This article popped up on Yahoo today. Click on the title to read the full article. [I’m not endorsing just referencing.]
One gene may be key to coveted perfect pitch
Musicians and singers work for years to develop their sense of pitch but few can name a musical note without a reference tone. U.S. researchers on Monday said one gene may be the key to that coveted ability.
Only 1 in 10,000 people have perfect or absolute pitch, the uncanny ability to name the note of just about any sound without the help of a reference tone.
…She said people with perfect pitch were able to pick out the pure tones with ease. And they also tended to have had early musical training — before the age of 7.
This indicates a couple things to me.
- There are more people that say they have perfect pitch than those that actually have it.
- I need to get crackin’ and get my children some early musical training!
- If you are not married yet look for a person with perfect pitch to marry. [kidding]