#1
Hey guys,

I have noticed a strange but good thing. If I hear a single note or a simple chord I immediately know what note/chord is, without trying with the guitar. Is it normal? Do I have absolute pitch? I'm not 100% accurate, but I'm able to guess correctly 8-9 times out 10. Maybe it's because I always learn songs by ear? Do anyone else here have this ability?
#2
It may be perfect pitch, or "just" very well developed relative pitch (which is arguably even better).
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#3
Like Archeo said, that's perfect pitch. Which is quite useless unless all the guitar tuners in the world explode and every (western) instrument in the world is out of tune, and all the recorded music disappeared.

Relative pitch is how you determine intervals (like if something is major/minor/dominant, and how too determine extensions and alterations)

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#4
Relative pitch is very common in musicians, particularly musicians who play by ear.

Perfect pitch tho, can you sing Doh Reh Me..... starting on the note C, without any external reference, so no guitar, nothing. Try it, then hit a C note on your guitar, or play the C Major Scale and see if you're spot on.

I btw, do not have perfect pitch, my relative pitch is better.
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#5
Quote by mdc
Relative pitch is very common in musicians, particularly musicians who play be ear.

Perfect pitch tho, can you sing Doh Reh Me..... starting on the note C, without any external reference, so no guitar, nothing. Try it, then hit a C note on your guitar, or play the C Major Scale and see if you're spot on.

I btw, do not have perfect pitch, my relative pitch is better.


MY absolute pitch is average as well, but my relative pitch is as good as perfect, seeing as I always have been able to work out songs (unless it's guthrie stuff or Shawn Lane's stuff and some of Holdsworth's stuff.

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#6
Thanks for the replies.

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Which is quite useless
Actually it's very useful... I'm able to learn songs by ear in a few minutes. Just learned a 7-minutes song. The problem is memorize it
#7
Assuming you mean when you hear a guitar part, you might be taking cues of timbre too. I used to be able to do something similar with the sax, not because I had a sense of relative pitch, but because I could hear how a C# sounded more reedy and open than a D.
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