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Functional Ear Trainer — Ear training made easy

Functional Ear Trainer — Ear training made easy

  • v3.3.4

Ear training is easy and fun with Functional Ear Trainer. Play music by ear.

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Ear training can be easy and fun! With a right approach.

Have you (or one of your friends) ever wanted to learn to transcribe or play music by ear?

It is so important for a musician to know what you are hearing. A good musical ear helps when you are composing, improvising, transcribing melodies, or playing with others.

Most likely you have already tried different programs to learn to recognize intervals or even to acquire perfect pitch. However, although such programs develop your ear, but can you actually play any melody you hear as soon as you listen to it?

Imagine you could understand music… It is like when somebody is talking to you, you not only hear pleasant sounds, but you recognize words and their meaning.

One day I came across Alain Benbassat's program called “Functional Ear Trainer” and have been using it ever since. It is based on Alain's ear training method to learn to recognize tones.

The main difference between the Functional Ear Trainer and other methods is that it teaches you to distinguish between tones in the context of a particular musical key. You begin to recognize the role (or function) of each tone in this key, which is incredibly similar to its role in other keys of the same scale.

And it is *guaranteed* anyone can gradually develop this skill. It does not matter:
– who you are – an absolute beginner in music or a virtuoso professional musician;
– how old you are – a 3 yo kid or a 90+ adult;
– what musical instrument you play (you don't even have to play one).

The only requirement is to practice for 10 minutes a day.

I was so excited about this ear trainer that I have developed an Android app based on the Alain Benbassat method. I hope you will find it useful.

Download this app right now, and have fun with your ear training!


Walk-through video

Following are short videos of how to use Functional Ear Trainer — Ear training made easy training app.

Functional Ear Trainer (Basic) Charlie Banacos Ear Training Exercise #1

Functional Ear Trainer (Basic) Charlie Banacos Exercise #1 - Typical Session


  • A education training app available for Android phones and tablets.
  • The latest version 3.3.4 released on .
  • Free download of functional-ear-trainer-—-ear-training-made-easy.apk in Android Package file format
  • 856,177+ installs


  • It will take 13M on your device.
  • May not run on devices with specifications below following: Require Android 4.1 and up

APK Specifications

Android 4.1
education, functional, trainer, training, made, musical
Kaizen9 Apps
4.80 out of 5 from 13 votes


What others say about the Functional Ear Trainer — Ear training made easy app

It has a pleasant UI, useful presets, and good customization. For 5 bucks I bought the instrument package, hoping for an old school synth sound. No dice, but the Mark V is decent. I would like two new features, the ability to test chords, not just sequential notes, and the ability to turn off the return to the tonic which always follows the correct note. I've used this a lot and my relatve pitch has improved a shocking amount in a couple days. This is a backdoor way to learn musical theory.
Many other apps for ear training just throw a lot of different types of exercises at you and hope you figure out how to learn. Unlike them this app gently guides you through the process in a surprisingly efficient way. You won't find here any advanced exercises like recognizing intervals, chord sequences or inversions, but you'll surely learn how to recognize specific notes in a context of different keys. And it should be the good base for everything else.
This is a great app that really helps you learn to recognize every degree in a given scale, which is great for transcribing, learning solos, etc. As soon as I saw this method I recognized it was the Dick Grove method from 1970's ( splitting the scale in 2 equal parts) which I had started using recently with Books. So it really surprised me that this says it's the Alain Benbassat's method. Out of curiosity, do you know which one came first? Great app nevertheless
I think this is the best ear training app you can get. I have wasted my time on interval training with little success, but this method is great it has opened my mind and I can now hear the subtle differences of tones easily. I want to thank the developers for their great effort and guys if you want to train your ears install this app, practise for 10 minutes daily and see the results for yourself.
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