Learn to read, play, and understand music
This award winning software helps you understand music and play any instrument better. It's easy to use, requires no previous musical background, and provides unlimited hours of enjoyable practice. Learn to read music, improve your sight reading, play new scales, and sharpen your listening skills. Its eleven drills move gently from elementary exercises to college level music theory. Whether you're eight or eighty, it's the perfect accompaniment for learning music, no matter what instrument you play.
Learn Essential Skills
MUSIC LESSONS' drills move gently from elementary exercises to college level music theory. These essential musical skills will improve your music making no matter what insrument you play.
Learn By Doing
You get interactive feedback on every question. The software even shows you the answer when you're stuck.
Learn By Listening
The ear training drills help you understand what you hear.
You're In Control
Nearly every aspect of the program's interface is under your control, including your choice of sounds and the colors used on the screen.
MUSIC LESSONS Drills
Most ear-training programs do a pretty good job training your ear, but they fall short when it comes to actually teaching you about the fundamentals of music. MUSIC LESSONS goes further than simple ear-training. It helps you learn the basic theory necessary to really understand music. MUSIC LESSONS provides unlimited hours of practice. Its eleven drills each have multiple skill levels and can be done in treble, bass, and alto clefs. Comprehensive help screens explain every musical term and concept necessary to master the drills and progress reports provide a detailed record of your scores
Learn to read notes and improve your sight reading skills. Sight reading is one of the most important musical skills you can develop, because the better you are at sight reading, the more easily you can learn music. Skill levels use treble, bass, and alto clefs, with notes on just the spaces, to notes with double sharps and double flats up to two ledger lines above and below the staff. This is an essential drill for beginners, and very useful for advanced musicians learning new clefs.
Circle of Fifths
Learn how the Circle of Fifths is used to identify major and minor keys based on the number of increasing sharps and flats found in the key signature, the order that sharps and flats appear in key signatures, and the ability to play through the ascending or descending circle of fifths beginning with any note. Circle of fifths motion is used extensively in jazz, pop, and classical music chord progressions.
Learn to identify major or minor keys based on the number of sharps or flats appearing in the key signature. Key signatures appear just after the clef symbol on each line of music. When you know the key signature and the notes of the corresponding major or minor scale, you know the notes the composer used as the raw materials for the melodies and harmonies in the piece. Skill levels let you select any combination of major or minor keys, using sharps or flats. You can control the number of sharps and flats that will be used
Major / Minor Scales
Learn what notes are used in the major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales. The notes of these scales are the raw materials used to construct melodies and chords.
Learn the modal scales. Modes were commonly used by Renaissance composers and are used today in jazz, pop and some 20th century concert music. The major and natural minor scales are derived from the Ionian and Aeolian modes.
Learn the notes of several jazz scales. The notes of these scales are used as raw materials for improvising. The more advanced musician can practice playing scales like Dorian flat 2, Lydian Sharp 5, Mixolydian sharp 4, Mixolydian Flat 6, Minor flat 5, and Locrian flat 4.
Learn a note's position within a major or minor scale or key. Each scale degree (position) has a name. The different scale degrees have melodic and harmonic tendencies. Knowing the scale degrees will be very useful when studying intervals, melodies, and chords.
Learn to visually identify intervals. An interval is the distance in pitch, measured in half steps, between two notes. Quick visual recognition of intervals is very important in sight reading and transposing. You begin with diatonic intervals in a major key, and advance to fully chromatic intervals without key reference. Covers ascending and descending, doubly diminished to doubly augmented intervals, spanning a unison to a tenth.
Note / Rest Durations
Learn how many beats a note or rest receives in various time signatures. This is essential for understanding how rhythm and counting work. The lower number in the time signature can be a two, four, eight, or sixteen. Note and rest values can range from a sixteenth to a whole, including dotted values.
Scales / Modes / Jazz Scales Ear Training
Learn to identify scales by listening. Learning to recognize what you hear is an important musical skill. You'll have to listen closely to distinguish between the four types of major-minor scales, the eight modes, and the seven jazz scales played on any pitch level. You can work with each group independently or in combinations.
Intervals Ear Training
Learn to identify intervals by listening. Learning to recognize what you hear is an important musical skill. From diatonic intervals in a major key to fully chromatic intervals spanning a unison to a tenth, this drill will really improve your ear.
MUSIC LESSONS Requirements
Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP. VGA or SVGA video display. Sound card recommended. MIDI keyboard is optional. MUSIC LESSONS supports any MIDI synthesizer, MIDI interface (including Roland MPU-401), or Sound Blaster compatible sound card through the Windows Multimedia Extensions Drivers.
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