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Perfect Pitch Ear Training

Perfect Pitch ear training

Perfect pitch (or "absolute pitch" as it is more accurately known) is the ability to identify, or reproduce a note without reference to any other sound. It is a skill considered by many to be the holy grail of ear training.

The name "perfect pitch" hints at the mystery and intrigue which surrounds this skill. Those who possess it are often seen as intimidating, naturally gifted musicians. We aim to clear up some of that mystery and help all musicians develop their sense of absolute pitch to the degree that's useful to them.

If developing perfect pitch sounds like an impossible task, you just might be surprised! It's true that a select few people do seem to have an innate ability to identify tones by ear from an early age, but it is in fact possible for any musician or audio pro to learn and develop these skills.

You may find your own absolute pitch skills are already better than you think...

For example: most people (including non-musicians) when asked to sing a favourite song will instinctively sing it in the correct key. This is a form of absolute pitch! It may not be as reliable and accurate as what people consider 'perfect pitch', but it is the same underlying ability

Another example is that many musicians can tune a familiar instrument close to concert pitch without needing a tuner, just because the notes have become so ingrained in their ear as reference pitches. By learning to tie this knowledge to note values (and with plenty of hard work) you can make great improvements to your absolute pitch from this basis.

Unfortunately there is a great deal of misinformation about perfect pitch on the internet, commonly written by people selling improbable quick fix solutions.

Here at Easy Ear Training we believe:

  • Most professional musicians, even great virtuosos, do not possess perfect pitch
  • Developing perfect pitch will not instantly turn you into a virtuoso!
  • There is no trick in existence that can allow you to magically develop perfect pitch without hard work and dedication
  • Perfect pitch is not essential for transcribing music or playing by ear! Tasks like these can also be done using relative pitch and chord ear training

However we do believe that dedication and absolute pitch ear training will allow you to:

  • Identify pitches by ear
  • Improve the speed at which you can transcribe
  • Help you to play by ear
  • Sight-sing or auralise (hear in your head) the notes from a score
  • Accurately tune instruments without using a tuner

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Perfect Pitch Is Not Magic

Perfect Pitch Is Not Magic

As I touched on in the first post on this subject, there are a wide variety of ideas about how absolute pitch works. Why do some people ‘just have it’? If you’re not born with it, how can you develop it? Why do some people hear real differences in a...
21st Century Ear Training

21st Century Ear Training

My last post featured a forum thread about training absolute pitch by meditating on single tones. Thinking some more about learning absolute pitch and this particular ‘experiment’, I realised there were three reasons it appealed to me: The do-it-yourself...
Absolute Pitch Meditation

Absolute Pitch Meditation

Over at Ultimate-Guitar.com, a neuroscience student is inviting people to try an informal experiment with him, to test a method of developing absolute pitch. It’s an interesting approach. He’s using a recording of a pure tone of middle C (261.6Hz for you...

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