Share this entry

Share this page

absolute pitch

Line breaks: ab¦so|lute pitch

Definition of absolute pitch in English:

noun

[mass noun] Music
1 another term for perfect pitch. I have absolute pitch and I could hear those quarter-tones
More example sentences
  • A person with perfect or absolute pitch will find this easier.
  • If I had not perfect but absolute pitch as you call it, if I had it as a baby, can I maintain it by taking up music?
  • They found he had absolute pitch, and a remarkable memory.
1.1Pitch according to a fixed standard defined by the frequency of the sound vibration.
Example sentences
  • In other words, Movable Do abandons any sense of absolute pitch to achieve relative pitch.
  • A musician who has mastered Fixed Do and acquired nearly absolute pitch is able to grasp an entire musical phrase at once.
  • Now speaking of tone languages and just absolute pitch, it involves relative pitch and noticing intonation contours and all sorts of other complicated things too.

Definition of absolute pitch in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure