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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 12:01 pm perfect pitch curiosity
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Date:July 1st, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your answsers.

When I say pitch color, It's only figuratively speaking. I only mean whatever quality you hear in pitch that makes it distinct from others. It's always kind of tricky for those who don't have absolute pitch to imagine that pitchs can sound differents for those with AP because others hear more like a single pitch quality that can vary in height.

It's surprising how many people here seem to have hearing problems. I wonder if there is a correlation with absolute pitch. Maybe prefect pitch appears to compensate.
Is your deathness of right ear recent (prior to your absolute pitch) ?
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Date:July 1st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Nope. My hearing impairment's entirely congenital.

The basic idea that I've read in research in developing absolute pitch is due to the stage of development that the child starts learning music. When the child is growing up, at first he'll concentrate on individual sounds, and then later shift to perceiving the relative nature of sounds.

However when I was diagnosed with my hearing impairment at the age of 2, I went straight into speech training which attempted to improve my vocabulary by repetition of words in sentences. i.e. 'The penguin is waddling. Waddling. Waddling.'

My theory is that because I've learnt to focus on individual words, that this has shifted over to my musical training (I started on the cello at five) and hence the development of absolute pitch.