Perfect Pitch

Absolute or Perfect Pitch is the skill of being able to distinguish the individuality or color, or the degree of twangyness, of each pitch.

Absolute and relative pitch

Relative pitch is much easier and a more common skill. Because this doesn't involve the necessity to know each pitch personally so to speak. You just have to be able to distinguish different piches from each other. With relative pitch you don't need the hear the “C-ness” of the C, the “G-ness” of the G ans so on.

Perfect Pitch Training Software

Is perfect pitch something that can be developed, or do you have to be born with it? Most people would probably answer that you have to be born with perfect pitch, but that you can train to have very good relative pitch.

Ear training is usually geared towards learning relative pitches - learning to distinguish with acute awareness the different intervals, chords and scales.

There are several methods for training perfect pitch:

  • Perfect Pitch Ear Training by David Lucas Burge - David Lucas Burge Ear Traning Super Course. This course consist in a book and a series of lectures on what absolute or perfect pitch is, and how you can learn to recognize. Perfect pitch us about getting involved into the colour of each individual tone, recognizing the way that each tone resonates.
  • Melody Trigger Method by Barry O'Reilly. The basic idea is to associate pitches with a melody. You could make the melodies yourself, and try to listen to each tone and make yourself an appropriate of each tone, or you could download Barry O'Reilly melodies from his website. The Melody Trigger Method FAQ says that “The Melody Trigger Method was conceived by Anthony Walter of the Prolobe community. It stands out as the most successful method for aquiring Absolute Pitch (AP). The idea is that knowing 12 distinct melodies that begin on each chromatic note allows you to: hear a tone, hear the associated melody, identify the melody, and thus identify pitch.”1)