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Earz Solo app for iPhone and iPad

4.8 ( 1008 ratings )
Music Education
Developer: Ger Wolthuis
2.99 USD
Current version: 2.0.8, last update: 5 months ago
First release : 19 Sep 2015
App size: 2.6 Mb

Earz teaches you to read musical notes, to understand music theory and to identify basic musical principles by listening (high/low, long/short, and loud/soft), instruments, rhythm, intervals, chords, and scales.
Earz provides no explanations; you learn by answering audio questions.
The app is suitable for everyone; from beginners to professionals (solfège), for young and old, and it operates as a game (with several levels, highscores, etc.).

Earz Solo is the version of Earz that does not require a password.
Want to do a free trial of Earz first? Download ‘Earz’ (not the Solo version) and log in with ‘demo’.

Earz contains the following ‘modules’:
-tones (identifying basic musical principles by listening - high/low, long/short, and loud/soft)
-instruments (identifying by listening)
-reading notes (locate notes on a staff)
-rhythm (rhythmic dictation)
-intervals (identifying by listening)
-chords (identifying by listening)
-scales (identifying by listening)
-theory (answering questions)

You will hear a series of ‘tones’ and subsequently see 3 (color-coded) series from which you must choose the correct one.
-rendering: graphic and staff notation
-number of elements: 2-6
-soft and loud
-short and long
-low and high

You will hear a fragment played by one or multiple instruments, and subsequently see 3 names of instruments from which you must choose the correct one.
-string instruments: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, double bass, electric guitar, harp, lute, mandolin
-woodwind instruments: bass clarinet, bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, piccolo, recorder, saxophone
-brass instruments: flügelhorn, French horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba
-bowed instruments: cello, double bass, viola, violin
-keyboard instruments: accordion, electric piano, electronic organ, harpsichord, keyboard, piano, pipe organ
-percussion instruments: chimes, congas, cymbal(s), drum set, glockenspiel, gong, snare drum, tambourine, timpani, triangle, xylophone
-world music instruments: banjo, harmonica, koto, panpipes, saz, sitar
-vocals: female voice, female-voice choir, male voice, male-voice choir, mixed-voice choir
-ensembles: brass players, woodwind players, strings

Reading notes:
You will see a note move from left to right on a staff and must click the corresponding ‘letter’ within the time limit.
-movement speed of note: slow, medium, or fast
-key: G and F
-key signatures: minimum 0, maximum 7 sharps and flats
-key signatures as well as accidentals

You will hear a rhythmic fragment. The correct note picture must be achieved by dragging the rhyhtmic elements to the right place.
-tempo: slow, medium, fast
-number of elements: minimum 4, maximum 8
-meter: 4/4, 12/8, or both

You will hear an interval and must choose the correct one from 2 or 3 possible answers.
Everything from perfect unison to augmented eleventh

You will hear a chord and must choose the correct one from 2 or 3 possible answers.
major triad, minor triad, augmented triad, diminished triad, major flat-fifth triad, suspended second chord, suspended fourth chord, major seventh chord, minor seventh chord, minor-triad major-seventh chord, diminished seventh chord, dominant seventh chord with flat fifth, half-diminished seventh chord, major sixth chord, minor sixth chord.

You will hear a scale and must choose the correct one from 2 or 3 possible answers.
major, (natural) minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, chromatic, whole tone, pentatonic minor, blues, gypsy major, gypsy minor, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Myxolydian, Locrian.

You must answer a question by choosing the correct one from 2 or 3 possible answers.
-note names
-rest names
-note values
-rest values
-tempo markings
-expression marks
-words and abbreviations
-Italian terms
-English terms
-chords (words)
-chords (symbols)