relative pitch


relative pitch
noun
1. : the pitch of a musical tone as determined by its position in a scale — distinguished from absolute pitch
2. : the ability to recognize or produce a musical tone at its correct pitch according to its relative position in a scale

she has good relative pitch

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Music.
1. the pitch of a tone as determined by its relationship to other tones in a scale.
2. the ability to identify or sing a tone by mentally determining the distance of its pitch from that of a tone already sounded. Cf. absolute pitch.
[1925-30]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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