Perfect Pitch Test for Ear Training Practice
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What is "perfect pitch"?
Before you even start practicing with this tool, you may be interested in what the perfect pitch is.
Perfect pitch, also called absolute pitch, is a human ability which includes several levels:
- The most basic level is pitch awareness. You may have had the following experience. You know a musical piece which is written, let's say, in the key of C-major. You listened to it a lot of times. And then later you hear it in another key, maybe in E-major. And right away you feel - something has changed, it's not the same piece anymore! This pitch awareness is a very good sign, actually - it means that with practice you will be able to achieve the next level.
- When you achieve this level, you will be able to identify musical notes played on one musical instrument without having a reference note. This level requires a lot of practice for most people.
- A higher level of perfect pitch will allow you to identify musical notes on different instruments.
- The highest level is called tonal memory, or "aural recall". It's when you can sing a musical note, again without having a reference note.
Sometimes these levels overlap. For example, after certain amount of practice you may learn to identify one or two notes on several instruments. Or maybe you will learn to sing correctly one particular note before you fully develop the ability to identify all 12 notes of the chromatic scale.
This online perfect pitch test and ear training software is designed to help you develop your ear no matter on which level you are right now.
Tips to develop perfect pitch
The right environment
Doing exercises to develop perfect pitch can be compared to meditation.
This practice is very personal experience. You need to listen deeply into each sound, connect with it, let it come into your ears. So the right environment is crucial.
Ideally, you should find a place where nothing will distract you. In this place you will feel at ease with your body relaxed and comfortable.
Practice always with the same musical instrument
We recommend starting with just one musical instrument. If you play yourself, pick the instrument which resembles most closely the sound of your own instrument. For example, if you play piano start by checking all piano sounds from our collection of virtual instruments and choose the one that you like most.
If you are a vocalist, pick the instrument which sound you are most familiar with.
The sound quality of our virtual instruments is high - 256 kbps. Don't ruin your experience with cheap 2-dollar earphones. Use high-quality equipment and enjoy every moment of your practice!
Use middle range
Some exercises require you to sing a note. If you are a beginner, we recommend selecting the pitch practice range that would match your vocal range. This online perfect pitch test and ear training software easily allows you to find your vocal range.
Once you get used to the notes that you can sing, you can gradually expand your pitch practice range.
Practice every day
Your ear training session doesn't need to be very long. 15-20 minutes a day is usually enough for most people.
Make sure you are in the right state
Remember how we compared the practice with meditation? Your state is also extremely important!
Before you begin your ear training session, take a moment, sit comfortably, reconnect with your body, make sure you feel good and relaxed.
Pay attention to your breathing for a minute or two. Extending the exhale has a relaxing effect on the body. You may want to use this little trick to prepare yourself for the practice.
Exercises to develop perfect pitch
If you are interested in developing perfect pitch, we created an ear training exercise program. It gives you a set of small incremental steps that you can take, so you would succeed no matter what your level is right now.
All exericses are divided into two main categories:
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