i've always had pretty good tonal memory and i've decided to learn absolute pitch.  does anyone have any tips on learning to do this well?
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you can only learn relative pitch..
and, relative pitch is more important anyway.
this has been discussed here at length in the past.  you may want do to a search on "perfect pitch"  

my take?  i have this ability but it defies logic to say that i was born knowing the 12 tone well-tempered scale tuned to a440.  i just for some reason remember pitches without really trying. i do the same thing with some numbers (sequences and such)  neither of these things makes me a better musician (well maybe a little)

can it be learned?  i would say so.  if you focus on memorizing one pitch, then practice finding others through the use of relative pitch, i would think eventually you would be able to recognize all 12.  

but what about the pitches in between the 12?? oy - how do you put a name on those?  how many of those can we humans discern??  at what point does an "a" become "a#" or "ab" i shudder to think about it - heh heh  

as dalty said, its the relationships (relative pitch) and their functions that are important, not the pitch names.  knowing a pitch is  an "a" would not be meaningful at all, but knowing it is the 3rd or a 7th or whatever would be.
"you can only learn relative pitch.."

i disagree.  i haven't always been able to remember pitches as well as i do now.  when i was younger i could never do this.  but i have no problem now producing a specific pitch out of context.  if i want to remember an a, i just think of the first note from "stairway to heaven".  c is "let it be".  d is "heaven on their minds" etc...

i just want to be able to go the other way so i can hear a note and quickly identify it.  and i agree that relative pitch is a lot more important.  it just seems a shame to not try to develop perfect pitch as well.
i think it's also a matter of awareness.  for example if you hear a sound like a car lock beep or squeaky door, try to think of what pitch it might be.  in other words don't let sounds go in one ear and out the other...
why do you say it is more important to develop relative pitch than perfect pitch?

i seem to be doing perfectly fine when it comes to hearing and transcribing tunes and solos. i think it's more of an advantage to have perfect pitch than relative pitch. i developed it when i was first learning the violin. it took me a while to get me hearing correctly, but i did it. it has become a great thing for me in the last year or so. i am able to tell the exact note or notes in a chord when it comes to ear training. it gives me great practice when i try to transcribe things.
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