Minuet is a free ear training app for Android to learn musical chords, scales, intervals, and rhythms. It offers more than 40 ear training exercises based on these 4 major musical elements. These ear training exercises help you enhance your musical skills by building up a more natural comprehension of what you listen. The exercises offered by this app are similar to quizzes where you’ll be able to listen to the scale, interval, rhythm, or chord, and then choose the correct answer from multiple options.
One of the best feature of this app is that it also provides a visual representation of all the exercises on a piano keyboard, such that you’ll be able to properly understand the intervals, chords, scales, and rhythms before you answer the questions. This can also help you test your visual perception of musical skills using the piano keyboard.
Unlike the core piano apps for Android, this one doesn’t actually allow you to use the piano keyboard for playing something and only displays the exercise related keys.
How to Improve your Musical Skills with Ear Training Exercises on Android:
Step 1: First, open up the “Minuet” app on your Android phone and it will ask you to choose any of the ear training exercise categories. You can either select the Chords, Intervals, Rhythms, or Scales category to proceed.
Step 2: After that, you’ll be able to choose any of the specific exercise associated with that particular category for practicing. For example, suppose you’ve chosen the category “Chords”, then you can select ear training exercises like Minor & Major Chords, Minor 7 & Dominant 7 Chords, and so on.
To ease up things for you, let me explain all the supported ear training exercises based on the 4 different categories.
- Chords: The exercises offered by the “Chords” categories are Minor & Major, Minor 7 & Dominant 7, Diminished & Augmented, Minor 9 & Major 9, Major 7(b9) & Major maj7(9), Major 7th/Diminished 7th/Half Diminished 7th, Chords with 9 in their name, Altered, and Chords with 7 in their name.
- Intervals: Ascending Melodic Intervals and Descending Melodic Intervals.
- Rhythms: Easy and Medium.
- Scales: Major Scales and its modes.
Step 3: When you’re done selecting an exercise, it will pop up a question with two different answers. Now, tap on the button “New Question” to listen to the tune and try to select the correct answer between the two. If you don’t know the answer, then simply hit the “Give Up” button and it will automatically show the correct answer for you.
Apart from that, it will also display the tune (of chords, intervals, scales, and rhythms) of each question on the piano keyboard at the bottom. If you answer the question correctly, then it will let you move to the next tune or question. In the same manner, you can browse all the categories and practice all the associated ear training exercises to improve your musical skills on scales, chords, intervals, and rhythms.
My Final Verdict:
If you’re an amateur musician and want to improve your musical skills on intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms, then you got to try “Minuet”. To help you improve your musical skills it offers pretty interesting and useful ear training exercises according to the musical chords, rhythms, intervals, and scales. You can practice these exercises as quiz and also see the visual representation of the tunes on the piano keyboard.