Relative Pitch Ear Training Software
RPitch is copyright © 2004 by David F. Glasser (dglasser at pobox dot com*)
This program is free and open-source. Usage is subject to the terms of
the GNU General Public License.
"Relative pitch" is the ability to recognize and name an interval (the distance between two
musical notes) simply by hearing it. Unlike perfect pitch, which many claim cannot by acquired
through training or practice, most people can attain a reasonably well-developed sense of
relative pitch through practice and repeated drills.
RPitch (pronounced "are pitch") is a feature-rich software program
designed to help a user develop a sense of relative pitch. With it, a user
can practice identifying random intervals while tracking the number of correct
RPitch runs on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Unix computers. To download and install
RPitch, follow these steps:
- If you don't already have it, you need to get the Java Runtime Environment (JRE),
which can be downloaded free from Sun Microsystems
here. When you install the JRE,
choose to install the "Additional Font and Media Support" option.
After you have installed the JRE, download the file rpitch-0.9-beta-installer.jar from
this page. This is an
installation program that will intall RPitch on your computer. To launch it on a Windows computer,
simply double-click the file's icon. On other computers, you will need to execute the
command "java -jar rpitch-0.9-beta-installer.jar" from a command (shell) prompt.
Follow the instructions given by the installation program to intall RPitch. To start the program
on a Windows computer, click its shortcut icon. To start RPitch on other computers, run the
shell script rpitch.sh that will be in the directory where you installed RPitch.
*Note: When sending email to the author, please include the name of this program in
the subject of your email to insure that it gets through spam filters.
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