Absolute Pitch

Zatorre, R.J. (2003) Absolute pitch: a model for understanding the influence of genes and development on neural and cognitive function. Nature Neuroscience, 6, 692-695.

So you think you have perfect pitch? Have a go at this simple test. Listen to each note* and write down your answer (both chroma and octave number). Once you're done, consult the answer key and score yourself. Make sure not to check the answers before you're done or you'll be able to figure out the rest of the notes through relative pitch.

Note 1 Note 2 Note 3 Note 4 Note 5 Note 6 Note 7 Note 8 Note 9 Note 10
Answer key (don't check before you're done!)

For a more complete set of notes to test yourself with, download this MP3 file** (2.2MB). Once again, make sure not to look at the answer key before you're done.

*Each sound is an inverse sine wave of 1 s duration with 50 ms on and off ramps. MP3s are encoded at 96 Kbps with LAME MP3 encoder.
**108 notes randomly selected from 3 octaves and 3 intensity levels, presented at a rate of 1 note every 5 seconds. If you have trouble with the variable bit-rate (32-96Kbps) file, download this CBR version (6.13MB) or an Ogg Vorbis version.