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Jun. 30th, 2009 @ 09:53 pm How do they do it?
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From:matthras
Date:June 30th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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1. Usually piano or cello. Cello is my primary instrument, but pianos are obviously everywhere so I hear them often enough!

2. Not really. Although when I'm recalling a song sometimes I'd go back and correct a note if I feel I get it wrong (I have VERY little sense of relative pitch).

3. Not sure how you mean here. I assume when you're recalling a sound, and like most relative pitchers, use it to base the rest of the song around. I still would need a reference tone because I can be slightly out of tune.

4. Yes. Not a lot one can do except continual practise and listening. Sometimes it depends on external factors too.

5. I don't actively notice, but sometimes I can get a bit edgy.

6. Yes, it's a bit like pitch memory.
As far as I'm aware people with absolute pitch actually assign something to each individual note/tone/key (for example if you grew up learning fixed-doh solfege). It doesn't have to be actively assigning either, it can just be as simple as recognising each individual note as an individual entirety instead of in relation to other notes.
It's why synesthetes generally have absolute pitch - because they remember the colours of the notes and keys and there is a direct association (I recall reading a report on brain scans of absolute pitch possessors and it found that they tended to use the visual part of their brain when identifying notes using absolute pitch ability). One efficient way people remember things is purely by association (it's how these 'memory' champions memorise several packs of cards).

Okay, I'm a geek, and I've obviously done a lot of research...but I'm happy to try and answer any further questions :)
From:elconscious
Date:June 30th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for all your answers so far, I appreciate it much.

Elcon