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Perfect Pitch, also known as Absolute Pitch is the rare ability to sing a note without reference to any other note. Some say that you are either born with it or not, but according to a recent poll I took with my subscribers, 55% of you said you believed it can be earned. So lets find out.
The method we will use is called association which, in psychology
refers to a mental connection between concepts, events, or mental states that stems from specific experiences. A little like Pavlov's dog. Let me explain. Have you ever made a mix tape or playlist that you listen to over and over again? After a while, at the end of any song in that collection you can already hear the first note of the
next song. Your mind has associated them, by them being
repeatedly next to each other. The songs may even be in totally
In our experiment you are going to associate a sound of indefinite pitch, in this case, that of running water with the note A. Also, at the
same time, whenever you watch the training video I want you to imagine the colour green and when you try to reproduce the note, imagining this association will help trigger those connected pathways in your mind.
You will need to listen to it many times daily, to train your memory to reproduce the note A. I would suggest the best time to listen
to the training video is just before bed, so that your subconscious mind can absorb the new associations as you sleep. You could even go to sleep listening to it. The more times you can listen to it, the better the results will be. You can listen to it whilst you travel, when doing the ironing, when you're in the gym. Any time your mind is free. If internet access is a problem and you can't watch the training video on youtube, I have also produced a downloadable
audio file on my blog which you can put on your ipod or phone. http://www.music-online.org.uk/2017/11/perfect-pitch-can-it-be-learned.html
This audio track repeats a few times with ever increasing periods of silence to develop your longer term memory and the YouTube version will also contain some deliberate mid roll adverts. You are welcome to skip or listen to these adverts, either way the extra distraction will help train you to focus on that one note. Additionally, if you feel that the training is becoming easy, you can increase the periods of silence by pausing the video for a few minutes during the silence. I would suggest that after a month of repeated practice YOU too can develop perfect pitch.
Finally you might wonder why you are hearing repeatedly "Les
Toreadors" from Bizet's Carmen. Well it's in the key of A and you are going to be hearing a lot more of it in the coming days. Hopefully it will become an earworm you can't get get out of your head. And again, hopefully, a pleasant not irritating earworm.