I have perfect pitch for whatever reason and I wondered if other people experiences to sounds are like mine. Well, they are. In particular, Daniel Yanez – I could almost have written this: Daniel Yáñez, I have perfect (absolute) pitch 1.1k Views One day I dictated a sequence of notes my piano teacher had played in the piano, note by note, without ever reading the music before. My teacher then had me recognize notes, then recognize simple 3-note chords, then 4-note chords, then really complex harmonies, all note by note. He discovered I could sing any note he asked me to sing without previous reference, etc. My teacher then told me I had a condition that very few people had, even among musicians. I had perfect pitch. I was 10 years old and I felt like a rockstar. I soon noticed the disadvantages that accompany having perfect pitch, but still, for me this has been is a condition/trait/gift/rarity/ability that has benefited me greatly and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve read some answers stating that it is boring or useless, but I tend to disagree. What makes it great for me is that I still compose and arrange music, and I actually think about music all day long, so it is a skill that I use on a constant basis–voluntarily or involuntarily. Also, the musical disadvantages that most people mention (reduced relative pitch, being annoyed when music is played out of tune, etc) are not really a problem for me; I don’t have issues with relative pitch and although I used to get very annoyed when music is played out of tune, I’ve learned to consciously dismiss my annoyance and control my behavior so that getting annoyed is not “automatic” (although the perception remains intact). As others described, perfect pitch is like identifying “colors” in sound. Instead of the “color” analogy used by many, I prefer to refer to “personalitiy”. Each frequency, note, etc. has its own personality. Each frequency evokes a meaning, a feeling, and an intention that is clearly discernible from all other frequencies and that is unique to that note, and that is how I can recognize or sing notes without any relative reference. The “note personality” thing is a big deal for me. For example, if I listen to a piece of music that is in F Major and then I transpose it note by note to F# Major, the way I perceive it can be COMPLETELY different. I don’t know, stuff in F Major tend to convey a sense of seriousness, formality, and organization that I don’t get from other tones, maybe from Bb or C major. When I listen to the same piece in F# major, the music aquires a sense of hope, nostalgia, and sentimentality that F natural just doesn’t have!!! Yes, I could use colors too: F natural is orange, while F# is more of a sky blue or light green in my mind (I bet there’s a lot of variance among people with perfect pitch and their perceptions, so if you have perfect pitch and don’t agree with my description it’s totally OK). As a consequence, when I make music, deciding what key signature the song will be in is probably the first thing I decide. That can be SUPER tough to decide. For example, last year I made a song for my now 1-year-old son; I made it before he was born as a long-term gift for him (I did the same for my 5-year-old daughter years ago), but I never recorded a final version of the song! Why? Because when I first played it on guitar and recorded the reference I did it on Bb major. Then, when I started recording the parts on my computer, I tried A major–just one semitone below–, because the vocals were a bit too high and singing in Bb major was more difficult. However, I hated the A major version! It’s awful! the song lost all the energy and feeling my original recording reference had. My wife has asked me a number of times why I haven’t finished the song. And well, I think this is the reason why I haven’t. I think she would think I’m crazy, because to her both versions would sound the same. I believe this experience describes a little bit how it is to live with perfect pitch and what are some of the musical challenges I face as I try to deal with this condition. There are a number of unintended non-musical consequences of having perfect pitch as well. I would summarize them in the following two: You feel special: This is awesome. Feeling unique is great, and properly handled it can be a great benefit in many aspects of life; For example, when people find out you have perfect pitch it always ignites conversation that allows you to open up and share your experience with this unique trait (just like I’m doing it right now in this thread). Doing that feels great, because having this condition is part of who I am, and sharing it with others has helped me develop relationships with people in a good manner. You feel special, again: This is NOT so awesome when it leads to a sense of entitlement. Having perfect pitch gave me a great advantage musically for a long time, particularly during my childhood and teenage years. With little effort, I could do stuff nobody else could dream of doing. However, with such an ability, it is easy to overlook the importance of hard work, discipline, and practice that accompanies the development of musicianship in any instrument. In my case I think I fell short many times, and one of the reasons I can play many instruments but I’m not good at playing any of them is because I thought that having perfect pitch was enough. Sometimes I regret not spending more time becoming more proficient in regards to playing, because now I feel very limited in what I can do although music keeps racing through my mind on a constant basis. So, if you are young and have perfect pitch and want to pursue a serious career in music (professionally or non-professionally), don’t forget that perfect pitch won’t make you a musician. It is still practice, hard work, and discipline what will make it. Perfect pitch, in the end, is not music. It’s just a random trait that some people have that can be very useful or bothersome, but it is nothing more than that. Music is just like sports: hard work tends to override congenital skills or talent.

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