Music Education

Tete – ear training software

Tete is an open source ear trainer. Ear training involves learning to recognise how different combinations of notes sound. It is useful for musicians to allow them to distinguish between the different combinations of notes that make up music.

Tete allows you to select intervals, chords, or scales and play examples of the selected sounds in a random order. As each is played it is highlighted in the list. Once you believe you can tell what is playing you can test yourself. A series of sounds will be played, again at random, and you attempt to identify what has been played.

You can control how each sound is played back by changing the midi instrument, the octave range allowable, root note, and whether the sounds are played ascending or descending. You can also adjust the length of the notes and the extent to arpeggio the playback.

Features include:

  • Large number of chord types and scales supported:
    • Chords: Major, Minor, Suspended 2nd, Suspended 4th, Augmented, Diminished, Major b5, Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th, 7 Suspended 2nd, 7 Suspended 4th, 7 Augmented, Minor 7th b5, Minor Major 7th, Major 7 Augmented, Major 9th, Dominant 9th, Minor 9th, 9 Suspended 4th, Minor Major 9th, Dominant 11th, Minor 11th, Major 13th, Dominant 13th, Minor 13th, 13 suspended 4th, Diminished 7th, Major 6th, Minor 6th, Major Add 9th, Minor Add 9th, Major 6th/9th, Minor 6th/9th, 7th Add b9th, 7th Add Augmented 9th, 7th 5th/b9th, 7th 5th/Augmented 9th, 9th Add Augmented 11th, and 13th Add Augmented 11th.
    • Scales: Major (Ionian), (Dorian), (Phrygian), (Lydian), (Mixolydian), Natural Minor (Aeolian), (Locrian), Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, Blues, Augmented, Hungarian Major, Hungarian Minor, and Enigmatic.
    • Intervals: Perfect 1st, Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Diminished 5th, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, Octave, Minor 9th, Major 9th, Augmented 9th, Perfect 10th, Perfect 11th, Augmented 11th, Perfect 5th, Minor 13th, Major 13th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, and Double Octave.
  • Note Length.
  • Arpeggio Delay.
  • Support for the OpenJDK Gervill synthesizer.
  • Built in ’emergency’ soundbank removing the need to download soundbanks from Sun.
  • Supports SoundFont2, Downloadable Sounds, and plain audio format samples.

Support: SourceForge
Developer: Cliff Evans
License: GNU GPL


Tete is written in Java. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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