Aquallegro Reflection

Starting this school year in music class, I have been training my ears and aural skills on an application called Aquallegro, specifically working on intervals. The intervals that I have chosen to focus on are: Major 3rd, Augmented 4th, Minor 6th, Major 6th and Major 7th. Overtime, I think that I have definitely improved my listening skills and my ability to hear what a note is.

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This was my first time trying Aquallegro, and as you can probably tell, I didn’t do so well, with 8/14 – 57.14%. I think that the reason my score wasn’t as good was due to the fact that I often get confused about what the note is and whether it is sharp or flat. For example, it might play an C#, and I may not be able to fully know whether it is C or C#. Furthermore, there were times when I tried to guess based on what the interval sounded like, instead of thinking of what the two notes were and working my way up semitones to find the actual interval.

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This was around my 7th time doing Aquallegro, and as you can see the overall accuracy percentage is higher than when I first started. However, the number of intervals that I did was only half of the number that I did the first time. This is because I started paying more attention to what the notes themselves were, and sometimes spent too long trying to figure out exactly what the two notes were, making sure that I made as little mistakes as possible.

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This was my most recent time doing Aquallegro, and there is quite a difference that you can see overtime from the three screenshots. This one has a score of 19/20 with an accuracy percentage of 95%. This is a rather large improvement, as I was able to improve my accuracy as well as the speed and time management of it all. This is good as it shows that my ears have learned to listen to two notes and be able to differentiate them and listen for the gaps in between. Because I have been doing it quite a lot, sometimes my ears can tell what the interval is without having to figure out the two notes and counting the semitones. I feel like I have made a great improvement from the first time I did it and my ears are definitely getting better at listening to notes.

My strategy for the Aquallegro quizzes have always been the same: figure out what the two notes are, think of a keyboard and use it to count the intervals. Through doing Aquallegro, I have created¬†strategies that I have used to figure out notes when I am not too sure. One of them is thinking of Concert C or Bb (because I seem to always know exactly what it sounds like) and work out the note from there, going up or down. Even though this seems easy, it is not a great method as I have to sing the note out loud and compare it to the note from Aquallegro. This disturbs other classmates, as the class is usually rather silent while doing it. Another method is since that I can tell the approximate note (without the sharps or flats), I try to think of what the semitone above sounds like, and try to think of the note from that. Other times, when I really don’t know, I take a guess and see whether it turns out to be right or not, though that is not a great way to be doing these quizzes.

Overall, I feel that Aquallegro has definitely helped to train my ears, especially with identifying notes and figuring out the intervals between two notes. Because of this, I’m interested to try other quiz topics, such as chords or note names to further enhance my listening skills in music.