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I've once listened to an interview of someone with AP. The one thing that stuck to me was that he was hearing notes the way we see colors. I.e. he can identify notes by hearing them, but he has a hard time to distinguish intervals. Can you tell me how big the difference between blue and green is? Well, that's how he perceived notes. And the comparison is ...


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I read somewhere (scientific American I think) that the scientists differentiate between people who have perfect pitch, who are born with it, or "always have it" and people who have learned it, which is always by means of a "reference pitch". It's like they can remember what c sounds like and then when they hear a they start at c and go down step by step. ...


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At the present level of science (can be summarised here, for instance), there is no obvious answer to this question. Human ear internally contains a huge number of stereocilia of variable length. They resonate just like strings (or maybe more like rods as seem attached from only one side) in response to any sound, and the brain receives information which ...


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I achieved a degree of absolute pitch (AP) as an adult, but of course this was not done in a controlled manner, so the scientific reliability of my case is implicitly questionable. Anyway, here's what happened: As a student who specialized in music in high school, and then pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in college, my path follows a pretty standard one ...


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I can only answer from a completely personal point of view. For the last couple of years, I sing a C note as I walk past a piano, then check it. Just done it now, almost spot on.So, somehow, I think it can be trained. However, that's one note. If I hear a note, I have to imagine my C against it, to identify the note.Not sure if this qualifies.


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Before the discussions here, I thought that absolute pitch (AP from now on) was a given from birth to some lucky (or unlucky in some cases) individuals. From discussions and reading up on the subject, my understanding now is that it is related to early exposure to pitches and meaning attached to them. This could be childhood musical training, or languages ...



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