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Pitch studies are vital for musicians and are age related.
We know that the younger we start the better we get.
For pitch training we use a variety of methods, but also our commercial pitch training application created by Blake Kearney. The Clearpitch application explains and teaches absolute pitch, also known as perfect pitch. The system is used improve a student's absolute pitch along with other pitch coding abilities such as pitch memory, perfect piano and relative pitch.
Pitch training and the release of this iPhone application was a major component of a music degree and ten years of research and development. Individuals can purchase the application on the iTunes store but Maroubra Music School students use ClearPitch and its principles in class. It's fun and very kid friendly, with little mini songs to learn that reinforce accurate pitching.
More detailed information about clearpitch.
Perfect / absolute pitch ear training is explained clearly so students will learn and understand:
1) What it is,
2) How it works,
3) What you are trying to achieve,
4) How to achieve it.
This approach is entirely different to all other systems that attempt to 'give' a user perfect pitch but provide no explanation as to how the brain actually processes and learns the skill, and no system to do so.
ClearPitch is the final chapter in ten years of academic research and vast quantitative and qualitative research, and includes the application of the findings of academics such as Dr. Daniel J. Levitin and Professor Diana Deutsch, leading exponents of absolute pitch theory. In short, the ClearPitch system works differently.
In my research of all perfect pitch applications available they divide into three types:
1) Most (99%) are simply testing devices to see if you have the ability and with the hope that the user may possibly improve with repeated testing.
2) A few attempt to guide the listener toward hearing the unique quality of a pitch with claims that some pitches sound 'twangy' or 'mellow'. This approach is interesting but has no labelling component and consequently hasn't produced any convincing results.
3) The third group uses mnemonic cues such as colours to hopefully stimulate recognition of the chromas. This is probably the closest match, but is too esoteric and still doesn't institute the simple labelling required.When you hear 'C' you want to think 'C', not 'blue'.
All these systems overlook the actual mechanism required to develop the ability, which is the neural installation of a C.L.R. or chroma-label relationship. A C.L.R. is a neural association between a pitch and its name. ClearPitch installs a C.L.R. in memory. CLEAR stands for Chroma Label Encoding and Retrieval. A chroma is the sound colour of a pitch, and a Label is it's name. Encoding means to learn, and Retrieval means to remember. ClearPitch is a chroma labelling system which results in a user being able to identify the name of all chromas or pitches in the chromatic scale by sound alone without reference. This is perfect pitch (absolute pitch / A.P.)
ClearPitch contains a tutorial and on board instructions throughout the application of learning algorithms, that will explain and create a C.L.R. as you listen, and which leads to the perception of musical notes along with their names, or to be able to name a pitch without reference.
The C.L.R. is installed via mnemonic memory devices called tonal linguistic cues that stimulate the association of the chroma and its label. T.L.Cs are delivered via 4 central modes: Active Encoding, Passive Encoding, Active Retrieval, Passive Retrieval. Encoding creates the C.L.R. going in to your mind and retrieval stimulates the C.L.R. going out. Passive modes don't require any particular attention so you can listen while day dreaming or sleeping. Active modes are most effective when used interactively, but can also be listened to passively.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD CLEARPITCH OR VIEW IT ON THE ITUNES STORE CLICK HERE:
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WATCH THE CLEARPITCH TUTORIAL VIDEO HERE
Learn how to improve your perfect pitch or absolute pitch, and related pitch coding strategies.
MORE ABOUT PITCH TRAINING (also called aural or ear training)
Pitch is simply how high or low a sound is, but accurate pitching is equivalent in importance to rhythm in order to understand and reproduce tonal music. Pitch is much more than the ability to stay in tune, it is the ability to know what note a musician is playing and to be able to reproduce that note instantly on an instrument. There are two main systems for musicians to determine pitch - relative pitch and perfect or absolute pitch, there are also related strategies such as pitch memory and vocal tension pitch. We look at all these systems. Pitch is a speciality study at Maroubra Music School. In most music studies pitch will be an aspect we study because it is so important.