Theory exercises and tools
Tenuto is a collection of 24 highly-customizable exercises designed to enhance your musicality. From recognizing chords on a keyboard to identifying intervals by ear, it has an exercise for you. Tenuto also includes six musical calculators for accidentals, intervals, scales, chords, analysis symbols, and twelve-tone matrices.
A short description of the exercises and calculators follows. For a full list of all available customizations, visit the "Developer Website" link on this page or open http://tenuto.link/features/ in your web browser.
• Note Identification
• Key Signature Identification
• Interval Identification
• Scale Identification
• Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the written staff line. For example: if shown a C, E, and G with a sharp; tap the "Augmented Triad" button.
• Note Construction
• Key Signature Construction
• Interval Construction
• Scale Construction
• Chord Construction
Construct the specified label by moving notes and/or adding accidentals. For example: if shown a C and an "Augmented 4th" label, move the second note to F and add a sharp.
• Keyboard Reverse Identification
Tap the piano key corresponding to the written note on the staff. While similar to Note Identification, this exercise uses a piano keyboard rather than note name buttons.
• Keyboard Note Identification
• Keyboard Interval Identification
• Keyboard Scale Identification
• Keyboard Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the highlighted piano key(s). If the C and G keys are highlighted, tap the "P5" (Perfect 5th) button.
• Fretboard Note Identification
• Fretboard Interval Identification
• Fretboard Scale Identification
• Fretboard Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the marked fretboard position(s). If the 2nd fret of the D string is marked, tap the "E" button.
• Keyboard Ear Training
• Note Ear Training
Listen to the played reference and question notes. Select the piano key or note button corresponding to the question note.
• Interval Ear Training
• Scale Ear Training
• Chord Ear Training
Tap the button corresponding to the played notes. If E and F are played, tap the "Minor 2nd" button.
• Accidental Calculator
Display the accidental for a note and key.
• Interval Calculator
Display the interval for a note, type, and key.
• Chord Calculator
Display the scale for a tonic and scale type.
• Chord Calculator
Display the chord for a note, type, and key.
• Analysis Calculator
Display the chord for a symbol and key.
• Matrix Calculator
Display the twelve-tone matrix for a specified tone row.
• Adds support for Dark Mode. In Dark Mode; menus, dialogs, and settings have a dark appearance. Large white areas, such as the background of music notation or piano white keys, are dimmed.
• Raises the location of answer buttons on certain devices to better align with the system keyboard.
• Fixes an audio lag issue when using certain Bluetooth headphones.
• Fixes various minor layout issues.
Ratings and Reviews
An excellent app which is really helping my speed and understanding. There are still so many variations to work through that I expect this app to be in daily use for many months or years. My only suggestion to date (and I have not explored everything!) is that, while working through Interval Identification it would be useful to have the option to have the intervals displayed as “split” notes as well as stacked i.e. spread within a bar (measure). This would add further recognition patterns which would be frequently encountered in a score.
I may come up with other suggestions as I work through it all but so far it has been brilliant and well worth the money.
What more can I say? This app is just superb. It is highly customisable and is helping me really firm up my musical foundations. I use it currently to test my chord shapes in Challenge mode, 50 chords and see how long it takes to name the chord, name the scale degree of the root note and to play it. Saying this out loud really helps drum it in. When I get below 5 minutes for 50 with no mistakes I change to another key.
This is an excellent app which can be easily configured for the different ABRSM Music Theory Grades. How about including descending scales in the Scale Identification and Scale Construction features ?
Performance Directions would also be welcome, but then I
suppose the app would look too much like an ABRSM app which may not be what the designers intended
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