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Published on Jun 7, 2016
Absolute and Relative Pitch - Inside our methods
Learning a foreign language has a lot in common with learning musical pitch patterns. Therefore, in this video, I analyze the process of learning a foreign language. We can then deduce procedures for musical ear training. To most people, pitch listening and producing constitute a new skill - they did not use it in the past. Hence, pitch is like a foreign language to them. Language and pitch both require use of the ears for listening. And both require use of the mouth to express thought content. Languages as well as music have their own notation systems.
To learn a new skill, one takes steps to reach a goal. These steps should follow a sequence of increasing difficulty. In the case of music, the intervals have a natural way of occurring: along the harmonics - or overtones. Therefore, my methods build a step-by-step approach around overtones for intervals or relative pitch training.
For absolute pitch training I think the accurate reproduction of a pitch is key to memorizing it. Therefore, my methods help you to work out which pitches you can reproduce and remember most accurately.
This guided approach to acquiring pitch skills has a lot in common with learning a foreign language. That means that it is not an easy path. A lot of repetition and usage are necessary for progress. Thus, a vital component involves getting get real-time feedback during the exercises, getting feedback on your standing, and observing your progress over time.
While I do not have scientific proof of the effectiveness of our methods, the systematic approach makes it easy to engage in statistical analysis of your progress. Any ear training method will improve your pitch abilities, Therefore, it is difficult to prove the effectiveness of one method over another. They also emphasize different aspects of the learning goal. In addition, there is no standardized test for absolute pitch. So we have introduced the free pitch-ability-test at http://www.pitch-ability-test.com.