A Guide to the Development of Relative Pitch

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The music of the spheres is not just a pretty tune but a harmonious symphony of unbelievable beauty. The notes are all different yet blend perfectly to create a sense of wonderment.

Have you ever wondered how those musicians sing different notes and make them sound so wonderful? It’s all about the relative pitch. 

You may be thinking, “what is relative pitch?” Relative pitch is recognizing or recreating a specific pitch using a reference note. It’s crucial to keep in mind that this is not absolute pitch, which is when you know the names of notes and can sing them in tune. In relative pitch, you only know how to sing particular pitches relative to others; you don’t have an exact name for them.

Relative pitch can be trained over time, just like most other skills. If you practice regularly and apply yourself, you will improve your ability over time. If you’re interested in learning more about relative pitch, you’re in for a treat.

Everything you need to know about relative pitch is discussed in this guide.

Learning to recognize notes

Learning to recognize notes is building familiarity with pitches and intervals. You can train your brain to recognize pitches by using repetition and listening. This skill will be helpful when you are learning how to read and play musical notation, as well as when you want to be able to find specific pitches on the piano keyboard.


The first step towards developing this skill is knowing what notes sound similar and what they don’t sound like. You can start by looking at two notes and deciding whether they sound the same or different. 

To do this, play each note comfortably and listen for differences between those notes and other instruments within your range. You should also be able to compare two notes within the same octave.

This will require repetition. Do this consistently, and you become familiar with the different notes.

Discovering musical chords

As a part of relative pitch training, it is important to discover musical chords. As a beginner, you may not be able to distinguish between different chords, but with practice and perseverance, you will eventually recognize different chord characteristics.

Start with learning the basic triads, which form most of the harmonies we hear in music. There are four different types of triads: minor, major, augmented (or raised), and diminished (or lowered).

Once you have a basic understanding of triads, you can move on to the chords. Each note has its specific pitch and is related to each other. You should isolate the different notes in each chord every time you hear.

After listening to a chord, sing the notes in each triad. When combining triads, break down the sounds into smaller chunks. This helps with your relative pitch ear training and allows you to hear the different parts of the chord. It will also help you sing each note in a chord.

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Developing a program for ear training

Ear training should be part of your lifetime relative pitch exercises. It’s not just about memorizing notes but about developing a strong ear for different pitches and how they sound in different contexts. Ear training is the process of improving musicians’ ability to identify intervals, chords, and scales. 

It requires a lot of practice, so you must schedule daily time in your calendar for ear training. The best way to practice ear training is to do so in a focused way. Ensure you are spending enough time on each skill since you must catch up on your development as a musician. 

Start identifying and considering chord progressions

Chord progressions help you develop your ear for music. When you understand how a progression works and what makes it sound good, you can think about different ways musicians use it and develop ideas for how to use it.

In addition to helping you understand how songs are put together, recognizing chord progressions also helps with memorization. Remembering all the possible chord progressions will help you become more confident when trying new materials—and if you practice this skill enough, it will eventually become second nature!

Bottom line


So, if you have been thinking about how to learn relative pitch, this is the ultimate guide you need to get started. It can be intimidating initially, but it’s easier than you think. It’s like anything else: practice makes perfect! If you’ve got the right tools and some patience, you’ll be on your way to developing this skill in no time. You can practice all the above or work with a coach or teacher.

Are you working on developing your relative pitch? Tell us in the comment section; we are always excited to hear about your experiences.

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