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More than you may want to know about absolute pitch

Why do some people develop AP and others do not?  Well, it’s definitely not due to practice.  Various claims aside, there is no scientific evidence of any adult being able to acquire AP through intensive practice.  There seems to be a critical period in early childhood when AP is most likely to be acquired, and people who have AP don’t remember acquiring it.  It just seems to happen.  There is some evidence that it can be inherited.  A person with AP is four times more likely than someone without it to say that a family member has AP.  Continue reading