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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 12:01 pm perfect pitch curiosity
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Date:July 4th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
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AP doesn't come because of how we perceive music - we perceive music how we do through the filter of AP. You won't get AP by listening a certain way. Personally, I think it's something to do with genetics, but I don't think science has conclusively proven that... :) I think this because my brother has AP but no musical training - for example, if he's humming a song from the radio he'll always be in the right key, and if I play a song on the piano in a different key - even a half-step away - he'll tell me I'm playing it wrong, even though he won't know why.

Also, this QAP thing - I don't know people who claim to have QAP, but I know lots of people with QAP who claim to have AP :P

And, I have relative pitch AND perfect pitch - I got the RP because an ear-training teacher of mine back in college transposed all the ear-training exercises in our books so I couldn't learn them through AP. In all honesty, as a contemporary musician, the RP has come in much more usefully, but the AP is certainly still nice to have :)
Date:July 5th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
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Ok, the way you perceive music is more a consequence of AP not the reverse. That makes senses.

As for the genetic origin of AP, I think it's true that some have predisposition that makes AP activation more likely even without musical training but there are other studies that tend to prove that AP may be acquired by most of us if it's enabled during the critical learning period (I think it goes to 12 years old).

Anyway it's certainly to late for me but I can leave without it :-)

However, I wonder if the critical period thing is also a requirement for "absolute piano" (The ability to recognize notes by their timbre on your own instrument). Do you guys have any stories of people having learned this skill in adulthood?