Online ear training is a cheap way to consistently develop your ears! Many online ear training websites can even do what the best ear training software can do.
If you want to be able to consistently train your ears, online ear training is the way to go.
I’ve saved you many hours and put together a list of 9 awesome online ear training websites!
Online Ear Training Pro’s and Con’s
Below, you will find a detailed list of 9 online ear training websites! Many public places now provide free wireless internet. If you have your laptop with you, you can train your ears consistently!
Description: IWasDoingAllRight provides you with Ear Trainer 2.0. This is my first personal favorite online ear training website! This is a Java application that has the ability to select your intervals, chords, and melodies of focus. It’s pretty beast. You can even add a rhythm section to your exercises and also decide what instrument you will be hearing. My favorite feature is Call & Response. Call & Response is probably one of the most natural ways to develop your ear. It may take some time at first to get, but the results are permanent and applicable to any musical situation. This method truly teaches you how to play what you hear. Call & Response is a feature that all ear training should incorporate.
Pros: Call & Response feature is pretty awesome! Many options to customize your ear training. Choose the key, the chord, the interval, and more! Below the ear training application are also some helpful ear training tips and also a list of melodies that you can use to associate with intervals.
Cons: Java application may have compatibility issues with some mobile devices.
Description: Ear Training Mastery is a very robust online ear training website! This is my second favorite online ear training website! The amount of ear training options available to you on this website are very similar to some of the best ear training software. Train your ears for sound comparison (which note is higher) and perfect pitch (also known as absolute pitch)! There is a virtual piano. There are musical memory exercises. Compare intervals and master the feeling of each musical interval. There are singing tests. Develop chord recognition skills. Recognize basic rhythms.
Pros: This website functions and responds to your selections very fast! The interface is very clean. The options are enough to help you develop a very solid foundation of relative pitch! You have the ability to sign up for an account to keep track of your progress.
Cons: The ear training exercises in this website are created in Adobe Flash. There may be some compatibility issues with some mobile devices. Although there are huge benefits of signing up for an account, I personally feel that in this day and age, there is just too many online accounts to keep track of. So, this is the only reason this online ear training website remains as my second favorite option.
Description: EarBeater appears to be a fairly new online ear training website. It’s still in beta phase. The website uses Adobe Flash Player. Currently, you are able to practice the following categories: Interval size comparison, Interval identification, Scale identification, Chord identification, Chord Inversions. Interval identification, Scale identification, Chord Identification, and Chord Inversions skills are crucial for bass guitarists.
Pros: No need to register or sign up for anything. After the Adobe Flash Player application loads completely, the application runs smoothly and quickly. There are more than 30 lessons for almost every category. Each lesson builds on the last lesson.
Cons: Although not registering or signing-up can be less hassle, it also means that you cannot save your results over time. If you want to chart your progress over time, you will have to keep track of it with some other means. Not all mobile devices are Adobe Flash Player compatible. For example, I am currently on my iPad and I cannot access this application.
Description: Musicmind is an online ear training website that uses Java instead of Adobe Flash Player. This website allows you to train in the following areas: One Note Solfege, One Note Notation, One Note Piano, Three Note Melody Solfege, Three Note Melody Notation, Long Melody Notation, Melodic Interval, Harmonic Interval, and Atonal Trichord! I particularly like the Solfege ear training applications. I feel that Solfege is very similar to the number system that allows bass players to recognize and recall chord progressions very easily.
Pros: There is an option to sign up for an account to track your scores and monitor your progress. Ear training in areas that many online ear training websites and software do not provide! After loading, the applications run smoothly and respond quickly.
Cons: This website uses Java, causing limitations with mobile devices. I am currently on my iPad and I cannot access any of the applications on this site.
Description: Good Ear is an online ear training website that has been around for quite sometime. There are a whole lot of relative pitch exercises and some perfect pitch exercises in there.
Pros: It gets the job done. Although the options are basic, they do have options. Many online ear training websites do not have options. There is a healthy amount of applicable exercises in there.
Cons: Responds really slow. Although you really are focusing on your hearing, it is nice to be looking at something somewhat visually appealing. This site has no visual appeal. No way to save your results over time. Possible compatibility issues with mobile devices. I cannot hear the music files on my iPad. The website appears to embed Quicktime as a means to play the files.
Description: Theta Music Trainer allows you to train your ears using games! Don’t underestimate the power of learning through interactive games. More senses are involved. Learning becomes fun. Achieving goals become fun. Time flies. There are so many games for specific ear training skills! Each games has multiple skill levels to choose from.
Cost: Only the first 3 levels of each game are available for free. After that, you have to pay for membership.
Pros: After the game loads, the game runs smoothly and quickly. There are many games for many types of ear training. There is the option to sign up for an account to keep track of your scores. Learning is easy.
Cons: All games use Adobe Flash Player, which may have accessibility issues on some mobile devices. Cost of membership is not disclosed until you pass the first 3 levels of a game. I find that to be kind of annoying.
Description: Big Ears is a straight forward online ear training website. This application focuses on melodic intervals. The good thing is, you get to decide which intervals you want to focus on. The Big Ears application uses Java.
Pros: You can decide which melodic intervals you which to focus on. After all sounds have loaded, the application runs smoothly. Random melodic intervals are played.
Cons: Limited scope of ear training. Does not save your results over time. I personally feel harmonic interval study may be more effective than melodic interval study. However, melodic interval study is still an effective. The Big Ears application uses Java and may have compatibility issues with some mobile devices. I am currently on my iPad and I cannot access the application on this site.
Description: Although limited, Wholenote does provide the ability to train your ears to identify a series of notes. A cadence is played (to establish the key center), followed by a series of notes. You may find this a bit more challenging, but stick with it, because this skill is a little more realistic when playing music with other people.
Pros: Ear training for a series of notes.
Cons: Does not save your results over time. Limited ear training options. Possible compatibility issues with some mobile devices.
Description: The Musical Intervals Tutor is a little different than other online ear training websites. This site provides samples of each interval for you to hear and sing along with. Adding to that, links to melodies that begin with that interval are provided. Associating melodies to intervals is a method of ear training that has been around for a very long time. I personally did not develop my relative pitch that way. However, I do know many musicians that have excellent relative pitch that began their ear training with this method. There is also the ability to perform a basic test on your intervals.
Pros: Songs are provided to ingrain the sound of each interval. This method is time-tested and gets the sound of an interval in your head really quickly.
Cons: Does not save your results over time. Limited ear training options. Possible compatibility issues with some mobile devices. In an actual musical situation, you will most likely not be think of a different song each time you hear an interval. In my opinion, this method works particularly well for isolated interval events.