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We Review: Perfect Pitch & Relative Pitch Courses

Is it possible to obtain Perfect Pitch and recognize every note you hear?

Can you learn Relative Pitch and immensely boost your musical skills?

While preparing this review we were surprised to see that the answer to both questions is an unequivocal Yes! Although some absolute pitch and relative courses are ineffective, others are true gems which can make a huge difference in your musical perception. Keep on reading, and we'll tell you all about Perfect Pitch, Genetics, which of the courses available are worth their salt, and which are ineffective hoaxes.

Following is an explanation of Perfect Pitch, Relative Pitch, Genetics and Learning. If you want to skip it and jump to our Test Conclusions, Click Here.

What are Perfect Pitch, Absolute Pitch and Relative Pitch?

Basically speaking, Perfect Pitch (also called Absolute Pitch) is the ability to recognize the pitch of a musical tone accurately and instantaneously, without having external reference. Relative pitch is a more limited version of this ability - and enables you to recognize the pitch of the tone with the "clue" of comparing it to another tone.

Let's say you hear somebody play a note on the piano (or guitar, or flute, or drum, or any other instrument). If you can easily recognize that note correctly as B-flat (or some other note), chances are you have Perfect Pitch. Now let's say you don't have perfect pitch - you hear a note, you are told it is B-flat (or some other note), then another note is played. If you can easily recognize the new note, with the help of knowing what the first note was, chances are you have Relative Pitch.

But Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch are much more than party tricks. They are probably the most important advantage a musician can have for playing, singing and composing. Musicians possessing these skills climb much higher, succeed much more, than those without. Consider the following facts[1,2]:

  • Although a rarity among regular population, in symphony orchestras 20%-40% of the musicians possess Perfect Pitch, even more posses relative pitch. Among top level performers, this is as high as 85%.

  • Perfect Pitch can greatly assist sight reading, singing and performing accuracy and significantly increase tonal memory.

  • Perfect Pitch also enables you to recognize and emulate the tones from sources other than musical instruments (such as train horns, chimes, mower engines, etc.).

  • Simply put, music is based on hearing, and thus your performing accuracy is directly dependant on your hearing accuracy.

As an example of what Perfect Pitch enables you to do, consider Jimi Hendrix: When he started learning guitar he couldn't afford a tuning fork, so he went to the local music store, ran his fingers over the open strings, then went home and tuned his guitar up. Even more impressive, as a sideman early in his career, he could learn a new band's entire repertoire in an hour or two by just hearing the songs once!

Seems like Perfect Pitch is the greatest thing for musicians since sliced bread. Why then, doesn't every musician learn to possess it?

This is an explanation of Perfect Pitch, Relative Pitch, Genetics and Learning. If you want to skip it and jump to our Test Conclusions, Click Here.

Perfect Pitch, Genetics and Learning

Regarding Relative Pitch - everybody agrees this ability can be learned. However, can Perfect Pitch too be learned ?

A recent research performed by University of California tried checking whether Perfect Pitch has a genetic aspect. Since "natural" perfect pitch is mostly "all or nothing", the assumption is that there might be a gene or group of genes behind this ability. At this stage of research, is seems that musical training may be partially responsible for the ability, and so far no responsible genes have been found.

Fact is, most people with absolute pitch can't really explain how they obtain it. They "just have it", or have developed it at a young age. Here's a typical example[4]:

Q: How did you develop it?
A: I don't know. I don't remember ever not having it.

What this means that teaching Perfect Pitch is not straightforward - it is very much an art. In fact, most Absolute Pitch courses are difficult to use, and are not very effective. And because of this, many musicians believe Perfect Pitch cannot be taught at all - either you have it, or you don't! This is obviously mistaken, as in so many documented cases people do learn to possess Perfect Pitch[3]:

People I've met who can identify pitch seem to fall into two categories. One consists of people like me who have just always had the ability. The other category consists of people who have consciously acquired the ability at a later age.

Our own tests also proved beyond doubt that Perfect Pitch can be learned, providing you use the right courses.

There are several courses trying to teach perfect pitch. However, as this can very much be an evasive art, not all courses succeed. Some are "Hit or Miss" in which certain students can obtain the ability, but most won't benefit much from the course. From assessing a choice pick of perfect pitch courses, two courses stood out as the only viable methods we know of truly obtaining perfect pitch. Not surprisingly, these courses also excel in teaching relative pitch.

The two leading courses are: (click to read reviews)

These courses can safely lead you towards possessing Perfect Pitch/Absolute Pitch and Relative Pitch. We consider Perfect Pitch a the single most important technical advantage a musician can have. Click Next below to read our detailed hands-on reviews of these courses, or just jump straight to our test conclusions.

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References:
   [1] Wikipedia.org - Absolute Pitch
   [2] perfectpitchpeople.com
   [3] reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN2743451120070827
   [4] dfan.org/pitch.html

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1. Perfect Pitch & Relative Pitch Reviews Home

2. ● The Pure Pitch Method

3. David Lucas Burge

4. Test Conclusions

 

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