Software: Fine Tuning Your Ears For Music

I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to write about his piece of software, as music is something that’s very important to me. I’m a woodwind player, with my primary instrument being the flute, but I get by just fine on the sax, clarinet, and about any other reeded instrument I can get my hands on.

It doesn’t matter if you play classical music like I do, or heavy metal, jazz, or anything else. Knowledge of the basics of music is always the key to playing better.

Today’s software is called Solfege, and it takes it’s name directly from the French music education system by the same name, Solfège

What Solfege does, is help teach a student about the basics of music theory.  With it, you will be given examples of various notes, melodic intervals, chords, rhythms, harmonic progressions, etcetera, and then quizzed on what you hear.

Installation is simple, just head over to your Software Manager and search for Solfege,

Once installed, you can launch the program from the Education tab in your main Menu.

Solfege Start menu and settings

Solfege Start menu and settings

I’d recommend you start with Major Scale and its modes to get a feel how the program works. I use a quality pair of studio headphones when using this software, but a good pair of reference monitors will do just fine as well. I would not recommend trying to run this software with the cheap, plastic speakers that come with most computers, as they can product unwanted harmonics that will defeat the purpose!

Solfege Major Scale and modes

Solfege Major Scale and modes

Next, you can start to learn the names of different rhythms in music:

Identifying a rhythm

Identifying a rhythm

And or course, cord progressions as shown below:

Solfege - testing your knowledge of diminished and augmented chords

Solfege – testing your knowledge of diminished and augmented chords

So give the Solfrege software and learning method a try, and  become as familiar with music and its many components as you can. This will help make you a better musician!