Learning Absolute Pitch

Posted by: PetulantPersimmon

Learning Absolute Pitch - 07/28/11 12:09 AM

About a week ago, I decided to learn absolute pitch, mostly out of curiosity whether I could do it or not.

I'm not really sure whether I'm unusual in this regard or not, but for many years now I've been able to identify two notes easily: A (from years of tuning my cello, and from the beginning of Grieg's concerto), and D (from Bach's art of the fugue). What I mean by this is that if you asked me to sing an A or a D out of the blue, I could (usually) do it, and if you played a note, I could tell you if it's an A, a D, or neither. (By the way, is this kind of absolute pitch unusual?)

So I'm now working on the rest of the notes. Since what I know so far is based on remembering the sounds from specific pieces of music (albeit only 2), I'm going to try to find a piece for each of the other notes.

So I've also found a good E piece: the beginning of the winter wind etude. I'd like to hear suggestions for pieces (preferably piano pieces, but it's not essential) that have a very identifiable first note, and one piece for each note.
Posted by: azandj

Re: Learning Absolute Pitch - 07/29/11 10:44 PM

G# - from the beginning of Chopin's Nocturne in C# minor? (Not the intro, but the melody which starts on the fifth measure.)

D# - first notes of Paganini-Liszt "La Campanella"


These two were the first ones that came to mind, but if I think of any other very recognizable notes, I'll edit this post.

Alan
Posted by: SamOnThePiano

Re: Learning Absolute Pitch - 09/05/11 06:27 AM

You could do it. But I've heard once you cross the age line, it's immensely hard. Near impossible. Learn it and share with us your story! laugh
Posted by: Jose Hidalgo

Re: Learning Absolute Pitch - 03/09/12 05:40 PM

what is the age line ?, please say: 34! smile