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relative pitch

noun, Music.
the pitch of a tone as determined by its relationship to other tones in a scale.
the ability to identify or sing a tone by mentally determining the distance of its pitch from that of a tone already sounded.
Compare absolute pitch.
Origin of relative pitch
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All competent musicians possess the power of relative pitch.

  • In the following demonstrations of relative pitch numbers, we adopt a pitch in which middle C has 256 vibrations per second.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • It may therefore be supposed to have been established before the relative pitch of other keys had been settled.

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music David Binning Monro

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