Experimental Investigation of Absolute Pitch

@article{Sergeant1969ExperimentalIO,
  title={Experimental Investigation of Absolute Pitch},
  author={Desmond Charles Sergeant},
  journal={Journal of Research in Music Education},
  year={1969},
  volume={17},
  pages={135 - 143}
}
  • D. Sergeant
  • Published 1969
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Research in Music Education
ABSOLUTE PITCH IS DEFINED here as the ability to identify and name the pitch of a musical note from its sound alone, without reference to any other note which has been previously sounded. Many theories have been advanced to provide an explanation of the trait, but writers have generally fallen into two groups: 1. Those with a phenomenalistic attitude, who have attributed possession of the gift to some hereditary factor. 2. Those who, particularly in more recent years, believe that it is… Expand

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