Questions tagged [absolute-pitch]

The ability to identify pitch without having to make a comparison to a reference note. Also colloquially called *perfect pitch*. Absolute pitch is often used in contrast to relative pitch, the ability to infer given pitches in relation to others.

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Question to those who have perfect / absolute pitch: can you instantly name the notes you hear in your head as well?

I'm interested in knowing if people who have perfect pitch (so those who can instantly name a note by just hearing it) also can name the notes they hear in their heads. I'd prefer answers from people ...
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Is there a space in between relative pitch and perfect pitch? [duplicate]

I absolutely have relative pitch down. I can recognize most intervals immediately. As for perfect pitch, it just doesn't work consistently. I have a tone in my head and when I check with the guitar I'...
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What are the notes that this singer is singing? [closed]

It starts at 01:10. The lyrics of the part is "Na tsu no to bi ra o A KE- TE", and the part I am wondering about the notes of the last three syllables. Here is a person's piano rendition of ...
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How do I determine I have perfect pitch

I was recently told about this and I was wondering do I have perfect pitch or some variation of it. I have no prior musical experience in any shape or form yet despite this I have always been able to ...
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Is it possible to have perfect pitch but zero sense of relative pitch?

I'm sure that most musicians have a good sense of relative pitch. Given the name of a well-known song and a starting note, they can sing it in that key, whether or not it is the original key. I have ...
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Does perfect (absolute) pitch ever go out of tune?

When someone has perfect pitch, can it get "out of tune"? I've heard of musicians who had perfect pitch but as they got older they didn't have perfect pitch any more, or maybe it just got &...
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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?

Sometimes I'll be singing a song, and then I'll play a recording and discover I was singing in the same key. Does this mean I have perfect pitch?
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Can someone have perfect/relative pitch without knowing it?

Hey so I've been in music for about 7 years now and it's gotten to the point where I've developed actual skill. I principle French Horn and second Trumpet (with self taught guitar on the side that ...
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If someone can sing a melody, why can they not also recognize the intervals within that melody?

Surely everyone who struggles with relative pitch already has in-built relative pitch, so why is it so hard to actually recognise intervals? What I mean is from a child I (and most other people I ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch? [duplicate]

What is the best/easiest/most efficient way of developing perfect pitch? Note: What I mean by perfect pitch is the ability to distinct a certain note from another. In other words being able to ...
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Do i have perfect pitch , if i corrected my friend about her high note [closed]

My friend was having trouble with a high note , I checked the song out and sang the song almost instantly and I also hit the high note , a week or 2 later she randomly started going higher in pitch ...
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Why do I hear characters to keys in equal temperament? [closed]

I know, I'm not the only one who hears key characters. But I have heard time and time again that equal temperament means that all keys are equal and thus there aren't any characters to it beyond Major ...
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What do you call a note that stays throughout the whole song?

I am searching for songs that have a constant note throughout the whole song. For example "The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows" has has a C in the background through the whole track. My plan is to put ...
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Perfect pitch on only one instrument? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if, theoretically, it would be possible to have perfect pitch only on one instrument. For a bit of background, I grew up as a Suzuki cello student and thus have been playing the ...
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Why don't all humans have absolute pitch?

I'm not looking for an evolutionary reason. I'm looking for answer based on how the brain works. I believe the way the brain works is not solely determined by natural selection. Sometimes natural ...
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How do French and other Romance language speakers cope with the movable do system?

A user with perfect pitch reminded me that applying relative doremi will be torture like he had to read the word “green” in red letters. How can I develop relative pitch if I have perfect pitch? I ...
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Can people can tell exactly in which octave a note is played?

I have done some pitch recognition tests. No note was given, and between questions a very chatty piece of music was placed to erase your mind. I got a 4/20 and for the rest I was off up or down a ...
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Sometimes I hear a top note that isn't there. Is this related to Harmonics?

When I try to copy a tune or watch other people play the piano, I sometimes hear a note that isn't there. Especially top note is the case. My teacher said that it is related to harmonics, told me that ...
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How can I develop relative pitch if I have perfect pitch?

As someone with perfect pitch, I can do the usual things associated with perfect pitch such as name a note instantly without a reference note, name the key, and name a chord. Sight-singing comes ...
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Is an instrument out of tune really a drawback to having perfect pitch?

I myself have perfect pitch and I don't feel cursed because my upright piano has been slowly getting out of tune over the years. I have genetic perfect pitch. In other words, it is my DNA and not my ...
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Do I have perfect pitch or good pitch memory?

So I started learning music theory this January 2019, I've learned very quickly from basic to advanced because I've been playing guitar (self-taught) for 9 years... I can now identify any interval by ...
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is it possible to learn instrument based perfect pitch?

Perfect pitch is impossible to learn especially since I'm 19 years old but I have heard of people who developed perfect pitch on their instruments. For example, Aimee Nolte is able to listen to the ...
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Perfect pitch inside a scale?

I was reading how a very small amount of people have perfect pitch and how it's very hard for adults to develop it. So I was wondering if maybe there's a hack where I can only limit the notes to a ...
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Perfect, Absolute, Relative Pitch [duplicate]

I've seen many quizzes on "perfect pitch and do you have it"? They all play sounds and ask you to name it. But perfect pitch or not wouldn't one have to have some music training to know the designated ...
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I have perfect pitch but have trouble identifying the note of human singing and the note I hear in my head. Any suggestion on how to practice this?

When I hear a note played on an instrument, its name (like A, Bb, etc.) immidiately pops up in my head. But when I hear human singing nothing like that happens. So I'm wondering how should I practice ...
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Which octave learning can be postponed by beginner while eartraining from 7 octave computer software for piano?

If a beginner wants to ear train absolute pitch of piano from computer software which is showing 7 octaves, which octaves can he can omit at beginning ? 7th ,6th octave or 1st ,2nd octave? Or should ...
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What is the difference between perfect pitch, pitch memorization and relative pitch?

I am confused by these terms. I heard perfect pitch is impossible to learn as an adult, but if you memorize all twelve notes in the chromatic scale in whichever octave, isn't that perfect pitch? If it ...
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Is absolute pitch acquired by training, genetic or both? And if possible, is it much harder than relative pitch?

I have heard many different views of people that absolute pitch is ONLY acquired by training, ONLY by genetics, by genetics but also possible with training or ONLY both. But what is the truth? ...
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Improving a Child's Absolute Pitch

I am teaching an child of 7 who has white key absolute pitch. In particular, they can sing any notes of the C major scale without a reference tone and can name the pitch of any of the white notes ...
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Do I have perfect pitch?

I only meet some of the criteria of perfect pitch. Whenever I hear a note, I can name a song or piece starting with it. I also remember the right key of music I hear, and, when I try to play it on ...
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Perfect & Relative Pitch, and its relation to genetics? [closed]

How does genetics play a role in perfect pitch vs. relative pitch? Is it possible to train someone who had relative pitch from a very young age to develop perfect pitch? (aka absolute pitch)
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Why do people with perfect pitch perceive tunes not in 440 Hz out of tune?

I do not have perfect pitch, but I heard that people who have it might have difficulty when a piece of music is not tuned to the usual 440 Hz pitch standard; it sounds out of tune for them. But this ...
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Do “Perfect Pitch Programming” tracks actually work?

This is super similar to some other popular questions concerning perfect pitch, but I thought that it was specific enough to avoid closing. The idea of having perfect pitch has always appealed to me, ...
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Is there any evidence that JS Bach, A Vivaldi and/or J Handel had perfect pitch?

Is there any evidence that JS Bach, A Vivaldi and/or J Handel had perfect pitch? Perhaps, if one can devote so much time and energy to music, he would develop such abilities.
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How to approach absolute pitch recognition: compare to the remembered reference or to assign special pitch quality to the note?

How to approach absolute pitch recognition: compare to the remembered reference (or a root sound from a song) or to assign a special pitch quality to the note? I can recognize several pitches, but do ...
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Absolute pitch - has it varied through the centuries?

At the moment, absolute pitch seems to be using 12et, with A=440 Hz. Would this have been the case, say, in the Baroque period, when A=quite a bit less than 440 Hz? With some orchestras using 442 Hz, ...
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Does absolute pitch always cover the all musical sound range?

There is a question here about the musician who can only identify the pitch of the one single note correctly. Well, this is not completely worthless maybe and could replace a tuning fork. However I ...
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Do I have perfect pitch

I noticed that when a certain note is played I can immediately attach to it songs that begin with that note. I was wondering if: 1 - I have the potential for perfect pitch 2 - Is there a way to check ...
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Is it possible to improve your sense of pitch? How? [duplicate]

I've been doing this: http://tonedear.com/ear-training/absolute-perfect-pitch-test For some basic pitch testing. I set it to be as easy as possible, just two notes, C and D. I get almost every ...
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How to find the key of a song without a pitch reference?

For instance, if I play the middle C or any note before a song starts, I can instantly guess the key of the song(I think this is known as RP - relative pitch). Another trick I've used is finding out ...
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Is there a term for learned “perfect” pitch?

When I was about 11 years old, my music teacher tried to test me and started playing notes on the piano, expecting me to name them. I knew he was trying to see if I had perfect pitch, but I got them ...
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Detecting absolute pitch by ear

I've been playing classical guitar for a few years and my theory is not bad. I also think that I am really good at detecting relative pitch and chords. I can play most of the things (solo or chords) I ...
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Tell the difference between a natural and a sharp/flat tone?

Is it possible to tell whether or not a single note that you hear is a white key or a black key on a piano (i.e. whether a note is natural or sharp/flat)? Can anybody actually do this? I've heard ...
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Can absolute pitch be learned or acquired by anyone?

As a companion to questions about absolute (or perfect) pitch, discussions about if the trait is achievable through training are sure to follow. After these discussions I have read up a bit on the ...
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How do I practice (vocal) pitch without an instructor?

Seriously. I'm not tone-deaf, but I can't seem to hit the right pitch most of the time. What can I do?
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Perfect pitch and tuning forks

Ok. So I consider myself to have pretty good pitch. If you give me a few seconds after you sound a note, I can tell you what the note is. I can also tune a timpani to any pitch using only my mouth (...
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How common is perfect pitch?

It is said here that 1 in 10,000 people have absolute pitch. I wonder if there is any serious poll that could confirm this. Do you know any study that could tell how common/uncommon it is to have ...
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How does one write any melody that he/she hums/pops-into-his-head?

I'm a total newbie who has these tons of melodies floating in his head. I know how to play a synth and when I transcribe stuff from my head on to my instrument I generally use the trial and error ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?

I don't have perfect pitch, but there are certain things I can do that I've been wondering if there's a name for. Given the name of a piece I've heard reasonably recently, I can sing it in my head in ...
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What are some useful and effective exercises for training absolute pitch?

I think by now most people agree that perfect pitch is not genetic. We understand that most people who do possess perfect pitch acquire it very early in life, (around the same time most people acquire ...