Douglas Niedt
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Music Theory and

Ear Training

for Guitarists


Try these trainers
for your ears
and brain

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Music Theory for Guitarists

Doug recommends these games to brush up on your music theory for guitar

These games will only work on desktop computers. They will not work on your phone or tablet.
If the games don't load on your desktop computer, you may need to install the Adobe Shockwave Player.
I know it's a pain, but it will be worth it! Just click link and follow their simple instructions.

  1. Guitar fretboard trainer. It's time. You need to learn the guitar fretboard.
  2. Note trainer. Improve your recognition of the notes on the music staff.
  3. Key trainer. Learn to quickly recognize the major and minor key signatures.
  4. Interval recognition trainer. Learn to recognize written intervals on the music staff.
  5. Triad recognition trainer. Learn to recognize written triads on the music staff.
  6. Chord trainer. This trainer is geared toward guitarists who want to understand guitar theory in terms of the Roman numeral system of chord notation. This has everything, including spellings for those dastardly Neapolitan chords, borrowed chords, secondary dominants, and secondary leading tone chords! Warning: this one may fry your brain.
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Ear Training for Guitarists

These games are fun and great for improving your ear.

These games will only work on desktop computers. They will not work on your phone or tablet.
If the games don't load on your desktop computer, you may need to install the Adobe Shockwave Player.
I know it's a pain, but it will be worth it! Just click link and follow their simple instructions.

  1. Interval ear training game. This is a fantastic game to improve your aural recognition of intervals.
  2. Guitar scales ear training game. This game plays guitar scales for you to recognize by ear. Major scales, minor scales,
    modes—they're all here!
  3. Guitar chords ear training game. This is a game in aural recognition of chords. This game is a true test of your musical manliness or womanliness. If you score well on this, there may be a job waiting for you in your nearest university music theory department.

Our sincere thanks to Ricci Adams, the developer, who makes these games available free to the public. More can be found at his great website: musictheory.net. Also, thanks to guitarist John Horne for making us aware of their existence.