One thing I’ve noticed over and over is during random times in my life while I’m either semi asleep or woken up at night, is that I can replicate the actual sound of instruments, and hear songs in my head as the actually sound more or less. This can also happen on various drugs.
But most of the time if I imagine a song in my head, I’m using my inner voice to replicate it, and that is very unlike the song, more like humming vocally.
And because my voice can say the same thing in many different pitches without it mattering, this is very inaccurate. One thing I find intresting is native chinese speakers have a higher percentage of perfect pitch people, and they use tonal intricacies in their speech, saying something monotone will have a literal different meaning from saying it with a rising pitch for example.
I think the reason you have to learn perfect pitch early is because you have to imagine the actual sounds rather than replicating them with your inner voice. If you don’t do that early your inner voice becomes the most prominent and you won’t gain perfect pitch. You don’t develop those brain circuits that actually replicate sounds, and you just develop your inner voice which for most of us is not dependent on pitch and can be very monotone.
Have any thoughts?