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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?

The Levitin Effect The ability to intuitively sing a song in the key your originally heard it is known as the Levitin Effect.1 It is a cognitive ability separate from absolute (perfect) pitch insofar ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch -- what is it called?

An alternative term, absolute pitch, is also used: Absolute pitch (AP) is the ability to produce or recognize specific pitches without reference to an external standard. People boasting AP have ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch -- what is it called?

I have perfect pitch, and I don't think what you are describing fits the perfect pitch description. You have to have heard the piece reasonably recently, whereas, for example, I last heard John ...
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Do I have perfect pitch?

If what you are saying is correct, than what you are describing is, indeed, perfect pitch. Congratulations! If you can consistently identify songs that begin with any particular note, then you could ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch -- what is it called?

Your description sounds like a refined example of the Levitin Effect. (Note Dekkadeci's comment on jcarp8's 10 Jan 2020 answer.) For more information, please see Sometimes I naturally sing songs in ...
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To what extent is music mentally internalized with respect to the original key it was learned in?

I can play the first note or chord, and audiate the rest. But how can you or anyone else know that it's correct without actually playing it so that it will be heard? This just seems to get down to ...
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To what extent is music mentally internalized with respect to the original key it was learned in?

If you learned music from sheet music, it's pretty likely (at least IMO) that you internalized it as a series of note names and rhythms. This means that, regardless of whether you ever figured out the ...
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To what extent is music mentally internalized with respect to the original key it was learned in?

For some, it's absolute: 'I learned that song in that key, and that's where it stays, for ever.' If it's a song that is sung (and played) by the person concerned, that's almost fair enough. They're in ...
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Do I have perfect pitch or good pitch memory?

I would say that you definitely have perfect pitch, since you can at least identify a C within 40 cents. That means you can still "round it" to the nearest semitone. I think from general usage, if ...
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