PipeChat Digest #1429 - Wednesday, May 31, 2000
 
Perfect pitch
  by <TRACKELECT@cs.com>
Perfect Pitch
  by "Bruce Behnke" <behnke@lvcm.com>
Re: Perfect pitch
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net>
 


(back) Subject: Perfect pitch From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 23:15:06 EDT   In my thirty years of musical experience I have only met one person who really had perfect pitch. I have met many others who claimed to have it. Being a natural born skeptic I had to test them ( playing a middle G# - "John, what's this? What? What note is this? Uuuuh. it's a B. Sorry John = it's a G# . Yeah that's what I said a G that's a little sharp." Yeah. Right. ) This person with true perfect pitch was conditioned at a young age to sing =   the notes of the scale as he played them during piano lessons. This = actually conditioned the auditory cortex ( Brain surgeons help me out here ) of his =   young and forming brain to recognize tones as notes. This guy was = incredible. If we were sent to service an organ that we hadn't been to before, he = could tell if it was an A=3D440 or an A=3D435 organ by ear. Oddly enough he = considered perfect pitch to be a burden rather than an asset. Being a choir director, =   organist and tuner he was often torn between his perfect pitch, the = wandering pitch of the pipe organ and piano. He was the person who taught me the = right way to tune an organ. From him I learned the concept of less is more. Many =   organ service persons could benefit from his advice. Stop ripping the = scrolls on reed and string pipes. Stop beating on cone tuned pipes and stop tuning =   organs at 4:00 PM when they are played at 9:30 AM. Etc.   Alan B.  
(back) Subject: Perfect Pitch From: "Bruce Behnke" <behnke@lvcm.com> Date: Tue, 30 May 00 21:40:37 -0700   >Perfect pitch as far as I am concerned is the ability to pitch a note = given a >reference note. For instance when training a choir someone with PP could >pitch >the tenor note given the alto etc. and could pitch the first note for the =   >next >anthem in a different key. I can do that and also can my son who is a >professional tuner. It does not mean that he or she can pitch a perfect = A=3D440 >without any reference note, although I have known one or two people who >can do >that..   I was taught that this was "Relative Pitch" or basically a good ear. Perfect Pitch or Absolute Pitch allows the tormented individual to identify any pitch heard or produce vocally any pitch asked for independent of anything heard.   Bruce  
(back) Subject: Re: Perfect pitch From: "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@rglobal.net> Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 23:35:33   At 11:15 PM 5/30/2000 EDT, you wrote: >In my thirty years of musical experience I have only met one person who >really had perfect pitch. I have met many others who claimed to have it. >Being a natural born skeptic I had to test them ( playing a middle = G#<snip>   I agree...true perfect pitch is rare, indeed. Excellent relative pitch, however, is quite common. I've done the same tests, with similar results.   DeserTBoB