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Unread 02-08-2002, 03:28 PM   #1
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Perfect Pitch

Is there some sort of test that determines if you have perfect picth or not? I'm guessing that I do because I sing rather well and I can pick out and sing harmony in almost any song. Any ideas?

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Unread 02-08-2002, 04:53 PM   #2
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First off, most people say perfect pitch is something you are born with and can't learn, but some people say you can learn it.

There's a very simple test to perfect pitch! Have someone play any note on any instrument and then you have to guess what it is with out looking. If you can always get it right, you have perfect pitch. What's more likely is that you have very good relative pitch, which means you can hear intervals and the notes within a key very well once you hear some frame of reference. People with good relative pitch can hear something played and then transcribe it or play it back note for note, but not necessarily in the right key (unless they know what it is).
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I have developed perfect pitch. I think it's something you either learn very young or spend years learning it (my case is the latter).
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Unread 02-10-2002, 10:41 AM   #4
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True and complete perfect pitch cannot be learned. It goes even further than just recognizing the key that is being played or saying "I'm gonna sing a D" and then sing a D. True perfect pitch recognizes half-tones and quarter-tones. Perfect pitch is VERY, VERY rare (and it can be extremely annoying, so I understand). But it is possible to develop your relative pitch to a very high degree of accuracy. Every key has a different tone or feeling to it and some people are able to use that to develop a very sensitive ear that comes close to "perfect" pitch.

I once sang with a guy who had perfect pitch and he had to work very hard to not go crazy when our choir slid a quarter tone down in the middle of an a cappella song. He would say jokingly, Do you want me to sing an E or would you like me to sing a flat E like everyone else? You can imagine how annoying that would be considering how often instruments, singers, whoever is out of tune (not with each other, but with true pitch!).
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Help me out here. I have been singing since I was five and playing instruments since I was seven. I hear songs on the radio, and I can tell you the main chord for the song. An example is that I heard Tim Hughes' "Here I Am to Worship," and I can say right off the bat, that's E major.

I can hear a microwave beep and tell you what note it's beeping on. I can hear the bell at my school ring and tell you that it rings on Bb.

I wish there was a job that I could get for being able to do this. I've had a similar experience, Running on Empty. In our college choir, we were singing "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." On the acappella part nearly everyone went flat and I stayed on. So, I decided to flatten with the rest of the choir.

The question: Do I have perfect pitch?
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perfect pitch is being like being able to tell what color something is. Some people do it better than others, but I think that everyone can have basic ear training to tell what the "color" of a note is.
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Unread 02-11-2002, 09:29 PM   #7
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my 2 cents on Perfect pitch

I think that is like any other talent or gift. Tiger Woods didn't just walk on to a golf course and play the way he does now. He had to train. Now, I'm sure that he has genes that are somehow better for playing golf than mine. The same is true for perfect pitch. Some people have the capacity to be able to know what a note is when they hear it, etc.... But that has to be developed. i.e. if you had perfect pitch, but didn't know anything about music, it wouldn't do you any good. But....yeah....
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Unread 02-21-2002, 08:51 PM   #8
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Help me out here. I have been singing since I was five and playing instruments since I was seven. I hear songs on the radio, and I can tell you the main chord for the song. An example is that I heard Tim Hughes' "Here I Am to Worship," and I can say right off the bat, that's E major.

I can hear a microwave beep and tell you what note it's beeping on. I can hear the bell at my school ring and tell you that it rings on Bb.

I wish there was a job that I could get for being able to do this. I've had a similar experience, Running on Empty. In our college choir, we were singing "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." On the acappella part nearly everyone went flat and I stayed on. So, I decided to flatten with the rest of the choir.

The question: Do I have perfect pitch?
good news and bad news....

good news, you have perfect pitch
bad news...the only real job u can get with perfect pitch is being a singer...which means u'll sing at a studio for 5 hrs a day and then work at Mc Donalds for another 8 hrs so you can afford to sing in a studio 5 hrs a day


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anyway with perfect pitch (that is real perfect pitch...not just perfect relative pitch) it can be learned...although some are better at this then others...

What I find really funny is that i know of some people who have perfect pitch but not relative pitch, so if they were asked tell an interval, they have to count their fingers...

and just out of the blue...did you know casino slot machines are all tuned to a standard C? it's so they dont' clash with each one another.
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Help me out here. I have been singing since I was five and playing instruments since I was seven. I hear songs on the radio, and I can tell you the main chord for the song. An example is that I heard Tim Hughes' "Here I Am to Worship," and I can say right off the bat, that's E major.

I can hear a microwave beep and tell you what note it's beeping on. I can hear the bell at my school ring and tell you that it rings on Bb.

I wish there was a job that I could get for being able to do this. I've had a similar experience, Running on Empty. In our college choir, we were singing "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." On the acappella part nearly everyone went flat and I stayed on. So, I decided to flatten with the rest of the choir.

The question: Do I have perfect pitch?
You just described me!
I listened to the mail announcement on my computer, and figured out the it was a C chord.
I listened to the car horn and found out the it is an F#.
I don't think i have *perfect* pitch, but i think it's pretty close.
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Unread 03-14-2002, 09:42 PM   #10
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Thanks for the explanations guys/gals. I don't think I have perfect pitch, but I can hear something and memorize it the first or second time, and usually never forget it. I can't name keys right off when I hear them, but I can go to the piano and get it on the first try. Weird huh? But anyway, thanks for all of your help!

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I played piano since I was five years old, and I have perfect pitch. It's not something I ever trained myself to do. One day when I was young, I just realized that I could identify and sing any note I heard being played without looking, or having to hear another note first. I can even name 2, or most times, 3 notes being played at the same time.
I can identify any note if you wake me up in the middle of the night. I can tell the difference between an A and A#, and if I hear an out of tune note that is between those two, you'll see a weird look on my face, cause I know something is off.
I also play guitar, and I can tune my guitar just with my ear. Maybe not as exact as the super high tech tuner (which can probably detect audio pitch differences beyond the human ear), but pretty darn close.
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It's kinda weird that I found this thread - I had just hopped online to look up what perfect pitch really is.

I am able to replay any song I've heard enough to remember back in my head in the right key. I know it's in the right key, because I can pick out the first note and have it match perfectly when I play the song (I've even gone into choir, picked up my music and sung the note I remembered there and had the director play the written note at that spot - and had matched perfectly).

Everyone I've spoken with told me that perfect pitch is something you were born with, but I say there is something that must be learned. No one is born knowing a certain pitch and knowing that it's called a "B flat" - they have to learn what each note is. It would seem that piano students would be much more likely to discover they have perfect pitch than non-piano students, simply because they have learned which notes they are playing.

In my case, when I have memorized a song and can repeat any note in it, I have to learn what the note names are, so that I can say "Here's a D" or name a note that's being played. Because I myself was only around recorded music during my youth, I was never familiar with what notes were named. Now it's up to me to educate myself.
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Unread 03-23-2002, 01:18 AM   #14
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A lot of people say you're born with perfect pitch because they want to say everything is due to genetics (which can also be a cop-out for homosexuality).
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ok as i was readin this i picked up my guitar and by just randomly picking a spot on the neck without looking was able to tell all the notes right and also pick a note sing it then play the same note on the guitar and was perfectly in tune...does that mean i have perfect pitch?
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