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Do you know what you hear?
Try this 60-second Ear Quiz:
Do all 5 questions, then check the answers (below).
Use only your EARS to answer the first 4 questions.
1. What is this note?
2. What is the name of this chord?
3. What key is this song in?
4. What key is this piece in?
5. Sing a B-flat.
(Sing first, then click to check if you are correct.)
WITHOUT Perfect Pitch
You do not know what tones you hear
— it’s like hearing in “black and white”:
WITHOUT Perfect Pitch, you hear only that the tones are “high” or “low.” Other than this, you don’t really experience anything unique about each pitch. They all sound pretty much the same. And that’s why you can’t tell a C-sharp from an F-sharp — just by listening.
WITH Perfect Pitch
You know the EXACT TONES you hear
— it’s like hearing in color:
WITH Perfect Pitch, your ear becomes sensitive to a deeper quality of pitch that David Lucas Burge calls “pitch color.” Now you can hear that a C-sharp sounds completely different from an F-sharp. This new perception lets you name EXACT PITCHES — just by listening.
Note: You do not have to associate the above visual colors to tones in order to learn Perfect Pitch. These visual colors are for illustration purposes only. Instead, you will actually learn to hear the PITCH color (sound color) of each tone.