MelodEar, across Jazz Harmony 4+

See it, Hear it & Sing it ‪!‬

David Eskenazy

    • 4.4 • 8 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



MelodEar is for jazz musicians and singers willing to develop their melodic and harmonic improvisation skills. From baby steps to the most creative melodic adventures.

Melodear is an music learning interface allowing to visualize, hear and sing the melodic modes associated to the harmonic progression of a song, to flow limitlessly within and between the modes by learning to your ear all the melodic passages.

MelodEar is a 15 years passionate real-life teaching process decanted into a practical device by David Eskenazy, musician, singer, facilitator, creator of MelodEar.

‘I love when musicians sing with their instrument, and I love when singers get instrumental with their voice. So I dreamt of a device that could offer a comprehensive training for both. Here it is : let’ s dive into it , hope you enjoy the idea !’ D.E

At last singers have a serious voice-designed instrument to dive into the entanglements of jazz harmony.
Instrumentalists from another angle, will have the opportunity to muscle their inner hearing and connect their fingers straight to it: an infinite source of creation.

Both may consequently raise their artistic language to a new dimension and notice unexpected results in their improvisations.


MelodEar has a very simple work flow with 3 windows :

. The Edit window, where you can edit chords, easily choose the melodic modes, build your song.
. The Library, where you can store your songs, access pre-filled jazz standards, customize theme.
. The Session window, where the actual work is happening.

The Session window offers a unic visual medium to intuitively grasp all-in-one the melodic modes used in a chord progression, their internal intervals, the number of each note and the multiple connexions between them. ( cf screen shot n°1).

This fantastic guidance allows the user to develop their improvised melodic discourse to any direction through the chord progression. Ultimately this visual frame is only the support to a higher purpose : the audiation, and sensorial memory of the colors of the notes, modes, intervals and most of all of the multiple melodic passages from one mode to the next.

The Session window also provides a chord player & keyboard, a vocal keyboard to play the notes of the mode, a pitch recoginition highlighting the notes you sing, a fine tuner to be able to adjust your pitch, a looper to work on a specific section of the song.


‘See it, hear it & sing it !’ is the key-stone(regle de trois) of this musical approach.

‘See it’ : for a clear understanding & a secured guidance.
‘Hear it’: for a deep, reliable set of skills in real-life improv situations.
‘Sing it’ : whether you sing magnificiently or barely in-tune, your voice, fed-back with the pitch recognition of Melodear is the best reality-check of what you actually hear. It will help grounding the ear work from abstract to pure physicality. Our advice to instrumentalists and singers : Sing along !


As said earlier, MelodEar is not just a device but a whole musical approach.
There is a couple of subtleties about how to work that you need to be aware of in order to get meaningful and consistant results.
There is also a great variety of uses and exercises to develop different/complementary skills.

We did not want you to miss all that : so our tutorial pack comes with the purchase of MeloDear !


On top of the improvisation skills mentioned earlier, consistant work with the tutorial pack will help you improve significantly your :

. pitch accuracy
. vocal & brain agility
. awareness of notes’ colors
. harmonic ear
. mastery of intervals and reading music
. ability to create, develop and play with melodic patterns
. musical discourse and melodic creativity

Credits :
Conception, original idea : David Eskenazy
Development & design : Mathieu Lescure
Voices of the Vocal Keyboard : Samantha Lavital, Amandine Le Laurent
Icon design : Anne-Lise Gruet

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What’s New

Version 1.0.4

Fixed a connexion issue.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

awooogaawoooga ,

Great concept, but I wish it was more modular

I honestly see a lot going for this app. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to verify the note degree that I’m playing to a chord, and this idea really does save a lot of time in that regard.

With that said, I do think this needs some work, as sometimes I feel like I don’t always need a scale to accompany a certain chord. It’s nice to have them available, but for beginners to intermediate players it can be a little intimidating when you don’t know what scales to use.

Another thing I wish this app had is the ability to be more modular with your chord and scale definitions. I like the library, but I also think that it would just be much easier if I could create a chord with the notes defined by me. It allows for people to get different voicings, and also state chords which aren’t really in this list, like sus chords or chords with omitted notes and such.

Overall though, I will definitely be using this in the future. Chords can be substituted, and it’s really just a tool. That being said, I would love to see something done about the things I mentioned, but regardless, thank you for putting this out!

Bmore Mike ,

Mind stretching and fun

I’m new to iPad and this is one of my first apps. The learning curve is perhaps a bit steeper for me, but already I am getting a lot out of it in ear training and intuitive understanding of modes.

Review Window ,

Don’t support subscriptions apps!



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A one-off In-App Purchase to buy the app: to keep, forever.
This gets you permanent access to all current features, and all those added in the following 12 months.
It also gets you bug and compatibility fixes for the lifetime of the app.
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