is developed and also on music memory that should keep stable mode sounds.
7. Knowledge and ability to hear melodic sound of all basic triad and seventh types chords are given at task selection.
8. "Musical Examiner" is provided for the possibility of a real solfeggio test as during the studying process the log file is created and it contains information on how often the user had used the program and how much time it had taken
9. Exercises results are kept in special log of marks for all kinds of tasks. According to this log a music teacher can evaluate pupil's progress.
10. Work time is automatically accounted in TimeLog.txt file
11. "Musical Examiner" is equipped with 16 channel MIDI sequencer
12. Additional options include metronome and tune oscillator for tuning musical instruments.
13. Help arranged as built-in step-by-step instructions.