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May. 5th, 2008 @ 10:27 pm (no subject)
Browsing through some of the older posts in this community has intrigued me, hopefully you guys don't mind answering two more questions (the third is just for kicks).

1. When identifying notes, do you use an internal tuning fork in your head and compare, or can you easily identify a note just by listening to it? (A psychology study at my University was testing this principle)

2. What are your perceptions on hearing impaired people (if you can, state the degree of deafness) - do you think they can develop perfect pitch as well?

3. Does it irritate you when pianos are out of tune but you have to deal with them on a regular basis?

The reason for asking Q2 is because I'm hearing impaired myself but can almost correctly identify any note (any errors I'm usually off by a semitone, but it also depends on the instrument that's playing it) that falls within my instrument's range (cello) save for the extremely high registers. Ever since I discovered that I had near-perfect pitch three years ago I've been intrigued to no end about this topic.
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Dec. 31st, 2007 @ 06:51 pm pitch survey
Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
Got this email on an Aussie list I'm on and thought I'd put it here. happy new year all! :)
As it seems most blind musicians have perfect pitch, I thought some of you
might be interested in doing this survey and taking the absolute pitch test.
since they have not realised yet that blind musicians are much more likely
to have perfect pitch than sighted musos, please include this fact in your
answers. I suspect their theory that it is genetic could be contradicted by
the high percentage of blind musicians with perfect pitch.

I've copied some info below, but for further details and the survey and
test, go to:

Please feel free to circulate this within your networks.

University of California Absolute Pitch Study

What is absolute pitch?

Absolute pitch, commonly referred to as perfect pitch, is an intriguing
cognitive trait involved in music perception and is defined as the ability
to identify
the pitch of a musical tone without an external reference pitch. To be
considered an absolute pitch possessor, an individual must have the ability
to identify
pitches accurately and instantaneously.

Main objective

The primary goal of this study is to discover the genes that are involved in
the development of absolute pitch. This investigation will allow us to
understand the interplay of genetics and musical training in the development
of this cognitive trait. These findings may also be applicable to other
such as language ability, and, more broadly, to neurodevelopment.

The goals of this website are to inform the public about the University of
California Genetics of Absolute Pitch Study and to recruit individuals to
part in this study. This study is being conducted by the laboratories of Dr.
Jane Gitschier at the University of California, San Francisco and Dr. Nelson
Freimer at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study has been
approved by the UCSF Committee on Human Research. All information collected
individual participants will be kept confidential.

How to participate in the UC Genetics of Absolute Pitch Study

It is easy to participate in our study by filling in a brief survey and
taking our pitch-naming test
Since we are attempting to unravel many factors that could contribute to the
development of absolute pitch, both absolute pitch possessors and
are needed for the study. Everyone's contribution is valuable.

If you indicate in the survey that you are willing to participate in the
study, we will need an e-mail address to contact you for follow-up. Some
may be recontacted for further information about their family history of
absolute pitch. We may follow up on the answers to other survey questions as
Some participants might also be invited to participate further by
contributing a DNA sample for our genetic study. This level of participation
is, of course,

After filling in the survey, you will be linked to a page informing you how
to take the pitch-naming test for absolute pitch. We use this auditory test
to objectively assess the pitch naming abilities of our study participants.
Our auditory tone test consists of two parts, one test of 40 "pure" tones
one test of 40 piano tones. Since some computer speakers have trouble
reproducing a few of the tones, we recommend the use of headphones during
the test
if you have any.

In each trial, a tone plays for 1 second, followed by a silent interval of 2
seconds. Participants record their guesses within the brief intervals by
on a screen keyboard. Tones are given in blocks of ten, allowing
participants to rest between blocks if needed. When you are finished, you
will be informed
of your score and if it exceeds a certain threshold, you meet our study's
criteria for being an absolute pitch possessor.

Filling in the survey and taking the pitch-naming test should take less than
20 minutes.
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Oct. 24th, 2007 @ 03:58 pm 7 Questions
Current Mood: curiouscurious
I've been curious about this for a while, so it'd be great if I could get some answers! So, to all the perfect pitch people out there:

1. Can you recognise intervals just by how they sound, or do you have to count out the semitones?

2. Can you recognise chords just by how they sound?

3. Can you name all the notes you hear in a chord (and it doesn't have to be a conventional one) and write them out?

4. Do you remember tunes very easily by ear, often to the point of being unable to forget them?

5. If you were given a piece of music that you've never heard before (eg a fugue) can you hear it in your head? 

6. If you can, how many different parts/musical lines can you hear? 

And, a little bit off topic:

7. Is there always some sort of music playing in your head, day and night non-stop?

Questions 5, 6 and 7 I'm particularly interested in. Anyway! Please answer! :D 

(EDIT: oops, I didn't read the rules and stuff. I'm Quazonic, I play the piano and violin and I have perfect pitch.)
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Apr. 4th, 2007 @ 02:29 pm It's in the ears?
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Hi everyone!

I'm Jill, a pianist, who also sings on occasion. I have known about having perfect pitch since I was a child. I'm also a long time lurker.

My question deals with side effects of having perfect pitch. Unfortunately (apparently since anyone can remember), I suffer at least once a year (or more) from variants of vertigo, or inner ear issues. I'm beginning to wonder if having perfect pitch and chronic ear infections could be related. Does anyone else here also have issues with balance, and their inner ear?

I'm truly worried, because this time, my doctor wants to have tubes put in my ears. For the record, I think my doctor is a bit nuts. But the chronic inner ear problems are a bit annoying. I have heard that this can lead to scarring, and I really would prefer my ears to be intact, without the cases of vertigo. Does anyone else have this problem? Have any of you had to have tubes stuck in your ears for good measure?

I look forward to hearing from you.
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Mar. 7th, 2007 @ 02:17 pm another new person
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Hi. I'm Kea...I'm a singer, and I play a tiny tiny bit of piano (like I took lessons for a while but quit a while back)

Anyway, I think I might have relative pitch, although I'm not sure. Either way, I have this thing with intervals...

And I'm sort of 'teaching myself' perfect pitch, or at least getting in close. Typically, I can get within a half step or less if I don't have a particular key running in my head (like right after choir), which is usually good enough for practising without a piano handy...

Anyway. I'm really interested in music and theory and all the phenomena of sound, so...

I don't know what else I should put here, so...hi!
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Feb. 16th, 2007 @ 05:33 pm this is urgent..
Current Mood: *freezing*
Current Music: Kitaro - Matsuri

Mods and everyone, I am aware that this post has nothing whatsoever to do with the community, but this is urgent, so Mods, please, I hope you'll let the post stay on. Thank you.

A virus is currently running rampage in the cyberworld and no antivirus software can detect it, and some people have had their hard discs crash on them. For the solutions, please head on to my journal.

Those who suffered the crashes, I'm sorry it happened *hugs*

oh, and by the way, I'm new ^^ *waves*
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Feb. 13th, 2007 @ 01:19 pm New

Hey, everyone, I'm new here.  I don't have perfect pitch, but I'd say I have GOOD pitch when it comes to most material.  However, I've noticed that it's difficult for me not to inadvertantly transpose songs written with lower pitches (those written for contraltos), even though I know I can sing the pitches.  If I hear the pitch right before singing it, I can usually match it, but it's a pain when I have to do that each time (and I couldn't sing an entire song written low).

Does anyone know why this happens, or how I can work on improving my pitch perception with lower notes? (With singing, I mean...I'm perfectly fine when it comes to instruments and non-vocal pitches, but somehow I just can't get these lower pitches vocally!  I can tell when it's off, but for some reason, it's hard for me to match it perfectly, if that makes any sense.)

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Dec. 13th, 2006 @ 01:24 pm Who?
Has anyone heard of John Bell Young?
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Nov. 13th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm Are you Tone-Deaf?
OK this could conceivably be an off-topic post, but since I'm the moderator, I rule that it's not, and it stays. Enjoy.

While working at the music and neuroimaging lab at Beth Israel in Boston, Jake Mandell developed a quick online way to screen for the tonedeafness. It actually turned out to be a pretty good test
to check for overall pitch perception ability.

The test is purposefully made very hard, so excellent musicians rarely score above 80% correct. Give it a try!

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Oct. 29th, 2006 @ 08:52 pm AP and transposing instruments?
Hello! I'm a third year music major, piano concentration. I also play harpsichord, and a bit of flute and clarinet which I learned for about three weeks at best. I have absolute pitch; I don't advertise the fact, but I would admit it when people ask me.

I do have a question about those with absolute pitch learning transposing instruments, though. Obviously, playing piano and flute doesn't bother me because they're both C instruments. However, I struggled quite a bit with the clarinet because a C there would come out B flat...I did eventually learn to transpose everything down a major second in my head as I read the music, and somehow attach fingerings to the notes and try not to let the pitches bother me. Right now, however, I'm learning alto saxophone and with it being a major sixth lower, I'm going insane wrapping my mind around the idea of sounding pitch versus written pitch. Even when I've transposed everything mentally, I still have a tendency to reach for the note that sounds concert pitch.

So my question is, how do people with AP deal with learning transposing instruments?

Someone on my friends list told me she can somehow forget about her AP momentarily, but I have no idea HOW she does it.
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