Lend me your ears

Many musicians crave perfect pitch, but is it all it's cracked up to be?

What does the music in your mind sound like? [Image Credit: BigStock]
By | Posted October 18, 2012
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If you were a band geek, an orch dork or a member of the choir cult, you may have heard about “perfect pitch.” The people who have it are sometimes seen as exemplary musicians who will go on to study music in college, get a job as a professional musician and blow the classical scene away. Unfortunately, it’s not something that people can learn whenever they want. If you’re more than 10 years old, you either already have it or will never have it.

Even though there’s a hoopla about perfect pitch, we know very little about how it works or even what the experience is like. Reporter (and amateur musician) Jon Chang goes back to school in order to learn more.

[Author's note: Headphones are recommended for the best listening experience.]

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  1. Another @scienceline musical anomaly, is perfect pitch all that? @JonMChang http://t.co/zovkVv3Q

    BenjPlackett, October 18, 2012 at 9:13 am
  2. The @scienceline debut of @JonMChang ‘s perfect pitch radio segment: http://t.co/WNePe8yz

    KateYandell, October 18, 2012 at 11:40 am
  3. Finally turned a story into a @scienceline podcast. Want to know what perfect pitch is and why musicians want it? http://t.co/MaI3D4Co

    JonMChang, October 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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    scienceline, October 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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    wahyuwei, October 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm
  6. RT @scienceline: Lend me your ears: Many musicians crave perfect pitch, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? http://t.co/UyKNo1us

    9Lizybeth, October 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm
  7. Is perfect pitch all it’s cracked up to be? @jonmchang investigates for @scienceline http://t.co/bCd16PeL

    ivanoransky, October 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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