Ear training will improve your ability to transcribe, improvise and compose. BigEars is simple but powerful ear training software that includes the basics as well as advanced harmony making it an excellent choice for learning jazz chords.
Beginning ear training students can drill on intervals and triads using the program in evaluation mode. An activation key is required to access the remaining ear training modules which includes:
Chords are more than mathematical constructs of intervals -- they have to be voiced right to sound good. BigEars voices triads, seventh chords and ninth chords the way a piano player would actually play them. Triads are played in root position and inverted with closed and open voicings. Chords with extended harmonies are voiced using shells -- 3rd and 7th in one hand and 5th and 9th in the other.
BigEars allows you to choose the content you want to work on. You control the parameters affecting the difficulty of the problems. Within each of the ear training modules you can specify precisely which sounds you want to hear.
You are welcome to download BigEars. The program will run in evaluation mode until you purchase an activation key. In evaluation mode only the Intervals and Triads modules are accessible.
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Augmented 4th/Dim 5th, Perfect 5th, Minor 6h, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, Octave
Major Scale and Modes: Major, Dorian, Phyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian
Harmonic Minor Scale and Modes: Harmonic Minor, Locrian #6, Ionian #5, Dorian b5, Phrygian Dominant, Major #9 #11, Altered Diminished
Melodic Minor Scale and Modes: Melodic Minor, Phygian #6, Lydian Augmented, Lydian Dominant, Mixolydian b13, Locrian #2, Altered or Diminished-Whole Tone Scale
Symmetric Scales: Diminished WH, Diminished HW, Augmented, Whole Tone
Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished. All inversions; open and close voicings.
Major 7th, Dominant 7th, Dominant 7 sus4, Minor 7th, Minor 7 b5, Diminished 7th, Major 7 b5, Major 7 #5, Dominant 7 b5, Dominant 7 #5, Minor-Major 7th, Diminished-Major 7th
Major 9, Major 6 9, Major 9 b5, Major 9 #5, Dominant 9, Dominant 9 sus4, Dominant 9 b5, Dominant 9 #5, Minor 9, Minor-Major 7 9, Minor 6 9, Minor 9 b5
Dominant 9, Dominant 9 sus4, Dominant 9 b5, Dominant 9 #5, Dominant 7 b9, Dominant 7 #9, Dominant 7sus4 b9, Dominant 7 b9b5, Dominant 7 b9#5, Dominant 7 #9b5, Dominant 7 #9#5, Dominant 13, Dominant 13 b9, Dominant 13 #9