The ability to recognize the precise frequency or musical note, or the capacity to reproduce a specific musical pitch without comparing the tone with any referenced notes or relative tone is the definition of perfect pitch. Sometimes it is referred to as absolute or pure pitch. Learning how to develop perfect pitch can help improve your singing dramatically.
All musicians and singers aspire to perfect pitch; however, only about 10% of musical students are born with this remarkable skill. This number is higher among better quality professional singers and musicians; for instance, about 20-40% of its musicians a typical orchestra have perfect pitch. Additionally it’s estimated that nearly half of today’s most popular recording artists have this exceptional skill with the number rising up to approximately 90% for top concert performers.
People with perfect pitch could compose music anywhere and at any time without the use of a musical instrument or otherwise hearing the notes. Other composers need a piano or some other type of musical instrument in order to hear the notes played out loud before they could impose a piece of music.
There are many different schools of thought on learning how to develop perfect pitch. Some people believe perfect pitch is something you are simply born with, while others believe it can only be learned at a very young age. They contend that, once a child turns 7 or so, it is unattainable.
However, the evidence suggests that, with practice and patience, anyone can develop perfect pitch. Practicing for many musicians can become frustrating because they are used to looking at the musical progress in interval lengths to receive emotions and feelings from a particular song. There are no definites or timelines when trying to learn perfect pitch. When it happens, it happens.
It’s best to practice repeating the sounds of an instrument. Concentrate on where the tone is in your own voice range compared with your instrument. The more you practice the more it becomes automatic and you don’t have to think about it and the more you will be able to develop your perfect pitch and in return learn how to sing better.
One helpful hint to develop perfect pitch involves practicing at night because most people are more relaxed at night, seem to learn better, and can subsequently process that evening’s lesson on their subconcious while they are asleep dreaming about the tones.
Another hint is to guess and check everything. Find a song for every pitch, get the beginning of the song and loop it randomly. Sing a pitch and guess if you’re correct, then play the song. It’s very difficult to sing while a song is playing in the background because one tends to jump to the key of the song playing. Play one tone over and over again until you memorize it. Use your headset or computer and play it over and over for several days in a row – repetition is a great way to memorize.
Perfect pitch recognition is an area where a computer-aided course can really yield dividends. The best computer-aided program we have seen is Perfect Pitch Ear Training. Our full review is coming soon.