Tone is a fun and simple game to help you improve your ears and sing with perfect pitch.
- Simple, intuitive interface
- Choose your pitches and octaves
- Difficulties ranging from easy to expert
- Practice mode with reference pitch
- Transpose the notes to different keys
- View note names, piano keys, or use solfege
- Share your score and compete with friends!
- Learn to recognize musical intervals like minor 3rds and major 7ths.
- Learn to recognize chord qualities like major and minor.
- Visualize your progress over time with beautiful graphs.
- All of your progress & data is automatically stored in iCloud, so you'll never lose it.
- Localized the app in 6 new languages: Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
Ratings and Reviews
Useful for those who play and learn by ear!
As someone who has grown up around music but never had the focus to learn an instrument or sheet music, I’ve gotten by with more or less the guessing of notes and tone. However as I have an interest in learning and playing piano, being able to pick out and identify specific notes as opposed to an ambiguous melody is a challenge without learning to identify the sounds and their placement by sheet. I saw tone recommended recently and figured there was nothing to lose and more to gain, so I downloaded it and was extremely pleased with the simple yet fun way the app helps you memorize notes and tone. It’s a super simple game, and it’s a little repetitive, but personally I don’t find that a dealbreaker (heck, I can always take a break if it’s getting boring!) My only complaint is that I wish the settings were easier for my inexperienced self to understand. When I checked the settings to see how I could configure the lesson/game, my eyes started to glaze over trying to understand what it meant. I would so, so love a little mini tutorial of how to work the settings and other things like that little table of notes (idk what that does?? I’ve messed around with it and saw no change, so I’m not sure if I’m getting what that does...) That way I could use this app even more to its potential! I would really recommend this for those learning music!
Cute, but... cute
First of all, many people debate whether perfect pitch can be learned after the age of about 6. But there is a decent amount of literature claiming otherwise, and at this point one could find there is a trope to learning it as an adult. One of the main tenants of any practice of it, though, is constant, regular, long-form practice. Like, daily 30-minute intent practice over 10 years.
That said, this app doesn’t do that, at least not in its methodology. Maybe it could work with regular, 30-min practice over many years, but the app isn’t robust enough to incite that sort of commitment out of it.
As it is, it’s an excellent relative-pitch practice device. The main issue is that, once the user hears the first pitch of their practice session, the rest of the pitches from that point on are heard in relation to the first one — thus ‘relative’ pitch. The only way this could really be used for perfect pitch practice is to try at only the first pitch when you open the app, then put it away for 30 mins, listen to other stuff, then come back and try it again, over and over and over.
FWIW, it IS still really great as an on-the-go ear training gismo. I’ve already thought about having my students use it, as it is very simple but has many options for scales etc.
I have my doctorate in music composition, so I think about this stuff a lot. Thanks for the app regardless!
I like the idea of pitch memory rather than perfect pitch. Being able to rely on yourself instead of available or non available musical instruments which may or may not be in tune.... of course A as 440 is a 20th century construct versus a 380 A in say, Bach’s day. Good relative pitch would suffice in many instances. While pitch memory is indispensable to a professional or ambitious amateur/ student. I wonder if the price isn’t discouragingly high for someone NOT making money in some portion of the industry. Three weeks of the subscription price would buy a pitch pipe as easily carry-able as a cell phone and without the problems of batteries running low. Maybe engineers, doctors and mechanics could do with perfect pitch but 1) they have machines for those diagnostics and 2) it’s an AMAZING mechanic who can diagnose an engine defect by sound. I like this idea but I’m frankly annoyed by the cost. (Not that programmers shouldn’t be paid but with a few well functioning apps and they can get a high paying software gig making more money than the best paid professional artists). I’m happy to concede the point if you can explain.... There should be theory, notation and a pitch finding function in the app for that price. Also NB this is all and only for western music and half tone scales. MUCH harder to hear for the western trained ear is Easter European and or African quarter tone scales. If someone could offer to train me to hear That, I’d pay good money for it.
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- Coda Labs Incorporated
- 158.4 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- © 2021 Coda Labs Inc.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.