Absolute pitch

Absolute or perfect pitch is your ability to identify a played note without any reference. Absolute pitch can be developed to this or that degree. For example, many guitar players can identify the tones of open strings, but have problems with identifying other tones.

People who possess well developed absolute pitch often describe it as perceiving the tone more deeply, seeing its color, feeling its temperature, touching and smelling it. Use your imagination to describe characteristics of each tone. Is it hard or soft? Light or heavy, etc. Spend some time pressing the keys, listening to the tones and thinking of their characteristics. Recreate the tones in your mind.

When you are ready, press the play button. Listen to the sound. The tone played corresponds to one of the colored keys. Press the replay button to repeat it. Use it a lot. Do not try to be quick with your answer. Listen carefully, answer only after the sound ceases.

Press the colored key to name the pitch. The progress bar above the play button shows how many more pitches you need to name correctly to reach the next level. If you name a wrong pitch, you will need to practice the two pitches you mixed separately, and the program will arrange it for you.

Other excercises:
Intervals recognitionMelodic dictationProgressionsChord types

Advice on ear training

Use this excercise to concentrate on you absolute pitch skill. If you wish to learn to play melodies by ear, Melodic dictation is an excercise exactly for that. Your progress will be quicker if you practice regularly. Daily training is best for developing perfect pitch. Do not practice for too long. 20 minutes is ok. If you work on relative pitch at the same time, it is ok to train both types of pitch on one day, but give your ears a good rest between the two sessions.

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