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Useful Software and Apps for Jazz Musicians

In this post I’d like to share with you some, if not all, of the software and tools I use on a regular basis and which I have come to consider indispensable in my jazz studies in general and in my practice routine in particular.

This list is by no means exhaustive and will most likely be updated from time to time.

Ear Training

  • Karajan iPhone app (http://www.karajan-eartrainer.com/en/): This iPhone app (also available for iPad) is a neat tool for ear training on-the-go and especially useful for learning and practicing intervals and scales (from traditional Western modes to scales relevant in jazz like altered, whole-half diminished or lydian dominant, it’s got them all!). Check out the free demo
  • EarMaster 5 (http://www.earmaster.com): This comprehensive ear training software (available for PC and Mac) features over 650 progressive lessons covering all levels from absolute beginner to advanced musician. The best part is that it comes with a set of lessons specifically designed for the jazz idiom. Great tool to practice identifying, transcribing and playing intervals, chords, harmonic progressions, scales, modes, rhythms and melodies! Supports MIDI and microphone input.

Transcription/Notation

  • Transcribe! (http://www.seventhstring.com): Slow down any tune (audio file) to a speed of your choice without changing the pitch and analyze any part of the sound spectrum for the specific notes that are played. Facilitates transcribing your favorite solos immensely! Read more