Have you ever wondered why some people have to learn how to develop perfect pitch, while others are born with this ability? Having perfect pitch is the process of being able to identify or name musical notes without the benefit of other reference notes for comparison. Consequently, any sound that you can imagine can be classified into seven notes. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to train your ear to work in tandem with your brain to learn how to develop perfect pitch. In fact, in just a short time you will find yourself thinking of bells, clinking glasses, car horns, even laughter, as musical notes. All it takes is dedication and practice.
To develop perfect pitch you will need:
- Musical instrument – you can download a keyboard simulator or buy an inexpensive one in a toy store.
- Voice Tuner – helps to “see” your voice;
- Recorder – document your daily progression;
- Warm-up CD – (Optional)
- Start with correct posture and breath support. It is difficult to learn how to develop perfect pitch if you can’t breath properly. Make a concentrated habit to stand up straight during your lessons. Feet should be about a foot apart, shoulders back, and try not to tilt your head to the side. Place your hand flat on your abdomen and breathe slowly in and out.
- Turn on your voice recorder. You will want to refer to it often to hear how well you are developing perfect pitch when you play it back.
- Play your first note. On your instrument of choice, pick a note to play. Try middle C if you are using a keyboard since it is a comfortable, mid-range note that is compatible with most voices of either gender.
- Hear the note. In your mind, visualize the sound. Play it again until you think you want to try to hum it out loud. Repeat that action a few times until you feel confident that you can move forward to singing “Ha,” or “La.” Have a friend over who is not tone-deaf who can let you know if you were in tune, or if you are above or below the note. Listen together to your recording. Learning perfect pitch will not happen overnight, but you will get closer to your goal with each practice.
- Listen to different pitches and notes. After a short time, you will begin to dissect and identify individual notes as the sounds hit your ear. Your ear acuity is being trained to learn what makes one pitch different from the next, and to be sensitive to the changes in various sound waves. Soon, you will be able to say, “That’s an E!”
- Listen to the notes and tones in your friend’s voice. Can you figure out what patterns, notes and inflections are used? With enough practice, you will soon be able to hear and identify perfect pitch in your daily life.
- Get perfect pitch software. This is optional, of course, but to further help you develop perfect pitch, there is software that you can get online.They are designed for those who are practicing alone and can speed up your development, and are specifically made by professionals who have put in many decades of learning perfect pitch, style and tone.
The more you practice, the more your ear will be able to differentiate and become sensitive to sounds. The better you get at identifying sounds, the more you will want to identify more tones and pitches. These techniques can help you make large strides to develop perfect pitch.