Know someone who’s able to memorize a song in an instant and sing in perfect key? Chances are, they may have perfect pitch. Also known as absolute pitch, perfect pitch is the ability to recognize or sing a given isolated note, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. Only one in every 10,000 people have perfect pitch, according to the University of Chicago. Think you might have perfect pitch? Here are a few signs.
You Can Recognize Notes Instantly
You know your musical ABCs by heart, without even hearing the note on another instrument. One way to quiz someone is to give someone a note to sing/hum, and see if he or she can hit it. You can then play the note on an instrument to check. If the singer hits the note, then there’s a good chance that he or she has perfect pitch.
You Already Have Relative Pitch
Relative pitch allows a person to identify notes when played in a sequence or melody. It’s said that those who focus on relative pitch first will have an easier time identifying notes without other references in it. The ear is already trained to identify notes, making it easier for those with relative pitch to isolate those notes. Working towards perfect pitch will allow you to identify a note more easily, regardless of the instrument it’s played on or the person who sings it.
You Practice Almost Every Day & Notice Improvements
In Dr. Daniel Levitin’s book “This is Your Brain on Music,” it takes years of practice to get perfect pitch. Another study from the University of Chicago suggests that it is possible for adults to learn notes by memory, without having previous musical experience in childhood. The study also suggests that subjects were able to retain their knowledge of notes months after. If you don’t know whether or not you have it, keep practicing, and someday you might be able to develop it.
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