Music Theory Games–the shortest route to superb musicianship

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Music theory can be scary if you are a musician who has been playing by ear, or if you’re just beginning, but now you can relax because downloadable music theory games make it fun, and as painless as possible.

Give the game down below a shot! And try if you can get on the high score list! Chose your preferences and hit start.


Some of the training topics in music theory games include:  Voice training, Learning key signatures, the circle of fifths, time signatures, beats per note, rhythms and more
And best of all, many music theory games are free!!!!!
They are a viable alternative to learning music theory in a class, or even in a video tutorial.  The graphics and sound effects are fun, great for young people (or young at heart), and allow you to pick certain parts of theory to learn about, so you can go at your own pace.

Ear Training Games
Help you learn by hearing intervals over and over. While some have a natural ability to hear and identify intervals and notes, others need training.  Even for those folks, it is easy with interactive games.  Ear training games are set up so you can select the interval and/or notes you think you’ve heard, and immediately find out if you got it correct.  Using these games, you will notice both your singing and instrumental ability improve.

Guitar Chord Games
You can find detailed lessons to learn the basic guitar chords and guitar tablature.  Games that are more intricate show fingering of chords, and enable you to look up any chord–then you can see it as written on the neck of the guitar, and hear it’s unique sound. You will be able to for example, hear a chord and know whether it is a G major 9, or whatever the case may be. Fingering for forming the chord is also shown and explained.
This is handy if you have a song with just the name of the chords above the music staff. Once you play the game, you can go back any time you are learning a new song, to look up any chord you don’t know how to play.  This way you can play from either sheet music, guitar tablature, or lead sheets–which have just the name of the chord written above the staff.

Key Signature and Scale Games
This is extremely helpful; teaching you not only to identify what the key is by the number of sharps or flats, but also the relative minor scale.

Rhythm and Timing Games
Learn the duration of notes by their appearance; learn how pauses in music are shown on sheet music, aka rests.

Many music theory games have been designed for use by music teachers, suitable for use in the classroom.  There are a variety of games to suit skill levels and age groups, from 1st graders on up.  They grab students’ attention with colorful graphics and sound effects.
The value is the interactive quality of the games.
Everyone can enjoy this experience, unlike hiring a music teacher, which is cost prohibitive for many parents, and adults wanting to learn.

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2 Responses to “Music Theory Games–the shortest route to superb musicianship”

  1. Nice to read your article. I totally agree with you. Games for kids and adults alike make learning music easier and fun! Susan

  2. Games are just one way to learn things, and often a good way.

    At least they make them enjoyable and fun!

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