Inherent and learnt abilities for relative pitch in the vibrotactile domain using the fingertip



Hopkins, C ORCID: 0000-0002-9716-0793, Maté-Cid, S, Seiffert, G ORCID: 0000-0003-0268-7056, Fulford, R and Ginsborg, J
(2013) Inherent and learnt abilities for relative pitch in the vibrotactile domain using the fingertip. .

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Abstract

This paper reports experimental results concerning relative pitch discrimination. This is defined as the ability to distinguish one musical note as being higher or lower than another. Seventeen participants with normal hearing undertook a pitch discrimination experiment using the fingertip over a 16 session training period with a full baseline test before and after the training sessions. Two sinusoidal tones were presented, each of Is duration separated by a Is gap. A total of 24 tones were chosen to cover 12 intervals ranging from a semi-tone to an octave over the frequency range C3 to B4. The results show a high success rate for relative pitch discrimination with and without training. For intervals of 4 to 12 semitones, the success rates were >70% with or without the 16 training sessions. As a result of training, a significant improvement was found for individual intervals between 9 and 12 semitones when comparing the number of correct responses between pre-training and post-training tests. Comparison of pre- and post-training tests also showed an appreciable and significant improvement for the whole group of 12 intervals. In addition, reaction times to identify relative pitch tended to decrease over the training period.

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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 11:17
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3018219